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Good Luck With This Smash T.V. Poster…You’ll Need It!

The first time I encountered Smash T.V. was on a High School art trip to the neighboring state of Oklahoma. To say that my group of friends were not only impressed and addicted by what some might see as the spiritual successor of 1982’s Robotron 2084 is something of an understatement. We almost missed boarding the bus back home we were all so engrossed in the over the top carnage of the game.

Good luck catching that'll need it!

Good luck catching that bus…you’ll need it!

So I was quite happy to share artist Rusty Shackle’s fantastic illustration featuring our two “heroes” blasting away while they collect all of that sweet, sweet loot as well as mounds of VCR’s, luggage, and toasters!

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Just like with his artwork for the Elevator Action poster, Mr. Shackles has really made me want to plop down in the living room with the Williams collection on my Xbox and play this particular arcade favorite.

Of course…I’m stuck at work so I suppose I might have to settle with watching this complete playthrough by MAME Player!

Good Meat Bonus?

Good Meat Bonus?

Joan Collins - Holiday Spa

Holiday Spa (With Fit Celebrity-Spokespersons Cher and Joan Collins)

Ah, the mid-1980s. It was a time of aerobics, leotards, spandex, headbands, big hair, and health clubs where you were likely to run into all of these elements combined. Olivia Newton-John encouraged us to get “physical,” Jamie Lee Curtis did aerobics in the film Perfect, and, well, fit was it.

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One of the health clubs to be a thing during this trend of lady fitness (but not just for ladies, though I’m sure it catered mainly to them) was Holiday Spa, owned by Rudy Smith (kinda like Jack LaLanne, but without the media presence LaLanne had), later became part of Health and Tennis Corp., and then Bally Total Fitness (which only has three existing clubs). Between 1983 and 1986, several notable female celebrities promoted the praises of Holiday Spa, including Jaclyn Smith, Cher, and Joan Collins, the latter two the subject of this article.

This two-part harmony of commercials, found in a collection of Saturday Night Live reruns taped during the summer of 1986, feature our two spokes-celebrities speaking the praises of Holiday Spa before the locations of the local Holiday Spa locations, which in this case, are Philadelphia and New Jersey-area clubs are plastered across the screen.

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So many locations. I love that there was one in the Cherry Hill Mall. Further proof that that mall has everything!

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In Cher’s commercial, she expresses her concerns about becoming fat, and how working out at Holiday Spa can stop that from happening. It can happen anywhere, but this is a commercial for Holiday Spa, not the local gym YOU choose to go to, which is not as good as Holiday Spa. Don’t argue the facts, it’s unbecoming. The commercial promotes a deal of “two memberships for the price of one membership.” Something tells me Cher has never worked out among commoners in a gym, and this looks like some trendy health spa in California, not the typical gym the general public frequent. In fact, I’ve pretty much surmised that what I’m seeing in this commercial would never have been found in the local Holiday Spa locations. It’s probably Cher’s private fitness center made to look like Holiday Spa.

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Two for one, and the possibility that I can look like Cher? Shutup and take my money!

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In Joan Collins’ commercial, she is passing on information to her Butler, Jenkins, who “fetches” her fancy workout shoes and gym bag from a closet full of fancy workout shoes. Fancy, identical workout shoes. Jenkins even asks her if he should do the workout for her, to which Collins replies “No Jenkins, there are some things one must do for oneself.” Like throw Krystle Carrington into a fountain. Or wear linebacker-style shoulder pads. Collins’ commercial promotes a membership priced at $14.98 per month. Of course, one must read the fine print and pony up $25 to register. Oh yes, one must do that for oneself.

I’m also convinced Joan Collins has never stepped foot in a gym that commoners frequent.

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Holiday Spa was the big box business of its time, before big box businesses were a thing, but were non-existent by the 1990s, thus the end of the 1980s designer health spa days. But we can thank Holiday Spa for being the Curves of its time, while assuring us that popular-at-the-time celebrities did, in fact, do their exercise routine at Holiday Spa.

And one must click on the video player to watch these commercials that are everything the 1980s fitness scene were glamorized to be.

Allison can always be found over in her home on the internet, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, if you like the sort of randomness and nostalgia she strives for popping up on your Facebook newsfeed.

She hates gyms and hasn’t been an active member of one since 2007. And her dance instructor said years ago that Cher is an android. Allison is still awaiting confirmation on this.

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What was playing this Weekend at the Drive-In in 1978?

A lot of great movies were in theaters as summer came to close in 1978, including one of my favorites, “Foul Play“. But summer is almost over, you don’t have a lot of time left to enjoy those drive-ins, so let’s take a look at what was playing. You had Disney’s “Hot Lead and Cold Feet” and “Freaky Friday” for the kids and for the adults you had a lot of great choices including a pairing of “The Enforcer” with “The End” or maybe you would like to see “One & Only” with Henry “Fonz” Winkler.

Not much summer left folks, also not a lot of drive-ins, so if you have one nearby, make this weekend count.

ABC Movie of the Week

This 1969 ABC Movie Of The Week Preview Is Something Special

Watching this preview for the 1969 – 1970 ABC Movie of the Week kind of made me really miss those special TV announcements for upcoming films we would be watching throughout the year.

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Like for The Pigeon (Although in this commercial it was Strangers in the Night)…where we absolutely see a fight between the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. and Ricardo Montalban!

Sammy Davis Jr - Ricardo Montalban - The Pigeon

Or a very young…and rather pleased with himself Lee Majors from The Ballad of Andy Crocker which in this ad was The Ballad of Corporal Crocker.

Lee Majors - The Ballad of Andy Crocker

Then we have the first of what would be two Over the Hill Gang TV Movies which featured rather well known Western character actors like Walter Brennan, Andy Devine, Jack Elam, Chill Wills, and Edgar Buchanan as men past their prime that have to clean up a lawless town.

Walter Brenan - The Over the Hill Gang

I don’t know why but when watching that video it just kind of felt like I was wrapping myself up in my favorite blanket.


Gamescience Dice are back in Production!

Gamescience started releasing dice several months ago, but recently Lou Zocchi and is legendary dice company have started to release the classic colors and professionally inked numbers that have made this company so well-respected. I had considered writing about this a few months ago, but I was patiently waiting for the production line to really get cranking, but now new colors and styles are being released every week. It is a great time to be a gamer!

So do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a setup of a set of dice that are as iconic as the game they are used.

Visit Gamescience Dice Online and/or Follow them on Facebook.

Note: If you wan to buy me a set, I will be happy to take them :)


Do you remember when McDonald’s went Light’n Crispy?

A lot of news outlets jump whenever McDonald’s tries to make their menu healthier. Because of this, you might think this is a new phenomenon. It is not, the fast food giant has repeatedly attempted to make their options healthier. The health obsessed 80’s were no exception. One of their nearly forgotten attempts (even by me) was this trio of Garden Salad, Chicken Nuggets and Diet Coke as Light’n Crispy.

Despite my deep affection for fast food, I do not think that I would have been sold on a garden salad instead of fries as a kid and I would certainly never do it up now. The only scenario I could see my getting this is when my sister wanted to go do McDonald’s and was paying and she would eat the salad and give me the nuggets.

What would really work for me would be the McDonald’s Crispy’n Crispy. It would consist of a nine piece McNuggets and a deep-fried cheeseburger stuff with french fries.


This Japanese Commercial for Doritos is VERY 80’s

Here is a swell commercial from Japan for Doritos. The fashion and tone are super eighties, but the best part of the commercial is when the woman in gold roller skates moonwalks (moonskates).

I had not traveled much in the 80’s, my longest trip was to Florida at this point, so I do not have a frame of reference for how my expectations based on what I saw on TV were not matched when I actually visited that country. Seeing things like this makes me wonder if people who visited the United States in the eighties expected us all to be clad in neon spandex and break dancing all the time?

I wish it really was like that…

Stay tuned after the Doritos commercial for a great Little League themed Chee-tos commercial.