Great Moments in Television: The Heidi Game, the Great Pumpkin, and the Family Hour

Do you remember the Heidi Game?On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders defeated the New York Jets 43-32, scoring two touchdowns in nine seconds to overcome a 32-29 New York lead.  Fans didn't see the dramatic finish, though, because with just 65 seconds left to pay and with the Jets in the lead, NBC made a last-minute decision to cut from the game to begin airing a much touted 1968 made-for-TV version of Heidi.NBC executives were caught between a rock and a hard place:  The game bet … [Read more...]

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A Burgeoning Market for Papal Kitsch

Hoodies, t-shirts, aprons—even doggie apparel.In the wake of the “Pope Francis Effect”, all of these items and more are now available in special Pope Francis editions.Britain’s Catholic Herald reports that since the election of Pope Francis, sales are up 20% for papal gear:  clothing, key rings, tea lights, and various papal paraphernalia.  And indeed, Catholics With Attitude, a custom printery which offers t-shirts in the U.K. and right here in the United States, has a large assortment o … [Read more...]

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PARENTHOOD: Stains, Spills, Sleeplessness…and Love

If you’re a parent, you know that the early years of childrearing are a mix of joy and sheer exhaustion.A new commercial by Argentine creative ideas agency Santo Buenos Aires captures the fatigue and the frustration, the bedlam and the bemusement, and the pure love that makes it all worthwhile.  The commercial by director Pucho Mentasti is for Coke Life, a new, green-label Argentine concoction that’s sweetened with a sugar and stevia extract for a 35-calorie serving.Sebastian Wilhelm, San … [Read more...]

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