From the January 1982 Howard Binford’s Guide, an ad for the sporting event of the season – women’s mud wrestling, “Like You’ve Never Seen It!” I don’t know exactly how much women’s mud wrestling the Old Broadway thought Fargoans had seen, but it was apparently nothing compared to what the Chicago Knockers would bring to the Fargo Civic Auditorium on that cold Thursday night.
The Chicago Knockers were worth above-the-fold crediting; if you’re a fan of G.L.O.W. on Netflix, you’d appreciate that there’s more to women’s wrestling in the 1980s than nationally syndicated WWF-style rings and wacky characters. The Chicago Knockers toured internationally, bringing their muddy messiness to audiences everywhere.
They had their detractors though: during his term as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, future Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had to remind the city council that, although he thought women’s mud wrestling was degrading, they shouldn’t me making moral decisions when issuing entertainment permits, after the council denied the Chicago Knockers a chance to perform. A lawyer stepped in and the Chicago Knockers brought their messy fun to Burlington anyway.
It appears the “celebrity matches” were generally local celebrities dragged into the athletic hijinks, but I’m not sure who they would have taken to the mat: my votes are for Dewey Bergquist and Kay Burgum, but they probably weren’t available.
The 1980s were a golden time for cartoons: they came on at 6am, ran until you had to go to school, then as soon as you walked through the door after school, more cartoons until dinner. At least it was that way on KVRR, the UHF station that aired Fox affiliate shows in the evening but the rest of the day was a cornucopia of syndicated content.
KVRR was so devoted to children’s programming they even enlist the help of this guy: Vorr-Trexx the Defender:
For the life of me, I don’t remember the dude, who looks like he would have a fine career in pro wrestling if he hadn’t devoted his life to cartoons and other cartoon-like TV programming. He was so awesome he did in-person appearances when necessary, as documented in these three spots I found on an ancient video tape:
I hope he was well-compensated for this role; the lives of children were at stake! Or, at least it kept us out of our parents’ hair for a while, which is almost as important.
He certainly seems to enjoy it.
When quiet time is a silent prayer for it all to end.
Vintage LP spotted at a local thrift shop. See also: How To Pray & Stay Awake.
Culture Clash Records in Toledo, OH, was nearly out of business due to road construction, when the owner decided to give their roof an upgrade: he took hundreds of record albums, climbed a ladder, and screwed them into his roof:The owner says the albums immediately started melting and warping in the sun, and he loved it.
The city, however, doesn’t love it: his vinyl roof has been declared a “public nuisance” and he has to take it down. He doesn’t mind — he’s going to find something “cooler and stranger” to do — but I hope he does something about the hundreds of screw-holes in his roof, that can’t be good for waterproofing.
Starting today, and running until October 9th, 2015 (or supplies run out) Second Spin has sales on CDs and DVDs, $5 and $4, respectively.
Or, if you prefer the collectible and out of print stuff, use code FALL15 get 10% off until November 30, 2015.
I know we’re not really due for another Dames & Dogs post, but this is pretty special! The fabulous “people look like their dogs” bits from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. Via.
In case you were wondering why there was such a liberal use of the #LawrenceWelk on Tweety Machine tonight, hubby & I were Live Tweeting tonight’s PBS showing of the 1979 Easter episode of The Lawrence Welk Show. (Live Tweeting is like a Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) riff, only with even cheaper production value.) No, we didn’t blowup Twitter; but we did have an awful lot of fun. And so I thought, why not outline it all here for you, dear Kitschy Kitschy Coo readers. Typos and all; interspersed with some factoid linkage — you know, in case you wonder what the hell we nerds of kitsch are talking about.
— Oh, and before we get to that, we plan on Live Tweeting next week’s PBS episode of The Lawrence Welk Show. So if you’re at all interested, or just bored, join us on the Tweety at 7 PM Central.
(And then some Twitter bot account favorited the tweet because BOT.)
(That movie is here — yes, on DVD!)
(Hubby & I on FB.)
(Hubby is trying to reference the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers.
(A bot trying to sell flowers favorited that because BOT.)
(My fav chime-in of the night!)
Back in 2008, we showed you the fabulous TV Tuffets of the 1950s. But now we can do even better.
This here is a large Mid-Century modern stuffed white bunny rabbit with a turquoise vinyl seat — because it’s a stool for kids to watch TV on!
Just imagine the joy of watching TV on an old television set with rabbit-ear antennas while holding the ears on this bunny!
This plush white rabbit is at least 15 inches long, roughly 13 inches wide, and the seat is approximately 8 inches off the ground. This stuffed tuffet of a kids chair was made by the Atlanta Novelty Manufacturing Corporation sometime between the late 1950s to mid 1960s.
And, yes, you can buy it from me. I’m downsizing my collections. (More details here.) And with all our pets this raving beauty is one of those gems that remains hidden to remain safe. But I do love it so… Better buy it quick — like a bunny — before I change my mind.
I have this thing now where whenever an ad tells me to do something, I turn it around and tell them to do it. For example, when the commercial announcer says, “Right now, you can get 0% financing,” I reply — yes, out loud, with “No, you get 0% financing!” Hubby swears it never gets old. Heh.
In this case, even if sounds threatening or at least a bit naughty, Piff’s is just a vintage soda pop.