Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MLB Playoffs: 12th-Inning Rally Puts Royals Past A's In AL Wild Card Game; KC To Get Crack At Angels

At Kansas City:

Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line in the bottom half of the 12th inning, enabling Christian Colon to score the winning run on Tuesday night as the Kansas City Royals came from behind (with two runs in that 12th inning) to upend the visiting Oakland Athletics 9-8 in the American League Wild Card Game.

The Royals, who made the playoffs for the first time since 1985 (ending what had been the longest active absence from postseason play in the four major American sports leagues), will take on the Los Angeles Angels in a best-of-five American League divisional playoff series which begins on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Before Cocoa Puffs....

There were Cocoa Trix.

Yes, folks, it's that silly rabbit on the box, which probably dates back from 1959 or 1960.  By 1962, that cereal was renamed Cocoa Puffs and the rabbit was replaced by Sonny the Cuckoo Bird.

Don't Get Mikey To See This!

1961 magazine ad for Quaker Oats' Life cereal.


Raspberry Red, Lemon Yellow, Orange Orange..............

And NO obnoxious silly rabbit, either!

1955 magazine ad for Trix Cereal.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Niners Overcome Special Team Disasters, Top Eagles

At Santa Clara, California:

Despite an interception that was run back 53 for a touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins, quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for two TDs (55 yards to Frank Gore [who also ran for 119 on 24 carries] and 12 yards to Stevie Johnson) and Phil Dawson made all four of his field goal attempts (29, 51, 46, and 31 yards) as the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) came from behind to defeat the previously-unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) 26-21 on Sunday.  The Eagles had two special-teams touchdowns, from Brad Smith after he recovered a blocked punt and Darren Sproles after an 82-yard punt return.  The Niners' defense preserved San Francisco's first regular-season win at Levi Stadium by stopping the Eagles on third and fourth and goal plays in the final two minutes.

Ducks Stay Where They Were Last Week In Both Polls

Despite not playing this weekend, the Oregon Ducks remained where they were last week in both the Associated Press (#2, with 13 first-place votes, trailing only Florida State) and USA Today/Coaches (#4, with seven first-place votes, trailing Alabama, the Seminoles, and Oklahoma) polls.

Following their Saturday 35-10 defeat at Southern California, support for the Oregon State Beavers in both polls evaporated.

Trojans Blindside Beavers 35-10

At Los Angeles:

Quarterback Cody Kessler passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns (including a 48-yard Hail Mary pass to Darreus Rogers at the end of the first half) while Su'a Cravens ran back an interception 31 yards for another score as the Southern California Trojans (#18 in the Associated Press poll, #21 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 3-1 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12 play) throttled the previously-unbeaten Oregon State Beavers (3-1, 0-1) 35-10 at home, spoiling the Beavers' conference opener and handing OSU its' 23rd straight defeat at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Timbers Blow Two-Goal Lead, Lose Contest To Reds In Toronto And Control Off Playoff Destiny; Lose Will Johnson For Season To Broken Leg

At Toronto:

After Nick Haggland scored twice (63', 70'), Michael Bradley scored the winning goal in the 89th minute on Saturday as Toronto FC came back from a two-goal halftime deficit to upend the visiting Portland Timbers in Saturday Major League Soccer action.

The Timbers not only lost the match, they lost captain Will Johnson to a broken leg in the opening minute in a collision with Reds' defender Mark Bloom, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

Portland's next MLS match will be at Santa Clara, California against the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday night at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (NBC Sports Network).

UPDATE:  With Vancouver's 2-1 come-from-behind home victory over Real Salt Lake later on Saturday, the Whitecaps jumped the Timbers into the fifth and final Western Conference playoff berth with four regular-season games remaining.

Eskimos Smother Riders In Edmonton; Saskatchewan Blanked For First Time Since 1986

At Edmonton, Alberta:

John White ran for 192 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Mike Reilly, who completed 14 of 25 passes for 124 yards and a TD, added an additional 106 on the ground as the Edmonton Eskimos smothered the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders 24-0 in Friday Canadian Football League action.  Both teams are now 9-4 on the season.

The Riders were shut out for the first time since 1986.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Good Old Days

When a bottle of soda pop cost five cents.  

1937 magazine ad for Hires Root Beer, which was made with real root juices.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Here's Groucho Marx, at that time the host of You Bet Your Life, on the cover of the March 19, 1954 issue of TV Guide magazine.

Walt and Friends

Here's the cover of the October 23, 1954 issue of TV Guide with Walt Disney and a few of his cartoon friends.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For Heaven's Sake............

Eat Ralston Purina foods.

Here's an ad that appeared in the September, 1901 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.



Here's Rita Hayworth in a 1953 magazine ad for Sunnybank Margarine, which was available only at Safeway.

She was starring in the Deckworth Corporation-produced and Columbia-released motion picture "Salome" at the time.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Norby's Double Helps Timbers Annihilate Alpha United; Portland On Cusp Of Advancing To CCL Quarterfinals

At Portland, Oregon:

Norberto Paparatto scored twice in the second half on Tuesday night (61', 88') as the Portland Timbers destroyed visiting Alpha United 6-0 in CONCACAF Champions League group-stage play.  The Timbers, currently atop the Group Five standings, now need only a draw (or even a one-goal loss) in Honduras on October 21 against CD Olimpia to advance to the tournament's knockout stage.

Portland's next Major League Soccer match is on Saturday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on the road against Toronto FC (ROOT Sports Northwest).

Drive A '56 Studebaker Today!

Here's a two-page magazine ad for the 1956 Studebakers.


Sunday, September 21, 2014


At Regina, Saskatchewan:

After Weston Dressler scored a pair of touchdowns (one on a punt return, another on a reception) and scored a two-point conversion to force overtime on Sunday, then, after a crazy sequence, Chris Milo kick the game-winning 22-yard field goal in the extra period as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-3) came from behind to defeat the visiting Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-10) 35-32 in Canadian Football League play as the expansion club suffered its eighth straight defeat.

Drew Stanton Leads Cardinals Past Niners At Home To Stay Unbeaten

At Glendale, Arizona:

Backup quarterback Drew Stanton, playing in place of the injured Carson Palmer,  threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to John Brown (24 and 21 yards) on Sunday as the Arizona Cardinals (3-0) defeated the visiting San Francisco 49ers (1-2) 23-14, outscoring the guests 17-0 in the second half as the Niners still have yet to score a second-half touchdown (or a fourth-quarter point) this season. Rookie placekicker Chandler Catanzaro kicked three field goals (51, 32, 35 yards) for the Cardinals.

Ducks Stay #2 In AP Poll, Drop A Spot In Coaches' Rankings; Beavers Gain Support

After their Saturday conference-opening scare at Washington State, the Oregon Ducks remained ranked #2 in the Associated Press (media) poll, with eleven first-place votes (trailing only Florida State) while dropping a spot to #4 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll (behind the Seminoles, Alabama, and Oklahoma, who switched places with the Ducks) with three first-place votes.

The Oregon State Beavers, following their dominating home performance against San Diego State, regained support in the AP poll (where they would be tied at #39 with Missouri) while gaining support in the Coaches' poll (where they would be ranked #34).

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ducks Survive Pac-12-Opening Road Scare Against Cougs

At Pullman, Washington:

Despite being sacked five times, quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks (#2 in the Associated Press poll, #3 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) survived a major scare on the road and held off the Washington State Cougars (1-3, 0-1) 38-31 in their Pac-12 Conference opener.

The game was a battle of two of the Football Bowl Subdivision's top offenses.

Beavers Dominate Aztecs At Home

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Terron Ward and Storm Woods each ran for a pair of touchdowns on Saturday night as the Oregon State Beavers (3-0) dominated the visiting San Diego State Aztecs (1-2) 28-7.  Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 275 yards to become the Beavers' all-time leader in passing yards (11,339) and in so, moved up to third place on the Pac-12 Conference's all-time lead, trailing only a pair of USC Trojans (Matt Barkley [12,274] and Carson Palmer [11,818]).  Speaking of the Trojans, the Beavers will open up conference play next Saturday night in a nationally-televised (ESPN) contest at Southern California.

Timbers Dominate Caps In Cascadia Cup Clash; Portland Now Fifth In Western Conference

At Portland, Oregon:

Fanendo Adi scored twice (66', 69') and Diego Valeri once (28') on Saturday as the Portland Timbers dominated the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 in Major League Soccer (and Cascadia Cup) action as the Timbers climbed up to fifth place (and the final playoff berth) in the Western Conference standings, two points in front of the 'Caps with five regular-season games remaining.

The Timbers will host Alpha United FC of Guyana in a CONCACAF Champions League Group-Five match this coming Tuesday at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (Fox Sports 1).

Portland's next MLS match is at Toronto FC next Saturday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).

Friday, September 19, 2014

George Hamilton IV, Rock 'n' Roll-Turned-Country-and-Western Singer, R.I.P.

George Hamilton IV, a former Rock 'n' Roll singer who found his true calling singing Country, Western, and Folk songs in the 1960s and afterward, passed away this past Wednesday in Nashville at age 77, four days after having suffered a heart attack.

As a teenager in 1956, the North Carolina-born Mr. Hamilton scored a major hit with "A Rose and A Baby Ruth," which reached #6 on Billboard's pop chart and sold in the neighborhood of one million copies.

While he scored several more pop hits during the late 1950s (though none as big as his first), George yearned to be a Country and Western singer, in the mode of such stars he admired as a young lad, such as Gene Autry, and Tex Ritter, amongst others.

By 1960, he became a member of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, where he would appear dozens of times over the course of the next half century.

When he became known as the "international ambassador of country music, " this wasn't hype, but the truth, as he performed in numerous countries all over the world.

Among George's biggest C&W hits: "Abilene" in 1963, which shot to the top of the country chart while reaching the Top 20 on the pop chart.  Other hits include "Before This Day Ends, " "Steel Rail Blues," the Gordon Lightfoot-penned "Early Morning Rain," and the Ray Griff-composed "Canadian Pacific," which reached #1 in Canada.

Here's George's classic recording of Canadian Pacific.

Thanks for the memories, George.  And Rest in Peace.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fresh Cigs

Here's another mag ad for Old Gold Cigarettes, this one from the November 13, 1944 issue of Life magazine.

Complete with Apple "Honey" and Latakia!

Don't forget, the P.Lorillard Tobacco Company invites you to tune in to Old Gold's great radio shows, The Comedy Theatre (Sunday evenings on NBC) and Which is Which (Wednesday evenings on CBS) and urges you to buy more war bonds!

For A Treat Instead of a Treatment..........

1953 magazine ad for Old Gold Cigarettes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maxi Urruti Scores Twice, Timbers Double Up CD Olimpia In CONCACAF Champions League Play

At Portland, Oregon:

Maximiliano Urruti scored twice (11', 57') on Tuesday night as the Portland Timbers doubled up visiting CD Olimpia of Honduras 4-2 in Group Five action in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Timbers' next Champions League match is at home next Tuesday against already-eliminated Alpha United of Guyana at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (Fox Sports 1).

In the meantime, Portland will host the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup clash that would have a major bearing on both clubs' Major League Soccer Cup playoff chances this coming Saturday at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (NBCSN).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Swan Song For Hudson

Here's a magazine ad for the 1957 Hudson Hornet, which came in four-door sedan and two-door Hollywood Hardtop body styles.  This car, like that year's Nash Ambassador, came with a 327 cubic-inch, 255 horsepower, overhead valve V-8 engine.  As was the case with Nash, American Motors pulled the plug on Hudson after the '57 model year to concentrate on  Rambler and the Metropolitan subcompact.


Swan Song For Nash

Here's a full-page magazine ad for the 1957 Nash Ambassador.  This car, which came in two-door hardtop and four-door sedan (like the one here) body styles and had a 327 cubic inch, 255 horsepower overhead valve V-8 engine.  After the 1957 model year, American Motors pulled the plug on both Nash and Hudson and concentrated almost solely on Rambler.  The '57 Ambassador was one of the first cars to include quad headlights.


Wow! A Rambler V-8!

Here's a two-page magazine ad for the 1957 Rambler.  For that model year, American Motors separated Rambler from both Nash and Hudson and made it a separate make (they did the same with the British-build Metropolitan subcompact).  Also, AMC gave Rambler its' own overhead valve V-8 engine (190 horsepower) to go with its' inline six-cylinder engine.

That same year, AMC added the short-lived Rambler Rebel (all 1500 of those cars were four-door hardtops), which feature a 327 cubic-inch, 255 horsepower OHV V-8 engine, the same one used for that year's Nash Ambassadors and Hudson Hornets.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Niners Blow 17-Point Lead, Drop Levi Stadium Opener To Bears

At Santa Clara, California:

Quarterback Jay Cutler threw four touchdown passes on Sunday---three of them to Brandon Marshall----as the Chicago Bears (1-1) battled back from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to upend the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) 28-20, ruining the Niners' first regular-season contest at Levi Stadium.  Niners' quarterback Colin Kaepernick was intercepted three times (twice in the fourth quarter by rookie defensive back Kyle Fuller) and lost a fumble.

Ducks Climb Up A Spot In Coaches Poll, Stay #2 In AP Rankings

Following their 48-18 home beat-down of Wyoming, the Oregon Ducks remained ranked second in the Associated Press (media) poll (trailing only Florida State) with 17 first-place votes.

The Ducks climbed up a spot (past Oklahoma) into third place in the USA Today/Coaches poll (trailing only the Seminoles and Alabama) with six first-place votes.

The Oregon State Beavers, who were off this weekend, still received some support in the Coaches' rankings.  They would be tied with Louisville for 40th place.

Ti-Cats Devour Riders At Home, End Saskatchewan's Winning Streak At Seven

At Hamilton, Ontario:

Quarterback Zach Collaros completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrell Sinkfield ran back a punt 57 yards for another major score as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats  (3-7) snapped with Saskatchewan Roughriders' (8-3) Canadian Football League winning streak at seven with a 28-3 Sunday home domination.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gaston's Late Equalizer Carries Timbers To Road Draw With Rapids; Portland Trails Vancouver By One Point For Final Western Conference Playoff Berth

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Gaston Fernandez delivered the equalizer in the 76th minute on Saturday night as the Portland Timbers settled for a 2-2 Major League Soccer road draw with the Colorado Rapids, whose franchise-record losing streak ended at seven games.  Diego Valeri also scored for the Timbers in the 43rd minute.  Dillon Powers (PK-48') and Deshorn Brown (66') delivered the Rapids' goals as the Timbers now find themselves trailing the Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1 road losers to FC Dallas) by one point for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

The Timbers will host CD Olimpia of Honduras this coming Tuesday at 7:00 PM Pacific Time in a CONCACAF Champions League Group-Five match (Fox Sports 1).

Portland will host Vancouver in a critical Cascadia Cup clash next Saturday at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (NBCSN).

Ducks Overcome Sluggish Start, Bury Cowboys

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 23 passed for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Oregon Ducks (#2 in the Associated Press poll, #4 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 3-0) , despite trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, reeled off 41 unanswered points as they throttled the visiting Wyoming Cowboys (2-1) 48-14 on Saturday.

Another Magazine Ad For Mobilgas

This one from 1943.


At The Sign Of The Flying Red Horse

Here's a 1952 magazine ad for Mobilgas.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cosimo Matassa, Legendary New Orleans Recording Studio Owner, R.I.P.

Cosimo Matassa, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame recording engineer and New Orleans studio owner who set the stage for classic recordings by such legends as Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Professor Longhair, passed away on Thursday at age 88.

If RC Is More To Your Liking.........

1947 magazine ad for Royal Crown Cola with Virginia Mayo, who was co-starring with Danny Kaye in Samuel Goldwyn's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Another Pepsi Ad From '41

Here's another Pepsi-Cola ad from 1941, this time with June Preisser, James Lydon, and Mary Anderson, all of whom were appearing in Paramount's "Henry Aldrich for President."

Time For A Pepsi!

Here's a 1941 magazine ad for Pepsi-Cola with actors Robert Preston and Ellen Drew, both of whom were starring in the Paramount picture "Night of January 16."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Butter! Parkay! Butter! Parkay!

Here's a 1949 magazine ad for Kraft's Parkay Margarine.

Monday, September 08, 2014


1920 Saturday Evening Post magazine ad for Beech Nut Mints


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Niners Coast To Easy Win Over Rusty Cowboys In Season Opener

At Arlington, Texas:

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to tight end Vernon Davis (29 and two yards) while the defense intercepted three Tony Romo passes and defensive back Chris Culliver returned a fumble 35 yards for another score on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers opened their National Football League regular-season campaign with a 28-17 road win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Riders Hold Off Blue Bombers In Winnipeg For Seventh Straight Win

At Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Despite losing starting quarterback Darain Durant (who completed eight on nine passes for 77 yards) to an injury, the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-2), now riding a seven-game winning streak, with Anthony Allen running for 115 yards and a touchdown, held off the home-standing Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-5) 30-24 in Canadian Football League action on Sunday in the latest edition of the Banjo Bowl.

Late Equalizer Salvages Wild Home Draw For Timbers

At Portland, Oregon:

Khalif Alhassan's equalizer in the 86th minute on Sunday enabled the Portland Timbers to salvage a 3-3 Major League Soccer home draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.  Alvas Powell (54') and Liam Ridgewell (74') delivered the other Portland goals while Chris Wondolowski scored twice (11', 85') and Cordell Cato once (48') for the visiting Quakes.

The Timbers' next match will be this coming Saturday at Commerce City, Colorado against the slumping Colorado Rapids at 6:00 PM Pacific Time (Timbers Television Network via KPDX-TV, Portland-Vancouver).

Ducks Climb Up In AP Poll

Following Saturday's home victory over Michigan State, the Oregon Ducks climbed up one spot to #2 in the Associated Press media poll (trailing only Florida State) with 16 first-place votes. The Ducks remained at #4 in the USA Today/Coaches poll with six first-place votes.

The Oregon State Beavers, following their Saturday road win over Hawaii, received support in the Coaches' poll, where they would be ranked tied for 39th with West Virginia.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Beavers Hang On For Win At Hawaii

At Honolulu:

The Oregon State Beavers (2-0) held on for a 38-30 Saturday road victory over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-2).  The Beavers led by as many as 31 points in the contest.  OSU quarterback Sean Mannion completed 26 of 37 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Beavers racked up 464 yards of total offense.

After Trailing At Halftime, Ducks Storm Back To Take Out Spartans In Top-10 Battle

At Eugene, Oregon:

After trailing 27-18 in the third quarter, the Oregon Ducks (#3 in the Associated Press poll, #4 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 1-0)  scored four unanswered touchdowns en route to a 46-27 Saturday home win over the Michigan State Spartans (#7 AP, #6 Coaches; 1-1).  Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 17 of 28 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Devon Allen (70 and 24 yards).

Timbers Reminder

Sunday's nationally-televised Major League Soccer contest between the San Jose Earthquakes and home-standing Portland Timbers will start at 2:00 PM Pacific Time.  ESPN 2 will start coverage at 1:45 PM.

Time For Mighty Mouse!

From Terrytoons in 1950, here's Mighty Mouse, starring in "Law and Order."

Made at New Rochelle, New York and released theatrically by 20th Century Fox, this cartoon, with story by Tom Morrison and music by Philip A. Scheib, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by Eddie Donnelly.

Hungry For Buckwheats?

1955 television commercial for Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Mix.  Originally aired during a 1955 ABC network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.


Have That Constipated Feeling?

1963 television commercial for Exlax.

WOW! A Philco TV Set?!

Here's an ad for the 1950 Philco television set.


Drive A Henry J Today

Here's a two-page ad for the 1952 Henry J Corsair.


Studebaker V-8

Here's a 1951 magazine ad for the 1951 Studebaker Commander V-8.  Pictured here is the four-door sedan, with  "suicide" doors in the back.

This was the year that Studebaker added an overhead-valve V-8 engine to their Commanders.


'55 Studebaker

Here's a magazine ad for the 1955 Studebaker.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Joan Rivers, Comedienne, R.I.P.

Iconic and sometimes tart-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers passed away at New York City on Thursday, according to her daughter Melissa.

The 81-year-old Miss Rivers had gone into cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure and being put on life support.

I've always considered Joan sort of an acquired taste.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Upset Stomach?

Take the Fat Man's advice.  Take sooooooooooooooooooooothing Pepto-Bismol.

1949 magazine ad for Pepto-Bismol with J. Scott Smart, who played the title role on the ABC Radio Network mystery series The Fat Man, which was sponsored by Pepto's then-manufacturer, the Norwich Pharmical Company.

Yes, Folks!

Nothin' quite like drinkin' a Seven-Up while playin' the squeeze box.

1953 magazine ad.

College Football: Ducks Remain Third In AP Poll; Beavers Still Have Some Coaches Support

In the new Associated Press college football (media) poll that was released on Tuesday, the Oregon Ducks, after their 62-13 season-opening manhandling of visiting South Dakota,  remained in the #3 position (with five first-place votes) that they were in the pre-season rankings.  The Ducks stayed in the #4 position in the USA Today/Coaches poll, with two first-placed votes.

The Oregon State Beavers, who saw what support they had in the AP poll evaporate despite a 29-14 home win over Portland State, still had some support in the Coaches' rankings and would be ranked #44.