In recent years I’ve been keeping an unofficial list of once-commonplace iconic images and tropes that seem to have vanished completely from the culture. A man on stilts, for instance, who was usually dressed like Uncle Sam. I can’t remember the last time I saw a man on stilts, or even heard…
Kevin Clash was a young black man from the projects of Baltimore who only had one dream: To work in children’s television like his hero Captain Kangaroo. Through hard work, dedication and talent, he f …
Kevin Clash isn’t Elmo, nor is Elmo Kevin Clash. But putting that aside: it’s interesting that his exoneration gets no major press, which his accusation did. Hope he can go back to Sesame Street now.
I used to work at the Walmart Home Office, where the Saturday Morning Meeting is a long-standing cultural tradition, often featuring celebrity guests. Many employees bring their children, and never more than when Kevin Clash appeared a while back along with Elmo. Many celebs would get flown in on a company jet late the night before, and sign a few autographs after the meeting before hitting the door to get the heck out of Arkansas as fast as possible. Not Kevin Clash. His response to the overwhelming number of children who were there to see Elmo was to stay until every last child had an opportunity to greet, and in most cases hug, their favorite resident of Sesame Street. Kevin Clash is an excellent person, and he takes the responsibility he has to children very seriously. I’m not surprised he has been exonerated and I will make sure everyone I know hears about it.
The main vocal sample utilized in Zuki-In 1995 Winter’s boots, Dream Theater’s Home, and many more, but most notably, Jet Set Radio Future’s Funky Dealer.
"Nine, a winner! Pay the front line, take the don’ts!
He’s comin’ out again fo’ a new point!
Four, four is the point, marked four!
Who wants the hard four?
Five wants four!
Ace-deuce craps want four!
Four n’ he made it the hard way!
Pay the front line, take the hard!
We have a shooter n’ a good’un, comin’ out fo’ a new point!
Get yer bets down, ladies n’ gentlemen!
He’s a-rollin’… point is nine! Place nine!
Eight, shootin’ fo’ nine!
Five, shootin’ fo’ nine!
Who wants to become?
Nine, a winner! Got a hot hand! Place yer bets, ladies n’ gentlemen!
Six, the point! Play six…”
This search has gone on since October 17, 2013 and has ended today, April 24, 2013.
*collapses* THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT.
This is not my artwork, but it’s a very important piece of artwork if you love Disney and especially Disney Afternoon.
This is the original pitch painting created by my good friend Tad Stones for ‘Kit Colby and the Rescue Rangers’, a new concept he took to Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in the early development days of what became Disney Afternoon.
According to Tad, within 2 minutes Eisner said ‘take out that Kit guy, put the two chipmunks in instead’ and the rest is history.
As with any new show, it developed and evolved. Gadget got a little prettier, Monterey Jack got Kit’s dress sense and the Chinese cricket Chirp Sing thankfully didn’t survive long enough to age awkwardly into the PC era ;)
Camille the Chameleon was the idea of fellow Ducktales writer Jymn Magon.
This is an awesome painting and part of Disney television history and I thank Tad for his permission to upload it and share its story with y’all :)
"I lived in San Diego and the stories are based on things that happened to me as I was growing up," says The Weekenders executive producer Doug Langdale. "There’s an episode where the gang produce a radio show as part of a contest and that was something I did at school. And like Tino, the main character, I was the only child of a single parent."
The underlying theme of the series is friendship - its ups and downs, the compromises and sacrifices, and above all the sense of humor that it takes to keep four very different young people together.
"It’s about stuff that matters to kids around that age," Langdale says. "It’s also about stuff that matters to everyone," he quickly adds. "I always think that kids have largely the same concerns as adults except for, like, taxes."
Cover illustration for Anne of Green Gables by Claire Keane.