Monday, November 30, 2009

Hey, Kiki!

Are ya nuts?!

Take A Demonstration Drive

In the 1961 Lark by Studebaker.

That's Rex May, talking up the virtues and value of owning a Lark. Studebaker (at that time Studebaker-Packard Corporation) sponsored the Mister Ed show.


Could there be too many sports networks?

You Know, I Actually Hate To See This Happen

Looks like the end of an era in Tallahassee.

Sorry, Charlie

Well, when you make history by coaching your team to six or more lossed in three straight years, it seemed inevitable.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Als Storm Back To Top 'Riders For Grey Cup Crown

At Calgary, Alberta:

The Montreal Alouettes
came from behind to defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27 Sunday to win the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup championship. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw a touchdown pass to slotback Ben Cahoon (shown here) in the fourth quarter. The Als
' two-point conversion attempt failed, but in the final seconds, after the 'Riders were penalized for too many men on the field, Montreal kicker David Duval, whose failed 43-yard field goal attempt was wiped out by the Saskatchewan penalty, connected from 33 yards, giving the Alouettes their first Grey Cup title since 2002.

Photo by Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

Polls and BCS Rankings For Ducks And Beavers


AP: #7 (Up three spots from last week)

USA Today/Coaches: #8 (Up two from last week)

BCS Rankings: #7 (Up one from last week)

Oregon State:

AP: #13 (Up three spots from last week)

USA Today/Coaches: #16 (Up two from last week)

BCS Rankings: #16 (Unchanged)

Niners Smother Jags, Pick Up A Game On Cards

At San Francisco:

Alex Smith threw for a pair of touchdowns and the defense kept the visitors out of the end zone as the San Francisco 49ers (5-6) ended the Jacksonville Jaguars' (6-5) three game winning streak 20-3 in National Football League action on Sunday. The win, coupled with Tennessee's come-from-behind 20-17 home win over Arizona allowed the Niners to move within two games of first place in the NFC West. San Francisco travels to Seattle for a game next Sunday. The Jags' loss, coupled with their win earlier today at Houston, locked up the AFC South Division title for unbeaten Indianapolis.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


It's Chef Boyardee! Unlike Betty Crocker, Chef Boyardee was not a fictitious advertising icon, but a real chef. Hector Boiardi came to the US as a teenager, became chef of a hotel in Cleveland, then opened a restaurant where his spaghetti recipe became famous. Here's a 1953 television commercial with the Chef.

Now A Word....

Someone who made a pain reliever for a living.

This aired on daytime television around 1953. Please don't ask me who the hell was the commercial spokesman. Me pop used to take Anacin but stopped and ultimately switched to Tylenol because of gout.

Another Word.....

From those who used to make toys for a living.

Here's an old commercial for the Electro-Shot Shooting Marx!

Time For A Polka

From 1964, here are Myron Floren and Jo Ann Castle playing "The Village Polka" on their Pancordions on the Lawrence Welk Show.

And Now A Word....

From some folks who made toys for a living.

That's on old TV commercial for the Hootin' Hollow Hauned House-----------by Marx!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Locos Take UFL Crown

At Las Vegas:

Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime as the Las Vegas Locomotives defeated the Florida Tuskers 20-17 Friday to capture the inaugural championship game of the United Football League before 14,801 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Al Alberts, R. I. P.

Al Alberts, a founding member of the Four Aces, a vocal group that had several hit recordings during the early and middle 1950's ("[It's No] Sin," "Tell Me Why," "Three Coins In The Fountain," "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing") who changed careers to become sort of a local television legend in Philadelphia, passed away Friday morning at his central Florida home at age 87.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cartoon Time Again, Kids!

Here's an old chestnut released on November 25, 1943 by Columbia Pictures, as the Fox and Crow star in "Way Down Yonder In The Corn" in which the Crow disguises himself as a scarecrow to guard the Fox's victory garden.

Produced by Screen Gems, Inc.

Produced by Dave Fleischer

Directed by Bob Wickersham

Story by Sam Cobean

Animation by Phil Duncan and Basil Davidovich

Music by Eddie Kilfeather

Additional personnel:

Voice Characterizations: Frank Graham
Layout: Clark Watson
Film editor: Edward Moore
Production manager: Albert Spar
Sound System: RCA

You Are What You Eat

At least, according to Timer...

Don't You Dare Miss Breakfast-----------Or Else!

Another old animated PSA with Timer.

Time For Timer

Here is an animated PSA that aired on ABC and its affiliated stations during the late 1970s, featuring a character named Timer, who, in this public service announcement, is hankerin' for a hunk of cheese. The cartoons were produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in Hollywood with Lennie Weinrib as the voice of Timer.


Here's hoping that you and yours enjoy this Thanksgiving Day!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Uncle Tom's Cabin," The TerryToons Way

From 1944, a "Mighty Mouse" cartoon entitled "Eliza On The Ice," an adaptation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Produced by Paul Terry, written by John Foster, and directed by Connie Rasinski. Made in New Rochelle, New York and released by 20th Century-Fox.

Here's Another Cartoon, Kids

Time for an old Terrytoon released in 1938 entitled "Bugs Beetle and His Orchestra." This cartoon, made in New Rochelle, New York, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by John Foster.

This film was made for Educational Pictures, who in turn, had the cartoon distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox.

Cartoon Time, Boys and Girls

Here is a cartoon from Paramount Cartoon Studios, released in 1966, as part of its "Modern Madcap" series, this one featuring the mercifully short-lived character "Quacky Whack" in "Two by Two," a cartoon rejected by a member of Paramount Pictures board of directors as blasphemous. This cartoon, made in New York City, was produced, written, and directed by Howard Post, who soon afterward, lost his job as head of the cartoon studio.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ducks And Beavers Climb Up BCS Rankings And Polls

Following their Saturday road victories that set up the December 3 Civil War showdown for the Pacific-10 Conference title and the New Year's Day Rose Bowl encounter with Ohio State in Pasadena, both Oregon and Oregon State climbed up in the polls and Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Ducks: BCS, #8 (up three spots from last week), AP (media), #10 (up one from last week), and USA Today (coaches), #10 (also up one from last week)

Beavers: BCS, #16 (up three), AP #16 (up four), and USA Today/Coaches, #18 (up two).

Packers Hold Off Niners, 30-24

At Green Bay, Wisconsin:

Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 touchdowns and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers (6-4) held off the visiting San Francisco 49ers (4-6) 30-24 Sunday in NFL action. The Niners have now lost five of their last six games.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ducks Top Wildcats In Overtime Duel In Tucson To Set Up Civil War Battle For Pac-10 Crown

At Tucson, Arizona:

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli deadlocked the game with a touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson with six second remaining in regulation time, then ran for the game winning score in the second overtime period on Saturday as Oregon (9-2 overall, 7-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play; #11 in the BCS rankings) defeated homestanding Arizona (6-4, 4-3) 44-41 to take control of the Pac-10 race. The win, along with Oregon State's earlier triumph at Washington State, sets up one of the biggest games in the history of The Civil War as the two teams will play at Eugene on December 3 for the conference title and the right to face Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day at Pasadena.

Beavs Maul Cougs In Pullman

At Pullman, Washington:

With Sean Canfield throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacquizz Rodgers running for two more (10, 39 yards), Oregon State (8-3 overall, 6-2 in Pacific 10 Conference play; #19 in the BCS Rankings) blasted feckless Washington State (1-10, 0-8) 42-10 on the road Saturday to stay in contention for the Pac-10 title and a berth in a BCS bowl.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It Just Proves...

You're never too old when it comes to giving the finger.

Bills Can Coach

What else can you do when your team is 3-6, have an anemic offense, and, to this point of the season, has the dubious distinction of losing to a band of amateurs sporting Cleveland Browns uniforms?

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was named head coach on an interim basis.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Rock N' Roll, The Lawrence Welk Way

Let's go back to 1956 as Aladdin, Bob Lido, and Jack Martin sing "Juke Box Baby" on the Lawrence Welk Show on ABC.

Ducks Climb In Both AP (Media) And USA/Today Coaches Polls; Beavers In Both Top 25s Too

In the aftermath of impressive Saturday home wins, the Oregon Ducks climbed up to #11 in both the Associated Press (from #14 last week) and USA Today/Coaches polls, while the Oregon State Beavers reached #20 in both polls (they were not in the top 25 in either last week).

The Ducks move up two spots to #11 in the BCS rankings and the Beavers climb up four spots to #19.

Beavers Overpower Huskies

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 159 yards (putting him past the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year) and two touchdowns as the Oregon State Beavers (7-3, 5-2; #23 in BCS rankings) throttled visiting Washington (3-7, 2-5) 48-21 Saturday to stay in the race for Pacific 10 Conference title. It was Oregon State's sixth straight win over the Huskies.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ducks Throttle Sun Devils

At Eugene, Oregon:

Running back LaMichael James ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as Oregon (8-2, 6-1; #13 in BCS Rankings) overpowered visiting Arizona State (4-6, 2-5) 44-21 to remain in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Ten Conference.

Make Room For Tiny And Larry

In this clip from a 1959 ABC telecast of The Plymouth Show, which was Lawrence Welk's Wednesday night series, here are pianist "Big" Tiny Little and vocalist Larry Hooper performing "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Original Dixieland One-Step

Here is a clip from the 5th anniversary telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show (1960) on ABC. Russ Klein (Saxophone), Don Bonnee (Clarinet), Bob Havens (Trombone), and Warren Luening (Trumpet) performing "The Original Dixieland One-Step."

Time For Some Dixieland Music

Here are the Champagne Music Makers performing "Copenhagen" in this clip from a 1956 ABC telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show, here featuring Bill Page on clarinet and Johnny Klein (Lawrence's second cousin) on drums.


Niners End Losing Streak As They Pick Off Jay Cutler Five Times In Win Over Bears

At San Francisco:

The San Francisco 49ers intercepted Jay Cutler five times Thursday night as they ended their four-game losing streak 10-6 over the visiting Chicago Bears. Frank Gore scored the only touchdown of the game with his 14-yard run in the second quarter. Both teams are 4-5 on the NFL season.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Rock N' Roll Larry

Here's Larry Hooper, performing "My Little Baby" on a 1957 ABC telecast of Lawrence Welk's Dodge Dancing Party.

Maybe I Should Have Known

Maybe this guy has paid for his sins. The question is whether the Ducks were indeed a better team without him.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Niners Fall Again

At San Francisco:

Vince Young completed 12 of 19 passes for 172 yards and ran for a touchdown and Chris Johnson ran for 135 yards and two other scores as the Tennessee Titans (2-6) racked up their second straight win, handing the San Francisco 49ers (3-5) their fourth straight National Football League setback 34-27 on the road on Sunday.

Ducks Fall In BCS Rankings (And Polls); Beavers Enter BCS Rankings

The Oregon Ducks dropped five spot to #13 in the new BCS Rankings released Sunday, while the Oregon State Beavers are ranked #23.

The Ducks dropped down from #7 to #16 in the Associated Press media poll and from #8 to #16 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

The Beavers are #26 in the AP poll and #28 in the Coaches poll.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Beavers Stun Cal In Berkeley; Bears Lose Star RB To Concussion

At Berkeley, California:

Quarterback Sean Canfield threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns and the Rodgers brothers each scored a TD (James caught a 15-yard pass for a score and Jacquizz ran 24 yards for another) as Oregon State (6-3, 4-2) knocked off California (6-3, 3-3, #20 BCS rankings) 31-14 on the road Saturday. With the win, the Beavers gained bowl eligibility. The Bears, meanwhile, lost star running back Jahvid Best in the second quarter with a concussion after he slammed to the ground in the end zone after scoring the hosts' first touchdown.

Stanford Ends Ducks Winning Streak

At Palo Alto, California:

Running back Tony Gerhart ran for a school-record 223 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Andrew Luck threw for two scores as Stanford (6-3, 5-2) gained bowl eligibility Saturday by knocking off Oregon (7-2, 5-1, #8 in the BCS rankings) 51-42, ending the Ducks' seven-game winning streak, and pretty much assuring that there will be no Pac-10 team playing in January's BCS National Championship Game.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

All In Pursuit Of A Leprechan And A Box Of Cereal

Here is a 1964 commercial , one of the earliest ones, for General Mills' Lucky Charms cereal.

Arthur Anderson did the voice of Lucky the Leprechan for many years.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Niners Fall At Indy

At Indianapolis:

Reggie Wayne scored the game-winning touchdown, receiving a 22-yard pass from running back Joseph Addai in the fourth quarter as the Indianapolis Colts (7-0) won their 16th straight regular-season game Sunday, coming back to overcome the visiting San Francisco 49ers (3-4) 18-14. It was the Niners' third straight defeat.

Ducks (Now #8 In BCS Rankings) Continue Climb Up In Media And Coaches Polls

In the wake of Saturday's 47-20 home beatdown of USC, the Oregon Ducks climbed up again this week in both the AP (#7, up from #10 last week) and USA Today/Coaches (#8, up from #12) polls. The Ducks climbed a couple of spots to #8 in the BCS rankings.

After Saturday's home win over UCLA, Oregon State did get some support in the AP poll, winding up tied for 33rd place with Central Michigan.