Monday, May 25, 2009

Retro Ring Dings and Yodels

Here we have my favorite childhood snack of all time.. I know they're still available today but they don't taste the same for a variety of reasons from our changing taste buds, to the preservatives they put in today's products.
If your old enough to remember, the Ring Ding Box came wrapped in gold paper and inside they were individually wrapped in gold foil. The Yodel box was wrapped in white paper and they were individually wrapped in silver foil. I distinctly remember laying out the foil and ironing it smooth with my fingers or a utensil. These 2 cakes were the best... There was also another that I can't find a picture of and it was called "The Ring Ding Jr.". It was always packaged by itself, much large and flatter. Drakes's Cake best product of all time!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Columnist James Brady dies

New York Columnist James Brady, author of "Parade" magazine's celebrity profile column "In Step With" died on Monday January 26th. He was 80 years old. He had a long career in journalism and even was the entertainment correspondant on WCBS Channel 2 in New York for years. 1928-2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bob May "Lost in Space Robot" dies

Bob May, who was the man inside the robot suit on "Lost is Space" has died at the age of 69. He died Sunday January 18 of congestive heart failure. He was an actor, stuntman who appeared in movies, TV, and even the vaudeville stage. He got the job on Lost in Space only because they were looking for someone who fill into the robot suit and he was on the studio lot that day. Bob was the grandson of Chic Johnson, of Olsen and Johnson comedy team fame "Hellzapoppin" He did not provide the famous "Warning Warning" line from the show. 1939-2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

Ricardo Montalban, Mexican born actor for more than 60 years died Wednesday January 14 in Los Angeles. He was 88 years old. No cause of death was given. He began his career in MGM musicals with Esther Williams back in 1946. But the world will always remember him as Mr. Roarke, who was in charge of an island resort where visitors were able to fulfill their lifelong dreams in "Fantasy Island". It ran from 1978-1984 1920-2009

Patrick McGoohan dies at 80

Actor Patrick McGoohan who starring in the 1960's cult classic "The Prisoner" has died in Los Angeles. He was 80 years old. McGoohan won two Emmy's for his work on Columbo and in the 1995 Mel Gibson film "Braveheart". But he was best known as the title character #6 in the British TV series in which he played a spy held captive in a small village trying to escape. 1928-2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Brad Sullivan dies at 77

Actor Brad Sullivan best known for playing Morris "Mo" Wanchuk in the 1977 movie, Slap Shot died on December 31, 2008. He was 77 years old. Other movies he appeared in were, The Prince of Tides, The Untouchables, Sister Act 2, The Fantastics, The Dream Team, True Colors and The Abyss. He made TV appearances in such shows as NYPD, Law and Order, Nothing Sacred and I'll Fly Away. 1931-2009

Harry Endo dead at 87 Hawaii-Five-0

Harry Endo, who played a forensic scientist on TV's Hawaii-Five-O has died at the age of 87. He suffered a stroke and died in Brooklyn on Friday January 9. He played the character "Che Fong" for most of the entire run of the show.
1921-2009

Brookdale Soda...The Best I've ever tasted

Growing up in Newark New Jersey in the 60's and 70's, I was exposed to the best food and drink you could ever imagine. I knew it too, and I can look back now and realize now how magical of an era it was in America's history. I could spend weeks and weeks talking about the different foods and beverages the inner cities of the Northeast had at their fingertips but for this post, I will discuss the greatest soda I have ever tasted. First and foremost, Brookdale Soda's main plant was located in Clifton, New Jersey. As the company grew through the years, they built locations to buy the product in Bloomfield, Newark, Fairfield. When I was real young, one of my older brothers Richard, worked for them. In the early days, the soda came to you. It was usually on a Saturday morning that the big truck with all the blue crates of colored soda would pull up to the house, all exposed of course. What a highlite to pick out your own flavors for the week. The driver we had was this big man whose name was "Gus". He became a friend of the family, and he would go into the cellar and get the empty bottles and after you picked out your 12 bottles, he would carry it on his shoulder back into the cellar. The flavors chosen were usually the same and went like this. 3 bottles of "Cola" which was a excellent substitute in case you didn't have any Coca Cola in the house. Because everyone in the family loved "Orange", we had to have 3 bottle of it. . Had to get 1 each of Birch Beer and Root Beer. Black Cherry wasn't my favorite but it was for most people, so I had to get 1 of those. It was also called "Cherry and Cherry Pit". Had to get at least 1 Cream, it was so good. And my all time favorite soda Lemon/Lime... After Brookdale went out of business, I have never had any brand of soda make anything that came close to Lemon/Lime. I miss it to this day. Sometimes due to house parties, we had to get the Quinine, or Tom Collins mix and I never got Grape soda. Once in a while my mother had to get the half and half which was a Grapefruit Soda. It actually tasted real good. Years later when I had my restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey, I displayed a bunch of Brookdale bottles both large and small with a few blue crates. Customers would comment all the time on how it was the best soda they ever tasted. One day a gentleman came in the store and asked me where I got the bottles. I told him I collect everything under the sun especially if it has a link to my childhood. He then said he was the owner of Brookdale and as joke I bowed to him and he laughed. We talked for a while and he said the soda business of course got too big and competitive, and since Coke and Pepsi were now gigantic companies, Brookdale couldn't compete. So of course my obvious question to him was what made that soda taste better than any other. He said that there was water supply over in the Brookdale Section of Bloomfield that was only available to Brookdale. I also asked him where is the 30 foot bottle that was displayed for years on Route 46 in Fairfield. He said someone did have it he didn't know who. If you lived in the greater Newark area which included Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley, from the 1950's to the 1980's, it was a good chance that Brookdale soda was in everyone's cellar. It really was the best soda I have ever tasted. As a matter of fact, after they closed, I have never even tried a bottle of Orange Soda. When I had my store in the early years, I had the old-fashioned Coke Dispenser that made soda taste the way it's suppose to. The best soda out right now is Boylan since they still use Cane sugar and not Corn Syrup, but it still doesn't beat Brookdale.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Jon Hagar dies at 67

Jon Hagar (on the right), the surviving twin from the famous "Hagar Twins" was found dead Friday January 9th is his bed. He apparantly died in his sleep. He was 67 years old. His twin Jim died last May and Jon had been depressed and in poor health since last year. They both debuted on Hee Haw in 1969 and both were accomplished musicians playing guitars and drums. 1941-2009

British Singer Dave Dee dies

British Pop Singer Dave Dee, (Pictured above in the middle) whose real name was David Harman died in South London after a 3 year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. The British band known as, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich never had much success in America, but had a large following in all of Europe from 1965-1969. Dave left the band in 1969. They had 8 top 10 hits with Xanadu being their only number 1 hit in the UK. 1941-2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Don Galloway Dies

Actor Don Galloway who began his career in the 1950's on the Soap Opera "The Secret Storm" has died. He was 71 years old. He was most notable as Officer Ed Brown on the show "Ironside" starring Raymond Burr from 1967-1975. He also was a regular on "General Hospital" in the 1960's. 1937-2008

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pat Hingle dead at 84

Veteran actor Pat Hingle most notable for playing Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies has died. He was suffering from blood cancer the last few years. He was 84. He career began back in 1954 with a small role in "On the Waterfront". He made numerous appearance on TV and in the movies. My favorite role of his was in 1963 on the Twilight Zone episode "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" Pat was one of the many old world character actors whose face we knew but not his name. Thank you Pat for you all your fine work. 1924-2009

Bernie Hamilton Dies at 80

Actor Bernie Hamilton, who played Capt. Harold Dobey on Starsky and Hutch, died December 30th of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 80 years old. 1928-2008