I collect celebrity yearbooks. I have several of Mr. T's yearbooks, one from Alan Hale (The Skipper from Gilligan's Island) and one from Burr Tillstrom (the creator of Kukla, Fran and Ollie.)
The other day I Mister Rogers senior and sophomore yearbooks.
Here is a bit of trivia. Remember Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers Neighborhood? Fred's mother's maiden name was McFeely. It used to be a tradition for people to give kids the mothers maiden name as a middle name.
I think it was. Not sure. I think I heard it in a country song.
One of the things I noticed about Fred Rogers in his yearbook is that he was a superstar student. He was all over this yearbook!
The picture above is Mister Rogers as a Soph. He's on the right. Its hard to miss him. He really didnt change much over the years.
Here is another one. This is the French Club. He's in the front row seated in between the pretty gal and the moody guy.
There he is, Student Council president and ladies man.
This is my favorite picture because he is wearing a cardigan sweater!! It's not a zip up like he wore on the show, but wow!
It's a great little Pong system from Radio Shack. Just think... almost 40 years ago someone brought this up to the counter and was asked "what's your phone number?"
See, 'cause they used to ask everyone that. I understand they don't ask anymore.
Anyway, this sweet Pong knock off has a light gun. It's a serious looking pistol!
No red tip or crazy color scheme, this looks like the real thing. It's funny, even though I grew up with realistic fake guns, and I'm not opposed with kids playing with toy guns,seeing one is still a bit jarring.
Seriously, that's supposed to be dad and daughter kicking back with some video games... but with the gun on the floor it just screams HOSTAGE SITUATION.
Here is something I had nearly forgotten about... when I was in High School I used to make sure I was in front of the TV at 5pm for Live at Five.
Look at this boring show:
The reason I watched this was that they were live at the same time Late Night with David Letterman taped. So what?... well, I'll get to it. First look at this video:
Man, Dave was funny back then! Dave starts off with his "record collection":
This was a reoccurring segment where Dave showed off obscure records like this:
Then he would play clips that were usually out of context and hysterical. As the segment goes on Dave pauses to introduce Adam West (who couldn't look any dorkier) :
Adam waves to the audience and then exits. That's it.
As the record bit continues Leslie Ann Warren shows up and does the same. Dave pretends not to know her. I don't have to pretend...
Both Leslie and Adam West were being interviewed on Live at Five and Dave would regularly get their guests to come in and interrupt his show. It didn't matter what was going on, the show would stop and the guest would enter and wave and leave.
Check this clip out, too:
In this clip Dave shows up at the Live at Five studio where he runs into a guy who pretends he can't let him in:
Then Dave does the weather with Al Roker:
And this is why I would watch Live at Five. It was dull as a box of rocks, but you always had the chance that Dave may show up or at least you could say "Hey! I saw Adam West dressed like a dork at 5pm!"