Monday, August 31, 2015

One Wes Craven Film Nobody Seems to Remember

Wes Craven directed more than just horror films including "Music of the Heart."
Meryl Streep in 1999's Music of the Heart. (Miramax)
It's sort of crazy to know that Wes Craven, who grew up in a strict Baptist family and wasn't allowed to see any movies of any sort, later become known as one the great leaders in the horror genre. Craven has been credited for creating some of Hollywood's scariest films and characters. He created Freddy Krueger and his nightmares, people living under the stairs and the entire Scream series.

In 1972, Craven began his career in horror with The Last House on the Left with Sean Cunningham.

“It was totally coincidence. My mother wouldn’t even let me read DC Comics,” Craven said in an interview with AV Club. “It was just that Sean had some guys with some money who wanted to make a movie that was interesting, and it had to be scary. I literally remember a conversation along the lines of, 'Sean, I don’t know anything about making a scary movie.'” Somehow he managed to do just fine.

Video of the Day: ABC's 1966 Fall Preview

Ever wonder how TV networks used to promote their fall TV season? Here is a special that was created in the fall of 1966 promoting ABC's new shows hosted by Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) who have been summoned by Commissioner Gordon to find the missing show from the line up. Here, you'll see promos for failed shows that you've never heard of like, The Pruitts of South Hampton (starring Phyllis Diller), Love on the Rooftop (with Judy Carne and Rich Little) and The Tammy Grimes Show as well as future hits, That Girl and The Green Hornet

Final Episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

 Mr. Rogers aired his last show on August 31, 2001.
August 31, 2001
The Rev. Fred Rogers had his start on TV beginning in 1953
as a puppeteer for the show, The Children’s Corner which aired on the Pittsburgh public station, WQED. It is there that
he learned that wearing sneakers on the set was much quieter than his regular dress shoes. In 1963, Rogers moved to Toronto, Ontario to work on the CBC show, Misterogers, where he appeared in front of the camera and he acquired familiar set pieces such as a trolley and a castle. In 1966, Rogers moved back to WQED to create the regional show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The show was a hit, but was cancelled in 1967 due to a lack of funds. However, The Sears Roebuck Foundation came through with funding that allowed the program to be seen nationwide. The show continued until 1976. Then the crew started up the show once again to run from 1979 to this day in 2001.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Christopher Cross’ Song “Sailing” Hits #1

Christopher Cross' "Sailing" made #1 on August 30, 1980.
August 30, 1980
On this day in 1980, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross
rose to the top of the music charts with his first hit, “Sailing.” Up to this point, Cross was a relatively unknown singer. His self-titled album is considered to be one of the biggest soft-rock hits of all time and included “Ride Like the Wind,” (which was actually released before “Sailing”) and featured a
backup vocal for Michael McDonald. This fame lead to a sweep of wins at the 1981 Grammy Awards where “Sailing” and Cross won for Best Record, Best Song, Best Album and Best New Artist. Cross’s next hit also came out that year, “Arthur’s Theme” from the movie, “Arthur” with Dudley Moore. Cross’s next Top 10 hit was “Think of Laura” which came out in 1983 and it was his last.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

First Radio Advertisement Commercial

The first radio advertisement aired on August 29, 1922.
August 29, 1922
WNBC signed on for the first time on March 2, 1922, as WEAF and it was the first radio station in New York City. WEAF broadcast what it later claimed to be the first radio advertisement, but that fact appears to be debatable. It was actually a 10-minute long talk, which seems more similar to
an infomercial than a regular radio ad. The “talk” in question promoted an apartment development in Jackson Heights near a new elevated train line. WEAF left the air in 1988.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Video of the Day: Supergirl

Remember, the "S" stands for "hope."

This Day in Pop Culture: August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.
“I Have a Dream”
American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on this day in 1963. Spoken to over 250,000 people, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and has been considered the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. After minutes of a prepared speech, Luther improvised on the “dream” theme: “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream...”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Video of the Day: Burger King McWhopper Proposal

Okay, so this is odd and actually pretty clever. But I don't know how effective thinking happy thoughts will bring about change. For Christians, I think we could make a difference by not always having to be "right" and living our faith instead of pointing the fingers at others. But then, maybe eating hamburgers is a better solution.

"In honor of Peace Day, September 21st, Burger King is inviting McDonald's to team up to create the McWhopper — a burger built for world peace. If they say yes, we’ll mark this ‘burger wars' ceasefire with a one day pop-up McWhopper shop in Atlanta on Peace Day, halfway between our two headquarters."