The Cars hint at a Reunion

According to Rolling Stone, on the Cars official Facebook page, the band posted a photograph of the surviving members — singer Ric Ocasek, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, drummer David Robinson and guitarist Elliot Easton — gathered together in a Boston studio surrounded by their instruments. The picture has been taken down. “I hate to be vague, but I really can’t say,” keyboardist Hawkes told the Boston Globe when asked whether the band was reuniting. “It’s a crazy world.” The original members of the band haven’t recorded together since 1987.
Sadly, not all of the original members are with us now. Bass guitarist and singer Benjamin Orr passed away on October 3, 2000 from pancreatic cancer. He sang He sang several of The Cars’ greatest hits, including “Just What I Needed”, “Let’s Go”, and “Drive”.

In 2005, some members of the Cars reunited to form The New Cars. Instead of Ric Ocasek as the singer, the band had Todd Rundgren. But, they have not performed any shows since September of 2007.

Here is one of my favorite videos by The Cars:

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California declares Ronald Reagan Day for February 6

Yesterday (7/28/10) in Simi Valley, California, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library former first lady Nancy Reagan has joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for a ceremonial signing of a bill making it Ronald Reagan Day every Feb. 6 in California. Nancy Reagan smiled as Schwarzenegger sat at a desk and ceremoniously signed a pair of bills Tuesday morning. He officially signed them July 19.

The other bill establishes a commission to plan Reagan centennial events.

Schwarzenegger told the audience, “Ronald Reagan is my hero.”

The governor says Ronald Reagan Day will allow schools to teach about Reagan and be a day in which Californians can remember his legacy.

Reference: ABC News

Music Video(s) of the week – 7/28/10

This week’s selection is ZZ Top’s classic Eliminator trilogy:

“Gimme All Your Lovin'”

“Sharp Dressed Man”

“Legs”

ZZ Top was a blues-rock band.throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. Then, with the release of the 1983 classic. Eliminator, they reinvented themselves with a more synthesizer type sound to go along with the guitar,bass, and drums. And ZZ Top took advantage of the rise of MTV, with some of the stations most memorable videos. They had a new icon – a cherry-red 1933 Ford Coupe hot rod nicknamed The Eliminator.

With the new look and sound, the band released the trilogy of videos which feature a trio of mysterious, sexy women who roam around and rescue people from seemingly dire situations. The band members – Billy, Dusty, and Frank – also appear out of nowhere in the videos and offer keys to the Eliminator.

The video for “Legs” won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video. This was the first year the award was given.

“Cake Boss” goes ‘Back to the 80s’

I enjoy the show The Cake Boss on TLC, and actually have it on a Season Pass. I watched Monday’s episode, “Key to the City and a Key-tar Cake”, yesterday, and much to my surprise, it was an ’80s theme!
The episode opens with a girl named Cherie, who asks for “the totally awesome Buddy.” It turns out she is in an ’80s tribute band called Back to the ’80s. They are doing their 80th show so they’d like a 1980s-inspired cake to help celebrate.

After doing some research, I found that the group is not called Back to the ’80s. It is actually called Rubix Kube.

Buddy’s cake is going to be huge dance floor with a boom box on top with four tiers of cake on top of that. It’s going to have strawberry shortcake filling, “because it’s timeless.”

Then Buddy’s sisters (who also work in the bakery) decided to make everyone wear ’80s attire. Then they had a contest on who has the best outfit.

The episode also featured Buddy getting a key to the city for the town he grew up in, called Little Ferry. He also made a cake for that event.

The episode closed with Buddy and his crew bringing the awesome cake to the concert. The band loved it. Then they brought Buddy on stage while they performed a song. It was pretty cool.

The episode will be aired again on TLC on the following dates and times:

Aug 02, 11:30 pm

Aug 10, 8:00 pm

Aug 10, 11:00 pm

It is fun episode, so I would recommend watching it.

Trivia Tuesday – 7/27/10

Question: What rock band agreed to bleach their hair blonde in order to do a chewing gum commercial? (Hint: The band was a trio)


Last Week’s Question: What brother and sister both appeared (before either was famous) in bit parts in 1984’s Sixteen Candles?

Answer: John and Joan Cusack

Before Better Off Dead, and Say Anything…, John Cusak played the nerd Bryce in Sixteen Candles. He must really have had no self esteem if Anthony Michael Hall’s “The Geek” was his leader.
And Joan was hilarious as an even bigger geek with a neck brace:

Dead or Alive: George Gaynes

Although George Gaynes was alive at the time of this original posting 6 years ago, sadly, he passed away at his home in North Bend, Washington on February 15, 2016. He was 98.


6392-15044 George Gaines, best known for playing the eccentric Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series and Henry Warnimont on Punky Brewster is…ALIVE.

George Gaynes was born in in Helsinki, Finland on May 16, 1917. He played Commandant Eric Lassard, who was in charge of the police academy. He travelled by golfcart, and tended to destroy things while golfing in his office.

He also played John Van Horn in the movie Tootsie, in which he was a horny old soap star, who tried to put the moves on “Dorothy Michaels,” not knowing that Dorothy was really a man.

He was more well known to television viewers for playing the lovable curmudgeon Henry Warnimont, who took in Punky Brewster.

I never watched General Hospital, but Gaines played a mob boss called Frank Smith, who was brought down by Luke Spencer. Maybe fans of that soap could give us more information.

George Gaines has been married to actress and dancer Allyn Ann McLerie since December 20, 1953, and they have two children – Matthew and Iya. George and Allyn live in Calabasas, California.

July 23, 1984: Vanessa Williams resigns as Miss America

The following is from the History Channel:

On this day in 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign.

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thomas Chiapel took the nude pictures of Williams, telling her they’d be shot in silhouette and that she wouldn’t be recognizable. After Williams became Miss America, the photographer sold the pictures to Penthouse without her knowledge. Williams later dropped lawsuits against the magazine and photographer after it was learned that she had signed a model release form at the time the photos were taken.

The Miss America pageant, which prides itself on projecting a wholesome, positive image of women, began in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a stunt developed by local businessmen to extend the summer tourist season. In 1945, the Miss America Organization handed out its first scholarship. Today, it provides over $45 million each year in cash and tuition assistance to contestants on the national, state and local levels. In 1954, the competition was broadcast live for the first time. Beginning in the 1980s, contestants were required to have a social platform, such as drunk-driving prevention or AIDS awareness, and Miss America winners now travel an estimated 20,000 miles a month for speaking engagements and public appearances. In 2006, following a decline in TV ratings, the pageant moved from Atlantic City for the first time in its history and took place in Las Vegas, where a new Miss America was crowned in January instead of September.

Vanessa Williams rebounded from the Miss America scandal and went on to a successful entertainment career as an actress and recording artist, performing on Broadway as well as in movies and television and releasing a number of popular albums.


I don’t know about anybody else, but Vanessa Williams is the only Miss America that I can remember. It reminds me of the line from the Styx hit “Miss America”:

In your cage at the human zoo, they all stop to look at you
Next year, what will you do when you have been forgotten

But despite the scandal, Williams went on to a successful career. In 1988, she had success with the album and the song “The Right Stuff”:

As far as her music goes, her biggest success came in 1992 with the number 1 smash hit, “Save the Best for Last”:

I had actually bought that one on cassette single. Remember those? And more recently Williams had success on the hit show Ugly Betty, which just finished its last season.

Bob Ueker recovers from heart surgery and returns to broadcast booth

On April 30 this year, Bob Ueker underwent heart surgery. 3 months later, the 75 year old will return to the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast booth. ’80s fans remember Ueker from his famous call in the movie Major League: “Juuuuust a bit outside”. He is also known for playing George Owens on the television show Mr. Belvedere, which ran from 1985-1990. He is also known for apearing in some hilarious Miller Lite commercials: “I must be in the front row!”

Uecker is in his 40th season broadcasting Brewers games. The Brewers have not said if Uecker will travel for the team’s road games upon his return, but Uecker had indicated previously he would not.

Reference: ESPN

Music Video of the Week – 7/21/10

This week’s selection is “In a Big Country” by Big Country:

“In a Big Country” was released as a single in 1983 and was featured on the band’s first studio album, The Crossing.
The band is often described as a “one-hit wonder” for the popularity of “In a Big Country” in the United States. However, they continued to have success in Europe and were a great road band more famous for their live shows more than their studio albums. Frontman Stuart Adamson once remarked about the song in an interview, part of which was shown on a VH1 special celebrating “one-hit-wonders” that,
“ If we’re known for nothing more than just that one song, I’d be pretty happy with that. ”