Saturday, December 14, 2013

Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!

Turn your lights on and off 
by clapping your hands!

From the cordless phone to The Clapper, the 1980's brought about so many great technical advancements. Something I had always wanted was The Clapper. With The Clapper, you could turn lamps in your home on and off with a simple clap of your hands. How cool is that? My folks never did purchase us The Clapper, but now as an adult, I'm getting myself something even cooler ...

Today we're having automation installed from our local cable company allowing us to control our lights and thermostat using our cell phones. Now we can turn our lights on and off anytime, anywhere. Like we really need this luxury? 

What kid from the 1980's doesn't remember these commercials for The Clapper? Clap on! Clap off! Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

1980s Weight Watchers Ads with Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave made
Weight Watchers look so easy.

I've never kept my weight struggles a secret from my blog. In fact, if you've read some of my earlier posts, like this one about my gym class drama growing up, you'll know. Many people blame parents for childhood obesity, but honestly, my mom did everything she could to help me change. She encouraged me to play soccer, took me to Jazzercise and dance class. And even signed up for Weight Watchers with me about 15 different times between the ages of 10 and 27. 

It's crazy how I can recall us at our local Pathmark back in the mid 1980s, picking up frozen dinners packed in pretty pink and white boxes. My favorite dinners were the southern fried chicken and the turkey with stuffing. I remember glamorous ads featuring Lynn Redgrave with her beautiful puffy red hairdo and sweet British accent. 

"Weight Watchers, this is living!" she'd remind us ... She made it look so easy. So glamorous. So fun. It never was for me. I realize it's the very best program out there, so please don't think I'm denying that. It just never worked for someone like me who wouldn't allow it to. 

Did you diet as a teen or preteen? Remember the pink and white packaged frozen dinners before Smart Ones? Remember when you could purchase a whole week's worth of Weight Watcher meals at the meeting, similar to a Jenny Craig program? 

Watch a retro Weight Watchers commercial with Lynn Redgrave as their spokesperson. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cops TV Show - My First Favorite Reality Show

 I loved watching Cops in high school and college.

It's hard to believe Cops first aired in 1989. As a teen and twenty-something, I really got a kick out of this program. Watching cops from various cities in Florida, Vegas and Texas busting drug dealers, drunk and stoned teens, street walkers, etc. And who could forget the classically catchy reggae tune "Bad Boys" from Inner Circle

It's unreal to think this documentary-style reality show has run for 25 seasons. Fox cancelled Cops in May 2013, however Spike has come to the rescue! Look for the first episode of season 26 to air on September 14, 2013.

Check out the pilot episode from season 1.


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