Destiny, Truth, and the Penetrating Gaze of Q*bert

Johnson did not really want to go the 1983 Amusement Operators Expo. Sure he liked video games as much as the next person, but his job working at a game maker was only a step on his path to big business success. As soon as he finished his MBA at night school, he would be done with this kids’ stuff and go to work for a company that manufactured planes or cars. Things adults used. Still, he was sent to do a job and he took it seriously, methodically covering each aisle and sizing up the competition.

He had spent some time at the Sega booth. Loading up on swag, a t-shirt and a hat, he then turned down the aisle and spotted the area Gottlieb had reserved. Things looked chaotic there and he was just about to move along when he spotted…HIM.

Their eyes met across the crowded hall and the chemistry was unmistakable. He didn’t know what a Q*bert was, but this was no ordinary digital creation. He knew in an instant that this orange ball with the long nose was his new magnetic north, his soul mate.

The above photo was the last one ever taken of Johnson. It appeared in a 1983 issue of Video Games magazine.

Some say that Johnson is still out there, traveling from arcade to arcade maintaining old Q*bert arcade machines and keeping the dream alive. Some might think that isn’t the best way for a person to spend their life, but look at this photo. In it you see a moment of pure truth, when all of a single human’s destiny becomes crystal clear. Those who argue with truth are fated to never find it.

Destiny Realized

Destiny Realized

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Harrison Ford Is Taking It Easy On The Set of 1983’s Return Of The Jedi

What is a Corellian smuggler, one possibly suffering from the effects of hibernation sickness due to the Carbonite procedure, like Han Solo to do in between takes on location in Arizona’s Yuma Desert?

If this amazing photo from History in Pictures is any indication you just mimic Harrison Ford and pull up a patch of sand and soak in the rays.

Ronald and Nancy Regan

Ronnie, Nancy, and Grandma: Recalling My Grandma’s Love for the Reagans

The death of Nancy Reagan yesterday triggered some emotions in me that I had dealt with a year ago, when my maternal grandmother passed away. She loved everything about the Reagans and was a Conservative of the highest order. Like Ronald Reagan, she succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease after a lengthy battle, living almost 12 years from the time of her diagnosis until her death in February 2015. Until she died, I often compared her longevity to Ronald Reagan. I even remember saying it about two days before she passed away, when asked how she was doing.

I could really kick myself for that.

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View Hundreds of Apollo Mission Photos Online

The Project Apollo Archive is a long running multimedia and info source for NASA’s Apollo Missions. Recently they took things up a notch in reaching out to the greater internet by posting their amazing collection of photos on Flickr for the world to browse and boy is it a lot to browse. Hundreds of photos spanning from Apollo 7-17 all scanned in high-resolution, many of them absolutely stunning, all of them fascinating. So if are a science or history buff, drop on by the Project Apollo Archive and enjoy.


A Tiny TV on every Nightstand in the Eighties?

When I was a kid, I was really excited when I got my first B&W TV. It was tiny, but huge compared to the mini TV that one of my friends received as a Christmas gift one year. His was the stuff of Science Fiction and he used it like you might expect someone would use a tiny screen, by holding it really close to his face. He would even put it on his pillow when sleeping to get the effect of a full screen.

Naturally we were all very jealous, even if the entire thing seemed impractical. While browsing some old magazines last week, I found what looks like a very similar model TV in this photo and it seems like having it close to your face (if not ON your pillow) might have been the way everyone was starting to use it. When I would tell my Mother about how awesome I thought it was, she would tell me that it was crazy and that it was a silly way to watch TV. It would ruin people’s eyes and never catch on as a larger trend.

Of course we know now that NO ONE would watch programming on a tiny screen, when they have the option of watching on a larger screen…


Michael Jackson hanging around with Goofy at Disneyland

In this promotional shot from the early eighties we see Michael in a slick red outfit hanging out with Western Goofy at Disneyland. I have heard of how big a fan of Disney Michael Jackson was, and I have always wondered how often he went to the parks? Was it dozens of times? Hundreds?

Well, whatever the number, he looks to be having a great time with the Goofster in this shot.