Sale into the 90s--a 1980s/1990s history Tumblr

A tumblr about 1980s and 1990s history, and I use the term "history" very loosely.

The 1980s | The 1990s

My Retail History Blog | The Zine | My Portfolio

150. Red Dog


(This might be the the Usenet thread mentioned)

Is Red Dog (debuted in 1994) even being made anymore? It’s not here in the grocery stores in Hampton Roads. I would think if it was still being made nationwide, it would have its own website, but all it has is a little mention on the Miller Coors website. Maybe its only available close to the brewery. Someone on YouTube four months ago commented that they had one —- but can you really trust YouTube comments? 

Of course, I was WAY too young to drink when it came out, but I remember seeing the commercials and hearing about it on the radio—for only a year or so though, then it was as though its fifteen minutes of fame was over. Poor ‘lil bulldog. Sales leveled after the first year. 2



Early commercials for Red Dog

Beer Advocate discussion on Red Dog 

Early newsgroup postings about Red Dog 



Don’t forget Red Tick Beer from the episode of Simpsons where The X Files come to see Homer.  

1. Newsweek, January 16, 1995. 8. 

2. Causey, James. “Miller Brewing Said to Be Shifting Ad Dollars.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 17, 1996.

149. Jan Hooks



I forgot that in the opening credits for the 1986-1987 season of snl, Phil waves Jan over and Jan is like, “ME?!”. That’s so sad now, they’re both back together again. 

Back in the mid 1990s, Comedy Central would constantly air snl’s from the mid 1980s and early 1990s right after school let out in the afternoon. I think I saw every “Sweeney Sisters” bit 15 times, at least. 



I always loved it when they got in each other’s face, like they were gonna fight. 


"What’s my Addiction?" 

I didn’t evolve from you

Phil Hartman outtakes


Jan assists with a stupid waitress in a local Atlanta sketch show called “Tush”.  IF IT AIN’T ON THE MENU, IT AIN’T FOR SALE!

The Thumpers" (with Matthew Broderick)

Big Baby" (with Matthew Broderick)


98. The Saturday Night Live fashion show from the mid to late 1980s

148. Apple Clones (Newsweek, January 9, 1995)


In 1997, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he ended the clone program. The clones were only licensed to run OS7, and when OS8 came out in 1997, the clones were not able to ship with the new software.  In 1998, Apple bought Power Computing for $100 million. 

Related Links:

All about Apple’s clones at Low End Mac.

147. “The Aquafresh toothbrush commercial where the woman brushes a tomato”


I was so mesmerized by that commercial growing up. The tomato was supposed to symbolize gums, and how the toothbrush wouldn’t irritate your gums. Kids everywhere were brushing tomatoes with their toothbrushes in 1993.

Keep brushin’ that tomato. 

146. Chapais Community Center fire, New Years Day, 1980

On New Years night, about an hour after the clock hit twelve, a jerk playing with a lighter caught dry Christmas greenery on fire during a New Years party at a community center in the small mining town of Chapais in Quebec. When the fire was almost put out by fire extinguishers and pails of water, people escaping from the fire pushed a door open and the fire expanded into a fireball.1  An emergency fire hose was nearby on the wall, nobody thought to grab it. 42 people died escaping from the fire. The flames also maimed many people during the escape. 2  


RDI story about the 30th anniversary of the fire (in French)

1. ”Prankster Blamed After Blaze Kills 42.” The Montreal Gazette, January 2, 1980. Accessed September 26, 2014.

2. Hunter, Jennifer. “Untouched Fire House Might Have Saved Chapais Victims.” The Montreal Gazette, January 3, 1980. Accessed September 26, 2014.,438127.

whats your fav song of 90s? nice blog ask me back please♥

I can’t think of a specific song right now :( even nearly 20 years later it changes all the time. I do have a playlist on youtube of my middle school playist.


Oh. Someone also asked me the other day if I’m from Hampton, VA. Yup. 


I made a facebook page for my etsy and this blog earlier this week. Of course, none of my Facebook friends “liked” it. 

145. The Real Springfield Elementary School (1994)


"Attention, this is Principal Skinner, your principal, with a message from the principal’s office. All students please proceed immediately to an assembly in the Butthead Memorial Auditorium….Dammit, I wish we hadn’t let the students name that one!”


The whole episode began harmlessly enough just before Christmas, when school officials decided to make naming the new school a learning exercise. They asked students to choose a name and then compose essays on why theirs should be selected.

The only stipulation was that the name reflect the natural surroundings of the red-brick building scheduled for completion by August. The school, the 11th facility in a district of 8,800 students, is in a rural area outside town, across the street from a pumpkin patch.

The elementary school student who submitted “Springfield”—whom district officials have declined to name—wrote that his name was best because “the school is being built on a field and Spring is a happy season.” 2

Uh-huh. Whatever you say, lil kid. 

Springfield Elementary’s website.

1. “School Name Cartoon Image = Controversy.” The Item, January 26, 1994.,4491154

2. Riddle, Lyn. “A Rascal Cartoon Character Sets Off a Controversy in S.C.” Los Angeles Times, March 1, 1994.

144. Jewel sings “Angel Standing By” at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards


It’s probably one of the shortest and absolutely the most simple VMA performance ever, but its so fitting for what an absolute heartbreaking song it is. 


89. Paula Abdul’s Vibeology performance at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards (September 5, 1991)

(Special) Sale Into the 90s 2 — A history Zine about insignificant events of the 1980s and 1990s

Next month, I will have a table at the Richmond Zine Fest, and I decided that it was time to create a new ‘zine. So here is Sale Into the 90s II. 12 pages (6 folded) printed on good ol printer paper, in black and white, because I have a lot of black cartridges around. 

I don’t want to give much away, but there is Simpsons, Salsa, Copycats, and art. Available on my Etsy right now. Issue number one is still available too. 

The Master List

Tumblr’s search feature is something awful. I’ve compiled a list of every single entry from here to assist me when I need to reference something, and to my new followers. 

The 1980s | The 1990s

My Retail History Blog | The Zine | My Portfolio

Read More