The Murmaids, “Popsicles and Icicles”

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Popsicles and Icicles The Murmaids (1964)

The Murmaids were a one-hit wonder female vocal trio composed of sisters Carol and Terry Fischer and Sally Gordon (their friend and neighbor) from Los Angeles, California. The sisters’ father Carl Fischer composed Billie Holiday’s You’ve Changed. Popsicles and Icicles began getting airplay on Los Angeles radio stations in October 1963 and nationally in November 1963. In January 1964 Popsicles and Icicles peaked at #3 in the U.S. and #12 in Australia.

“Rear Window”

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Rear Window (Paramount, 1954)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window was a 1954 American mystery thriller film based on American novelist Cornell Wollrich’s 1942 short story, “It Had to be Murder.” Rear Window starred James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. Rear Window is considered to be one of Hitchcock’s best as well as one of the greatest movies ever made. Rear Window was rewarded with four Oscar nominations. In 1997, it was selected for the National Film Registry for preservation.

After breaking his leg, professional photographer L.B. Jeffries (Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment. Looking out his rear window, he spies on his neighbors. Made for a measly $1 million, Rear Window made back almost $37 million.

“New Jack Swing Gold”

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New Jack Swing Gold (Hip-O, 2008)

New Jack Swing was prevalent in the music industry in the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. New Jack Swing Gold is a 2-disc compilation album of new jack swing genre songs that were certified Gold. Song include: I Want Her by Keith Sweat, Just Got Paid by Johnny Kemp, My Prerogative by Bobby Brown, Groove Me by Guy, Somebody For Me by Heavy D and the Boyz, Poison by Bell Biv Devoe, Rub You the Right Way by Johnny Gill, Hold On by En Vogue, I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd, Come and Talk to Me by Jodeci and many more.

Bicycle License Plates

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Bicycle License Plates (1950s)

Because children want to be cool like adults — or are in such a rush to be older, license plates for your bicycle have long been available (and popular). There are several places where you can go to get personalized bike plates (both online and in store).

Hashtags

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Hashtags (2010s)

In a twist, let’s look at a current fad that a lot of people are hoping will die out. Hashtags. These things are everywhere. Hopefully in a few years, we will look back and cringe!

Bryan Ferry, “Kiss and Tell”

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Kiss and Tell Bryan Ferry (Virgin — UK and Reprise — U.S. and Canada, 1988)

Kiss and Tell was written and performed by Roxy Music’s lead vocalist Bryan Ferry. Kiss and Tell was Ferry’s second single from his seventh album Bete Noire. Kiss and Tell peaked at #31 in the U.S., #41 in the UK and #47 in Canada.

Kiss and Tell appeared in the film Bright Lights, Big City. It’s often been speculated that Kiss and Tell was Ferry’s response to Jerry Hall’s tell-all book about their relationship that had been published a few years earlier.

Len Lesser

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Len Lesser (December 3, 1922 – February 16, 2011)

Leonard King Lesser was born in New York City. In 1942, Lesser received a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from the City College of New York. At age 19, he joined the U.S. Army. He served four years before being discharged in April 1946. He returned with a new dream: Lesser now wanted to be an actor. In 1954, he moved to Los Angeles to find work in television and commercials. Throughout his career, Lesser had the opportunity to star alongside legends like Steve McQueen, Robert DeNiro and Clint Eastwood. In 1991, he landed a recurring role on the sitcom, Seinfeld as Uncle Leo. It would become his home for nine years. Lesser continued scoring bit parts on TV shows.

On February 16, 2011, Lesser died from cancer-related pneumonia at his Burbank home. He was 88 years old. Lesser was survived by his daughter Michele, son David, daughter-in-law Julie and three grandchildren.

“Fatal Vision”

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Fatal Vision (Signet, 1984)

Fatal Vision chronicles the true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders that he vehemently denies committing. Author Joe McGinnis recounts every aspect of the horrifying and intricate crime, and probes the life and pysche of MacDonald who seemed destined to have it all.

Frescata Sandwiches

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Frescata Sandwiches (Wendy’s, 2005)

In 2005 Wendy’s wanted to compete with Subway, so they launched their Frescata sandwiches. The Frescata
line were deli style sandwiches and included the Frescata Club, Roasted Turkey & Swiss, Black Forest Ham & Swiss and Chunky Chicken Salad.
Due to poor sales and the fact that
the sandwiches took more time to prepare than regular burgers, the Frescata sandwiches were discontinued in December 2007.

“Here Come the Double Deckers”

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Here Come the Double Deckers (ABC, BBC 1, 1970)

Here Come the Double Deckers was a 17-part British children’s TV adventure series. Seven children had a den in an old red double decker bus in an unused London junkyard. It was a joint venture between Century Films in Britain and 20th Century Fox in the U.S. Here Come the Double Deckers aired from September 12, 1970 until September 3, 1972 in the U.S. and from January 1, 1971 to April 30, 1971 in the UK. Originally scheduled for a 26-episode run, the show ceased production after only 17 episodes. The entire series is available for purchase in the UK.

The cast of Here Come the Double Deckers include: Michael Audreson, Gillian Bailey, Bruce Clark, Peter Firth, Brinsley Forde, Debbie Russ and Douglas Simmonds. For a year, there was a “Double Deckers” cartoon strip.