Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gladys Horton, Lead Singer of The Marvelettes, R. I. P.

Gladys Horton, the lead singer of the Marvelettes, whose 1961 recording of "Please Mr. Postman" became the first #1 pop hit in the history of Motown Records, passed away on Wednesday at Sherman Oaks, California at age 65.  She did not recover after having suffered a stroke.

Here is a 1960s kinescope of the Marvelettes' performance of "Mr. Postman" on a syndicated Detroit-based musical-variety television program entitled Teen Town.

Time For Old Time Rhythm And Blues

Here are The "5" Royales with a big R & B hit from 1953, "Help Me Somebody," which was released on Apollo Records.  The record spent five weeks atop Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues charts.

Yes, Folks, ABC Did Have A Mascot

Here is Peter Rabbitears, whose voices sounded like it was done by one of the blokes who did Woody Woodpecker's voice back in the 1940s.  This was a promo for the ABC Television Network which aired in 1957.

At least he's no Stewie Griffin!

For Those With Short Hair

How 'bout some Dippity-Do (NOT to be confused with Deputy Dawg).

Television commercial from 1973.

Back In Those Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear.....

When sugar was not a dirty word.

From 1972, here's a commercial for Kellogg's Sugar Pops cereal.

Yes, the off-camera spokesman is the legendary Arizona Cowboy, Rex Allen, Sr.

Fluffy, Not Stuffy

Here's a commercial for 3 Musketeers candy which first aired in 1972.

Brings back memories!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Time For A Movie, Boys and Girls

From PRC Pictures in 1943, we present Armida and Edgar Kennedy starring in "The Girl From Monterrey." With screenplay by Arthur Hoerl and original story by George Green and Robert Gordon, this motion picture was produced by Jack Schwarz and directed by Wallace Fox.



Monday, January 24, 2011

Judge For Yourself

Here are two 1957 recordings of the song, "Silhouettes," written by two New York City-based independent producers, Frank Slay and Bob Crewe.  The two writers released the original recording, by the Rays, a rhythm and blues vocal quartet from Brooklyn (with lead vocalist Hal Miller, tenors Walter Ford and David Jones, and bass singer (NOT the same named trumpeter-bandleader of the same name) Harry James, on their own small record label, XYZ.  The recording would be released nationally by Cameo Records, based in Philadelphia.  The Rays' recording would be a big hit in both rhythm and blues and pop, winding up at number three on Billboard's R & B and pop Top 100 charts.

Here's the Rays' version on Cameo.

Here now is the Diamonds' (lead singer Dave Somerville, tenor Ted Kowalski, baritone Phil Levitt, and bass Bill Reed) cover recording on Mercury Records.  Their recording actually finished higher on Billboard's R&B charts than it did on the Top 100 pop survey (#6 to #10). WARNING: This video contains material owned by Mercury's current parent, the Universal Music Group. You will see a link to the YouTube website and to the video in question.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Packers and Steelers Win Their Way To Super Bowl XLV

The two entrants in next month's Super Bowl became known on Sunday.

At Chicago:

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran for a touchdown and made a saving tackle on an interception return, defensive lineman B. J. Raji intercepted a pass 18 yards for what turned out to be the game-winning score, and defensive back Sam Shields came up with two interceptions of his own as the Green Bay Packers held off the Chicago Bears 21-14 to win the National Football Conference championship.  The Packers will be playing in their fifth Super Bowl (their first in thirteen years).  Green Bay had won on three of their four previous tries.

At Pittsburgh:

The Pittsburgh Steelers scored two touchdowns in a span of 47 seconds in the second quarter (a Ben Roethlisberger 2-yard run for a score followed by a 19-yard fumble recovery for a score by William Gay) and then held on for a 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the American Football Conference title game.  The Steelers will be playing in their eighth Super Bowl (tying the record set by the Dallas Cowboys) and have won an NFL record six Super Bowl titles in their previous seven attempts.

Super Bowl XLV will take place on Sunday, February 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Kickoff is slated for 3:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.  The contest will be carried on the Fox Television Network.

Jack LaLanne, R. I. P.

Jack LaLanne, described as the founding father of the modern fitness movement, and who is also best remembered for his obsession with grueling workouts and good nutrition, passed away on Sunday at his Morro Bay, California or respiratory failure due to pneumonia at the age of 96.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Chapter For The Green Archer

Here is Chapter Four of our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, The Green Archer, entitled "Vanishing Jewels."

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time For An R&B Classic

Here is a classic rhythm and blues recording from 1951 as the Dominoes, which included Clyde McPhatter, sing "Sixty Minute Man."  It was recorded on Federal Records, which was a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based King Records.



Try Spelling "Sauerkraut" With Your Cereal

Here, from 1958, is one of the earliest commercials for Post Alpha Bits cereal.  General Foods, which sponsored The Danny Thomas Show on CBS, introduced the cereal on an episode of Danny's show.

Love That Vegetable Oil!

Goes great with those Certs mints.  Here's a commercial from circa 1959 for the Certs Candy Breath Mints.  Turns out years later that Restyn, which was that special ingredient in Certs, turned out to be vegetable oil. 

Two! Two! Two mints in one, made with a golden drop of veggie oil!

What the hell, enjoy!

Remeber, When You're Away From Home...

You can always carry a small pack of Phillips Milk of Magnesia Tablets with you, as this ad, which I believe, first aired in the early 1960s, demonstrates.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don Kirshner, R. I. P.

Don Kirshner, the songwriter and rock and roll producer who managed such songwriting talent as Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Howard Greenfield and many others while providing music for The Monkees' TV series, including "I'm A Believer," passed away on Monday at Boca Raton, Florida from Heart Failure at age 77.

Oh, Reege!

Well, an era in television history is set to end this summer or fall.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Time For A Movie, Boys and Girls!

From Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corporation in 1936, we present ,for your viewing enjoyment, "The Dark Hour, " with Ray Walker, Berton Churchill, Irene Ware, Hobart Bosworth, and Hedda Hopper.  With screenplay by Ewart Adamson, based upon Sinclair Gluck's novel, "The Last Trap," this movie was produced by George Batcheller and directed by Charles Lamont.

As The Song First Popularized By Harry James Might Indicate..

I've heard THAT song before.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

NFL Playoffs: Bears Dominate Seahawks, Get Packers At Home Next; Jets Back Up Trash Talk With Upset Of Pats In Foxborough

The second round of the National Football League playoffs concluded Sunday with two more divisional playoffs.

At Chicago:

Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for two touchdowns (58 yards to Greg Olsen and 39 to Kellen Davis) and ran for two more (6 and 9 yards respectively) as the Chicago Bears defeated the visiting Seattle Seahawks 35-24 in an NFC divisional playoff game.  The Bears will host their archrivals, the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in the NFC Championship Game (12:00 Noon Pacific Time, Fox).  It will only be the second playoff encounter in this, the NFL's oldest rivalry (the Bears defeated the Packers 33-14 at home in a Western Division tie-breaking playoff game before defeating the New York Giants 37-9 for the NFL title, also at home).  The two NFC North division rivals split their two-game regular-season series, with the Bears winning their home contest 20-17 on September 17 and the Packers, needing a win just to even make the playoffs, winning the rematch on two weeks ago 10-3 at Lambeau Field.

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Mark Sanchez completed 16 of 25 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns (one each to Ladainian Tomlinson, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes) as the New York Jets knocked off the hosts New England Patriots 28-21 to make it to their second straight AFC Championship game.  They will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road next Sunday starting at 3:30 PM Pacific Time (CBS).  The Jets knocked off the Steelers 22-17 in Pittsburgh on December 19.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

NFL Playoffs: Steelers Take Advantage Of Ravens Boo-Boos; Packers Turn Falcons Into Fried Chicken

Two divisional playoff games, one in each conference, took place in the National Football League playoffs on Saturday.

At Pittsburgh:

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit and took advantage of three Baltimore turnovers in the third quarter as they came back to defeat their guests 31-24 in an AFC divisional playoff.  Any hope that the Ravens had of pulling the game out effectively evaporated when Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for two touchdowns, hit Antonio Brown with a 58-yard pass completion, setting up Rashard Mendenhall's second touchdown run, this time from two yards out with 93 seconds remaining.

The Steelers will be playing in their third AFC Championship game in three years next Sunday, either at Foxborough, Massachusetts or at home, depending on the outcome of this Sunday's New York Jets-New England Patriots contest.

At Atlanta:

Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and three touchdown and ran for another as the Green Bay Packers carved up the Atlanta Falcons' defense in their 48-21 road victory over the NFC's top-seeded team.  The Packers will travel to Seattle or Chicago for next Sunday's NFC Championship game.

The Green Archer, Chapter 3

Time for "The Devil's Dictograph," the third chapter of our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, The Green Archer.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Margaret Whiting, R. I. P.

Margaret Whiting, a songwriter's daughter (and sometimes colaborator with Johnny Mercer) who was a teenaged big band singer who would go on to a long and acclaimed career recording hit songs and  performing in nightclubs and on television, passed away on Monday at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey from natural causes at age 86.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky: Together Again

David Nelson, the elder son of Ozzie and Harriet, as well as Rick's older brother, and the last surviving member of the family whose classic television program ran on ABC from 1952-66 as well as on radio, passed away on Tuesday at his Century City, California home of complications from colon cancer at age 74.

Monday, January 10, 2011


At Glendale, Arizona:

Running back Michael Dyer came up with two big runs in the game's final offensive possession, setting up Wes Byrum's 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Auburn (14-0) a 22-19 win over Oregon (12-1) Monday night, enabling the Tigers to win the BCS National Championship game and their first national title since 1957.

Auburn's win made it the fifth year in a row that the BCS crown was won by a team from the Southeastern Conference (Florida in 2006 and 2008, LSU in 2007, and Alabama in 2009). 

Texas Longhorns

Here's a key reason why they did not defect to the Pac-10.

Cookie Gilchrist, R. I. P.

Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist , a former Buffalo Bills fullback who helped lead that team to the 1964 American Football League championship, passed away on Monday at a assisted living facility near Pittsburgh at age 75.

Mr. Gilchrist had been suffering from cancer.

After six years in the Canadian Football League, Cookie signed on with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL and ran for 1096 yards that year.

He played a major role in Buffalo's AFL title season of 1964.

In 1965, he was traded to the Denver Broncos for fellow fullback Billy Joe.

He played with the expansion Miami Dolphins in 1966 then returned to the Broncos in 1967, but retired the following year rather than play for the Cincinnati Bengals who had chosen him in the AFL expansion draft.

Cookie retired with 4,293 rushing yards (AFL only) and 37 touchdowns and, in one 1963 game, ran for 243 against the newly-reorganized New York Jets.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wolf Pack Hold Off BC In Mac and Cheese Bowl

At San Francisco:

Rishard Matthews caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score as Nevada (13-1) capped off the most successful year in the school's football program's top-flight history with a 20-13 win over Boston College (7-6) in Sunday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. 

NFL Playoffs: Ravens Pull Away From Chiefs In Second Half; Aaron Rodgers Throws For Three TDs As Packers Pluck Eagles

The opening round of the National Football League playoffs concluded with two Sunday contests.

At Kansas City:

With their defense coming up with three sacks of quarterback Matt Cassel, and with their own QB Joe Sacco throwing for two touchdowns, the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 on the road in an AFC opening round match.  The loss was the Chiefs' seventh straight playoff setback, an NFL record.

At Philadelphia:

Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, and James Starks ran for 123 yards as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the homestanding Philadelphia Eagles 21-16.  Defensive back Tramon Williams iced the NFC opening round playoff game for the Packers with his end zone interception of a Michael Vick pass with 33 seconds remaining.

Divisional Playoffs next Saturday and Sunday:



Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1:30 PM, CBS

The Ravens and Steelers, two AFC North Division rivals, split the regular-season series between them winning one game apiece at the other team's stadium. Baltimore took game one at Pittsburgh on October 3, 17-14, while Pittsburgh took the rematch at Baltimore on December 5, 13-10.


Green Bay at Atlanta, 5:00 PM, FOX

Back on November 28, the Falcons beat the visiting Packers 20-17.



Seattle at Chicago, 10:00 AM, FOX

The Seahawks knocked off the Bears in Chicago 23-20 on October 17.


New York Jets at New England, 1:30 PM, CBS

The Jets and Patriots, two AFC East Division rivals, split their two-game season series, each winning at home.  The Jets took game one at home 28-14 on September 19 at East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Patriots got their revenge at Foxborough, Massachusetts on December 6, horse whipping the Jets 45-3.

All times Pacific 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Time For Another Chapter With The Green Archer

Time for the second chapter of The Green Archer, our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, "The Face At The Window."


NFL Playoffs: No Super Bowl Rematch: Saints, Colts Fall

The National Football League Playoffs got under way with two games on Saturday.

At Seattle:

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for four touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ran 67 yards for the game-clinching score with 3:22 remaining as the Seattle Seahawks became the first team with a losing regular-season record to win a playoff game, 41-36 at home, in an NFC opening round contest,  over the defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints.  The Seahawks will play next weekend in a divisional playoff game, either at Chicago (if Green Bay wins at Philadelphia this coming Sunday) or Atlanta (if the Eagles beat the visiting Packers).

At Indianapolis:

LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two touchdowns and Nick Folk connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired as the New York Jets got their revenge for losing last year's AFC title game, beating the Indianoplis Colts 17-16 on the road.  The Jets will visit the New England Patriots in a divisional playoff game at Foxborough, Massachusetts next Sunday.

The defeats suffered by the Saints and Colts marked the first time that both of the previous year's Super Bowl combatants were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.

Panthers Use Special Teams To Top Wildcats In Cat Fight In Birmingham

At Birmingham, Alabama:

Pittsburgh (8-5) defeated Kentucky (6-7) 27-10 in Saturday's BBVA Compass Bowl.  The Panthers scored two touchdowns off mistakes committed by the Wildcats' punting team. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bayou Bengals Turn Up The Heat In The Second Half To Overpower Aggies At Jerry's House

At Arlington, Texas:

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson threw three touchdown passes to Terrance Toliver (42, 2, 41 yards) and ran for another as Louisiana State (11-2) defeated Texas A & M (9-4) 41-24 in Friday's edition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl. 

Eagles Erase 19-Point Deficit To Claim FCS Crown

At Frisco, Texas:

Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw three touchdown passes, two to Brandon Kaufman (including the game winner with 2:47 remaining as Eastern Washington (13-2)  erased a 19-point third-quarter deficit and defeated defending champions Delaware (12-3) 20-19 Friday night to win the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national championship game, winning their first-ever Division I national title. 

Looks Like Stanford Will Be Looking For A New Head Football Coach

Looks like the Niners are looking to "Captain Comeback" to lead San Francisco out of an eight-year postseason drought.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Red Hawks Cap Off Historic Turnaround

At Mobile, Alabama:

Austin Boucher threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns as Miami of Ohio (10-4) defeated Middle Tennessee State (6-7) 35-21 Thursday night in the bowl.  The Red Hawks became the first team in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) to win ten or more games the year after losing ten or more games (they were 1-11 in 2009).

It May Be Too Early For Baseball Season.....However......

Here is Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson starring as himself in "The Jackie Robinson Story."  This 1950 motion picture, distributed by Eagle-Lion Films, was written by Lawrence Taylor (NOT the Hall of Fame linebacker) and Arthur Mann, produced by Mort Briskin, and directed by Alfred E. Green.  Joining Jackie in the cast are Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, Ben Lessy, Bill Spaulding, and Billy Wayne.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Time For A Treat

Time for a 1924 short from the Hal Roach studios from their Our Gang (The Little Rascals) series, "The Sun Down Limited."  Originally released theatrically by Pathe.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Best Showing Since 2002 And Sweep Of Division Opponents Not Enough: Raiders Cut The Cable As Tom Gets The Boot

Even after finishing 8-8 and winning all six games played against division opponents, Al Davis decided that he could come up with a better coach than Tom Cable.

Buckeyes Hold Off Hogs In Nawlins

At New Orleans:

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns and Solomon Thomas intercepted a Ryan Mallett pass with 58 seconds remaining as Ohio State (12-1) defeated Arkansas (10-3) 31-26 in Tuesday night's Allstate Sugar Bowl.  The win was the Buckeyes' first in ten bowl games against teams from the Southeastern Conference.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cardinal Throttle Hokies For First Bowl Win Since 1996 And Likely First Top-Five Finish Sinch 1940

At Miami:

Quarterback Andrew Luck, in what may have been his final game in a Cardinal uniform, threw for four touchdowns on Monday night as Stanford (12-1) won their first bowl since 1996 as they dominated the second half and manhandled Virginia Tech (11-3) 40-12 in the Discover Orange Bowl.  The Cardinal are almost certain to finish ranked in the top five for the first time since 1940.

Man-Genius Canned: Browns Looking For Eric's Replacement

After back-to-back 5-11 seasons, and not being Mike Holmgren's hire to begin with, the ex-New York Jets coach in now the ex-Cleveland Browns coach.

Honey West, R. I. P.

Anne Francis, the actress best remembered to some folks for her title role portrayal of a female James Bond in the 1965-66 ABC Network TV series Honey West, a spinoff from Burke's Law, passed away on Sunday at age 80 from complications from pancreatic cancer at Santa Barbara, California retirement home.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Niners Club Cards In Season Finale; NFL Playoff Field Set

At San Francisco:

Alex Smith threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis in the third quarter as the San Francisco 49ers (6-10), in what was likely Jim Tomsula's one game as interim head coach, buried the visiting Arizona Cardinals (5-11) 38-7 in the season finale for both teams on Sunday.

The field for the playoffs is now set.


The top two seeds will have next weekend off and will host divisional playoff games the weekend of January 15 and 16.

1. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
2. Chicago Bears (11-5)

New Orleans (11-5) travels to Seattle (7-9, first team to reach the playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike season) for a Saturday opening round game, starting at 1:30 PM.

Green Bay (10-6) will be at Philadelphia (10-6) for a Sunday contest that starts at 1:30 PM


The top two seeds will start seeing playoff action at home in the divisional playoffs on January 15 and 16.

1. New England Patriots (14-2)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

On Saturday night, Indianapolis (10-6) will play host to the New York Jets (11-5) in an AFC opening-round contest starting at 5:00 PM.

Sunday will see Baltimore (12-4) visit Kansas City (10-6) starting at 10:00 AM.

All times Pacific

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sooners End BCS Bowl Drought

At Glendale, Arizona:

Landry Jones completed 34 of 49 pass attempts for 429 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma (12-2) defeated Connecticut (8-5) in Saturday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, ending the Sooners' five-game Bowl Championship Series-game losing streak.

Horned Frogs Prove To Be Worthy Of National Championship Chance; Badgers' Defeat Capped Off Perfectly Awful New Year's Day For Big Ten

At Pasadena, California:

Andy Dalton threw for a touchdown and ran for another while Tank Carder swatted a late two-point conversion pass attempt in the final moments as TCU (13-0) completed the second perfect season in school history (1938 was the other) by holding off Wisconsin (11-2) 21-19 in Saturday's Rose Bowl game, the opening contest of the Bowl Championship Series.  With the Badgers' defeat, the Big Ten Conference went 0-5 in Saturday's bowl games.

Bulldogs Hand Wolverines Humiliating Defeat In J-Ville

At Jacksonville, Florida:

In a double dose of gawd-awful showings by Big Ten Conference schools from the state of Michigan on Saturday, quarterback Chris Relf threw for three touchdowns and ran for another while running back Vick Ballard ran for three scores himself as Mississippi State (9-4) handed Michigan (7-6) their most lopsided bowl defeat 52-14 in the Gator Bowl.  The 52 points were the most ever surrendered by the Wolverines in a bowl game.  This putrid performance may have sealed the fate of embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.

'Bama Rips Spartans Apart In Orlando

At Orlando, Florida:

Alabama (10-3) buried Michigan State (11-2) 49-7 in the most lopsided game in the history of the Capital One Bowl (which began as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947).  Mark Ingram set a new Alabama school career record on Saturday with two touchdown runs, giving the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner 42 rushing touchdowns in his career.  Quarterback Greg McElroy helped the Crimson Tide's cause as he threw for 220 yards and a touchdown.

Gators Send Urban Out A Winner Versus Joe Pa's Nittany Lions

At Tampa, Florida:

In Urban Meyer's final game as Florida's head football coach, Omarius Hines and Mike Gillislee ran for touchdowns, Chas Henry knocked in three field goals in the second half, and Ahmad Black sealed the contest with an 80-yard return of an interception for a TD as the Gators (8-5) defeated Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions (7-6) 37-24 in Saturday's Outback Bowl.

Wildcats Still Waiting For First Bowl Win Since '49; Setback Sets Pace For Awful Saturday For Big Ten

At Dallas:

Taylor Potts threw for four touchdowns and scored an additional TD thanks to a trick play as Texas Tech (8-5) withstood a Northwestern (7-6) rally to win the inaugural edition of the TicketCity bowl 45-38 on Saturday.  The Wildcats, who still have not won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, have lost their last eight bowl games.  The Red Raiders also got help from Eric Stephens, who ran 86 yards for a touchdown.

What Could Be A Better Way To Start 2011.....

Than to present "Prison Bars Beckon," the opening chapter of the 1940 Columbia Pictures serial The Green Archer?  This 15-episode chapter play stars Victor Jory and Iris Meredith, with James Craven, Robert Fiske, Dorothy Fay, Forrest Taylor, Jack Ingram, Joseph W. Girard, Fred Kelsey, and Kit Guard.  Bases upon Edgar Wallace's novel of the same name, the screenplay was written by Morgan B. Cox, John Cutting, Jesse A. Duffy, and the serial's director, James W. Horne.



Happy New Year from all of us at Bob's House!