Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Boy, More then just rest stop food

Big Boy is best known for its trademark chubby boy in red and white checked overalls holding a Big Boy burger. The inspiration for Big Boy's name, as well as the model for its mascot, was Richard Woodruff (1936–1986), of Glendale, California. When he was six years old, he walked into the diner Bob's Pantry as Bob Wian was attempting to name his new hamburger. Wian said, "Hello, Big Boy" to Woodruff, and the name stuck. Warner Bros. animation artist Ben Washam sketched Richard's caricature, which became the character seen on the company logo. This character would also eventually be featured in The Adventures of Big Boy comic book, produced as a promotional giveaway for children visiting the restaurant. Since 1997, the comic book has been produced by Craig Yoe's Yoe Studio. Another longtime promotion was the Big Boy Kids Club, offering coupons and premiums to members, who joined by sending in an application from the comic book.

A Big Boy sandwich consists of two thin beef patties placed on a three layer sesame seed bun with lettuce, a single slice of cheese, and Big Boy special sauce, or in some locations tartar sauce on each slice of bun. Unlike the similar McDonald's Big Mac, which was patterned after the Big Boy, onions were not included in the original recipe. They had to be ordered as an extra. They also offer salads, dinner combinations, and various desserts.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Big Mac used to mean something

The Big Mac was created by Jim Delligatti, one of McDonald’s earliest franchisees, who was operating several restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. The burger was designed to compete with a similar Big Boy sandwich. Customer response to the Big Mac was so positive that it rolled out nationally in 1967.One of its most distinctive feature is a middle slice of bread ("club" layer) used to stabilize contents and prevent spillage.

The Big Mac is known worldwide and is often used as a symbol of American capitalism. The Economist has used it as a reference point to determine the cost of living in different countries. The “Big Mac Index” as it is so widely available and is comparable across markets. This index is sometimes referred to as Burgernomics

Friday, April 15, 2011

Duck and Cover

Civil defense or civil protection is an effort to protect the citizens of a state from military attack. It uses the principles of emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation, and recovery. Programmes of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in many countries, but only became widespread in the USA after the threat of nuclear weapons was realized.
Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its own specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management, emergency management, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, emergency services, and civil protection. In some countries, civil defence is seen as a key part of "total defense". For example in Sweden, the Swedish word totalförsvar refers to the commitment of a wide range of resources of the nation to its defence - including to civil protection.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do you feel like surfing

The Chantays are a surf rock band from the early 1960s, maybe best known for the instrumental "Pipeline". The above performance was from The Lawrence Welk Show On May 18, 1963.

"Pipeline" (published as sheet music in 1962 by Downey Music Publishing) has become a standard surf rock hit. The tune has since been covered by Lawrence Welk himself (on the Dot album Scarlet O'Hara), Al Caiola (United Artists - Album "Greasy Kid Stuff"), The Ventures, Agent Orange, Hank Marvin, Dick Dale with the help of Stevie Ray Vaughan (Grammy Nominated), by thrash metal band Anthrax, Bad Manners, and also by Johnny Thunders. Pipeline has also been featured in many films, television shows and commercials. It also appears on numerous compilations.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I wouldn't mind being a Brigitte Bardot Bot

Brigitte Bardot was the punchline for many jokes throughout the 60's, mostly in contrast to the rising call for  women's equality in the workplace.

Viva Maria was a comedy starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau as two women both named Marie (they later become referred to as "Maria") who meet and become revolutionaries in the early twentieth century. It also starred George Hamilton as Florès, a revolutionary leader.

The majority of the film was made on location in Mexico.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

1960 Nixon on Civil Rights

Just posting so nobody accuses me of any Left or Right bias.  I don't even vote.

Lyndon Johnson Daisy Girl Ad

Sometimes known as "Daisy Girl" or "Peace, Little Girl," This as was a controversial campaign television advertisement. Though aired only once (by the campaign), during a September 7, 1964, telecast of "David and Bathsheba" on The NBC Monday Movie, it was a factor in President Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election and an important turning point in political and advertising history. Its creator was Tony Schwartz of Doyle Dane Bernbach, the advertising agency that was handling the account for the presidential campaign of Johnson. It remains one of the most controversial political advertisements ever made.

Classic JFK

In this classic JFK ad we see that we have come a long way with political ads.  On the other hand, not much has changed.  This is from the early days of TV politics. Soon after this ads would start to become much more dirty.