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  • 5 cars that I'm surprised I still see
    5 cars that I'm surprised I still see
    As the Rolling Stones song goes, "time waits for no one," and it's true. Either you keep up with time and with society, or it will leave you in the past to be forgotten and abandoned. It's quite a sobering thought.The automotive...
  • The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season, DVD Review
    'The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season' DVD Review
    'The Wonder Years' TV show was on for six seasons and for most of that time it was in the top 20 of all TV shows. It dealt with children growing up in the late 1960's and early 70's. This was the period of the Vietnam Nam War and...
  • Christmas at McGrath's
    What do the holidays mean to you?
    Today would have been my mother's 101st birthday. It’s odd to think that she has been gone almost 15 years, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and the joy she brought us despite her many hardships.Many baby boomers...
  • Childhood pranks
    A crowded home makes everything fun
    Imagine eight people crammed into a 1200 sq. ft. home. Well, that was the McGrath clan, at 12022 Pacoima Court, coupled with a dog, an occasional cat, some stray birds, lizards and whatever else we brought home from the gully.Looking back, I can...
  • Sophie Tucker
    Things you could learn from 'Red Hot Mama' Sophie Tucker
    Susan and Lloyd Ecker are on a mission. They want to make America fall in love with Sophie Tucker.Of course, America once did love Tucker, but the world-famous comedian / entertainer died in 1966, nearly a half-century ago. But this does not seem...
  • The Eckers and Sophie Tucker
    "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" tells the tale of an early superstar
    Before Barbra, before Bette and way before Gaga, there was Sophie. Now a new documentary, "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker," which opened Friday, both pays homage to Tucker and provides a case study worthy of Harvard Business School by...
  • DVD Review: The Wonder Years Complete Series
    'The Wonder Years Complete Series' DVD Review
    It was 1988 and it was right after Super Bowl XXII and a new show was debuting. It was called 'The Wonder Years'. It starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d' Abo, and Josh Saviano. The show...
  • I hated wearing a uniform...
    Part-time jobs in high school and college
    Ok, let’s face it. Most of us had part-time jobs in high school and college. Were they great jobs? Naw, but they put a few coins in our pockets, and gave us a chance to get started in the wild world of adulthood.At these jobs, we also had to...
  • The Women Of The Wonder Years TV Series
    The Women Of The Wonder Years
    On Thursday September 11, 2014 Danica McKellar, Olivia d' Abo, and Alley Mills took some time out for a teleconference call. The cast and crew of the 'The Wonder Years' TV series have been going on the reunion circuit due to the...
  • 'Super Smash Bros'
    Wish List: Top 5 Non-Nintendo characters for 'Super Smash Bros'
    “Super Smash Bros.,” the latest in the hit “Smash Bros.” video game franchise, is part multiplayer fighting game and part nostalgia trip through Nintendo gaming. Its wide roster of available fighting characters is gleaned...
  • Annie Lennox to release 'Nostalgia' October 21 in the US
    Annie Lennox to release 'Nostalgia' October 21 in the US
    One of the most successful pop acts in history, Annie Lennox, will be releasing a new record in October titled Nostalgia. The singer-songwriter took to her blog to personally announce the release of her seventh studio album to be released October...
  • The Wizard (1989)
    Better than They Told You - 'The Wizard' (1989)
    "The" Nintendo. As a kid, my dream was to own one. We had a score of different gaming systems picked up for a buck or two at garage sales by my well-intentioned parents, but nothing would satisfy. The Wizard made it worse.Many argue...
  • Sting-Ray bicycle
    My first bicycle
    Ah, the bicycle! What kid didn’t have one? Back when children actually participated in exercise (you know, that activity where your body parts actually went outside to do a multitude of sports?) most of us in the neighborhood had bikes.As a...
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Poster
    A Genuine Throwback: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014)
    "Hey, kids! Wanna watch a superhero movie?""YAY!""It's got all your favorites: Drax, Gamora, Peter Quill, Groot and Rocket Raccoon!""Huh? Who?"This is precisely how an invitation to go see Disney and...
  •  Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series
    'Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series' DVD Review
    A Black Hole has formed and threatens the universe and especially Cybertron the home world of the Autobots. Optimus Prime and the surviving Autobots have relocated to a human planet called Earth. The Autobots have kept their presence hidden but...