The Wonder Years – “The Phone Call”

“The Phone Call” is my first favorite episode of The Wonder Years. Kevin starts the episode finally (“finally”) over Winnie Cooper. The main reason is that he’s discovered Lisa Berlini, and honestly, who can blame him? He describes her as “The kind of girl you dream about but would never know your name.” Here’s what I feel…

RIP Lisa Spoonauer, aka Caitlin Bree (and Why I Care So Much)

While everyone worldwide was mourning the death of Roger Moore, a smaller subset of Gen-Xers were mourning a loss just as profound for us. The name Lisa Spoonauer might not mean much to 99% of the population, but for those that knew her at Caitlin Bree, she was an important part of our growing up….

Friday Nineties – Naked Gun 33 1/3 – The Final Insult

Ahhh, 1994.  It was a simpler time.  O.J. Simpson hadn’t killed anybody, Anna Nicole Smith was alive and still on the happy side of curvy and Leslie Neilsen was still Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad.  The makers of Airplane also made the Police Squad! show and movies and they really made the most of…

Friday Nineties – R.E.M. – Nightswimming

Automatic for the People was the album that flippd R.E.M. from a college bad that everyone from college liked to a mainstream band that caused people who liked them in college to get confused and angry.  1992 brought us Nevrmind the debut album from Nirvana which is doubtless the more important of the two, but…

Mattel Electronic Football Ringtones and Notifications

When I was a kid I played Mattel Electronic Football and it was awesome.  Not as awesome as ELECTRIC football where you put the guys on the vibrating field and watched them spin around in a circle until you turned it off, but still awesome. So when it came up earlier today I started thinking…