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Mashup Storypitch: “Tiffany’s Apartment: Breakfast of Madness.”

This is the first in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): the original Benihana, 47 West 56th Street.

This is my second Mad Men Geography post (I think I’m going to create a tag for that!). The first is here. Above you see the facade of a Benihana Japanese … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

The “spaghetti tree” of Ticino: the great BBC hoax of 1957.

Today is April Fool’s Day. My husband and I were chatting last night about it and we agreed that there’s very little fun left in April Fool’s Day these days; … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: the Draper residence, 783 Park Avenue.

I love Mad Men, the AMC television series about ad execs in the 1960s. I love it. It may be the greatest show I’ve ever watched in my life, possibly even … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Voice of Vrillon: The mysterious Southern Television broadcast hijack of 1977.

Thirty-six years ago tonight, at 5:10 in the evening of Saturday, November 26, 1977, viewers of the UK station Southern Television saw and heard a very strange thing. In the … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Worse than Jar-Jar Binks: the story behind “The Star Wars Holiday Special.”

Thirty-five years ago tonight, November 17, 1978, was one of the most infamous days in the history of television. On that night was the one and only public exhibition of … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 4 Comments

Stravinsky in space: the classic “fight music” from Star Trek. [audio]

If you’re a fan of the old Star Trek TV show, you probably know before you even click the above video what it’s going to be. If someone so much as … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Vinci, Italy at the speed of light: the amazing magic motorcycle scene from “Cosmos.”

The above clip is one of my all time favorite scenes from the seminal 1980 science series Cosmos, created and hosted by legendary astronomer Carl Sagan. This is also one of … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Airwaves, spacecraft and the loss of innocence: Sputnik and Beaver Cleaver.

Fifty-six years ago today there was a lot happening up in the sky. On October 4, 1957, a Soviet satellite called Sputnik I was launched, the first man-made object to orbit … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment
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