Thursday, August 27, 2009

Schneider Checks Out The New 747

Check out Pat Harrington, the genius behind Schneider from One Day At A Time, taking a tour of the gigantic new 747 jets in this very cool ad from 1970.



It must have been really exciting to fly on these babies back then. I've said it before and I'll say it again. There's not much cooler than the 1960's-early 70's jet age. It was the most exciting time in aviation history in my opinion. We won't see anything like it again.

Monday, August 24, 2009

1970's Black-Lite Stickers



My buddy Neato Coolville got me these very cool 1970's personalized black lite stickers. I was never a huge sticker fan growing up. I had a few Star Wars stickers from the card packs and one or two others, but I think they're cool now. These trippy stickers are quintessential 1970's and I'm glad to have them in my collection although I'm not sure I deserve the stupid award.



I should try and pick up an old, beat up generic lunch box and slap these babies on. Whose lunch wouldn't be brighter with a groovy flower with your name on it staring back at you?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pan Am Ad 1958

I really love this 1958 ad for Pan American Airways touting their new jets. I'm really fascinated by Pan Am and the jet age in general. It was an exciting time for commercial aviation. It definitely wasn't a hassle to fly back then as this film ably demonstrates.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

G.I. Joe Con 2009



I had a wonderful time yesterday at the annual G.I. Joe Convention, which was held in Kansas City this year. There were hundreds of Joes of all shapes and sizes for sale and there were special guests that shared their experiences of the world of G.I. Joe. I was happy to meet Sam Petrucci, who designed and drew the art on the display boxes of the 1960's. I bought a beautiful print from him and had him sign it.



There were also a lot of cool dioramas featuring Joes of all kinds. I can never get enough of these cool scenes so I took some pictures of some of the better ones.





Hopefully the show will come back to KC again in the near future. It doesn't seem as if there are very many toy shows here anymore.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

TWA Commercial 1977

I really dig this TWA ad from 1977 touting the new L-1011 jets. I really miss TWA.

George Brett 7Up Commercial 1980

This was one of my favorite ads when I was ten years old. Like many kids in Kansas City, I loved George Brett, although Frank White was always my favorite Royal. Anyway, enjoy this classic, which includes a funny LA area news teaser at the end by a newscaster who went on to better things.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fun At The Zoo



My wife and I went to the Kansas City Zoo last week and had a great time. The zoo is currently undergoing a renovation and it's a better experience than it used to be. I managed to get some decent shots of a lot of animals. Here are some of the better ones.









My wife also showed her affinity for the animal world.





The zoo is definitely worth a visit if you're in the KC area. It's always fun to check out the animal kingdom.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mad Men Yourself!



I've been having a lot of fun with the great
Mad Men Yourself site where you can create your own Mad Men characters. As my pal Neato Coolville said, it's like computer Colorforms. I've made a couple, one featuring a man and one with a women. It's great fun playing in this 60's universe.





It's so fun even my wife had a lot of fun doing one.



Mad Men starts its third season August 16th on AMC.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cool Crest Family Fun Center



One of my favorite places to go in Kansas City is Cool Crest, KC's oldest mini golf course. I've been going here since I was a little kid and it hasn't changed much, if at all. There are four different courses you can play. The two older ones are at the front and they have a lot of cool hazards that probably date to when the place opened in the 1960's. They still are in pretty good shape and are very cool reminders of why mini golf is a great game.







If you live in the KC area and like mini golf, this is definitely a must visit. I have a great time every time I go there.