Nebraska TV personality Leta Powell Drake, now 82, is best known for her hilariously direct and often "inappropriate" interrogations of celebrities in the 1980s, a fine sampling of which you can view above. At the time, stars would travel around the country to promote their latest projects on local TV. See more here, from Sigourney Weaver and Ernest Borgnine to Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Embedded below are parts 1 and 2 of a recently-found TV production of The Lord of the Rings that's doing the rounds. The special attraction: it was made in Russia near the end of the Soviet era and is a wild mix of harsh video effects, peculiar adaptational decisions and general weirdness. But it is… READ THE REST
To demonstrate the desperate state of American culture in the 1980s I merely remind that 'Simon and Simon,' a show about disagreeable brothers with a struggling private investigation practice in San Diego, ran from 1981 to 1989. The theme was the best part of this show. READ THE REST
In 1966, Japanese film studio Toei Animation produced The King Kong Show, the first anime series made in Japan specifically for an American production company, Videocraft Internationa (aka Rankin/Bass)l, to air on US television. Cartoonists Jack Davis and Rod Willis designed the characters including the mighty Kong. "The Rankin/Bass King Kong was an early case of identity… READ THE REST
Worrying about data breaches isn't just for the Amazons and Facebooks of the world. Oh sure, you should be concerned if you're one of the 533 million who had info exposed in the latest Facebook breach. But a bigger worry is what happens if customer information, details that you're responsible for, somehow get exposed to… READ THE REST
There are plenty of top-notch quality knives and knife sets crafted all over the world, from Germany, France, and the heart of Europe, to plenty of premium craftsmen in the U.S. But there's definitely something about a finely honed blade made from Japanese steel that still absolutely stops knife shoppers dead in their tracks. For… READ THE REST
If you're itching for a computer upgrade, Hewlett Packard is one of the half-dozen brands you can buy sight unseen and know you're getting a quality rig. Of course, where's the fun in buying a computer sight unseen? Right now, HP is giving everybody an eyeful of everything, making loads of renewed and fully restored… READ THE REST