Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beavers Knocked Off At Home By FCS Eagles From EWU

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Vernon Adams completed 23 of 30 passes for 411 yards and four touchdowns while running for two more scores, including the winning TD from two yards out with 18 seconds remaining as the Eastern Washington Eagles from the Football Championship Subdivision (Big Sky Conference) knocked off the #25-ranked (in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) Oregon State Beavers 49-46 in the regular-season opener for both schools on Saturday.

Ducks Annihilate Colonels In Season Opener

At Eugene, Oregon:

Marcus Mariota completed 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards for a touchdown and ran five times for another 113 yards and two more scores (runs of 12 and 46 yards) as the Oregon Ducks (ranked #3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches preseason polls) destroyed the visiting Nicholls State Colonels (FCS) 66-3 on Saturday in the regular-season opener for both schools.  De'Anthony Thomas ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks while Bryon Marshall (who ran for 124 yards) ran 49 yards for a TD of his own.  The victory marked Mark Helfrich's debut as Oregon's new head football coach.

If Switzerland Is More Your Cup Of Tea

Here's a brief video about the sights and sounds of Switzerland.

Planning To Visit Vienna Anytime Soon?

Here's a video with the top ten sites in the Austrian capital that you may want to visit and see.


I Didn't Know That Jim Backus Was Two-Faced

Here's a commercial from many moons ago for Personna Razor Blades and Burma-Shave.  Looks like Jim Backus had to use two heads to promote the products.

Sorry, Jim.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Timbers Fall At RSL

At Sandy, Utah:

Luis Gil (9'), Joao Plata (15'), Javier Morales (55'), and Alvaro Saborio (67') each delivered a goal on Friday as Real Salt Lake doubled-up the visiting Portland Timbers 4-2 in a nationally-televised Major League Soccer match.

The Timbers, whose goals came courtesy of Darlington Nagbe (31') and Zal Zizzo (77'), were reduced to ten men following the red-card ejection of Ben Zemanski (45'+2) for his challenge on RSL's Ned Grabavoy.

Portland will host Toronto FC next Saturday at 11:00 PM Pacific Time.

Heeeeeere's Johnny!

Johnny Maddox, that is.  Here's Johnny, along with the Rhythmasters with a 1953 Dot Records recording of "Alice Blue Gown."

Tear It Down!

Here's the original version of "Tear It Down," as recorded in 1933 by Clyde McCoy and his orchestra.

Here's More Music

Recorded on January 5, 1937 in New York City, here are Clyde McCoy and his orchestra with "The Goona Goo."

Time For Some Music

From 1933, here's music by George Hall and his orchestra, "I Was In The Mood," with unidentified female vocal chorus.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Time For More Pre-Code Animation

Here's a 1932 Ub Iwerks Flip the Frog entry, "The Office Boy."  In this one, Flip gets a new job and tries to impress a sexy secretary.  This cartoon was originally released theatrically by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

I Didn't Know The Van Beuren Studio Made Mickey Mouse Cartoons...

Actually, no.

Here are Mickey and Minnie ripoffs starring in "The Office Boy," an Aesop's Sound Fable entry from New York City's Van Beuren Productions in 1930, originally released theatrically by the Pathe Film Exchanges.

With musical synchroniztion by Gene Rodemich, this cartoon was produced by Amadee J. Van Beuren and directed by John Foster and Harry Bailey.

This was the kind of cartoon that became a little too close for comfort as Walt Disney soon afterward took legal action against the Van Beuren studio.

Check this out!

Time For An Old Cartoon, Boys and Girls!

From the Van Beuren studio in 1930, here's "Good Old Schooldays," part of the studio's Aesop's Sound Fables series. Originally released theatrically by Pathe Film Exchanges, this cartoon, with music synchronized by Gene Rodemich, was produced in New York City by Amadee J. Van Beuren and directed by John Foster and Mannie Davis (both of whom would eventually rejoin their old boss Paul Terry at Terrytoons).

Sounders Sink Visiting Timbers In Cascadia Cup Clash In Front Of 67,385 Fans

At Seattle:

Eddie Johnson scored the only goal of the match in the Seattle Sounders 1-0 Sunday night nationally-televised Major League Soccer (and Cascadia Cup) contest against the visiting Portland Timbers.

The Timbers' next match is at Real Salt Lake this coming Friday.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Really Thirsty, Friends And Neighbors?

1963 commercial for Canada Dry Grapefruit.

'Riders Hold Off Eskimos In Edmonton

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Kory Sheets ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-1) defeated the Edmonton Eskimos (1-7) 30-27 in Canadian Football League action.

Friday, August 23, 2013

May I Please Have A Piece Of That 3 Musketeers Bar, Buffalo Bob?

Here's a commercial for the 3 Musketeers candy bar with Buffalo Bob Smith as aired on the October 2, 1950 NBC Network telecast of The Howdy Doody Show.

And Now A Quick Word

Brief commercial for the 1956 Studebaker.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Time For A Rare Cartoon

Here's a 1942 cartoon, "All Out For V" from Terrytoons.  This World War II-themed film was the New Rochelle, New York-based studio's first Academy Award-nominated cartoon.

In this one, a peaceful forest is upended by a bombing as war is declared.  The forest animals begin going to work to build military equipment, help the war effort,  and then defeat the enemy.

With story by John Foster and music by Philip A. Scheib, this cartoon, released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by Mannie Davis.


And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's Senor Wences starring in a 1960 commercial for Post Cereals' Top 3.

Elmore Leonard, Crime Novelist, R.I.P.

Elmore Leonard, the famed crime novelist best known for such works as "Get Shorty," "Freaky Deaky," and "Glitz," passed away on Tuesday at his Bloomfield Township, Michigan home at age 87.

Timbers Cough Up Stoppage-Time Equalizer, Cough Up Two Points, Settle For Home Draw With RSL

At Portland, Oregon:

Cole Grossman scored the equalier in second-half stoppage time (90'+3) as Real Salt Lake, who despite losing Yordany Alvarez to a red-card ejection, came from behind to gain a 3-3 Wednesday night Major League Soccer road draw with the Portland Timbers.  Nat Borchers (38') and Javier Morales (PK-43') provided the other goals from the visitors, while Rodney Wallace (24'), Diego Valeri (PK-57'), and Kalif Alhassan (86') provided the scoring for the Timbers, who will travel to Seattle for Sunday night's nationally-televised (7:00PM Pacific Time, ESPN2) Cascadia Cup clash with the Sounders and Clint Dempsey, who will make his Seattle home debut.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


From the early 1960s, here's a Nestles Quik commercial starring Quiky, the product's now-forgotten animated mascot.

From The WTF?! Department

Let's be thankful that Maria isn't changing her surname to sell her line of candy.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Remember This?

1980 commercial for Ragu Pizza Sauce.

Remember That Old Saying...........

" Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella."

That's the title of this 1928 recording by Paul Specht and his orchestra.

The vocal is by a trio apparently consisting of trumpeter (and future bandleader) Charlie Spivak, Johnny Morris, and probably Bob Leitner.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Remember This?

Here's the opening for a 1967 episode of the short-lived ABC Network sitcom Rango, the first of Tim Conway's all-too-many unsuccessful shows in which he was the headliner.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Timbers Back On Winning Track After Downing Visiting Hoops

At Portland, Oregon:

On Saturday night, Ryan Johnson (26') and Darlington Nagbe (33') delivered first-half goals as the Portland Timbers defeated visiting FC Dallas 2-1 in Major League Soccer action.

The Timbers will host Real Salt Lake this coming Wednesday, then travel to Seattle for a nationally-televised Cascadia Cup clash with the Sounders next Sunday night.

Roughriders Back To Winning Ways; Game-Winning FG Lifts Saskatchewan Past Alouettes

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

In front of the third largest home crowd in franchise history (40, 637 fans), Chris Milo kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired on Saturday as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-1) defeated the visiting Montreal Alouettes (2-5) 24-21 in Canadian Football League action.


At Orlando, Florida:

Quarterback Nick Davila completed 20 of 29 passes for 315 yards and six touchdowns (two of them to the game's Most Valuable Player Rod Windsor) on Saturday as the Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul 48-39 to win ArenaBowl XXVI, in a rematch of last year's title game, also won by Arizona.  It was the Rattlers' fourth Arena Football League title.  Arizona became the first team since the Tampa Bay Storm (1995-96) to win back-to-back ArenaBowl titles.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thirsty, Mate?

In this 1962 Kool-Aid commercial, the Kool-Aid Kids get awfully thirsty during their visit to Australia.

Here's A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1956 commercial for Post Grape Nuts Flakes.  In this ad, if you send in two box tops (from specially-marked packages, of course) plus 10 cents, you can get accurate scale models of both the Greyhound Scenic Cruiser and Highway Traveler.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Time For Champagne Music!

In this clip from a kinescope of a 1960 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show, here are Lawrence and his Champagne Music Makers performing "The Band Played On."  Too bad there was no strawberry blonde in the band.

Get Your Free License Plate!

Inside each specailly-marked box of Post Honeycomb Cereal, as this 1968 commercial states.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


1973 commercial from Franco-American's Spaghetti O's, with the jingle sung by pop singer/songwriter (gulp!) Barry Manilow.

See Jayne Mansfield In "The Burglar"

Here's a trailer for the 1957 Columbia Pictures release "The Burglar," which starred Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, and Martha Vickers.

Originally filmed in 1955, producer Louis Kellman could not find a buyer for the film until Jayne Mansfield's popularity soared in the aftermath of "The Girl Can't Help It."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Don't Talk Back To The Margerine

1976 commercial for Kraft's Parkay Magerine, with Vic Tayback.

Maybe It's Time To Do Some Cleaning And Emptying....

If you know what I mean.

1979 commercial for Feen-a-Mint Gum and Feen-a-Mint Dual-Action Pills.

Time For A Waltz----As Only Whoopee John Can Play It

From about 1932 or 1933, here's an early recording by "Whoopee" John Wilfahrt and his Concertina Orchestra, entitled "Tyrolian."  It's actually "The Isabella Waltz."

Like Some Rheingold Extra Dry Beer To Wash Down Your Peanut Butter Sandwich?

From circa 1957, here's a commercial for Rheingold Extra Dry Lager Beer, which was well revered in New York City, where it was brewed.

Like Some Menthol With Your Cigarette?

Here's a 1958 commercial for Kool Cigarettes.

Want Some Peanut Butter?

Here's a 1958 commercial for Skippy Peanut Butter.

Got The Blahs?

1960s commercial for Alka-Seltzer.

If You Would Rather Have Something Else

Here's a commercial from around 1965 for Franco American Spaghetti.

This One Does Bring Back Memories

If you were a youngster back in the mid-1960s as I was, you may very well remember this commercial. I certainly remember it.  It's a 1966 commercial for Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Beffaroni

It's still a delicious product today.

And Now For Something Completely Different

1954 TV commercial for Baker's 4 In 1 Instant Cocoa Mix with Bob Hastings, Don's brother.


Here's a commercial from many moons ago for Red Cap Ale with the velvet voice of the late Vern Smith.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eydie Gorme (a.k.a. Mrs. Steve Lawrence), Sophisticated Pop Singer (Along With Her Husband), Had Big Hit With "Blame It On The Bossa Nova," R.I.P.

Popular singer Eydie Gorme, the lively singer who performed a decades-long act with husband Steve Lawrence, and who, along with her husband, won a Grammy Award in 1960 for best pop duo, and an Emmy Award in 1979 for the special Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin, passed away this past Saturday in Las Vegas at age 84 after a brief illness.

Both Brooklyn-born Steve and Bronx-born Eydie had big hits as solo acts (he with "Go Away Little Girl" in 1962, she with the Grammy-nominated "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" in 1963).

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Soul Vs. Rattlers For ArenaBowl Title

Both Arena Football League conference championship games were played on Saturday.

At Jacksonville, Florida:

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw eight touchdown passes as the Philadelphia Soul defeated the Jacksonville Sharks 75-59 to win the American Conference championship.

At Phoenix:

The Arizona Rattlers used a 37-0 run en route to a 65-57 home win over the Spokane Shock in the National Conference championship game.

The Philadelphia Soul (defending AFL champions) will take on the Arizona Rattlers next Saturday in ArenaBowl XXVI, to be played at Orlando, Florida (10:00 AM Pacific Time, CBS).

Friday, August 09, 2013

Stamps Down Riders In Calgary, Hand Saskatchewan First Defeat

At Calgary, Alberta:

Running back Jon Cornish ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns on Friday night as the Calgary Stampeders (5-1) held off the previously undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-1) 42-27 at home to move into a tie for first place atop the Canadian Football League's Western Division.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Timbers Fall To RSL In US Open Cup Semifinal

At Sandy, Utah:

Alvaro Saborio (7') and Joao Plata (78') each delivered a goal for Real Salt Lake as they held off the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1 in US Open Cup semifinal round action.

Diego Valeri scored for the Timbers in the 90th minute.

RSL will host DC United in the October 1 Open Cup final with the winner qualifying for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.

Portland will return to MLS action on August 17 when they host FC Dallas.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Johnny Football, Johnny Heisman.............

..........Johnny Autograph??!!

If he received any compensation for signed photos and memorabilia, maybe you can call him Johnny Ineligible.

Art Donovan, Baltimore Colts Legend, Hall Of Famer Part of '58, '59 NFL Title Teams, Storytelling Humorist, R.I.P.

Art Donovan, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who as a defensive end that helped the Baltimore Colts win back-to-back National Football League titles (1958, 1959), passed away on Sunday at Baltimore at the age of 89.

Mr. Donovan, who began his NFL career in 1950 with the original Colts franchise that came over from the old All-American Football Conference, went to the New York Yanks when the original Colts folded in 1951, then to the Dallas Texans in 1952---a club which went bankrupt that year, and taken over by the league who converted it into a road team based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, returned to Baltimore in 1953 with the new Colts, who took over the roster of the defunct Texans.

Art was a tough defensive lineman, who, along with Don Joyce, Gino Marchetti, and Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb, formed the defensive front that helped the Colts win back-to-back NFL championship games (both over the New York Giants) in 1958 and 1959.

Art retired after the 1961 season after 12 NFL seasons.  He would make in the ensuing decades make numerous appearances on TV talk shows, telling humorous stories about his playing days.

AFL Playoffs: Rattlers Bite SaberCats To Advance

At Phoenix:

The Arizona Rattlers defeated the visiting San Jose SaberCats 59-49 on Sunday in a National Conference divisional playoff game as the opening round of the Arena Football League playoffs came to a close.

The Rattlers will host the Spokane Shock this coming Saturday in the National Conference championship game, with the winner to play in ArenaBowl XXVI on August 17 in Orlando, Florida against the winner of the Jacksonville-Philadelphia American Conference title contest.

Time For Some Music

Here's a clip of a kinescope recording of a 1959 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Saturday night Dodge Dancing Party, with Larry Hooper performing the "Piccolo and Bass Horn Polka."  Larry's joined by Orie Amadeo on piccolo and Buddy Hayes on tuba.

From The Mind Of Stan Freberg

This commercial for Jeno's Pizza Rolls (circa 1966) ranks as a classic.

Yes, boys and girls, that IS Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.  Stan Freberg had to coax them out of retirement to do the commercial.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Frustrated Timbers Forced To Settle For 1-1 Cascadia Cup Home Draw With Caps

Jordan Harvey delivered the equalizer in the 69th minute off a corner kick as the Vancouver Whitecaps gained a 1-1 Saturday night Cascadia Cup (and Major League Soccer) road draw with the Portland Timbers.  Ryan Johnson scored for the Timbers in the 49th minute.

The Timbers will pay a visit on Real Salt Lake in US Open Cup semifinal round action this coming Wednesday.  Portland's next MLS match is at home on August 17 against FC Dallas.

AFL Playoffs: Sharks, Soul Advance To American Conference Title Game

The Arena Football League playoffs continued on Saturday with two games, both in the American Conference.

At Philadelphia:

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 325 yards and six touchdowns including the go-ahead strike to Andrae Thurman with 8:46 remaining in regulation as the Philadelphia Soul held off the visiting Orlando Predators 59-55.  Predators' quarterback Andy Garcia also threw for six TDs but committed a critical turnover with his fumble in Soul territory with under 30 seconds left.

At Jacksonville, Florida:

A forced fumble on a sack by Matt Marcorelle and subsequent touchdown recovery by Derrick Summers with four seconds remaining as the Jacksonville Sharks completed a 21-point outburst in the last 78 seconds for a come-from-behind 69-62 home victory over the Tampa Bay Storm.

Philadelphia will visit Jacksonville in next Saturday night's American Conference championship game with the winner heading to Orlando for ArenaBowl XXVI to be played on August 17 (CBS Network).

Friday, August 02, 2013

New Uniforms...........

For the artists fomerly known as the New Orleans (and original Charlotte) Hornets.

AFL Playoffs: Defense Helps Propel Spokane Past Chicago To Advance To Conference Title Game

At Spokane, Washington:

Ruschard Dodd-Masters ran back interceptions for touchdowns on consecutive possessions as the Spokane Shock defeated the visiting Chicago Rush 69-47 on Thursday night as the Arena Football League playoffs commenced.  The Shock will play in next weekend's National Conference championship game against the winner of Sunday's San Jose-Arizona contest.

Time For A Movie!

From Monogram Pictures in 1939, here's a film entitled "Irish Luck."  In this one, based on Charles Molyneux Brown's story "Death Hops The Bells," Buzzy O'Brien (played by Frankie Darro) is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered.  The Police blame Kitty Monahan (played by Sheila Darcy) for the murder.  Leave it to Buzzy, who succeeds in helping Kitty espcape and ends up hiding in his home with his mother.  Buzzy and his pal Jefferson (portrayed by Mantan Moreland) manage to fumble, bumble, and stumble their way to finding the real killer.

This movie stars Frankie Darro, Dick Purcell, Lillian Elliott, Dennis Moore, James Flavin, Sheila Darcy, and of course, the aforementioned Mantan Moreland.

With story by Charles M. Brown and  screenplay by Mary McCarthy, this picture was produced by Howard Bretherton (who direced it), Scott R. Dunlap, and Grant Withers.

This is apparently a British print of this Hollywood-made film.