Tag Archives: Television

How To Perform A J-Turn

A J-turn is a driving maneuver in which a vehicle in reverse is spun 180 degrees and continues, facing forward, without changing direction of travel. The J-turn is also called a “moonshiner’s turn,” a “reverse 180”, a “Rockford Turn”, a “Rockford Spin”, or simply a “Rockford” popularized by the 1970s TV show The Rockford Files.

Watch Jim Rockford embarrass a souped up Corvette with a very slick J-Turn escape!

A Message From Captain Video

Hello there, Video Rangers!

On all my perilous adventures in the far corners of the earth, the ability to remain alert, to think and act wisely and quickly in the face of grave danger … saved my life and the lives of others, many times!

That’s something you want to remember whatever you do, whether it’s crossing the streets, playing sports, or coming upon the scene of an accident. If you think and act wisely and act quickly you will avert tragedy and grow up to be a strong and fearless Video Ranger!

Captain Video and His Video Rangers was an American science fiction television series aired on the DuMont Television Network from 1949 until 1955. It is estimated that more than 1,500 episodes were produced during that time.

Here is the opening sequence for the show ….

Mr. Whipple

Dick Wilson, is the character actor who turned “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” into a household catchphrase as shopkeeper Mr. Whipple in the TV commercial campaign that ran for more than two decades.

From 1964 to 1985, and again in 1999, Wilson portrayed Mr. Whipple in more than 500 commercials for the toilet paper. The first ad was filmed in Flushing, N.Y., a funny bit of trivia that Mr. Wilson liked to share when talking about his experiences.

Please don’t squeeze the Charmin!

Fish Heads Flashback

Back in the 1980s, in the early days of MTV and the music video, there was an obscure one-hit wonder that was actually a novelty song from the comedy rock team of Barnes and Barnes. The song/video is called Fish Heads and it is all about what fish can do and what fish cannot do.

The video was directed by Bill Paxton in 1980 and it first aired on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in December 1980. This is undoubtedly the strangest music video to ever appear on MTV – when they played real music. Remember that if you can. Anyway, enjoy and admire the wackiness! Give it a second, it starts out slow.

Prophet And Loss

Prophet And Loss is a very unique and creative cartoon by Jonathan Bairstow from the MTV series Liquid Television. The music is by Steve Naive & The Love Band.

The video itself is from a longer piece which apparently is a very stylized retelling of Orpheus in the Underworld. This piece aired in season one of Liquid Television (1991-1992) during the third episode.

Prophet and Loss by Jonathan Bairstow
Liquid Television Season 1/Episode 3