Joel Robinson Remembering the 1960s (Catalina Caper)
- Joel Robinson: Well I was just a little kid when it happened, but I could tell you guys what I remember[...]It was a lot simpler time back then, like, I'll give you an example. It wasn't uncommon at all for your mom to serve you a great big char-broiled steak while she smoked, drank a tab, and made your dad another Manhattan for the road. And that was just breakfast!
- Tom Servo: Oh, go on!
- Joel Robinson: Yeah! There were seatbelts in cars but nobody used 'em! Sweetened cereal! Subliminal messages! People smoked openly on the Tonight Show.
- Crow T. Robot: Tell us about the Rat Pack again!
- Joel Robinson: Okay. Well, as you know, Frank Sinatra was Chairman of the Board and everyone else filed on in line! Except for Jerry Lewis, he'd had a falling out with Dean Martin and they'd already chosen Joey Bishop to be their comic relief already so he was kinda outta luck. But Dean was tan 'n' tall and quick with a song! And he just had to say the word and coocoo chick would file on up to the Hospitality Suite and massage Peter Lawford's neck and make everybody groovy drinks and take important phone calls from places like Palm Springs and um The White House!
- Until it was time for Frank Sinatra the Chairman of the Board to come out of the sauna and he'd say the word and the dollies would go and take a nap!
- Tom Servo: Tell us about the rabbits, Joel!
- Joel Robinson; The Rabbits, okay. Meanwhile in the windy city Hugh Hefner was cooking up his own groovy scene in the aptly named Playboy Mansion!
- Crow T. Robot: Oh wow!
- Joel Robinson: With George Kennedy and George Hamilton and Tony Curtis and Bill Bixby were all in his court! Sophisticated men who knew their racket
- Crow T. Robot: [Speaking over him] I think you're swingin' into high!
- Joel Robinson: There were typewriters but nobody used 'em! And women were called "girls!" Business men wore double-breasted suits, had double chins, drank double burbons straight -- no chaser -- before, during, and after important business meetings and summit talks! Everyone believed what the president said! Why shouldn't they!? Sexually provacative material wasn't on TV it was on cocktail napkins and we liked it that way!
- Toys had metal edges and little pieces that were breakable and could fit in your mouth! They'd make playground equipment out of stainless steel and then haul it up onto asphalt where you could get hurt! Parents were actually told to spank their kids! [Starting to get a little haggard] Why, my mom actually used to make me get the belt!
- Tom Servo: Uh, Joel?
- Joel Robinson: In front of company! And that was really frustrating!
- Tom Servo: Joel? JOEL!
- Joel Robinson: And once they made me take a bath in the front yard and I--
- Tom Servo: JOEL! JOEL!!
- [Joel stops and stares at Tom]
- Tom Servo: Why can't you be like everyone else and only remember the good things about the '60s?
- Crow T. Robot: Yeah! Like Woodstock!
- Joel Robinson: Woodstock, oh okay. 'NO Joel! YOU can't go to Woodstock YOU'RE 9 years old! WE'RE going to the opening of the new Century Store! Oh, yeah, three days of peace, love and pizza rolls! We're gonna buy you a SHOPPING CART for YOUR birthday, Joel!'
- Tom Servo: [Speaking over him] Uh, folks, Joel's in a lot of pain. We'll be right back.
- Joel Robinson: Peter Fracks moved freely among men! Did I mention there were drugs at that time? AND THEN--!
- [Joel is cut off by the commercials]
- [When the show comes back Joel is talking about shoes of the 1960s]
Love Game of Thrones but worry about spoilers from those who have read the books? Your fears may be overblown — chances are your friends don’t read enough to ruin any plot twists for you.
A new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average American reads only 19 minutes a day (a rate at which the George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series would take more than a year for most readers).
Young people spend even less time with the written word, according to the study. Americans ages 25 to 34 spend about eight minutes a day on weekends and holidays reading, while ages 20 to 24 spend about 10. Teenagers, meanwhile, spend just four minutes a day reading on their days off. (The overall average is bumped up by older folks — Americans over 75 spend more than an hour a day reading over weekends and holidays, the study found.)
This makes me unspeakably sad.
In other news I have read 8 books in the last 4 weeks - one of them start to finish on Sunday.
Very sad. I really don’t get it when there are so many platforms to read from. Laptops, tablets, e-readers…good grief you can even read from your smart phone.