Jive Bombers, “Bad Boys”

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Bad Boy (1957)

Written by Lil Armstrong and Avon Long, Bad Boy was a hit for the Jive Bombers in 1957. It appeared in the 1990 film Cry-Baby.

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Matthew Garber

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Matthew Garber (March 25, 1956 – June 13, 1977)

Matthew Adam Garber was born in Stepney, London, England in March 1956. He is best known as Michael Banks in Disney’s 1964 original Mary Poppins. He also starred in Disney’s The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Gnome-Mobile. (In all three movies he starred alongside actress Karen Dotrice who played his sister Jane Banks in Mary Poppins.) In fact, it was due to Dotrice’s father, Shakespearian actor Roy Dotrice, that Garber can credit his career with Disney. Roy brought Garber to the attention of Disney casting.

Garber retired from acting in 1967 at age 11. In 1976, he contracted hepatitis while in India. Before his father could get his son home from India several months later, the hepatitis had begun to affect his pancreas. On June 13, 1977, Garber died in a Hampstead, London hospital from haemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis at age 21. He was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 2004.

“The Possession”

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The Possession(Seven Stories Press, 2008)

French author Annie Ernaux in a scant 62 pages examines an obsessive, jealousy-fueled romance gone bad. Is it fact or fiction? Self-regard is a common theme in Ernaux’s works so that’s a very difficult question to answer. If you’ve ever messed up a love affair, this is definitely an interesting read.

Taco Pizza

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Taco Pizza (Pizza Hut, 1970s)

This pizza was introduced in the late 1970s. It was exactly what you would expect from the name: a pizza made up of taco ingredients. A Facebook page was created to convince Pizza Hut to bring the menu item back. Otherwise, there are a multitude of recipes online that you can recreate your own taco pizza in your kitchen.

“The Banana Splits Adventure Hour”

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour(NBC, 1968)

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour long variety program that aired Saturday mornings from September 1968 until September 1970. 31 episodes were produced over that time span. The Banana Splits Adventure Hour combined live action segments with animated segments and was Hanna-Barbera’s first foray in that format. The Banana Splits were a fictional rock band of four furry animals: Fleegle (the Beagle) played guitar (and vocals); Bingo was a gorilla who played drums (and vocals); Drooper was a lion who played bass (and vocals) and Snorky (an elephant) played keyboards and provided sound effects. All characters except Snorky spoke English; Snorky “spoke” in honky sounds. In 2009, Warner Home Video released the complete first season on DVD in Region 2 (Europe/middle East/West Asia/Japan/South Africa/Greenland).

In 2008, the band was “reformed” for some new comedy shorts and music videos for the Cartoon Network. A live show and website were also created. A kids-themed area (Banana Splitsville) was added in the Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (The theme park later became Freestyle Music Park before closing in 2009.)

Edison Lighthouse, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”

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Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Bell, 1970)

The single hit the top spot in the UK where it remained for five weeks. Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason wrote Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes). They were essentially a studio group. When the song became a hit, in order to perform it on Top of the Pops (a popular music chart show in England), the songwriters found a group called Greenfields and brought them in a week before their appearance on TOTP. They were renamed Edison Lighthouse and mimed along to what became the fastest climbing #1 hit record in history. Elsewhere around the world, Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) hit #5 in the U.S., #3 in Canada and South Africa and #1 in New Zealand.

“Don’t Look Now”

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Don’t Look Now(British Lion Films, 1973)

Don’t Look Now is an Italian (“A Venezia…un Diciembre rosso shocking”) British independent thriller film. It was adapted from the short story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland play a married couple who travel to Venice after the accidental death of their daughter. They meet a clairvoyant who tells them their daughter is trying to contact them to warn of danger. Don’t Look Now is renowned for its innovative editing and use of recurring motifs and a controversial sex scene that was explicit for its time. It is now considered a classic and influential work of horror and British film.

“The Love Songs Album”

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The Love Songs Album(2000)

This compilation album features over 2 and a half hours of love songs from a variety of genres and decades. 38 hit love songs include: “Sweet Like Chocolate” by Shanks & Bigfoot, “You Make Me Wanna” by Usher, “I Have a Dream” by ABBA, “Purple Rain” by Prince, “No Matter What” by Boyzone, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, “(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel among many others.

Sense of Right Alliance

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Sense of Right Alliance (Chinese Toys, Inc.)

This toy set from Chinese Toys really mixes up licensing. The set includes Superman and Batman (DC), Spiderman (Marvel), a Power Ranger (Saban), Shrek and a Lightning McQueen (Disney). It’s pretty obvious this is a bootleg toy hence the color/clothes alterations of characters. Plus Shrek and Lightning McQueen are not superheroes. The set is difficult to find even among stores that sell bootleg toys. And remember that bootleg toys are not safety tested and often contain lead paint or other materials that can make young children ill. Do yourself your favor and spend the few extra bucks on real licensed sets.

St. Lucia Festival

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St. Lucia (Sweden)

On December 13, on one of the longest and darkest nights of the Swedish winter occurs St. Lucia (the patron saint
of light). Traditionally girls get up early, don a long white dress featuring a red sash at the waist, wearing a laurel crown decorated with four candles and serves her family warm lussekatt buns for breakfast. The buns are shaped like the number eight and flavored with saffron and topped with raisins or nuts. Boys (called Star Boys) wear long white shirts and pointed hats and help to serve the buns. Children often go to school wearing their costumes and serve buns to their teachers.