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122. Larry Bird’s mustache

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Often parodied, never duplicated. Often scared me when seeing old basketball clips on TV. 

121. Gobble D. Glu & Elmer’s Glu Colors (1994)

It’s so funny, I actually remember reading this article in my local paper Daily Press, when I was 11:

Kids Eat `Glu’

Answer Lady

Candy’s Name A Sticky Point

September 21, 1994|By JILL KEECH Daily Press

Q: I’ve noticed that some convenience stores sell candy in containers that resemble glue bottles, with names that associate candy and glue - specifically Gobble D Glu from a 7-Eleven. Don’t the stores and the manufacturers understand the problem society has with children inhaling harmful chemicals? Their product would seem to encourage such behavior. Why do they sell this stuff? - J.T., Newport News

A: In the words of a spokesman - who did not want to give me his name - for Zeebs Enterprises Inc.: “We’ve sold millions” of bottles of Gobble D Glu. There’s your answer. Zeebs has had “a couple” of comments such as yours, including an objection from Borden Inc., which owns Elmer’s Glue. “We understand that the packaging is close to Elmer’s. I got in touch with Elmer’s Glue to make sure there wasn’t something we had to worry about,” says the spokesman. “They told me Elmer’s Glue is non-toxic.”

But it’s the principle of the thing. “We think it’s a very poor thing to do, and we wish they hadn’t done it, especially if they’re out there insinuating that we’ve given our blessing,” says John Jones, product manager for the Borden division that includes Elmer’s. The product’s name was changed to “Goo,” although the product with “glu” on the label is still in local stores. “I regret we’ve had a problem, but I don’t think it’s such a great problem that we should pull it,” says the Zeebs spokesman.

What’s a parent to do? Boycott the product and consider firing off a letter to Zeebs ( 7354 Tower St., Fort Worth, TX 76118 ) and contacting the retailer selling the stuff. For 7-Eleven, that would be through customer relations at (800) 255-0711. 1

So, there was a liquid candy that looked like colorful glue, in a little glue bottle so you can squirt it in your mouth, and it looked suspiciously like Elmer’s Glue. 

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Oh, and at that time Borden was marketing an Elmer’s Glue named “Glu Colors”, which was colorful glue, in little bottles. It was sometimes sold in a 3 pack of small bottles, the same exact size as the bottle of candy. 

To a little kid’s eye, the two looked almost the same. I wish I had that Daily Press microfilm, but its 3:09 in the morning, and the library is all the way in Newport News. I had to improvise: 

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Next time I am in Newport News, near the library, I need to see if I got it right. I bet there was a little parody of Elmer on the bottle and the Elmer house logo, I wish I remembered, all I remember was the word “GLU" in big letters on the bottle.

The only significant hit I found for the candy other than the article was this from a text magazine, Superstupid, circa 1994:

TITLE: Gobble D Glu (CANDY)
ARTIST: Zeebs Enterprises, Inc.
What a concept.  Who is the genius who decided to market candy to
kids in little glue containers.  Yes, you heard me folks, little
glue containers.  What the heck was the product development meeting
like?  Was it like this:

BOSS:     "Kids demand new and unique ways to enjoy flavorful sugar
          filled treats."
FLUNKY:   "Yes sir."
BOSS:     "And we have all of these empty glue containers."
FLUNKY:   "Yes sir."
BOSS:     "And vats of this putrid tasting, neon colored, sugar
          filled goo."
FLUNKY:   "Yes sir."
BOSS:     "So here's an idea."
FLUNKY:   "Sir."
BOSS:     "What if we take the putrid tasting, neon colored, sugar
          filled goo and stick it in the empty glue containers. 
          Isn't that a unique method of enjoying flavorful sugar
          filled treats?"
FLUNKY:   "Yes indeed it is sir."
BOSS:     "I am brilliant, aren't I."
FLUNKY:   "Yes indeed you are sir."
BOSS:     "Stop drooling Himmler."



1. Keech, Jill. “Kid’s Eat ‘Glu’.” Daily Press, September 21, 1994. http://articles.dailypress.com/1994-09-21/features/9409210040_1_civil-war-colonial-national-historical-park-revolutionary-war (accessed April 6, 2014).

119. The Oregonian’s Tonya Harding photo essay

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She only ranked at #22 on Sports Illustrated’s end of century list of the greatest Oregon sports figures, but Tonya Harding is with little doubt the state’s most widely known athlete. Twenty years after the attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, we look at the arc of Harding’s career and the media frenzy that followed her, ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (now Stone) and other co-conspirators in the scandal.

  (67 total photos)

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Here on Tumblr, we always joke that certain celebrities are our “queens”. Well, Tonya is my ~~**Queen of the 1990s**~~. 

118. “Rolling Classrooms” (The Post and Courier, September 21, 1993)

I guess the internet replaced this through the years. Also, there would be no way you could take this class if you get motion sick from looking at documents on a moving train I’d imagine. 

"All aboard for education ." The Post and Courier, September 21, 1993. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MF5SAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FDcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4771,2336691 (accessed March 13, 2014).

117. Seventeen (with Jared Leto on the cover, July 1996)

(Today’s entry is in HTML, you have to click on the little grey squares to see images if you’re reading this on tumblr dash) 

seventeen magazine, july 1996

I actually remember buying this issue at Rite Aid the Summer between 7th grade and 8th grade, and thinking “ugh, Jordan Catalano is on the cover”. I wasn’t a big Jordan fan, I always thought Angela could’ve done better. 

About 2 years ago, I won a bound copy of Seventeen magazines from July to December 1996 off ebay. The copies were from a reading room of a library in Lincoln, Nebraska. The issue came to them in the mail on June 8, 1996. 

These bound copies weigh a ton, but it was amazing to have some of my Seventeens again from my golden age of being a teenager. The Tumblr I’m with Mars has the scan of the article. Be sure to right click and “view image” or “open image in new tab” to be able to read the whole article. I didn’t scan the article when I scanned the magazine a couple of years ago.

(I wish I had one of those big archival quality scanners to scan these old bound magazines, because my desktop scanner cuts the ends of the pages off.)

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116. Nissan Van (sent to the automobile crusher, 1994)

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The largest ever vehicle recall buyback in the United States was in 1994 when Nissan offered to buy back and destroy around 33,000 of their minivans made between 1987 and 1990. 1 The reason for the large recall was that the larger American engines and air conditioning installed in the Japanese styled van would overheat and sometimes catch on fire. 2 

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(it even had a little hot/cold snack box that you could put sunny d in!)

The smoke and fires began in 1987, the year the van came out. By 1994, there was 153 fires reported.  From 1987 to 1994 there were five recalls about problems related to the engine compartment fires.

Once the owner of the van returned the Van to a Nissan dealership, they were offered a buyback:

The action could cost Nissan more than $200 million. Nissan said it expects to pay $5,000 to $7,000, depending on age and mileage of the vehicle. The move underscores the ever-greater lengths that auto makers must go to to maintain their image with increasingly demanding customers.

"We’re paying higher than you’ll ever get as a used car or a trade-in," a Nissan spokesman said. The company’s vice president and general manager, Earl Hesterberg, said, "This program is designed to satisfy our customers."

[…]

Under the buyback program, the company is offering to purchase all the Passenger Van XEs and GXEs at current retail value. The company will also provide all the minivan owners a $500 coupon toward the purchase of any new or used Nissan vehicle. 1

While most Nissan Vans made it to the crusher, there are a few still lingering around. 

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Look at the roomy interior of this one sitting in a junk yard in North Carolina in 2011. 2 

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Look at this beaut in Oregon back in 2011, and here is this silver one that came from space and landed in Southern California 

1. Nauss, Donald. ”Nissan to Buy Back 33,000 Defective Minivans : Autos: All owners will receive up to $7,000. The action on the fire-prone vehicle could cost more than $200 million..” Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1994. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-02-04/business/fi-19061_1_minivan-owners (accessed February 17, 2014).

2."For $1,200, get fired up over this Nissan Van." jalopnik (blog), April 11, 2011. http://jalopnik.com/5791884/for-1200-get-fired-up-over-this-nissan-van (accessed February 17, 2014).

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115. Corky’s “Corky” Mug

113. When Target stopped tobacco sales (1996)

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On the news of CVS ending their cigarette sales in October, everybody is referencing the time Target stopped their cigarette sales, being one of the earliest chains in the United States to do such a thing. 

Target To Stop Selling Cigarettes

August 29, 1996|By Bloomoberg Business News

MINNEAPOLIS — Dayton Hudson Corp.’s Target Stores said it will stop selling cigarettes because the business isn’t profitable.

The nation’s third-largest discount retailer also said its cigarette business — which accounts for $79 million a year, or less than 1 percent of sales — added extra costs. Employees have to disburse the cigarettes, rather than let customers serve themselves, because the product can’t be sold to minors.

“We’re in business to be profitable, so (selling cigarettes) just doesn’t make sense,” said Carolyn Brookter, a company spokeswoman.

Kmart Corp., the No. 2 discounter after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said it plans to continue to sell tobacco products. It said a majority of its 2,150 stores carry the products.

“We realize its a hot issue and will continue to monitor it,” said Teresa Fearon, a company spokeswoman. She declined to say how big the business is for Kmart.

Mass-merchandisers such as Target and Kmart sold $1.36 billion in cigarettes in the 52 weeks ended June 29, according to figures from A.C. Nielsen. That’s much less than the sales of $6.07 billion at supermarkets and $1.56 billion at drugstores. Tobacco companies sell about $50 billion in cigarettes a year.

Minneapolis-based Target said it will clear cigarettes off the shelves of the 577 stores which sell them by the end of September. Target operates 714 stores in 37 states.

Target said the decision to stop selling cigarettes isn’t related to anti-smoking pressures. Other retailers, particularly smaller drugstores, have stopped selling tobacco products in the past few years because of health concerns about smoking.

Rev. Michael Crosby, tobacco program coordinator for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, said he’s tried to convince convenience stores, gas stations and drugstores not to carry cigarettes. Before today he’d never thought of asking retailers not to sell cigarettes, though. That will change.

“This action that Target has taken will invite us to approach Kmart and Wal-Mart and others,” Crosby said. “I hope it might be a first step for others in the retail business to start doing the same thing.”

Many retailers and restaurants are banning cigarette vending machines to make it harder for minors to buy them. The grocery store chain Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. said last month it was banning the machines from its retail stores by the end of July.

Some retailers have banned cigarettes for other reasons. Two years ago Wal-Mart Canada stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products throughout Canada because of a new Ontario law banning their sale in stores with pharmacies.

"Target To Stop Selling Cigarettes." Daily Press, August 29, 1996. http://articles.dailypress.com/1996-08-29/business/9608290240_1_cigarette-vending-machines-wal-mart-stores-tobacco-products (accessed February 5, 2014).

(2014 repost) “29. The 1994 Women’s National Figure Skating Championships (the week of January 6, 1994)”

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In this photo, taken Jan. 12, 1992, Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan appear at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla.

29. The 1994 Women’s National Figure Skating Championships (the week of January 6, 1994)

Felt it was fitting to repost this entry, because of the new USA Today article about what Tonya & Nancy are doing these days. 

110. Gary Dockery

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In 1988, Police Officer Gary Dockery suffered a gunshot wound to the head while responding to a domestic disturbance call. For the next seven years, Dockery was in a nursing home, in a persistent vegetative state. He was transferred to a hospital in February of 1996 to undergo lung surgery. As Dockery was preparing for surgery, and his family grieving over his life or death prognosis, he suddenly awoke and talked for nearly 18 hours straight about his life prior to the shooting:

Mr. Dockery’s relatives said that in his first 18 hours after awakening he had talked almost nonstop, recalling names and middle names of a host of people, the names of his horses and the color of his jeep, and fending off suggestions that he rest.

Dennis Dockery, his brother, said that in that time, no one had tried to forcibly drag the former officer into 1996 with a short course on recent history. Instead, they just let him talk. 2

He recognized his two sons, now 20 and 12, and told them he loved them. The avid outdoorsman also recited the names of his horses and recalled camping trips. He had no memory of being shot, and no idea how much time had passed, but otherwise seemed very close to normal.

"He went from no verbalization at all to talking so clearly. The words were crisp and clear. You never would have thought that he hadn’t spoken for more than seven years," Dennis said. "He even had a sense of humor. When they told him he was in the hospital he said, `Oh sh-t!"’ 3

At first, Lisa [Dockery’s sister] thought it was her imagination. But then it was unmistakable: Dockery, 42, was saying something about his blanket. Grabbing the phone, Lisa called her mother, Corena Thompson. “Mama! Mama!” she shrieked in disbelief. “Gary’s talking! Gary’s talking!” She held the phone up to Gary’s ear and told her mother to speak his name. “I said, ‘Gary?’ ” says Corena, “and he said, ‘Mama!’ I said, ‘Gary, you’re talkin’! You’re talkin’!’ and he said, ‘Sure am.’ ” They were the first distinct words Dockery, a former policeman, had spoken since Sept. 17, 1988, when he was shot in the line of duty. 

Dockery’s brother Dennis, 40, got his call a few minutes later. “I hear this voice on the phone saying, ‘Hey, Buddy!’ just as if we talked yesterday. I started screaming his name. I told him I was coming right to the hospital. He said, ‘Oh, don’t go to any trouble.’ “ 

Within an hour much of the Dockery clan had reassembled. The group included Gary’s former wife, Vicky Cox, 41, mother of his two sons, Shane, now 19, and Colt, 12. When Vicky—who was divorced from Gary before the shooting—walked up to his bed, she says, he looked at her and said, “You’re pretty.” 

Soon, family, friends and medical personnel were excitedly approaching Dockery to test his recall of the life he had left behind. One asked if he remembered the color of his Jeep. “Green,” he answered correctly. Another asked him for his son Colt’s full name. His reply, “Colt Darren Dockery,” brought gasps of astonishment. By early afternoon, Colt was brought from his school to the hospital. Vicky told him to talk to his dad. “So I did,” says Colt. “I said, ‘Hey, Daddy, how are you?’ And he said, ‘How you doin’, Colt?’ And I said, ‘I love you, Daddy.’ And he said, ‘I love you too, Colt.’ ” 4

While Gary spoke nonstop for those 18 hours, he never fully regained the ability to speak afterward, only occasionally answering “yes” to certain questions. However, Gary learned how to use a motorized wheelchair during his final months. 3 

Gary died in April of 1997, a year after he woke from his vegetative state. 5

1. Time, “Gary Dockery - Top 10 Comas - TIME.” Accessed January 3, 2014. http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1864940_1864939_1864914,00.html.

2. Smothers, Ronald. “Injured in ‘88, Officer Awakes in ‘96.” New York Times, February 16, 1996. http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/16/us/injured-in-88-officer-awakes-in-96.html?src=pm (accessed January 3, 2014).

3. Smith, Wes. “After Miracle, Coma Victim Has A Way To Go.” Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1997. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-01-26/news/9701260317_1_gary-dockery-brain-damaged-dennis-dockery/2 (accessed January 3, 2014).

4. Westcott, Gail Cameron. “‘I Love You, Dad’.” People, March 4, 1996. http://www.people.com/people/article/0„20102942,00.html (accessed January 3, 2014).

5. "Policeman Who Briefly Awoke From Coma Dies." Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1997. http://articles.latimes.com/1997-04-16/news/mn-49195_1_dies-policeman-coma (accessed January 3, 2014).