Archive for February, 2012

Telly Savalas – Bringin’ Home The Chicken. Baby.

Telly Savalas was a Man’s Man.  Some say he was The Man. It helped that he played one on TV.

No matter how he’s viewed by the masses, Telly cut profile like no other in the history of entertainment.  His voice – to those of us who grew up in 1970s – is immediately recognizable. His tough/cool attitude lent itself to a unique way in every role he played.  He single-handedly made lollipops and pork pie hats cool.  From 007 Bad Guy to NYPD Good Guy, Telly did it all.

And he loved to cook.

Telly Savalas' Swingin' Trailer Pad

Bon Appetit magazine interviewed Telly Savalas for their January 1978 issue, while he was on location filming for his series Kojak. The interview was rich with his opinions on entertainment, stories of family, and wild tales dinners out in foreign countries with the likes of Rod Steiger and Peter Ustinov.  For him, dinner time was a family affair surrounded by friends and relatives. He loved all the basics: meat, fruit, and vegetables – done with a Mediterranean flare.

Telly Savalas Cooking

There’s something to be said for a guy who could cook, act, and had kids old enough to be the parents to his other kids.  Telly was confident, strong, unique, and like no one who has graced the screen since he left us for the Great Squad Room in the sky.  May he Rest In Peace.

Baby.

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White Brocade Dress, Photographed by John Rawlings 1952

Check out this John Rawlings 1952 photo at We Heart Vintage: Vintage Fifties finery, surrounded by epic Fifties cars. Only Rawlings could make a parking garage look so stylish!

Perk-A-Tor the Giant Percolator

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In my search for a percolator to have at my work cubicle, I came across this Cory Jubilee Automatic Percolator at Value Village.  It’s huge; at 18-cup capacity it’s twice the size of my beloved Perky!

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While the coffee strength dial is stuck just above “Medium,” the $5.00 purchase was a mere pittance compared to the $30.00 to $60.00 I’ve seen these Corys offered at on the Inter-Tubes.  Maybe I can fix it if I can take it apart, but I want to enjoy it for a while before doing that.

Listening to it brew is an adventure.

It rumbles to life as the water starts to heat.  As it pushes the water up the tube into the coffee chamber, the pressure pushes the lid up – making it crash back down. Several minutes later, as it finishes up, the boiling and perking gets to a near violent burst of liquid energy – only to slow to a stop before the strength dial starts to glow as an indicator that the work is done.

Clearly, it deserves the name “Perk-A-Tor!”

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Another endearing feature is the gold textured metal ring around the top of the unit, a sign that Cory designed it to make a lot of coffee in style.  This percolator will make a fine addition to my cubicle at work, where the coffee needs to taste much better!

1970s Smith-Corona Typewriters

Check out this this awesome ad from Smith-Corona Typewriters. Posted by Golden Oldie Ads!

Big Fifties Bomber and The Cold War Cowboy

“Well it was about that time when ole Clem mosied on down to the air strip to take a gander at one of them New-Q-Ler Bommers…”

One of the cutest Fifties pictures I’ve ever seen.  The little man has the stance, the hat and the weapons to remain part of popular culture well into the 21st Century.  I wonder if – as an adult – he realizes that his picture is all over the InterTubes these days.  And the object of his determined look?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the YB60 strategic bomber.

The YB60 was a jet-powered prototype version of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker.  Both planes – being integral to the defense of America during The Cold War – were designed to carry nuclear weapons.  While the B-36 enjoyed a fairly long career (1946 to 1959), the YB60 never got past experimental stage.

The official statement that went with this picture says,

A young “cowboy”, the son of a member of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, looks over the Convair built YB-60 during its visit at Edwards from the Fort Worth, Texas, plant.  1953

Ride `em Clem!!

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US Air Force Photo, 1953 (Public Domain)
Original Image URL: www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/040315-F-9999G-008…

A Girl and Her Bike

A Girl and Her Bike - Summer 1970

Awesome yellow bicycle!

This Kodak Ektachrome slide was taken by my wife’s Grandmother in the Summer of 1970. Her family had just moved into the house in the background. There is the nose of my father-in-law’s `69 Corvette to her left (he still owns that car today), and the rear bumper of her Mom’s `69 Lincoln Mark III to the right (I wish she still had it).  I’m pretty sure the wife has no recollection of this bicycle, but am absolutely certain she remembers the shoes.  It’s quite a pattern.

The slide has held up well over the years, stored by her grandmother and then her aunt – until recently being sent to us.  I love being the family archivist!

1981 Budweiser Ad from GoldenOldie Ads

Before there was Bud-Weiser-er with frogs, there were old school pull tabs!  Check it out HERE.

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