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Play along with Ernie and Bert.

The gang at is abuzz about the retirement of not one, but two pricing games.
Joker, I can understand. I always hated it — it seems counterintuitive that you’re trying to DISCARD a certain card. It’s also pretty similar to Shell Game and Bonus Game, but with an ugly set.

Poker Game, I don’t have strong opinions [...]

39 years and roughly one thousand cartoons after “Sinkin’ in the Bathtub”, Warner Bros. Cartoons came to an end with an unfortunately titled short named “Injun Trouble.” Last fall I posted a link to this cartoon, with Matthew Hunter’s commentary. 
For obvious reasons, it’s generally been kept off television, and is hard to find. But it [...]

Random title cards from the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show on CBS.



Michael Douglas now voices the intro to NBC Nightly News. (See it here… scroll down to the Nightly News podcast.)
Now, Michael Douglas is a fine actor. But he is not a better announcer than the best announcers in the business. This is a typical devaulation of the talents of an entire craft. It’s the same [...]



This guy has posted to Youtube some great old Canadian TV commercials from the 1970s. Some of these are among my earliest memories of TV watching. Everything from beer…

to insurance (and a jingle that’s vivid in my mind)…

and of course, the Colonel!

Old A&W ad from Japan (anyone else find it odd the mugs have the logo embedded in a map of the United States?)

Oh me, oh my


“Tales of the Wizard of Oz” was an early TV foray by Rankin-Bass, the creative team behind all those Christmas specials. Using Canadian voice actors as usual, this show went a step further and did the animation at Canada’s Crawley Films.
The show is badly animated, but the writing and acting are sharp. Because of its [...]

Mort Crim in Philadelphia, before he becomes a news icon in Detroit, gets even with sportscaster Big Al in this legendary clip.



Awakened from my metaphorical slumber… (oh yeah, the running thing? Don’t ask) Here’s Mark McEwen’s emotional return to the CBS Early Show after a massive stroke nearly killed him.

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