Category Archives: Nostalgia

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I’ve been looking forward to seeing this first installment in the Narnia Chronicles (which is being released by Disney tomorrow here in Montréal) — in much the same way as I would look forward … Continue reading

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Print your own Monopoly money

Print your own Monopoly money Hasbro has downloadable PDFs of spare Monopoly money for you to print and cut out.  No more buying commercial spare Monopoly bucks at the game-store. Now It will be much easier for me to cheat … Continue reading

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Back to the ’70s: GM hot on custom vans

Back to the ’70s: GM hot on custom vans Now that SUVs are getting less popular, maybe we’ll all love vans again. By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNN/Money Remember when vans were cool? No, not minivans. Those were never cool. I … Continue reading

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Why Quebec smoked religiously

I’m grown accustomed to holding my breath while running the gauntlet of sad, coughing (and usually damp) smokers just outside the ubiquitous office entrance, although this has always left me wondering why anyone still smokes, or why kids take up … Continue reading

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Wizard of Oz Museum shows it’s about more than just Munchkins

Wizard of Oz Museum shows it’s about more than just Munchkins Carl Manning | National Post WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) – Those who think that The Wizard of Oz is the story of a Kansas farm girl singing about rainbows and … Continue reading

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Pride in a Vintage Cellphone

By M.P. DUNLEAVEY | New York TimesI AM the proud owner of a five-year-old cellphone that I’ve nicknamed Sparky. He’s a hulking vintage Samsung, and when I pull him out of my bag, people tend to gawk. “Oh, my God,” … Continue reading

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Gumby Lives!

The current owners of National Lampoon have partnered with Art Clokey Productions to recraft the original Gumby TV series into an “edgy, irreverent” reinvention, called Gumby: The Lost Tapes. Lampoon will create and produce all-new dialog (and in some cases … Continue reading

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The Illustrated ACME Catalog

  ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors (“Buddy’s Bug Hunt/1935“) to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman … Continue reading

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Clippy

I never know who I’m going to meet next — and  I’ve learned (the hard way) to try to avoid making disparaging comments about most anything or anybody (this blog notwithstanding). This week I met (virtually!) the guy who designed … Continue reading

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

OK, admittedly I’m a big fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, starring Gene Wilder), and I’ve definitely had Oompa Loompa songs twirling around inside my head for nearly 35 years. But last night I went to see … Continue reading

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How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

Apparently it’s not just me.  Today’s Saturday morning cartoons suck.   By Jeff Harris | ToonZone.net I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in … Continue reading

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Airplane!

I hated the Airport  movies, but loved Airplane!   Who can forget the hero’s “drinking problem”? NPR – All Things Considered The parody movie Airplane!, a source of favorite comedic bits that are still recalled in conversations today, is marking its … Continue reading

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Golden-Age Comic Book Covers

 Ben’s comic book cover collection.  Fun!  Excerpt and description that goes along with this cover from 1948:  An absolutely classic cover that’s always a favorite with collectors! This one has it all: A beautiful bound girl, a robot, a spaceman … Continue reading

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The Payphone Project

Here’s a website I first came across more than 10 years ago — it contains stories, pictures, phone numbers and news from payphones and public telephony. When’s the last time you used a payphone? Photo on left depicts a phone … Continue reading

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