Thursday, February 25, 2010

An American Idea (Disc 1006)

I originally shared this over at at Christmastime. I hope to have the other ones done by July 4th. I'm still not real good at scanning covers, so this photo comes from an eBay auction.
In 1975 Susquehanna Stations produced (I believe) seven two-record sets called An American Idea. They were provided to radio stations to play a track almost every day from July 1975 until July 1976 in celebration of the Bicentennial. I found five of the seven sets at a local thrift store. My share today is Disc 1006 which features air dates December 15, 1975 to January 10, 1976. They're not all Christmas related, but I thought I would share the whole record.

From inside the jacket --

"AN AMERICAN IDEA" is the unique and dynamic series of radio vignettes developed by The Susquehanna Stations in conjunction with our nation's Bicentennial observance, and heard on America's greatest radio stations.

More than three years of development lie behind the painstakingly-researched and expertly-produced vignettes, approximately one minute in length, heard by thousands of loyal listeners, six days weekly, through the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1976!

This compelling program series deals with the broad scope of American history, realizing that America is the product of hundreds of years' effort by millions of people...not just the creation of a few well-known men of the late 18th Century; and highlights a variety of people, places and events which contributed to America's greatness.

Cut/Air Date/Program Title

1. 12/15 Harlem Globetrotters
2. 12/16 Boston Tea Party
3. 12/17 Christmas Cards
4. 12/18 Christmas Tree
5. 12/19 Mistletoe
6. 12/20 Christmas Music
7. 12/22 Hawaiian Christmas
8. 12/23 Yes, Virginia
9. 12/24 Santa Claus
10. 12/25 Valley Forge
11. 12/26 Colonial Toys
12. 12/27 Monopoly
13. 12/29 Vending Machines
14. 12/30 Great Blizzards
15. 12/31 Times Square
16. 1/1 Bicentennial Year
17. 1/2 Liberty Bell
18. 1/3 Thomas Paine
19. 1/5 Fort Sumter
20. 1/6 Civil War Songs
21. 1/7 Barbara Frietchie
22. 1/8 Antietam
23. 1/9 Matthew Brady
24. 1/10 Appomattox

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Caroline McWilliams, R.I.P.

I just heard about this yesterday. I used to watch Benson and Soap all the time back in the day.

From E! Online --

The small screen has just lost one of its familiar faces.

Benson and Soap star Caroline McWilliams died Feb. 11 at her home in Los Angeles from complications of multiple myeloma, her family told the Los Angeles Times. She was 64-years-old.

McWilliams began her career on the soap opera Guiding Light in 1969 followed by a stint on Another World before she broke into prime time with Soap. That was soon followed by her most famous role, Marcy Hill opposite Robert Guillaume on Benson.

In 1982, McWilliams married Michael Keaton. They had one son, Sean Douglas, but divorced in 1990. Around that time, she appeared in the movie Mermaids and on Beverly Hills, 90210, as the mother to Jamie Walters' character.

McWilliams also enjoyed the theater, frequently performing onstage and directing live productions.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Toy Fair 2010 - Part 4

I had planned on posting Toy Fair photos all week, but I was really tired from work the last couple of days and didn't feel like doing much of anything. So now that I'm well rested, here's my last Toy Fair 2010 post.

DC Direct

The Tonner Doll Company

Here's some cool Star Wars stuff, courtesy of --


Tyme Machines

What toys are you most looking forward to?  I like a lot of them, but they are either too expensive or are only available online. And I don't usually buy stuff online. I really like the Lost and Universal Monster Mego-like figures. Being a Hulk fan, I think that Abomination is da bomb. And that Tauntaun sleeping bag is wickedly cool. If I only buy stuff I see in the stores, it'll probably be the Metal Men Gold figure and the Star Wars flash drives.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Toy Fair 2010 - Part 2

Some more cool stuff from Toy Fair.

Comic Images



Mezco Toys

Shocker Toys

Monday, February 15, 2010

Toy Fair 2010

Toy Fair 2010 was this past weekend. Toy Fair is the big toy show where all of the retailers show off their upcoming product for the year. Below are some photos of my personal favorites. Of course I probably won't be able to afford most of it, but I can dream. Click here to see the Toy Fair 2010 Gallery with over 2000 photos.

Bif Bang Pow!

Diamond Select Toys


I'll show some more tomorrow.