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134. Korean Airlines Flight 007 (September 1, 1983)


I don’t even know if I should put this here. I feel like I should share though, because of what happened yesterday. 

I wrote this when I was at Mary Baldwin back in 2009, when I took a history of Russia class. The research I used was mostly the New York Times microfilms the library supplied. I wish I could find the actual paper I turned in with my professor’s remarks on it, but its trapped in a box, in my hallway closet right now. 

Do you ever feel like most of your life is trapped in plastic boxes at the bottom of your closet? I do. 

(Sorry for the formatting looking a little wonky, its pasted from Microsoft Word.)

“Red bear, back to the zoo!”
April 7, 2009

Airline travel was handed to the masses in 1978 with the passing of the Airline Deregulation Act. This act took the airlines and their procedures out of the government’s hands, and into the actual airlines. Airfares were suddenly cheaper due to airlines competing for customers, and airliners were finally able to fly to more destinations, hence more people took to the air across America and to foreign lands that they only dreamed of.[1]  On September 1, 1983 269 people, including 30 Americans boarded Korean Airlines Flight 007 [KAL 007] in New York City, on a flight headed for Seoul, Korea.[2] The passengers on the fully booked plane were heading to Korea for many unique reasons, there were people visiting family in Korea, a woman who had lost her husband a few months prior who was visiting her parents, a Julliard student wanting to broaden her studies, family vacations, taking care of sick family members, funerals, a United States Congressman observing the US-Korea Mutual Defense Treaty, and the search for a wife.[3] The plane stopped in Anchorage, Alaska for refueling before taking off for its final destination.[4]


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133. Balloonfest 1986


So, I read about the failure of Dashcon this weekend.  It was supposed to be a convention “for tumblr uses, by tumblr users”. Instead, it was just some unexperienced people not paying convention panelists, so they didn’t show up. Instead of panels, there was just a ballpit, and a gameroom with one computer. 

The failure got me thinking, what large failure do I have sitting around in my research? Oh, I know! Balloons. 1.5 million of them. 

In 1986, the United Way of Cleveland, Ohio thought it would be amazing to set off a million or so ballons downtown. They thought everybody would go “ooh pretty”, and people did … at first.1

imageDoesn’t the balloons look like an explosion of Fruity Pebbles? 

The night before, a bad thunderstom hit the downtown area, and the net that held down the balloons was slightly damaged. 2 The show went on the next morning, even if it was dreary outside. Thousands of volunteers filled up millions of baloons, and sent them up into the net. At 1:50 that afternoon the net was lifted and the balloons went up in the heavens. 

For a little bit.

Then a cold front and some rain came and the balloons came wubbling back down to the ground.The balloons clogged the riverways, and hampered a Coast Guard rescue of two missing boaters. The two boaters died. Understandably, there was a lawsuit filed against the United Way. Another lawsuit was filed by a woman who owned a horse that was spooked permanently due to the balloons landing in his pasture.The balloons also caused enviornmental havoc, even washing up on Canadian shores. 4

So, here’s a tip. Don’t ever launch a million balloons. 

1. "1.5 Million Balloons Unleashed Total Chaos On Cleveland In 1986." Bored Panda RSS. (accessed July 14, 2014).


3. Livingston, Tom. “Video Vault: Cleveland’s 1986 Balloonfest, the world record that went bust.” newsnet5. (accessed July 14, 2014).

4. Kroll, John. “Balloonfest 1986, the spectacle that became a debacle: Cleveland Remembers .” . (accessed July 15, 2014).

132. Christmas in July: Night Court (December 17, 1987)


Do stores even celebrate Christmas in July anymore? The last time I heard of a Christmas in July sale was nearly 10 years ago, and that was when the Casey car dealership in Newport News would decorate the lot in Christmas decorations in July. Christmas in July is such an antiquated term to me. 

Okay, I’m going to do Christmas in July for one night, because I love this episode of Night Court too much to wait until December. I loved Night Court growing up, I’m obsessed with it as an adult, I have hundreds of episodes on my DVR because Encore (yes, strangely enough the movie channel) shows it every night. 


The episode starts with one of the rare times Harry actually uses his Mac in his office. Mac (the court clerk, not the computer) mentions how nasty the weather is getting outside, and Christine comes in wearing that same cotton ball Santa beard from the old 7up commercials



Of course, Christine’s handmade present for Harry is phallic shaped! ‘Cuz she wants Harry, but of course she’s totally in denial that she wants Harry, but come on that knitted gavel cozy looks more like a Harry cozy. 


Oh. That’s why Harry had his Mac out. It was a way to shut up Art the incompetent handyman. WHY IS IT SO COLD IN THE BUILDING? Art goes downstairs to “be gentle” to Bertha the furnace. 

image(Bull mistakes Christine’s ornament as a cookie)

Bull’s excited that his mom is flying in from whatever planetary garbage boat she comes from. From what I read on Amazon reviews of the Season 8 DVD, we don’t see his mom until then. So right now, we have to imagine her looking something like the lady Ren & Stimpy saved from that burning building that one time:


Bull’s mom

Harry: Your mom hauls … refuse?

Bull: I know it sounds glamourous, sir, but success hasn’t changed mom one bit! She still puts her pants on one leg at a time! … The good one first, then the peg. 

In the courtroom, its too hot now…Art played with Berta too much. 


It’s Mac and Quan Le’s daughter’s first Christmas. Mac pulled all the stops at and shopped at Bloomingdales for her. He even bought her a train set. 

Mac: Quan Le! She’ll hear you! Stop saying t-r-a-i-n!

Bull: You bought her a trombone?

Quan Le: Don’t you think she’s a little young to appreciate one of those?


Mac & Quan Le are my One True Pairing. 

imageRoz is going to Atlantic City to see men beat each other up and hear that noses go squish for her Christmas break. 


"You enjoying that gavel cozy, sir?"

"As much as one human being possibly could!"


Dan’s decided to go to the wonderful isle of Jamaica with some Floozy, and he’s decided to talk like the 7up Guy too. Ah-ha-ha. She sounds like this mean chick who lived on my hall junior year. 


Dan’s so stupid though, he tells her to go to the airport with their tickets and luggage. Dan cozy


There’s this really stupid plot line where Santa and Robert Pastorelli (aka, Eldin from Murphy Brown) are up in court because Santa wanted to pick up a hooker during his lunch break, and Santa and the pimp got in an altercation. I just like seeing Robert. Proceeding on. It’s really convenient that they have to sit around because Mac can’t pull up their records on the computer due to the winter storm outside. Bull can’t call the airport either to look for his peg leg mommy. 

Suddenly, Mac tells Harry the snow plow packed 10 ft of snow outside of the court’s doors. Wait. This happened back in the second season back in 1984 …. yeah because Bull braved the blizzard to try and get food. This time Bull is braving the blizzard to find his mom at the airport. As much as I like Night Court, sometimes they were really guilty of repeating story lines. 

Christine: Wait, even though its 150 degrees right now, we stand a good chance of losing our precious limbs to frostbite?image

See, Harry knew all along it was a Harry cozy.  “Not me!”


So, the heat also gives out in the court building, but yet Art has some oil drums sitting around. Ha, Roz throws away Christine’s Christmas card. 


"Mac, do you think the baby’s warm enough?"




So Art also had a Bull sized oil drum? Good thing Santa knows how to heat water up because he used to blow safes. 

Homeless Lady: How long has his brain been without oxygen?

Roz: I’d say since the early sixties.


"Bull, are you okay?"

"How much is all of this gonna cost me?"

The firemen rescue the crew, and think the group is trying to make Bull Soup. 


"God bless us all!" 


"…what do you mean the tickets were cashed in by a Mrs. Fielding?"


Bull’s mommy had to rescue a ship in the Persian Gulf, but she sent Bull some live bait to cheer him up—but then he spilled it in his pot. (Also, who is that other bailiff behind bull? He’s been in nearly every episode, but so far I’ve watched every episode from seasons 1-4 and I haven’t heard him speak yet.)


Ohhh snap, Harry and Christine kiss at the end. 

131. Have We Become a Nation of Slobs? (Newsweek, February 20, 1995)

One of my birthday presents I bought myself was the entire bound edition of Newsweek from 1995 off eBay. I was taking the bound issues out of the diaper box they came in to air out because they had 19 years of book funk in them. I was casually flipping through each edition, and I landed on this and it cracked me up:


mmm, Bill Clinton in those girly short shorts. 

Article: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

Adler, Jerry. “Have We Become a Nation of Slobs?.” Newsweek, February 20, 1995.

130. My favorite Meshach Taylor scene from “Dave’s World”

Meshach Taylor died, and it absolutely breaks my heart that so many people we enjoyed watching on TV when we were kids are passing away faster than ever. 

While I watched Meshach on Designing Women with my mom when I was in elementary school, I loved him more on Dave’s World, which was Harry Anderson’s post Night Court sitcom in the mid 1990s. He played Shel, Dave Barry’s (Anderson) neighbor, and friend from high school, Shel. My mom and I watched Dave’s World every Friday night when it first debuted. It’s definitely up there with my favorite shows growing up. 

UNFORTUNATELY, my absolute favorite Shel scene isn’t on YouTube. So I have to explain it, which isn’t nearly as fun as watching the clip and laughing at it. I hope I remember all the details. 

Dave’s sons named one of their pets Kenny, after Dave’s friend. Shel complains that the kids never named a pet after him.

This is happening during the weekly poker match between Dave and friends, a fly flies past Dave, Dave slams it on the table and says, “aww, poor Shel!

See, I can’t explain it. All we have on the internet is the scene that goes with Harry’s title card in the opening credits. 

External Links:

Dave’s World DVDs (1,2,3)

129. The Monica Wrap-up (1998-1999)


(Lumpy Space Princess as Monica Lewinsky, drawn by me, for sale in my etsy shop.) 

Monica’s Drama Teacher


Shortly after the news broke about Monica Lewinsky, her former drama instructor, Andy J. Bleiler came out saying that Monica had an affair with him. The affair began after she graduated from high school in 1992, and Monica even moved the affair to Portland when she transferred colleges … because Bleiler and his WIFE followed her up there a while later.1 Lewinsky befriended Mrs. Bleiler and would send her items from her internship and work at the White House and Pentagon. Strangely, Monica would also send her used blazers and office attire along with typical touristy Washington DC things:



Perhaps, the most strange thing Monica sent her was this:



I can’t find the reason why Monica sent this black nightgown to the wife of the man she was sleeping with.2 Monica also bragged to the couple about her sexual escapades in DC, but always referred to Bill Clinton as “The Creep”. Totally wacky. 

The affair ended in 1997 when his wife found out. I guess whenever Monica had vacation, she’d travel to Oregon and they’d do their thing? Or when she moved to DC it became a phone affair? Who knows. In early 1998, when the allegations broke out, the Bleilers sent everything Monica had ever sent them to Ken Starr’s Associates. 3  In 2013, Bleiler’s now-ex wife put the items up for auction—however the items didn’t even meet the reserve. 4 

In the 1999 Barbara Walters interview, Monica said that Mr. Bleiller was the first man to ever make her feel beautiful, that came into her life during a difficult period when she felt self conscious about her appearance, and made her feel “sensual” about herself. 


Witnesses to Monica’s behavior

When the story first broke, reporters talked to anybody who even barely knew Monica:

  • Classmates from her high school in Beverly Hills (she grew up in the 90210!) said that she “had gone to a fat farm” and she tried too hard to be popular.
  • A mother of a boy she went “steady” with said that Monica was constantly over at their house, and eventually clinging to the boy’s brother after a breakup.
  • A real estate agent who was showing the house that Monica rented during college remembered her as cold, the house being a mess, and that she kept a container full of condoms next to her bed.
  • People who interned with her at the White House claimed that she would exaggerate her menial tasks such as opening mail at Leon Panetta’s office.
  • The witnesses at her internship also said that she always dressed in low cut tops and one time was even sent home to change by Deputy Chief of Staff Evelyn Liberman for wearing a low-cut white dress. That’s the dress I want to see! I want to see what was so scandalous about it. I mean, most clothes women wore to the office back then would be considered “dumpy” today…ha, I picture it looking something like this, even if I know it didn’t:

(with the black mesh part being white)

  • Another strange behavior of Monica’s was that she brought George Stephanopoulos coffee and bagels on a regular basis, unrequested.
  • Her lawyer, William Ginsburg noticed that after the President’s State of the Union Address, which happened just a few days after the scandal broke, that Monica said that Clinton did a good job, and that Ginsburg believed that Monica still considered Clinton a friend. 5,6


Monica & Revlon

Monica had an interview with Revlon in New York on December 30th, 1997. On January 9th, she accepted an informal job offer with the company. On January 21st, Revlon pulled their job offer, the day the scandal broke.7 The President’s friend and adviser, Vernon Jordan set Monica up with the job interview. 

From the Starr Report:

… Ms. Lewinsky interviewed with Allyn Seidman, senior vice president [of Revlon’s parent company]…and two individuals at Revlon. Ms. Lewinsky testified that the interviews went well and that Ms. Seidman called her back that day and “informally offered [her] a position, and [she] informally accepted.”

Ms. Lewinsky then called Mr. Jordan and relayed the good news. When shown records of a seven-minute call at 4:14 p.m., Mr. Jordan testified: “I have to assume that if she got the job and we have a seven-minute conversation and the day before I had talked to the chairman [Ronald Perelman], I have to assume the Jordan magic worked.”

According to Mr. Jordan, he believed that he notified Ms. Currie and the President as soon as he learned that Ms. Lewinsky had obtained an offer: “I am certain that at some point in time I told Betty Currie, ‘Mission accomplished.’” Mr. Jordan testified that he also told the President directly that “Monica Lewinsky’s going to work for Revlon,” and his response was, “Thank you very much.” 8


Monica’s Mom’s Crazy Tenors Book (pg 36, february 2, 98 newsweek)

Monica’s mom, Marcia Lewis, tried any way possible to get attention. She once tried to get a gossip magazine started with her sister after she divorced Monca’s dad. In 1996, she came out with a bogus book about The Three Tenors, The Private Lives of the Three Tenors: Behind the Scenes With Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.She only knew Domingo “casually”, but she wrote the book as though she knew the behind the scenes, juicy details about his life. Descriptions of the book hints that Lewis tried to hint in the book that she’s had flings with Domingo 9:

There is something starry-eyed about the book’s personal focus and adoring approach, especially in the passages about Domingo. A three-page fantasy scene about an encounter with Domingo was cut from the finished manuscript because it didn’t fit with the rest of the book, Schragis said.

But intimations about sex with a Domingo-like figure remain in the book.

In a chapter titled “Domingo as Don Juan,” Lewis described Domingo as an “hidalgo,” a true Spanish gentleman with a broad romantic streak.

She wrote that hidalgo is Domingo’s favorite Spanish word and then she went on to imagine what an affair with an hidalgo must be like for women lucky enough to have one:

He telephones before the concert, “whispering to protect his famous voice.” They meet late at night after the triumphant concert, his adrenalin still racing from the encores. Later, every message he leaves on her answering machine ends with the words, “For you, darling, a big kiss.” If she travels to New York to meet him, “he fills her suite at the Plaza Hotel with dozens of red roses,” she wrote.

"An hidalgo’s lovemaking would be passionate and romantic, with murmurs of adoration and love, and an expert knowledge of how to pleasure a woman," Lewis wrote. "Is Domingo an hidalgo? Millions of women the world over sincerely believe he is." 10

Monica’s Car Accident


I noticed that Miss Monica caught the late 1990s SUV bug, back when if you turned your Ford Explorer slightly to the left, it would flip over on the interstate.

That’s what she did. Digging through her purse while driving. 11


Monica’s Purses

Monica claimed that while she was under legal lockdown in Washington due to legal reasons she learned how to knit and sew. In late 1999 she debuted a purse collection, The Real Monica Inc. Mmm.hmm. 12 13

image 14

There’s nothing special about those purses. I think If I had a sewing machine, even I could make one. The fabrics look like the reject fabrics that sit in the back of an old JoAnn’s.

1. Claiborne, William. “Lewinsky’s Former Teacher Discloses Affair.” The Washington Post, January 28, 1998.

2. Keneally, Meghan. “Lingerie, a personal note from Bill Clinton and White House M&Ms (but not THAT blue dress): One of Monica Lewinsky’s OTHER lovers auctions off a collection of the former intern’s private belongings.” Mail Online. (accessed June 8, 2014).

3. Hall, Landon. “Teacher admits to affair with White House intern.” The Hour, January 28, 1998.

4. The Washington Post. “Monica Lewinsky auction: Buyer interest fell short.” Washington Post. (accessed June 8, 2014).

5. Isikoff, Michael, and Evan Thomas. “Clinton and the Intern.” Newsweek, February 2, 1998. 33.

6. Ratnesar, Romesh. “The Trouble with Monica.” Time, February 9, 1998. (accessed June 11, 2014).

7. Washington Post, “Time Line,” September 13, 1998. (accessed June 11, 2014).

8. ”An affair of state.” Time, September 21, 1998. (accessed June 11, 2014)

9. Isikoff, Michael, and Evan Thomas. “Clinton and the Intern.” Newsweek, February 2, 1998, 36.

10. Leen, Jeff. “Role Puts Spotlight on Lewinsk’ys Mother.” Washington Post, February 4, 1998. (accessed June 16, 2014).

11. Breznican, Anthony. “Monica Lewinsky hurt in car crash.” The Daily Courier, August 2, 1999. (accessed June 19, 2014) 

12. Kedmey, Dan. “Now 40, Monica Lewinsky Guards Her Privacy.” Time, July 23, 2013. (accessed June 22, 2014)

13. Hoffman, Ashley. “Let’s All Remember That Time Monica Lewinsky Was a Handbag Designer.” Styleite Lets All Remember That Time Monica Lewinsky Was a Handbag Designer Comments. (accessed June 23, 2014).

14. "Some Inspiration from The Real Monica." : Some Inspiration from The Real Monica. (accessed June 23, 2014).

((special)) Sale Into the 90s — the Zine





Seems like in the mid 90s, any young person with access to a xerox made a zine. I guess the 2013 equivalent is a circa 2007 black MacBook with Microsoft Office 2004, and an Epson 3 in 1 printer.

12 pages of black and white insignificant events from the 1980s and 1990s, just like this blog.  Available on my Etsy

//edit, September 2nd//

I added a sneak preview of the inside of the zine due to poor sales (as in no sales):


128. “Improve image…be seen with ME!” t-shirt, 1985 

Seen in a KMart salespaper from July 30, 1985. Can you imagine the poor sap who wore this on campus the first day of college? 

127. The O.J. wrap up (1994-1995)


Next month will be 20 years since the infamous white Bronco chase was broadcasted the evening after the last day of elementary school. I remember it came on TV right before mom and I were going to go to bed that night. Vanity Fair's  Lili Anolik has written a thesis about how the O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase, and subsequent murder trial was America’s first modern reality show, and that O.J. essentially killed television as we knew it. I was 11 when the trial started (and 12 when it ended!), and surprisingly the very minor details of the chaos have stayed in my memory. It’s absolutely insane that these little ridiculous events sometimes overshadowed the fact that two people died, and that a woman was constantly at the hands of domestic abuse. 

Ito’s IBM

I actually do remember wondering why Judge Ito had a laptop at his desk during the trial, when I was a kid I thought that laptops were only for the rich.  I couldn’t watch the trial because I was obviously at school, but I thought that Ito typed on his laptop during the trial! Such a dumb kid I was. I remember that it was an IBM, and it was pretty easy to figure out it was an IBM … because it had a BIG HONKING IBM THINK PAD LOGO ON IT


By late February of 1995, the IBM logo and the Sony logo on Ito’s monitor that could be seen whenever a witness was at the stand caused a stir, and the logos were reduced in size



This is a long drawn out article about the technology used at the trial, and it also mentions that Ito’s laptop was $6,000. 

For measure, I have a 2007 black MacBook on my desk. It was about $1,000 back in 2008, refurbished. 


Judge Ito forbidding the tasting of the rainbow in court 

With the O.J. Simpson case in turmoil, Judge Lance Ito is cracking down on candy and gum chewers. The judge yesterday said a hidden camera had caught six candy chompers in the courtroom audience and he threatened to bar them from the trial. He even played a video showing one TV reporter eating Skittles and later scolded her in his chambers. The judge, though, said she could return to court. Ito said his get-tough stance was inspired by TV viewers who called complaining about eating in the courtroom. He also banned note passing and looking side to side. “I’m finding the contortions of certain members of the audience distracting,” he snapped. 4



Marcia’s Makeover




Through an 11 year old’s eyes, Marcia Clark looked mean. She looked like the mean teacher everybody heard rumors about in elementary school. The teacher who had guide lines the floor of the classroom, and if you want out of the outline you’d get in trouble. The one who made you do “silent claps” in the classroom after a presentation. The one who wouldn’t give students the free rulers with the Presidents on it that the Encyclopedia company gave away. Yeah, that teacher. 

The press had a field day with Clark’s appearance. Crotchety old Mr. Blackwell took a swing at her appearance at the beginning of the trial:

image 8

Law Consultant Robert Hirschorn theorized that Marcia changed her hairstyle to a straight bob stye to divert attention from one of her witnesses, Dennis Fung who was being grilled on the witness stand. 9  

Larry King accidentally walking in the courtroom

From the Vanity Fair article: 

A tongue-in-cheek quality, too, began to insinuate its way into the proceedings. Take, for example, the curious role of Larry King in the case. After the Bronco chase, King moved Larry King Live, the whole kit and caboodle pretty much, from D.C. to L.A. On any given night, he’d have as guests a member of the prosecution team and a member of the defense team, some journalist or other, always bending over backward to represent both sides. And he was as scrupulously bipartisan in his social life, dating Suzanne Childs, D.A. Garcetti’s director of communications, and Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, the defense team’s jury consultant, simultaneously. (If he ever got desperate for material, he could’ve just mic’d his sheets, filled a couple episodes with pillow talk.) When Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted was released mid-trial, Ito wrote to networks asking that they postpone their interviews with Faye Resnick. King obeyed, canceling Faye’s spot, and Ito, in thanks, told him to drop by sometime. So, during a midmorning break, King entered Ito’s chambers. Ito began musing about a domestic-violence issue he had yet to make a ruling on, revealing to his confused and surprised listener which way he was going to go. Finally, King suggested they wrap it up, since they’d been together for 40 minutes and the break was supposed to last only 15. King followed Ito through a door, which turned out to lead directly into the courtroom. Suddenly, to his shock, King found himself on-camera, a participant in the very trial he was covering. O.J. called out his name and stood to shake hands. “Thanks for being so fair,” Simpson said, pumping King’s fist up and down. Marcia Clark squealed, “I watch you all the time!” So you had both the accused and the lawyer prosecuting the accused acknowledging that they watched the talk-show host who was watching them. 1

Robert Shapiro’s fortune cookies: 

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O.J.’s mom in a 1-800-COLLECT commercial


This was actually the first thing that happened in the timeline, a few months before the murders. We all remember those stupid 1-800-COLLECT commercials, I want to go more in depth with them later on, but I have to bring up this one now. 


In the Spring of 1994, there was this absolutely ridiculous 1-800-COLLECT commercial with O.J.’s Mom, Eunice. What? I know, right. She was a good little actress though. However, I remember when I first heard about the murders, I thought, “oh, I bet they take that commercial off the air.” 

1. Anolik, Lili. “It All Began with O. J..” Vanity Fair, June, 2014.

2. Naparstek, Aaron. “The Chase.” Spin, April, 1995. 

3. Newsweek, April 17, 1995. 

4. Caruso, Michelle , and Jere Hester. “JUDGE ITO’S ON A CRUSADE FOR GUM CONTROL.”New York Daily News, June 8, 1995.

5. Saunders, Debra. “The farcical trial of the century.” Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 19, 1995.

6. Hayslett, Jerrianne. Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson. University of Missouri Press, 2008. 53.

7. Dunne, Dominick. Justice: crimes, trials, and punishments. New York: Crown Publishers, 2001. 202. 

8. Goodman, Ellen. “Professional women face fashion jury.” The Daily Gazette, October 20, 1994.

9. Lythgoe, Dennis. “Fashion and the power of persuasion.”The Desert News, May 17, 1995.

10. Kanner, Bernice. “Long Distance Runaround.” New York Magazine, January 31, 1994, 10.

Eunice Simpson’s obituary from 2001 

I love the kitchens in the 80s & 90s post. We still have a small, old TV in our kitchen now. In the 90s we went through several because the ones my family bought for the kitchen were cheap and didn't last long.

Ah, yeah a lot of those tiny tvs seemed to be the Luskin’s Columbus Day Sale special. 

(was Luskin’s a regional chain? We had them in Hampton Roads, VA and they always had these ripoffy sales)