Todd Rundgren/Runt, “We Gotta Get You a Woman”

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We Gotta Get You a Woman Todd Rundgren/Runt (Ampex, 1970)

We Gotta Get You a Woman reached number 20 in both the U.S. and Canada. In 1972, the Four Tops covered the song.

We Gotta Get You a Woman was the only/debut single of the band Runt off their self-titled debut album. Runt consisted of Todd Rundgren, Hunt Sales and Tony Fox Sales. Many have regarded the album as Rundgren’s debut solo album possibly because Rundgren wrote and produced the entire album. Subsequent reissues credit Rundgren rather than Runt.

Freddie Prinze

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Freddie Prinze (June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977)

Frederick Karl Pruetzel was born in New York City in 1954. He changed his last name to Prinze because he wanted to be known as the “Prince” of Comedy. He got his wish at age 19 when he performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He had dropped out of high school to pursue comedy fulltime after discovering an affinity for it. A year later, in 1974 he was cast as Franciso “Chico” Rodriguez on the hit sitcom Chico and the Man. His catchphrase “Ees not my job!” catapulted into a full-fledged celebrity. In 1975, he released a full-length comedy album, Looking Good.

In October 1975 Prinze married cocktail waitress Katherine Cochran. They had a son together, Freddie James Prinze (the actor Freddie Prinze Jr.) Unfortunately, his personal demons caught up with Prinze. A regular user (since age 16) of cocaine, the trappings of success intensified his use. Arrested for a DUI while under the influence of Quaaludes, Cochran sought a divorce. This only furthered Prinze’s downward spiral. On January 29, 1977, Prinze sat on his couch in his L.A. home, scribbled “I must end it” on a scrap of paper and shot himself in the head. He was 22 years old.

“10 Button Book”

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10 Button Book (Workman Publishing, 1999)

Little kids love to count. They also love books with manipulatives (books that have tactile objects incorporated in). 10 Button Book is such a book. Folk artist William Accorsi penned the story and is presented on a double-thick board book using ten strong government safety-tested plastic buttons attached by ten strong colorful ribbons that are all bound to the spine.

Jello 1-2-3

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Jello 1-2-3 (Jello, 1960s)

Introduced in 1969, Jello 1-2-3 was one mix that separated into three distinct textual layers. A creamy top sat atop a mousse-like middle that sat on top of a plain Jello bottom. Jello 1-2-3 was discontinued in 1996.

“Day in Court”

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Day in Court (ABC, 1958-1965)

Day in Court was an American dramatized court show that ran from October 13, 1958 until February 1965. Airing five days a week, it presented viewers with as realistic as possible a look at how real trials are conducted and decided. Re-enactments of the defendants and witnesses were done by actors. The lawyers made their arguments in front of real judges. Judge Edgar Allan Jones Jr. (who had a real law degree and is pictured above) presided on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Actor William Gwinn presided on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Day in Court was TV’s top ranked show. When it slipped to number two behind soap opera General Hospital, ABC decided to turn Day in Court into a soap opera. Jones quit the show in 1964. By the next February, ABC had pulled the plug on the show entirely. Day in Court had two spin-offs: Accused (which Jones also presided on) and Morning Court. Both these shows were also on ABC.

Big Daddy Kane featuring DJ Spinderella, “Very Special”

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Very Special Big Daddy Kane featuring DJ Spinderella (Reprise, 1993)

A cover of the 1981 single by American singer Debra Laws, American rapper Big Daddy Kane scored a crossover top 40 hit. His cover peaked at #31. Very Special was the second single from his fifth album, Looks Like a Job For…. It features Salt-N-Pepa’s DJ Spinderella.

“Moon 44”

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Moon 44 (Kinowelt Home Entertainment, 1990)

Moon 44 was a German science fiction action film. Set on a futuristic mining site on an unspecified moon, convicts and teenage technicians are partnered together. An undercover agent (Michael Pare) must discover what has happened to missing corporate shuttles. Moon 44 was directed by Roland Emmerich.

The reviews for the movie were horrible, with Variety claiming Moon 44 is “boring, uneventful and a feeble sci-fi effort from Germany.” Consider this: Emmerich ran out of money before he could shoot an important establishing shot. He had to improvise using mirrors.

“Keshia Chante”

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Keshia Chante (ViK/BMG Music Canada/UOMO, 2004)

Keshia Chante is the self titled, debut album by Canadian R&B artist Keshia Chante. The album was certified gold in Canada and put Chante on the map musically. Winning a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammys) for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year made Chante the youngest winner in the category.

Five singles were released: Shook (The Answer), Unpredictable, Bad Boy, Does He Love Me? and Let the Music Take You. All five singles were top 10 radio hits. Shook (The Answer) was released in 2003 when Chante was a tender 14 years old. It won an Urban Music Award for Best Pop/R&B Single. Unpredictable hit #3 and was certified Gold. Chante won a Canadian Radio Music Award for Best Solo Artist. Bad Boy cracked the top ten. Does He Love Me? saw her back in the top 5 and the video for the single won a Urban Music Video Award for Video of the Year. At this point, the full-length debut album was released. Let the Music Take You was the final single release. Based on the strength and sales of the album, Chante won all three nominations at the 2004 Canadian Urban Music Awards (Best New Artist, Video of the Year — Bad Boy and Fans’ Choice Award as well as taking home the Rising Star of the Year Award. In September 2005, when Destiny’s Child were touring Canada on their Destiny Fulfilled…And Lovin It, Chante opened for them. You can look for Chante on the Destiny’s Child Live in Atlanta Tour DVD.

Speak and Spell

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Speak and Spell (Texas Instruments, 1970s)

The Speak and Spell was an electronic hand-held child computer manufactured by Texas Instruments. It featured a TMC0280 linear predictive coding speech synthesizer, a keyboard and a receptor slot to receive one of a collection of ROM game library modules. First introduced in June 1978, the Speak and Spell was on the earliest handheld electronic devices with a visual display to use interchangeable game cartridges.

The Speak and Spell were educational toys that also included a Speak and Read and a Speak and Math. It was designed to help kids spell and pronounce over 200 commonly misspelled words. They were originally sold in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan.

Scheele’s Green

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Scheele’s Green (Victorian England, mid-1800s)

Victorian England was much in love with Scheele’s Green, a popular dye that turned everything into the color of a Ninja Turtle/Christmas tree. When I say everything, I do mean everything. Brits used it in clothes, accessories, toys, candles, curtains and wallpaper. The problem stemmed from the fact that the primary ingredient in the dye was arsenic, which is poisonous. And a very potent one. The scary thing is even back then Brits knew arsenic was poisonous, they just thought that as long as it wasn’t ingested (though it was also used in food coloring) that it would be harmless. They were very wrong. When people tried to remove the wallpaper, the population was exposed to accidental arsenic poisoning. Moisture caused the wallpaper to release deadly arsenic gas that literally killed thousands. To safely remove the wallpaper (an extremely dangerous process), you would have to douse the paper with fluid and scrape it off. Every building containing Scheele’s Green was/is a potential gas chamber.