October 29, 2009

Keys to the 80's

You can't have a discussion about 80's music trends without the words "keyboard" or "casio" being brought up. They're what made 80's music so great memorable. Below are a few ads from various Rolling Stone magazines featuring just four of the dozens (I'm guessing) of different versions of these mini electronic pianos.

I'm sure the Boss thought he was doing Casio a favor to grace their ad with his face, until we see who the company's other spokes model was (below).

Mr. Ed?

"Where miracles never cease."

There weren't many contenders to Casio, but Fisher sure had a practical idea of combining the keyboard with the jambox (now there's a whole 'nother topic!)

October 26, 2009

1988 All Region Band Members

Front Row (L-R): Suzy Tillman, Eugenia Dreher, Brooks Boyd, Angela Rogers, Tabitha Logan, Shawna Veazey
Second Row: Keith Wilburn, Jay Mizell, Aaron Wilson, Billy Arpin, Aaron Tygart
Third Row: Jeremy Crosswhite, Darrin Theiss, Cary Martindale, Lance Ashley, Matthew Adkins
Back Row: Nick Sullivan, Bryan Flynn, Jerry Flynn, Jason Moore, Allen Kelley

October 23, 2009


Hey! Is that the cast from the latest John Huges film?!

No - it's just a guy in front of a fake wall with fake spray paint wearing fake leather and boasting two fake girlfriends.

October 18, 2009

1987 AAA Playoff Predictions

From the Arkansas Dem/Gaz:

AT A GLANCE - The third ranked Yellowjackets also made it through the regular season unbeaten and are coming off two straight shutouts over Malvern and J.A. Fair. Sheridan's ground game continues to rack up the yards behind the running of Gary Brown and David Damron. Trumann, after dropping four straight games in midseason, came on strong and won its final three, including a big 34-0 victory over Marion. The Yellowjackets' relentless running attack will eventually wear down most teams.
PREDICTION - Sheridan 27, Trumann 8.

Does anyone remember the actual score? Scroll to the bottom of this post for the answer.

Final Score: Sheridan 33, Trumann 12

October 16, 2009

In Memory of Meliana Drake

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the death of one of our classmates. Meliana Drake died suddenly due to complications of a brain aneurysm on Saturday, October 16, 2004.

Please visit her memorial page on the 88 site to read her obituary, see photos and leave your thoughts. If you are still in touch with the family, perhaps an encouraging card or phone call might be appropriate, just to let them know you were thinking about them.

My desire is to honor the rest of our deceased classmates throughout the year on the date of each of their deaths to keep their memory fresh in our minds & give us all a reminder to number our days.

Name that Font - ANSWERS

Here are the answers to Monday's trivia:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

October 13, 2009

The Latest from the Late Michael Jackson

In keeping with the "all things 80's" theme of this blog, I feel some obligation to present to you a preview of Michael Jackson's first (and doubtfully last) posthumous release. Reviews aren't raving yet. This is it...

Was I the only one who cringed at the border-line blasphemous Messianic self-proclamation of "light of [the] world?"

October 12, 2009

Name that Font

I like retro TV shows. I also like the graphic design element behind fonts & logos. So this quick little trivia game will test your knowledge of each.

Below are five letters taken from the screen shots of five 70's TV shows. See if you can guess the TV show based off of the letter below (the letter is not necessarily the first letter in the name).

Leave your guesses in the comments. I'll post the answers Friday. Have fun!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

October 8, 2009

The Birds

Some of my favorite elementary school memories involve crafts - especially Halloween crafts. Remember making the owl out of black construction paper with cupcake papers as eyes? Or if you were in Mrs. Haskins' fourth grade class, you got to make a life-size skeleton out of rolled up newspapers! Then after Halloween was over we started working on the multi-colored feathers for our Thanksgiving turkey or the big, black-buckled pilgrim's hat. Good times!

Sadly, I don't have any of my Halloween crafts - or the newspaper skeleton for that matter. But I do have My Bird Book. And you get to see it. Not to show off my stunning artwork (though I'm certain I was beyond my years in the fine art of crayola), but just to serve as a jolt to remind you of the many great craft projects we did as grade schoolers.

Now, if my memory serves me correctly, I constructed this ornithological compilation during Mrs. Thompson's second grade class. That is, when I wasn't writing all those lines for talking during class. Interestingly enough, I can actually remember coloring some of these pictures.

And of course, your practical, take-home point for the day is this: save all that junk your kids bring home from school. I'm sure they'll want to blog about it in twenty years.