In memory of James Garner, who died yesterday, July 19, 2014. Here’s one of the Polaroid commercials he did with Mariette Hartley in the late 70s and early 80s.
In memory of Phyllis Diller - here she is s a guest on The Liberace Show
Today would have been her 97th birthday
Denise Nicholas, who played guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on Room 222, turns 70 today, June 12th, 2014.
Video: Opening credits, Room 222
Who says there ain’t no rhyme for “oranges”?
"Oranges, Smoranges" performed by Witchiepoo, Seymour, and Orson (aka The Three Oranges), on H.R. Pufnstuf (Sept. 20, 1969)
July 5 is National Apple Turnover Day.
Just a few years before co-starring with Larry Hagman in Dallas, Charlene Tilton co-starred with the Pillsbury Doughboy in this Pillsbury Apple Turnover Pies commercial.
1970 Rice Krispies commercial with David Cassidy and Shirley Jones as Keith and Shirley Partridge
I think I love this!
The Lawrence Welk Show made its national TV debut 59 years ago today, on July 2, 1955. It aired on ABC until 1971, and then in first-run syndication from 1971 to 1982.
In honor of this anniversary, here is one of my favorite Lawrence Welk Show clips. The chandeliers, the big “GERITOL” sign, the harpsichord, the square old people dancing, and the Stepford-like singers popping their heads into the frame, all combine to give this performance of “Georgy Girl” a surreal quality…
June 21 is National Peaches and Cream Day.
Say, who is that familiar face (on the left) in this 1984 commercial for Peaches ’n Cream Barbie? Why, it’s none other than a young Tiffani-Amber Thiessen!
Born on this date: Lester Flatt
Bluegrass musician Lester Flatt was born on June 19, 1914. He would have been 100 today!
To fans of classic TV, he is the man who sang “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (albeit the single, not the version heard in the opening to The Beverly Hillbillies). In the TV theme version, he and musical partner Earl Scruggs provided accompaniment to vocals by Jerry Scoggins.
Flatt and Scruggs appeared as themselves in a handful of episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.
Kami Cotler, who charmed audiences as Elizabeth, the littlest Walton on The Waltons, turns 49 today, June 17, 2014.
How is that even possible? Why, I remember when Elizabeth turned 13 in a spooky 1978 episode called “The Changeling.” In the episode, Elizabeth is terrorized by a poltergeist, or “poultry ghost” as Ike Godsey calls it.
Below, The Waltons meets the movie Poltergeist as someone has set scenes from “The Changeling” to Carol Anne’s theme.
Today in 1963 - Barbra Streisand appears on “Ed Sullivan Show”
TV sitcoms of the 1980s were often about teaching viewers a lesson. Sometimes subtly, usually overtly. Whether the message was moral or ethical in nature, the gist was one of acceptance: body image, race, sexuality, ability. And The Facts of Life, the longest-running sitcom of the decade, covered them all, breaking new TV ground for taboo and uncomfortable topics.
Like having cerebral palsy and cracking jokes about it.
In the ’80s, that was enough to tighten the sphincters of the politically correct across the country. Poking fun at a serious condition, an obvious physical challenge? The Facts of Life said sure, let’s do it.
Ann B. Davis originally gained fame as “Schultzy” on the NBC sitcom “The Bob Cummings Show”, which aired from 1955 to 1959. Then, later, she was Alice on “The Brady Bunch” which ran on Friday nights on ABC from 1969 to 1974.
Davis, who won two Emmy Awards for her role as the peppery secretary Schultzy, died Sunday after a fall in her bathroom, CNN reported, adding that she hit her head and never regained consciousness. She was 88.