Don’t go breakin’ my heart, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips!
On Bewitched, Esmeralda accidentally conjures up George Washington (played by Will “Grandpa Walton” Geer) in “George Washington Zapped Here,” a two part episode.
Happy Presidents’ Day!
January 19 is National Popcorn Day.
With Oscar season upon us, it’s an appropriate time to acknowledge popcorn, the snack food most associated with the movies.
According to “Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?” (Smithsonian.com), early movie theaters did not serve popcorn. The theaters were trying to be classy and didn’t want the fuss or mess. But times have changed, and now concession sales account for 45 percent of theaters’ overall profits.
Here’s a fun 1950s animated theatrical spot for Buttercup Popcorn:
Russell Johnson, who played the professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday morning, his agent confirmed to TheWrap. Johnson died at his home in Washington state of natural causes, his agent, Michael Eisenstadt said.
Actress Agnes Moorehead would have celebrated her 113th birthday today, December 6. Moorehead, of course, played Endora on Bewitched, as well as many other roles over the course of a career that spanned more than three decades. Some memorable roles were Velma in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and the woman who battles miniature intruders in the Twilight Zone episode “The Invaders.”
Below, it’s Endora’s birthday as well, and her daughter Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) is going to surprise her with a Kodak Instamatic camera. (Darn! That’s what I was going to get her.)
Though initially underwhelmed by the gift — after all, what need would she have for such a device — Endora ultimately concedes, “These poor mortals are getting rather clever.” Taking pictures with the Kodak Instamatic Camera is easier than witchcraft!
Samantha: I just bought the most marvelous birthday present for Mother.
[Endora pops in]
Endora: Did you, darling? How nice. What is it?
Samatha: It was supposed to be a surprise.
Endora: [Sees gift.] A camera? Whatever for? I can always conjure up pictures if I want to without all that fuss.
Samantha: Well that’s why I chose it. There is no fuss with a Kodak Instamatic Camera!
Bewitched Kodak commercial (1968)
November 30 is National Mousse Day.
According to Punchbowl.com, “Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that ‘mousse’ is the French word for ‘foam’? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!”
Dessert mousse is delicious, to be sure. But let’s also give a shout-out to one of the best things to come out of the 1980s: styling mousse.
“George Orwell saw 1984 as a time in which freedom was no longer held by the average citizen. L’Oreal, on the other hand, saw 1984 as the perfect moment in time to introduced Free Hold, the first successful hair mousse,” says Yahoo Voices.
Another great thing from the 1980s: Dallas. It premiered in 1978, but it had the ’80s zeitgeist and ran throughout that decade. Below, Dallas star Victoria Principal, who played Pam Ewing, appears in a commercial for Jhirmack mousse.
Was styling mousse just something that Pam Ewing dreamed, like the entire ninth season of Dallas? No, it’s real, and you can find it in stores today. So put some in your hair, get yourself a nice, fluffy chocolate mousse for dessert, and have a happy National Mousse Day!
November 24 is National Sardine Day.
According to Wikipedia, “Sardines are a common type of fish consumed by humans, as sardines are rich in nutrients. They are commonly served in cans, but fresh sardines are often grilled, pickled or smoked…The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century, and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant.”
I think sardines are gross, and I wouldn’t eat them under any circumstances. But then I’ve never been pregnant, like Lucy was when she poured sardines over pistachio ice cream and hot fudge to satisfy a 4 a.m. craving. See it at 01:05 below.
Lucy eats sardines, “Ricky Has Labor Pains,” I Love Lucy (Jan. 5, 1953)
November 15 is National Bundt Day.
The distinctive Bundt baking pan was created by Nordic Ware 63 years ago. According to the company’s website, “In 1950, the landmark pan was introduced, after the Minneapolis Chapter of the Hadassah Society asked Dave and Dotty [Dalquist, Nordic Ware’s founders] to produce a kuglehof [European fruit cake] pan, similar to the one the society’s president had received from her grandmother in Germany.”
Remember the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Ian’s WASPy parents, the Millers, bring a Bundt cake when they come to meet the Greek Portokalos family?
Bundt cake scene, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)