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It was a very sad day back on August 19, 1981 for young boys and even grown men, maybe especially for grown men.  The Television series Charlie’s Angels aired it’sladd.jpg final episode, after running for five years.  Back in 1981 there wasn’t a whole lot of computer traffic on the internet or even the very liberal television of today, we had the Angels, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett and later Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.  When Charlie said through that intercom “Good Morning Angels” and the three girls answered back in unison, the show was on.  I don’t think there was one teen boy who didn’t have or at least knew someone who had that Farrah Fawcett poster hung on their wall.  Oh, I know it’s not much in today’s world but back then, nothing so big and beautiful was ever printed on paper, and it was in the stores, on display!  Damn, times were changing.  You know the rest of the story, in 2000, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu made a movie version of the show.  They even did a Charlie’s Angels 2 called Full Throttle in 2003 which I still haven’t seen.  I thought the first movie was pretty good but to tell the truth, it wasn’t as good as the first time.

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Cheryl Ladd was my Favorite!

hotwheelscuda.jpgJack Ryan must have played with his or at least thought about playing with them well into his old age.  I’m talking about toys, get your mind out the gutter.  John W. “Jack” Ryan died on this day August 13, 1991.  He invented some of the most well known toys that are played with around the world.  Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy and together with Ruth Handler reworked the design of the Barbie Doll.  He is also credited with about 90% of the toys that Mattel. produced.  Jack was born December 12, 1926, he was a Yale University graduate that went to work for the Pentagon as an engineer and designed the Sparrow 3 and Hawk missiles before he spent over 20 years at Mattel.  He was also the sixth of the many husbands of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

mach-5.jpgMach Go Go Go was the Japanese name of the hit anime series Speed Racer that had its birth date today August 8, 1954.  If you grew up during the mid 50’s and early 60’s, you know the cartoon and the theme song.  If you don’t want it stuck in your head for days then don’t watch the video above, of the opening of the show.  It brings back memories for me.  I also found out that there is a movie in the works to come out in 2008.  It looks like it’s going to be big.  The Mach Five in real life!  Go Speed Go!  Thanks to Vaelfor for the video.

chess.jpgOn this day  August 7, 1970 the first allcomputer chess tournament  was held in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 on a(CDC 6400)  a member of the CDC 6000 series, that was a mainframe computer made by Control Data Corporation.The program was written by Slate, Atkin and Gorlen at Northwestern University. Six programs had entered the first Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) North American Computer Championships. The event was organized by Monty Newborn. The other programs were DALY CP, J Brit, COKO III, SCHACH, and the Marsland CP.

Osama, Obama, pastries, tattoos and golden showers are all talked about by Greg Gutfield as he gives his gut feeling on last Friday nights show.  Thanks to RedEyeRecap for the video.

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Darth Vair of course is black, with  a blacked out “grill” bar and headlight bezels.  This car is a 1965 Corvair owned by Chuck Armer.  The Chevrolet Corvair made its debut on this day August 6, 1959.  The Corvair became Motor Trend magazine Car of the Year for 1960.  The 1954-corvette-corvair.jpgCar to the left a 1954 Corvette Corvair was a Motorama Show Car that was based on the production Corvette.  Sadly it was eventually destroyed.  It would undoubtedly occupy a place of honor in the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky had it survived.  Corvair Corsa