Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Leave It to Beaver, the Entire Series, Arrives on DVD

Vince and Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) were judges at the Jack Daniel's Barbecue Championship in Lynchburg, Tennessee in 1994.

Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver.

Cowboy Cleaver boys

Unctuous Eddie

Beaver. Larry Mondello and fireman Gus

Larry trying to talk Beaver into doing something that Beaver knows he shouldn't do.

Beaver and Larry at the dance. Larry is eating, of course.

BFF: Lumpy, Eddie and Wally

Beaver's class - that's not Miss Landers. Judy and Larry are in the first row. That's Whitey sitting in front of Beaver. Gilbert is in the third row.

Rusty Stevens played Larry Mondello

Jeri Weil was Judy Hensler

Ward and his not-BFF Fred Rutherford. Lumpy was Fred's boy.

Sue Randall played pretty teacher Miss Landers.

Max Showalter played Ward Cleaver in the pilot titled "Wally and the Beaver." Pat Sullivan, not pictured, was Wally. Sullivan grew over the summer and was replaced by Tony Dow.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Little Orphan Annie in the Kingsport News 1942-1963

The arrival of Little Orphan Annie was announced in this full page ad on Sept. 20, 1942.

This was the first strip to appear in the Kingsport News on September 21, 1942.

This was the comics page on Oct. 10, 1942, just a few days after Annie's first appearance in the Kingsport News.

The last Orphan Annie strip in the Kingsport News on April 1, 1963.

The entire page of Annie's last appearance.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stephen Strasburg vs. Juan Marichal

I think Juan Marichal's major league debut in 1960 was every bit as good as Stephen Strasburg's recent pitching performance. Here is the box score for Marichal.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Mercury Blues

Ford will announce the discontinuation of its Mercury line, according to Bloomberg News.

The first Mercury dealer in Kingsport was Tom Yancey. Here is his first ad, from 1948:

In late 1970 he sold the dealership to Don Billings, who changed the name to Kingsport Motors. Here is that dealership's first ad, from early 1971:

Here is Alan Jackson's 1992 hit about the Mercury, a remake of the old K.C. Douglas boogie.