Consumer Catalog

They ran Consumer Information catalog all the time in the late 70s/ early 80s. I recall seeing one of these back in the day and they really did have some information on most any subject. You could get the booklets in other public places as well. I recall grabbing a buttload of them and marking them up with my friends to make them funny.

These commercials are responsible for me knowing by heart the zip code of Pueblo Colorado. This information has yet to come in handy.

The Master

The Master came on TV at just the right point in my life. I'd been into martial arts for a while, watching USA Network's Kung Fu Theater and taking Tae Kwon Do. Ninjas were just the coolest. They had the gadgets and the secret death touch, and the mad killing skillz, yo.

The show itself was okay. It was kind of like The Incredible Hulk in that the heroes wandered from town to town, established the characters in the town and then beat the bad guys up. Lee Van Cleef played the Master. He would spout wisdom for a while and when it came time to kick ass, he put on the mask and the stuntman would do the rest. It was long bits of boring plot interrupted by kick-ass fight scenes at 7:25 and 7:50. It was some of the fastest martial arts action on the tube at the time and I loved it for that.

This is obviously the German language version. I used it for it's kick-ass video quality and bass response. Kick ass theme song by Bill Conti.


The new dance craze that's sweeping the nation

Sometimes in the heat of the summer, tossing and turning in the night, I awake with this song going through my head. The only thing that can relieve my anguish is listening to Supertramp in my conversion van at full volume.