Archive for March, 2009

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Jim Henson

March 31, 2009
Jim Henson and Kermit

Jim Henson and Kermit

Wikipedia page: Jim Henson Entry

Murky Memories: My parents remember where they were when they learned John Kennedy was shot. I remember where I was when I learned of Jim Henson’s death.

I was on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, listening to the radio on my walkman while walking through main street of Oak Bluffs.

Although I was only 19 at the time, I had a strong admiration of Mr. Henson’s work , and I had visions of following in his footsteps one day. While my life went a different route, I still have an affinity for the pre-Disney-influenced muppets and a tremendous respect for Mr. Henson’s talent.

-Scott Copperman-

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Gobots

March 30, 2009
Gobots

Gobots

Wikipedia page:  Gobots Entry

Murky Memories: The Gobots were the Transformer toys I actually wanted to have. Unlike the “real” Transformers, the Gobots were roughly to scale with my Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels. They were far simpler to transform, and a lot cheaper.

I understand why the Transformers franchise took off and left the Gobots in the dust, but in terms of actual fun-value, I think Gobots are significantly underrated.

Even today, I buy Gobots toys on Ebay for my kids because they are far simpler, sturdier, and more fun to play with than the fragile, complicated Transformers. Then again, I find a lot of the toys from my youth to be sturdier than the stuff the you can buy today.

-Scott Copperman-

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Sugar Bear

March 28, 2009
Sugar Bear

Sugar Bear

Wikipedia page:  Sugar Bear Entry

Murky Memories:  When did breakfast cereals outlaw the word “sugar.”  Remember when Dig-’em promoted “Sugar Smacks” instead of “Honey Smacks?” I do. I also remember the cereal giving the milk a sweet carmel taste and making your hands all sticky when you ate it right from the bag.  Good times, good times.

Sugar Bear was the best, with his Dean Martin-like “Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisp…” . Perhaps I feel the greatest affinity for Sugar Bear because in 1987 I wore a Sugar Bear costume at the Wilton Villiage Market.  Go me!  It was the kind you’d see at Disney or Six Flags, but I was Sugar Bear… and Sugar Bear was me.

-Scott Copperman-

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Laff-a-lympics

March 27, 2009

Wikipedia page:  Laff-a-lympics Entry

Murky Memories:  I remember watching this show, and always rooting for Scooby’s team. Why?  I’m not really sure. The Yogi Yahooeys were maybe a little too dippy.  The Really Rottens were made so unlikeable that you just couldn’t root for them.  But Scooby’s team had the genie and Blue Falcon and just seemed like the “coolest” team.

-Scott Copperman-

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Watch this space (well, not this space, but this url…

March 27, 2009

Welcome to the Murky Memories blog.

A place where Riptide was a great TV show.

Time Bandits was a “classic” film.

Buck Rodgers flying his starfighter through the “Space Olympics” course was the coolest thing on TV.

Marvel’s “Secret Wars” were much more enjoyable than DC’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

Stay tuned to find out why these and other murky memories hold true.

-Scott Copperman-