Those of us old enough to have watched “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” back in the ‘60s sure do! Do you remember all those funny sayings from the madcap variety show… like “Sock it to me” and “Look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's?” Or how about Gary Owen introducing the show from “beautiful downtown Burbank?” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” was a showcase for groundbreaking comedy and made stars of celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin.
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Fixing mistakes made on an old fashioned typewriter was an involved process. It entailed very gently removing the error with the eraser wheel and then using its brush to carefully whisk away eraser crumbs and paper dust. In those days, hitting the wrong key mattered!
“The French Chef,” starring the one and only Julia Child, debuted in 1963. Julia was 51 when she created and first hosted “The French Chef,” one of the earliest televised cooking shows. With that distinctive voice and laugh of hers and her real passion for French cooking, it didn’t take long for Julia Child to make fans out of even those of us who had no cooking skills whatsoever. Remember how she never tried to hide any of the things that went wrong or the mistakes she made while cooking? If there was a mishap, Julia would simply shrug, probably laugh a little, and then talk us through her creative process as she found a way to fix the problem. And boy oh boy did Julia Child love cooking with butter and cream! No calorie counting or carbohydrate avoiding went on in her kitchen! That kitchen is now displayed at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Julia donated the room from her home in Massachusetts to the museum.
The saddle shoe is iconic. There was a time when almost every man, woman, and child had them on. They’ve been popular out on the dance floor. They’ve been part of countless school uniforms. They’ve been worn by generations of cheerleaders over the decades. In fact, people are still wearing variations of the saddle shoe.
Gumby was fun… just plain old-fashioned fun. The little fella made of clay and his orange horse pal Pokey brought us on all kinds of adventures thanks to Gumby’s optimistic “I’m up for anything” attitude. Gumby was created by Art Clokey, the “grandfather” of clay animation. Art’s first project was called “Gumbasia,” inspired by Disney’s “Fantasia.” The whole film was produced on a ping-pong table in a garage. Did you know Gumby’s name came from Art’s memories of playing in the mud on his Grandfather’s farm where the adults around him called mud “gumbo.” Do you have favorite memories of watching Gumby?
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Levi Straus began selling bell bottoms jeans in 1969. The style became a fashion staple of the 1970s. Everyone seemed to be wearing them… from folks on the street to celebrities. The pants flared from the knee down and many were skin tight above the knee. The bell bottom design was first created centuries ago for sailors and fisherman. The wide bottom was easy to get over boots, could be rolled up quickly, and supposedly could even be used as a makeshift life preserver when filled with air and knotted at the bottom of each leg.