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50 Years Ago Today

Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. We're watching the retrospective on CBS of the anniversary of the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. I have determined that I was born in a very, very historical year, as there are retrospectives on the 50th Anniversary of MANY things being celebrated this year, including my birth (in August).

This weekend we did some more cleaning in our sheds. We winnowed out a number of things, consolidating boxes and getting rid of some broken ones and piling a bunch of (mostly mine) junk to go to Goodwill. I'm selling some of my Barbie collection -- I posted two to eBay, I want to see how they sell before I post more. I have a long habit of saving things (duh), and sometimes I'm very glad I do -- amid my papers was a copy of TV Guide with The Simpsons on the cover... and the tag line, "The hot new Prime Time family." But amidst the papers with headlines announcing the deaths of Princess Di and George Burns, and the Phoenix appearance of Paul McCartney (which we went to), was a "Valley & State" section which I couldn't figure out why I'd saved it. I set it aside to toss, but I started to read it... and in this section of the Arizona Republic are headlines like "Mesa accused of bias in firing - Hispanic officer's termination 'unfair'," "Legislator's tabs charged to charity - $6,000 in personal expenses put on credit card by state Rep. Kyle" and "Bill on kids and guns has resurfaced," amongst others that makes me wonder if progress ever really IS made. If this wasn't dated March 31, 1993, it might easily have been yesterday's news. (Sadly.) Time capsule.

I have a tremendous number of toys. I am releasing many of them to go be loved by children... but some are MINE and I'm keeping them, including my collection of miniature Star Wars vessels, which I need to find a new home for, 'cause I don't want to store them anymore. I'm also keeping my odd collection of Han Solo action figures (yeah, just Han... I have one Obi Wan and one Leia, but about seven Hans, including the reissue where they apparently used the body of an Arnold Schwarzenegger figure).

Ringo looks absolutely freakin' fantastic. And he still sounds good, too (or as good as he ever did). He could easily pass for a guy in his fifties. Amazing.


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Feb. 10th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
I loved the retrospective, and hope they release an album of it.

Okay, what kinds of toys? Because I don't need any more toys, but I'm always on the lookout for certain things.
Feb. 10th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Lots of Happy Meal toys, some of the Warner Bros. stuff from the 90's (I'm keeping Yakko, Wakko, & Dot, but the rest are going), Disney figures from the Nestle candy eggs (like Kinder eggs which were pulled because American children are stupider than German children), lots and lots and LOTS (more than I remembered) of 12-inch fashion dolls (mostly Barbie, but some Disney ones, too -- I have multiples of John Smith & the Prince from "Beauty" because they were male dolls with real hair instead of molded hair).

Lots of Disney and Warner Bros. That's what I was into in the 90's! :)
Feb. 10th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
Awww, Yakko, Wakko and Dot! I love them.

Anything with Wile E. Coyote? He's my hero. (Said in a nerdy/creepy voice.) Or Robin Hood? Or the guy in this icon?

Edited at 2014-02-10 04:37 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
No Wile E., alas... and I'm keeping Robin and Little John. :)

There is one Stitch in the outgoing box, but the only reason I'm getting rid of him is because the rubber he's made of is starting to break down (turning that gross sticky-slick some toys get). My other Stitches (many!) stay.

Edited at 2014-02-11 01:27 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
In other words, our tastes are far too alike when it comes to toys. :D
Feb. 11th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think so! :)

Feb. 10th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
I had the same thought too. Ringo looked and sounded good. Paul sounded pretty good still as well but Ringo really looks good for his age.

You were born in a historic year it seems.

I know what you mean with all the old collections.
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Very historic year. Paul sounded a lot better than he did at some other function I saw him at last year (his voice was WAY off -- some awards show or other). But Paul looks like a 70-year-old who dyes his hair brown. Ringo looks... about fifty.

I have to make sure to put the things in the boxes and not look at them again -- I went to find something in one of them and ended up taking out another doll...

(My GOD, I had a lot of these dolls!!!!!!!)
Feb. 11th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Can't argue that. Paul does look his age and Ringo looks fantastic.

Oh geez. Mom kept mine for reasons I don't understand. I dismembered them all
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