In Search of Bigfoot (1976)

Robert Morgan, Bigfoot Hunter Extraordinaire heads up a summertime expedition to prove the existence of Bigfoot!  Morgan, the hard driving team leader pushes his team of scientists, and naturalists to their limits in hopes of finally proving that Bigfoot is REAL!

Aside from the generic nature shots that’s come to be the  obvious go-to filler for these types of movies, we are treated this time to amazing vistas of the pre-eruption volcano Mount St. Helens in Washington State that eventually blew her top in 1980. The feverish search for Bigfoot takes place around the base of the mountain! Moving from one location to another, Morgan and crew leave not a single rock unturned for their quest for the truth, at least that’s the way it seems. Morgan’s tenacious nature stems from an encounter he had in 1957 while hunting not far from the St. Helens area. He’s quite a character to root for, looking much like a young Donald Pleasence. He’s a man that’s made up his mind, BIGFOOT IS REAL! And it’s him, that will uncover the truth. The world needs to know, as we can learn much from the forest giants. Along the way, footprints are found, witnesses are interviewed, sighting locations are visited. All with the constant plinking of a harmonica/banjo soundtrack that will make some cringe, and some go completely insane. Clearly the budget was spent on supplies, and field tents. Aside from that, we sadly never see a Bigfoot, nor is one ever faked for the sake of showing something for mere spectacle. I don’t think Morgan would have allowed that, as his belief in the production of this movie is as honest as his belief in his subject matter. No, Robert Morgan is a straight shooter in the search for Bigfoot. He accepts no nonsense, and what you get here is an honest investigation. The search that summer is filled with action, but again it’s hindered by lack of anything concrete. To top things off, a forest fire during the final days of the search has all but suffocated further tracking of the creatures, which leaves the team and the viewers sad that the search is over. At least this year…

It’s a real treat to listen to, and watch Robert Morgan. He’s the type of man you’d love to talk shop with. Morgan is one of the first Bigfoot hunters and many in the “field” agree he’s pioneered much in his attempt to prove the Bigfoot’s existence. So next time you’re out camping, raise a beer for Bigfoot, and Robert Morgan! The both of them could be out there right now!

AZTEC for Apple computer (Datamost 1982)

If you grew up with an Apple computer in the 80’s, chances were very high you’ve played Datamost’s AZTEC. This dandy of an adventure game was the pinnacle of gaming for the Apple 2 back in the day!

Imagine yourself as an Indiana Jones (c) type adventurer journeying into the bowels of an ancient South American temple in search of a mystical, and mysterious idol! The quicker you acquire and bring said idol to the surface/entrance of the temple, the more cash it’s worth! I’m not saying the temple catacombs are a cakewalk to maneuver through, far from it!  Just a few creatures you’ll run in to are Spiders (of course), Snakes (sure), Scorpions (you bet), a Giant Octopus (excuse me?), Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs (WHAT???), and the occasional Aztec Warrior, plus a bunch of other awful things you wouldn’t want to step on. Like I said, no cakewalk!

What makes this dash through an Aztec tomb more daunting? The laundry list of keyboard controls! Check it, ready? Here you go:

W-walk

R-run

J-jump

S-stop

C-climb

A-turn left

D-turn right

G-crawl (once)

P-place and light explosive

T-take

O-opens box or digs in trash pile

L-look in box

Z-inventory

F-goes to fight mode. Below are keys while in fight mode:

S-spin around

A-move one to left

D-move one to right

L-lunge

M-strike down

G-draw fun

Space bar-shoot

W,R, or J -move mode

Did you get all that? Good, because you’ll be using all of ’em!

Oh, did I mention the joint is also booby-trapped? Falling bombs, flooding rooms, compacting walls, and more all wait to do you in. Good luck Indy….type of generic adventurer! You’re gonna need it!

The graphics at the time were top notch, the game play was fun and fresh as the temple map would change every time you played. Heck, it’s still fun to play now a days. Check out the video below and see what I mean!

Enter if you dare…press any key…

Hamm’s Beer Commercial – Bear riding in Jeep!

I’m not a huge beer drinker, but if Hamm’s beer let’s you cruise the countryside in a jeep with a bear as your passenger? I’m willing to buy a 6 pack for sure! You saw more rugged dudes on television back in the day. Grizzly Adams, Uncle Jesse, the crew from GunSmoke, and Bonanza. I betcha all those dudes would be happy to have a bear for a co-pilot. Beer was rugged and manly. You were either chopping down trees, or building a cabin while guzzling down beer. I still think that’s cool!

Enjoy this lesson in manly right here! Go have a beer, make it a Hamm’s!

Five Alive

FIVE ALIVE commercial 1981

No doubt riding on the heels of the immensely popular movie 9 to 5, this commercial for Five Alive hits us right in the taste buds! It appears that Nancy has hit a wall at the office and needs a little pick me up! Thankfully her sassy coworkers are there to inject a little vitamin C. After all, typing takes a LOT outta ya!

FIVE ALIVE was a juice drink I used to love. This summer I was reminded of this magical elixir while waiting for a Ferry Boat in British Columbia, Canada. They had it listed on the soda machine and I rand to get a cold can. Sadly it was all out. What a disappointment. I could have partook from a host of other soft drinks, but I had my mind set on Five Alive.

Oh well, at least I was able to pick some up when I got home. Although drinking it there lack the ad-like refreshing spontaneity conjured up in this commercial.

As for this commercial, it reminds us of the abundance of multiple citrus fruit juices you get when you drink Five Alive (or miss getting some). Remember though, it’s all fun and games until the boss catches you screwing around.

NOW, GET BACK TO WORK!

Watch this classic commercial for Five Alive

Introducing Reese’s Pieces! Commercial 1979

Everyone knows what M&M’s are! Now imagine you’re crunching into another dull handful of M&M’s and you get a delicious mouthful of peanut butter! Yeah, that just happened! And it’s good…REALLY GOOD! When Reese’s Pieces hit the scene back in 1979, it turned the M&M’s eating world upside down, well…it did for me anyway. Scrumptious!

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Enjoy the first commercial to feature the bite size bits of bliss! The reactions are real, at least they should be. Try and stop at just one handful, I dare ya! A few years before a little Extra Terrestrial dude fell in love with ’em…I fell in love with ’em!