Thursday, October 15, 2015

Seed of Life Tattoo: Making the world nicer, one tattoo at a time...

Seed of Life Tattoo located at 101 East Main St. Suite 2600 Festus , MO 63028 is doing their part to help make the world a beautiful place, one tattoo at a time.. recently a woman came in to get some tattoo work done on some scars left from some surgery.. below is her story, and a couple of photos of the before and after work.... The reason I am posting this here is because as I have learned countless times, the world is full of closed minded people..

When the artist posted the following photos and the phtotos attached, it was done to show her incredible work on someone who overcame major obsticles and prevailed.  apparently someone couldn't see past the brests displayed in the photo and flagged them as being inappropriate for Facebook. she then had to remove the photos from her page... I am posting the photos here because they are not inappropriate and I feel that they need to be displayed, simply for the beauty they represent, not only the tattoo work done by the artist, but the story behind the woman getting the work done....

This in no way is offensive, if you find it offensive, you're not seeing past the "dirty" of the picuture, and that pretty much sums up where your mind is
centrally located. read the story, learn what is going on with the situation before you draw your conclusions..  The human body is a beautiful thing, take it for what it is....

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Land of the Lost" : Did they ever leave?

If you were a child in the 70's and remember Saturday morning television, then you knew that Krofft themed shows were the grooviest!  One of the most solid and memorable of all of their Saturday morning line up shows was "Land of the Lost"  that told the tale of a family lost in time trying to get back to present day all the while surviving with dinosaurs, Paku, and Sleestaks!

Show Details:
Land of the Lost details the adventures of the Marshall family (father Rick, and his children Will and Holly) who are trapped in an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs, a primate-type people called Pakuni, and aggressive humanoid/lizard creatures called Sleestak. The episode story lines focus on the family's efforts to survive and find a way back to their own world, but the exploration of the exotic inhabitants of the Land of the Lost is also an ongoing part of the story.

The show ran from September 7th, 1974 through December 4th, 1976, on the NBC television network, airing a total of 43 episodes in all. The main cast remained the same until the third season when the father was replaced with the "Uncle Jack" character, by the time the new character was introduced, the shows popularity was winding down, and this would end up being the last season for the show.

Did they ever leave the Land of the Lost?
How many of you actually watched the show from start to finish? most people got through the first season and left after that for better shows, and other things to do... I watched the show till the end, and all I can say is it got stranger and stranger. in answer to that question, no they never leave the land of the lost. at the beginning of season 3, there is an earthquake in Land of the lost, and Rick Marshall ( dad) gets sucked through a time doorway in a pylon, at the precise moment of his departure, uncle Jack (who happens to be following the same path in a boat they did) goes over the waterfall and ends up in the Land of the Lost..

Season one finale is a tricky one, technically the family does leave Land of the lost, however a "duplicate" family arrives at the same precise moment they leave creating a "circle" hence the name of the episode which can be seen below...


"Circle episode"
(technically they do leave)

"Land of the Lost first episode"

"Land of the Lost Episode 3 Season 1"
(Dads departure)

Where are the kids?

ever wondered what the kids from Land of the Lost look like today?  check them out below

Will Marshall then


 Holly Marshall then

Chaka then

and Chaka now

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

70's Obscurities: "Mulligan Stew" 1972

Decided to do a few blogs about some obscure 70's television shows from my childhood.  The kind of show that only aired a few episodes before disappearing into obscurity for ever. The kind that only comes up in "remember when" conversations, and then someone goes "oh yeah, I remember that show" and before long you are all singing the theme song and wondering what happened to the stars of that show, did they go on to other things or spiral down the dark path of teen TV history....

Mulligan Stew was shown on PBS stations, it was a children's educational program, sponsored by the 4-H Council and shown both in schools and on television. It was produced by Michigan State University, and premiered in 1972 during National 4-H Week in Washington D.C.  The show was named for the hobo dish (and also for the initials of Michigan State), and each of the six half-hour episodes gave school-age children information about nutrition.

Produced by V. "Buddy" Renfro, Mulligan Stew featured a multi-racial group of five kids: Maggie (Sherry Wright), Mike (Steven Einbender), Micki (Mion Hahm), Manny (Benjamin Sands), and Mulligan (Larry Friedman), plus one adult, Wilbur Dooright (played by Barry Michlin, who later had a minor career in movies and TV). The group went on nutritional adventures around the globe, although the series' filming usually stuck close to Lansing Michigan. (the opening sequence was filmed in MSU's football stadium.) see opening credits below:

School packages included a companion comic book with further adventures of the characters, reviews of things learned from the show, and lyrics to the show's songs (performed by Mulligan Stew, a band comprising the five kids in the program).

The show was noted for the key phrase "4-4-3-2" that was often invoked to refer to the USDA's then-recommended number of daily servings of the "Four Food Groups" — "fruits and vegetables," "breads and cereals," "milk or cheese," and "meat, fish or fowl." Thanks in part to the popularity of "Mulligan Stew", 4-H membership was boosted to an all-time high in 1974,  and it remained on the air (in reruns) until 1981.

This is how a typical episode of "Mulligan Stew" went down

"Countdown 4-4-3-2"

Coming next: "Land of the Lost", what happend in the end?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flashback Memories: Volume 1

I grew up in the 70's and couldn't be happier that I did. it was a wild time for all to say the least, and we all survived everything.  I am constantly searching for videos and pictures from my era and like to post them on a pretty regular basis.

This time I decided to do 2 things, utilize my blog, and put a collection of things together rather than several or many different posts on my Facebook page and have them get lost in the flow of the feed.  this edition is all about vintage commercials, for products and for television shows..


58 Commercials from 1977

Old Commercials of the 70's

70's Toys Commercials 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

70's Saturday Morning: the World of Sid and Marty Krofft

If you were a kid between 1968 and 1977 then you were part of a generation that were lucky enough to grow up with Saturday Morning Television, and if that was the case, you would recognize the logo above and you would know that it was associated with everything groovy that was a Sid and Marty Krofft Production

 Who are the Kroffts?

The Kroffts ruled the airwaves during the 70's, not only did they give us the coolest shows on Saturday morning, but they were responsible for many of the "variety" shows that were prominent during the 70's...   but who were these two people? where did they come from?    Sid and Marty Krofft were born in Canada, the family eventually moved to New York where Sid became a puppeteer and worked on Vaudeville and with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus.

In the 1940s, Sid created a one-man puppet show, "The Unusual Artistry of Sid Krofft", and performed it throughout the world. His father joined him on tour in Paris while Marty stayed in New York, where he started using his older brother's puppets to earn money by staging performances. By the 1950s, the Krofft brothers were working together, and in 1957, they developed "Le Poupees de Paris" a puppet show that was more adult oriented.

Attack of the Brothers Krofft

The Kroffts first appearance on television was with their set designs for "The Banana Splits show" in 1968, immediately after that, the Kroffts entered into their producing careers, and it all started with the landmark series "H.R. Pufnstuf"..  The series introduced the team's trademark style of large scale, colorful design, puppetry, and special effects. Featuring a boy who has been lured into an alternate fantasy world and can never escape, the team also established a storytelling formula they would often return to in future shows... Many people claimed over the years that their shows, weather in content or title were drug themed/inspired, however in the early 90's when asked about this "rumor"  Marty Krofft said, "No drugs were involved in the producing of these shows. You can't do drugs when you're making shows. Maybe after, but not during. We're bizarre, that's all."

The Kroffts did many shows throughout the 70's and into the 80's, and the list of memorable shows is long. however they had several landmark shows that will forever stay in the minds of those that witnessed them back in the day, here is a list of their achievements for Saturday Morning:

  • H.R. Pufnstuff (1969)
  • The Bugaloos (1970)
  • Lidsville (1971)
  • Sigmund & The Sea Monsters (1973)
  • Land of the Lost (1974)
  • Far out Space Nuts (1975)
  • Lost Saucer (1975)
  • Krofft Super Show (1976)
  • Magic Mongo (1976)
  • Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (1976)
  • Dr Shrinker (1976)
  • Wonderbug (1976)
  • Magic Mongo (1977)
  • Bigfoot & Wildboy (1977)

After Saturday Morning
Once the 80's came around, things changed for Saturday morning, the generation that loved the shows for the previous 10 years had grown up, the shows were replaced with other things to do, and newer updated shows, however nothing ever returned to the airs as cool as a Sid and Marty Krofft production.


Full list of Krofft Productions:

  • TV series

  • Family Affair (2002)
  • Land of the Lost (1991)
  • D.C. Follies (1987)
  • Pryor's Place (1984)
  • Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980)
  • Pink Lady and Jeff (1980)
  • The Krofft Superstar Hour (1978; aka The Bay City Rollers Show)
    • Horror Hotel
    • The Lost Island
  • The Brady Bunch Hour (1977)
  • The Krofft Supershow (1976)
    • Dr. Shrinker (1976)
    • Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976)
    • Kaptain Kool and the Kongs (1976)
    • Wonderbug (1976)
    • Bigfoot and Wildboy (1977)
    • Magic Mongo (1977)
  • Donny & Marie (1976; aka The Osmond Family Show)
  • The Lost Saucer (1975)
  • Far Out Space Nuts (1975)
  • Land of the Lost (1974)
  • Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973)
  • Lidsville (1971)
  • The Bugaloos (1970)
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (1969)
  • The Banana Splits (1968) - Created the costumes for the stars, but did not produce the show
  • The Dean Martin Show (1965) - The Krofft puppets had a brief, semi-regular stint on the show.

TV specials/pilots

  • Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (2001, unaired pilot)
  • Krofft Late Night (1991)
  • Sid & Marty Krofft's Red Eye Express (1988)
  • The Patti LaBelle Show (1985)
  • Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular (1985)
  • The Cracker Brothers (1985)
  • Saturday's the Place (1984)
  • Anson & Lorrie (1981)
  • Bobby Vinton's Rock 'n' Rollers (1978)
  • The Krofft Komedy Hour (1978)
  • The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (1978)
  • Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star Saturday (1977)
  • The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976)
  • The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976) - Did not produce, but includes Witchiepoo & other Krofft regulars
  • Jimmy Osmond Presents ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek (1976)
  • Really Raquel (1974)
  • The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl (1973)
  • Fol-de-Rol (1972)

Krofft Classics 
Relive those groovy memories of Saturday Morning! below you will find video's of the opening credits of the classic Krofft shows!
H.R. Pufnstuf
Sigmund & The Sea Monsters
Far out Space Nuts
Lost Saucer
Krofft Super Show
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
Wonderbug intro
Land of the Lost Season 1
Land of the Lost Season 3 
The Bugaloos


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snow Flurries and home cooking....

Woke up this morning to yet another cold day, but it is winter after all, and the cold no matter how bitter it is, belongs here. Since I had to work at the shop yesterday, I had to postpone wash day by one day. so this morning was the chosen day to take care of it and what better time then right off the bat. I really enjoy the laundry when there isn't a packed house, I get to use my machines of choice, and I get the nice dryers by the folding tables which makes it easier for me when taking the stuff out of the dryer to fold and bag it.  was surprised with a round of snow this morning as well, weather man said it was going to "flurry" a bit but it stuck around for a while and we got a nice covering of snow.

The new car handled awesome in the weather, it has all wheel drive when needed and it came in handy on the slick roads. once I got out on the main roads they were cleared off, our street doesn't see a cleaner for snow, and so we have to wait for it to melt off. and right now with temps in the teens and twenty's its staying around. I really don't understand the hating of the snow, we get so little of it but folks around here hate it so much. I have never hated it. I think about my childhood and snow would come while we were in school, we all wished it would continue to fall to the point we knew they would be sending us home early, most of the time it would happen that way, but every once in a while we would only get a light dusting and would have to finish our day in school.  now as an adult I enjoy when we get a new blanket of white, I love to drive through the park and snap some photos..
even a light dusting of snow can make things look so different and even calm and beautiful.  it was really nice driving through the park, the other cars were scarce, so it gave me an opportunity to drive slow and enjoy the scenery.
I got home and took care of everything I wanted to around here including getting some items together for dinner for the guys when they got home from work. tonight's offering to the guys was a delightful dish, Southwest seasoned pork chops with 3 cheeses, stuffing and green beans. it came out awesome, and super tasty. after dinner we all retired upstairs to our desks to relax and spend some time with each other.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Sunday

it seems as the days are starting to get a little longer again, can that mean that spring and summer are not too far off? I know that spring is only approximately about 64 days away, however living in the midwest my entire life has taught me that if you don't like the weather, stick around a few minutes it will change...  Sunday although was a relaxing day, saw the return of old man winter, and its going to be around for a bit. we hung out around the house for most of the day, then in the later afternoon we headed up to the bowling alley to get our pre-bowling in for Monday night since we wont be there to bowl.

I was keeping my fingers crossed that since there wouldn't be other bowlers around it would be a little more quiet and I would have a better chance at a great 3 games. I came, I bowled and I walked away with a very wide array of scores.. 197/94/146 I really don't know what happened the second game, however I hope that our one teammate that didn't pre bowl does good and can carry us through all three games. Depending on how I feel I may or may not go up to the alley to sell tickets, hopefully it wont be too cold, that would most definitely deter me from leaving the house. we all work at the shop tomorrow doing inventory. we close the shop and count, its a very long process, and very tedious. I have a grave feeling that this years count will be a long one since we don't have the usual suspects I mean helpers  lending a hand with the counting. hopefully it goes quick and painless.
Tonight we went to the buddy's house to meet up with the gang for our somewhat weekly get together to watch "Once upon A Time", I love the show and look forward to each weeks new episode. not too much on TV excites me, but a few shows lately have been stimulating my attention span, this one being one of them.  it's a great concept for a show, and the story line is very entertaining and keeps you enthralled and looking for more, plus its a good reason to get together with friends and enjoy each others company, and its a perfect end to a somewhat decent day, nice when things work out that way, it really is indeed.