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"Parallels" is the 11th episode of the 7th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Brannon Braga, it first aired on November 29th, 1993.

In the episode, after returning from a tournament involving Klingon combat, Lt. Commander Worf finds himself traveling through different realities--some with subtle differences, others extremely divergent.


Wil Wheaton, who had left the show as a regular earlier in the run of the series, returns in one of the alternate realities.
November 29th, 1993 - Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Parallels" Airs:

They reference a connection to the previous episode "Phantasms" where Data first experiences nightmares. The connection is; one of the "other Enterprises" has the engine core from Data's dreams.

In Television History - November 29th, 1993 - Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Parallels" Airs

"Parallels" is the 11th episode of the 7th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Brannon Braga , it first aired ...

Alex Harvey Band: "In 1972, Harvey formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (often shortened to SAHB) with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen, and cousins Hugh and Ted McKenna on keyboards and drums respectively, all previous members of progressive rock act Tear Gas.

SAHB produced a succession of highly regarded albums and tours throughout the 1970s. The band never achieved acclaim in the United States the way it did in Great Britain, but it had a cult following in certain US cities, especially Cleveland, where the group first played at the Agora Ballroom in December 1974.

Thanks to airplay from WMMS, songs like "Next" and "The Faith Healer" became very popular. Cleveland music critics observed that the Sensational Alex Harvey Band could headline in that city, while in other cities few people came to see them"

Most of the songs were cemented in the 70's progressive rock vibe. But this one holds it's own unique sound with a string section. And for some reason the guitarist was a mime?

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Alex Harvey died ant an early age.

He was a devoted family man but in front of an audience he became an unforgettable entertainer charismatic, provocative and intense. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band eventually became one of the most exciting live acts of the 1970s taking in Jacques Brel, rock and vaudeville.

In the biography The Sensational Alex Harvey it talks about the many different things that lead up to his death.
Harvey's life offstage was beset by tragedy and his own alcoholism: his younger brother, Les, was electrocuted on stage; his manager and friend Billy Fehilly was killed in a plane crash. Eventually with his band in tatters, Alex sank into a sea of alcohol, finally succumbing to a fatal heart attack whilst waiting for a ferry home from a gig in Belgium in 1982, the day before his 47th birthday.

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Alex Harvey Band : "In 1972, Harvey formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (often shortened to SAHB) with guitarist Zal Cleminson,...


I actually did not remember this song. But man, if it ain't catchy!

J Friends - Muppet Wiki - Wikia:
"J Friends" is a Sesame Street song sung by the Anything Muppets, who list their friends whose names begin with the letter J. The names include Joe, Jane, Jim and Joan.

Note: Following his verse, the Fat Blue singer's right eye comes loose, forcing him to leave the frame for a bit to have it re-attached.

Plus, were you aware of the group of Muppets called  "The Anything Muppets"?

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The Anything Muppets

The Anything Muppets were introduced in the first episode of Sesame Street, in a sketch involving Gordon. An Anything Muppet appeared without any facial features, and Gordon introduced her as an Anything Person and proceeded to give her and four other Anything Muppets who appeared in sequence eyes, noses, and hair to form a family.

Sesame Street J Friends Song - 1971

I actually did not remember this song. But man, if it ain't catchy! J Friends - Muppet Wiki - Wikia : "J Friends" is a ...
I remember when making your food look like things was not only a fad. But it was weird. And kinda gross

The "And everything else too" blog has unearthed one of those old cookbooks (if you want to call it cooking?) that did this with marshmallows.

Marshmallow Favors: If marshmallows are of course the most boring candy ever invented, then I say it's time to make them exciting!

It's time to ANIMALIZE your marshmallows-- and I don't mean how rock group KISS would do it-- I mean how McCall's did it in the 1974 recipe guide titled "Family-Style Cook Book." Awwww, aren't they cute? OMG who could ever eat Primrose the Piglet?!!!
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Marshmallow Favors Cookbook - 1974

I remember when making your food look like things was not only a fad. But it was weird. And kinda gross The " And everything else too...

From 1971.

What could be a short film on madness is actually a toy commercial.

I give you Remco's - Baby Laugh'a'Lot

Remco
Remco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The name Remco comes from the two words "Remote Control".

In the mid-1960s, Remco acquired several licenses for popular culture groups and TV shows and proceeded to make a variety of toys. Some of these were the Beatles, the Monkees, Lost In Space, The Munsters, Batman and Star Trek. One popular toy in the early 1960s was the 24 inch long functioning scuba diver with mask, knife, utility belt, rifle, walkie-talkie, air tanks, and floating location bouy.

The company was known by toy collectors for their many Universal Monsters figures produced during the 1980s.

Remco's - Baby Laugh'a'Lot - A Toy's Look at Terror

From 1971. What could be a short film on madness is actually a toy commercial. I give you Remco 's - Baby Laugh'a'Lot ...


One, there is a forum for laser pointers.

Two, it didn't take long before someone turned one into a Star Trek photon laser.

Scroll down the page to see forum after going to link.
1.5 Amp 445nm Phaser Build... - Laser Pointer Forums - Discuss Laser Pointers:

To lazy to build your own? You can get one already made if you want.

Star Trek Phaser Remote Control

DIY Star Trek Lasers - Laser Pointer Forums

One, there is a forum for laser pointers. Two, it didn't take long before someone turned one into a Star Trek photon laser . Scr...

This week in the 80's the Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters show premiered.

Barbara Mandrell and her younger sisters, Louise and Irlene, hosted this variety show full of comedy sketches, musical numbers, and some guest stars every week. Despite the show's success, it was canceled after two seasons because of Barbara's hectic schedule.

Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters 1980 NBC Series Premiere Promo - YouTube:


Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters 1980 NBC Series Premiere Promo

This week in the 80's the Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters show premiered. Barbara Mandrell and her younger sisters, Lou...


There was two kinds of punk/new wave on TV in the 80's.

The MTV kind, that was about the same as when the Beverly Hillbillies portrayed "Beatniks".

And there was the Night Flight kind, where you couldn't believe it was actually on television. Like the show New Wave Theatre

New Wave Theatre a glimpse into the Los Angeles punk scene in 1982 - The A.V. Club:

"New Wave Theatre was the brainchild of David Jove and then Billboard magazine editor Ed Ochs. Broadcast on Los Angeles area UHF station channel 18, the show featured a high-energy, low-budget format that jived with the punk movement’s D.I.Y attitude. Host Peter Ivers, the ringmaster of this musical circus–generally clad in sunglasses, skinny ties, and other hallmarks of early ‘80s new wave style fashions—provided the glue in-between performances, interviews, and comedy sketches that held the show together. New Wave Theatre was broadcast nationally on the USA Network—long before Suits and Psych marathons—as part of their Night Flight block of programming.

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New Wave Theatre came to an end in 1983 when Ivers was found bludgeoned to death in his Los Angeles apartment. The case remains unsolved to this day. Harold Ramis and New Wave Theatre producer Jove attempted to resurrect the show as The Top in 1983. Despite featuring big-name musical acts The Romantics and Cyndi Lauper as well as Second City alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, Ramis, Jove, and all of the parties involved were unable to work together—presumably due to egos and drugs—and only the pilot was produced."

I did not know that Peter Ivers was murdered, causing the show to end. It just wasn't on anymore, and that was all I knew about it.

There is a book about his unresolved death called -
In Heaven Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre.

The show forged a groundbreaking union between comedy and punk, placing comedians like John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Harold Ramis onstage with Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and Fear. On the cusp of mainstream recognition.

The show was forgotten, but Ivers’s influence on pop culture has lasted. A magnetic creative force, his circle included Doug Kenney, Jello Biafra, David Lynch, Ramis, and Belushi. 

He was also a fascinating musician: in addition to composing the centerpiece song on the soundtrack of Lynch’s cult classic film Eraserhead, Ivers recorded seven albums. 

Josh Frank’s research inspired renewed interest in Ivers, and the abandoned murder investigation was reopened. Through his narration and interviews with the LAPD and those close to Ivers, Frank brings this under-appreciated and compelling creative figure to life.

New Wave Theatre - Punk Scene Television in 1982

There was two kinds of punk/new wave on TV in the 80's. The MTV kind, that was about the same as when the Beverly Hillbillies por...

In this animated film, Justin Eagle (Dale Robertson) is an undercover U.S. agent living on a California ranch.

He's sent on a mission to find kidnapped U.S. Sen. Freeman (Clarence Nash), who had been clashing with a crooked businessman who is forcing settlers to sell their land in anticipation of a new railway.

Helping Eagle are his daughter, Stormy (Barbara Jean Wong), friend Sorry (Edgar Buchanan) and a menagerie of creatures, including his horse, Rebel, and Alfy the skunk.

Watch "The Man From Button Willow (1965)"

In this animated film, Justin Eagle ( Dale Robertson ) is an undercover U.S. agent living on a California ranch. He's sent on a m...

Madame was a strange puppet. I feel like she was everywhere during the time. And people would just play along for some reason even though the man performing the actions just sat right next to her.

I just didn't get it.

She even published a memoir:
Madame, My Misbegotten Memoirs as Told to Wayland Flowers
Madame was a throwback from the days of vaudeville and golden age movies. A self-described "alcoholic sex fiend," Madame lived glamorously wearing evening gowns, tiaras, rhinestones and feather boas and hosted her own talk show from her Hollywood mansion. Her chief job was to put down people with wicked one-liners and chase after handsome young men.

Eventually she just disappeared from television. Not that I was sad about that. It was just soo weird.

I never got it?

Madame, My Misbegotten Memoirs as Told to Wayland Flowers

Madame was a strange puppet. I feel like she was everywhere during the time. And people would just play along for some reason even though...

Awesome 80's Tv commercials part1 - YouTube:

An assorted collection of awesome 80s commercials.

Highlights:

80's TV commercial spots

Awesome 80's Tv commercials part1 - YouTube : An assorted collection of awesome 80s commercials. Highlights: 0:34 Matt LeBlanc ...

This issue of Teen Magazine (which, kudos on thinking of that name by the way.)
Talks about such subjects important to the youth of the day as:

  • Rapping on Records
  • Teen Raps
  • Palm Reading
  • How To Tie-Dye
  • Flag Fashions
  • Heath & Fitness
  • an interview with Ryan O'neal

and More!

Full Issue of Teen Magazine - March 1971

This issue of Teen Magazine (which, kudos on thinking of that name by the way.) Talks about such subjects important to the youth of the...
Culea as Amy Allen on The A-Team.
Culea as Amy Allen on The A-Team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently been watching The A-Team. And while I may have been young when the show was on the air, I still had no memory of there being a girl on the team.

But clearly as I watched the first season, there was, Melinda Culea.

So, even though I didn't remember I just chalked it up to it being on a long time ago.

Then, when I got to the second season, she was gone.

Just, -- here's a new girl who can use "computers" and the backstory that Amy got a job in Central America? So clearly I wasn't out of my mind that I don't remember her.

But now had to find out why. So I lloked it up and found this:

A-Team Resource Page - Melinda Culea's Departure: "former model Melinda Culea, 28, the token woman on the Team.

She was dumped after she taped the first 10 shows of the Team's second season and was replaced this month by Maria Heasley, 25. "Melinda was very unhappy about the size and importance of her role," says Peppard. "She came on the set frustrated, angry, a terribly discontented woman."

He said she wanted more time on camera and wanted to join in the fight scenes with a few karate chops.

Mr. T says she wanted more money, Culea reportedly made $15,000 per show at first and later about $20,000 (versus T's $40,000 or so--which, though not as much as the veteran Peppard's salary, still adds up to about $1 million a year)."


She did have a career in commercials before the show:

Melinda Culea - The female member of the A-Team

Culea as Amy Allen on The A-Team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Recently been watching The A-Team . And while I may have been young when t...

 

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