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Adventures in Roku II: Texas Blood Money

The recent acquisition of the Roku in the House of Yesteryear has been both a source of welcome entertainment (for your humble narrator) and amusement (also for your humble narrator, because his mother is now calling it the “Yoko”).  I mentioned in this last post that I am fast becoming a fan of some of… Continue reading Adventures in Roku II: Texas Blood Money

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Adventures in Roku

Let me just state at the start of this post...that when it comes to home entertainment, I’m a physical media disciple.  I like to own movies. I like to own TV shows.  From the time I bought my first VHS player in 1986 with a bonus I received from my then place of employment (despite my… Continue reading Adventures in Roku

Stuff You Should Know · Television

You could get lucky…but it will be tough luck!

On radio and television, Jack Benny created for himself a legendary character that possessed many unflattering qualities: avarice, cowardice, narcissism, etc.  Such an individual would be tiresome to be around (if the tell-all books being written by ex-White House staffers is any indication), so to make Benny more sympathetic, his hard-working scribes also infused him… Continue reading You could get lucky…but it will be tough luck!

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Book Review: Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars

Edward “Torchy” Smith may be a familiar name/voice to those of you who make listening to IHeartRadio a routine activity.  He’s the host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio, a program that from its inception has made its mission to appeal to what Smith calls “the new Lawrence Welk generation minus the bubbles” by interviewing celebrities… Continue reading Book Review: Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars

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It’s not E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed…but beggars can’t be choosers

Many apologies, cartooners, for allowing the blog to go dark for the past few weeks; there has been much outside activity here at Rancho Yesteryear—notably some extracurricular projects plus preparations for an event that looks like it’s shaping up to become what I have decided to label The Great DVD Purge of 2019.  This one won’t… Continue reading It’s not E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed…but beggars can’t be choosers

Television

“I’m going down the pub!”

From 1965 to 1975, British TV audiences made Till Death Us Do Part—a taboo-breaking program about a working-class family whose patriarch (played by Warren Mitchell) wasn’t shy about making his uncomfortably racist views loud and clear—one of the BBC’s most popular situation comedies.  Created by Johnny Speight, who based much of the show on his own upbringing (a situation he… Continue reading “I’m going down the pub!”

Television

Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest

The success of importing the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus to public television stations in the mid-70s led to a “British Invasion” of sitcoms and comedy shows that, sadly, have been abandoned because these same stations are apparently unable to see offerings beyond the overexposed Are You Being Served?  I rag on AYBS a lot, but it’s mostly due to its saturation in the… Continue reading Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest