December 27, 2010

snow day in Boston!


Yahooooooo! Go sledding! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Look out!

December 24, 2010

all the kids...

are getting these. I can't wait to visit on carrot and spaghetti day!
Or pineapple and raspberry day! Or mashed potatoes and gravy day!

December 22, 2010

Santa's trailer down by the river




























I see this trailer every year, and every year I say I'm going to take a photo. Tonight was the night. The vendor went into it and closed the door so I could see the whole mural thang. I think the painted Santa is going to give me nightmares tonight. Trust me, the pics are better blurry. I mean that in a good way! Thanks Christmas tree guy!

December 20, 2010

Mapparium in Boston

I took some family members to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library on Mass Avenue near Berklee. We'll never forget it. GO THERE! Great multi-media show. It's cheap. Beautiful exhibit and exhibit space. Walk around Boston and look at the Christmas lights.

December 17, 2010

I can't stop watching this!

It's a Scopitone from the
early 60s by a group called
The Condors. Great version
of Ain't That Just Like Me.
Another by The Searchers.
Yet another by The Hollies.
Put on yer bikini and shake it!
Love the guys' entrances.
Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

Lite-Brite making things with light

In 1970, I received a Show 'N Tell and Lite-Brite (under the table) for Christmas. It was on this thing that I played my older sister's 45s.

December 13, 2010

a swingin' good time!


One of the grooviest things my dad did was to hang a swing from a really high tree branch in our back yard. He would give us the most powerful pushes which enabled us to touch branches with our feet. My sister and her husband have done the same thing. It's the simple things that bring such joy. The expressions on my friends' son's faces say it all. Hang a swing in your yard and create joy and great memories for your kids... and joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea! Weeeeeeeeeeee!

November 16, 2010

October 23, 2010

oh my gourd

Every fall my friend Laura paints gourds for Halloween. They are the COOLEST and they sell like hotcakes. How can you resist these gouly gourds? If you're in the Marlboro area, go buy some at Trombetta's Garden Center and have some delicious homemade ice cream while you're at it. These gourds look like evil friends. AWESOME!

1960s 45s

When I was a kid, I played my sister's 45s (shown here) and LPs. They collected 45s from 1963-1966. Most of them were by The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five and other British Invasion groups. I played these records long after their heyday. Now with YouTube, I'm able to see tv performances of these groups and it's such a gas. I love all kinds of music but have a special affinity for this era. Shake it but don't break it!
Some of the other records they had: The Supremes, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, The Four Seasons, Diane Renay, The Searchers, Jimmy Gilmer and the FireballsGary Lewis and the Playboys, ? and the Mysterians, The Chartbusters, Ronny and the DaytonasThe Shangri-lasThe Beach BoysBobby Rydell, Trini LopezJ. Frank Wilson and the CavaliersThe Mamas and the PapasThe Association, The Electric PrunesThe Young Rascals, Glen Campbell, Sonny and Cher, Roy Orbison, Lou ChristieThe Jefferson AirplaneThe Fifth Dimension and Sly and the Family Stone.


Above are school pictures of Kathleen (Hopkinton High School class of '68)
and Mary (class of '69) from 1963, '64 and '65 at the height of their 45 collecting.

Above are Kathleen's and Mary's senior photos.


This is a Polaroid of Kathleen and Mary before a football game in September 1967.
Here I am in red knee socks with my siblings on Easter morning in 1968.

Here are my grandmother and sisters in May of 1965, one month before I was born.

October 22, 2010

excuse me...

... while I retire to my fur-lined sensory deprivation skull designed by Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout. I'll take one please.

October 20, 2010

Disc-O-Teen Halloween show, 1967

Disc-O-Teen was a local afternoon dance show from Newark, New Jersey that aired from 1965-1967. The only footage from this program is this 1967 Halloween episode featuring Alex Chilton and The Box Tops. Alex died this year (2010) at the age of 59. He was only 17-years-old in this clip. Here's more info about the show.

October 8, 2010

completely awful song...

...but excellent footage of the Buddy Deane Show circa 1962. Some chick is singing a horrible song that she wrote. This was at the beginning of the dance craze era starting with the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Where in the crowd is the Amber Von Tussle character? They all look like secretaries. Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

September 30, 2010

The Flintstones are 50!

The Flintstones was the first primetime TV cartoon. Read 15 things you don't know about The Flintstones. Here are Wilma and Betty watching The Beau Brummelstones (The Beau Brummels) on Shinrock, a parody of Shindig! with host Jimmy O'Neilstone.  The term "Beau Brummell" means well-dressed man and is named after Beau Brummell. Here are some other performances from the show:
Ann-Margret as Ann-Margrock
• In Bedrock, Twitch Twitch
• Fred is like, squaresville!

September 27, 2010

September 26, 2010

funniest commercials ever!





















I have no idea what's being said but it doesn't matter.
There are several. Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

Alexandra Hotel in Boston, 1875




















At the corner of Mass Ave. and Washington Street is the Alexandra Hotel, built in 1875. The Church of Scientology bought it and they started cleaning it up. Read about it here.

Allen House in Boston, 1859




I love having this groovy mansion in my neighborhood. It's a mix of the Italianate and French Second Empire styles. The Hite sign and building no longer exist.

September 25, 2010

The Larry Kane Show, 1962

Many 1950s and 60s teen dance shows are no longer with us because the tv studio tapes were erased. Here's rare footage of the Larry Kane Show from Houston, Texas. It ran from 1959–1972

Beat-Club

Beat-Club from Germany looked like an incredible show. It ran from 1965-1972. The performances were mostly live with lots of audience shots. Love the beautiful and cool hostess. Here are some clips:

I Can't Let Go, The Hollies - 1966
Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1967
documentary footage
The Tremeloes - 1967
Peanut Butter, The Liverbirds - 1965
Happy Jack, The Who
Out of Time, Chris Farlowe - 1966
Fire, The Crazy World of Aurthur Brown - 1968
A complete episode - 1965

July 16, 2010

July 1, 2010

Teen Time host

The host is wearing a Nehru jacket! His name is Del Curtis.
You can't have a better host name than Del Curtis!

1968 dancing

Boogaloo and Shing-a-ling along with the kids on Teen Time from Stubenville, Ohio in 1968. Culottes, big hair and a Nehru jacket. Check out the album commercial at the end. Money back if not delighted.



Groove along
to one of the coolest songs of the 1960s. What a gas for these people to see their teenage selves. Or maybe they're cringing.


June 16, 2010

May 20, 2010

Original broadcasts from WABC in NYC!



From December 1960 to May 1982, WABC in New York City was the definition of Top 40 radio. It was the most influencial music radio station of its day and had the power to make a hit record. Check out the website music radio 77 and listen to the actual deejays, jingles, promos, contests, slogans, commercials and music. What a gas to hear what rock radio sounded like from the 1960s through the 80s.

May 10, 2010

Phil Spector and the Ramones

























Click on the above photo to read an excerpt about 
Phil Spector from the book. I see a pattern here. 
What up Phil? What's going on in there?