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A sense of right and pong

December 10th, 2019

From the musty innards of the 1975 Sears Wish Book comes… …the first game console my family ever owned. For decades I’ve had to rely on hazy childhood memories about the device. I knew it was a Sears-badged (because Sears was where families such as mine bought electronics in those days) Pong clone with paddles […]

Then playing

November 7th, 2019

Maura and I spent a good part of the summer of 2018 clearing out my grandmother’s attic of anything I possibly wanted to keep. There were fewer items on that front than I’d anticipated, though the prospect of shifting heavy crates in the sweltering heat tended to override most feelings of materialistic sentimentality. The most […]

Drive, mon pied

April 2nd, 2019

It took three deep dives into the 1975 Sears Wish Book before I noticed it… …but when I finally did, it nearly shorted out my nostalgia cortex. I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you that those goofy race car slippers were one of Young Andrew’s most coveted possessions. Forget Tonka trucks […]

I know this text page item from The Witching Hour #54 (May 1975) sounds a little ridiculous, but I’ve done a little research…. …and it tracks. Recommended listening:

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 14

February 14th, 2017

(from “The Black Orchid Conspiracy” by Michael Fleisher, Russell Carley and Fred Carrillo in The Phantom Stranger #40, December-January 1975/1976) Be wary of crowding your orchids, lest they compete for essential resources.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 13

February 13th, 2017

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 12

February 12th, 2017

(from “The Secret of the Black Orchid” by Michael Fleisher, Russell Carley and Fred Carrillo in The Phantom Stranger #38, August-September 1975) Even the hardiest of orchids require regular care.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 11

February 11th, 2017

(from “The Crime Computer” by Sheldon Mayer and Nestor Redondo in The Phantom Stranger #36, April-May 1975) Some truly dedicated enthusiasts hold onto the flower’s discarded petals as keepsakes.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 10

February 10th, 2017

(from “The Black Orchid Is Watching You!” by Sheldon Mayer and Nestor Redondo in The Phantom Stranger #35, February-March 1975) This rare specimen makes an indelible impression on all who have beheld it.

A new wave of cinematic horror is on the shag-carpeted horizon, and the letters page of The Witching Hour #54 (April 1975) is there to provide all the pertinent details: That’s quite the fascinating snapshot into the realm of genre flicks prior to the 1977 paradigm shift, even if some the writer’s descriptions for the […]

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