What were the hottest toys of 1986, 1996 and 2006? We’ll tell ya, then discuss Pete & Pete, The People vs Larry Flynt and the murder mystery of Jonbenet Ramsey. Then. this week in 06 brought us sci-fi classic Children of Men.
Top 10 toys of 1986 – GI Joe is #1, used to be foot tall but since those were petroleum based toys, the gas crises led to them becoming 5 inch toys, then combined with the cartoon to make a hit. Rounded out by Pound Puppies, Barbie, Teddy Ruxpin, MASK, CPK, Transformers, Lazer Tag, WWF toys, and rounding out top 10 MUSCLE men.
The Morning After – Christmas Day release, Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges. Former was nominated for Best Supporting Actress
Brighton Beach Memoirs – Jonathan Silverman, written by Neil Simon
Two shows end their run the day after Xmas; Sanchez of Bel Air, a USA Network comedy that ran 13 episodes. It is, however, notable as the first basic cable show that had a contract for a residual agreement for reruns.
Also that day, Search for Tomorrow ended its 9130 episode run which started on September 3, 1951.
The Love Boat episode, A Christmas Cruise airs, where a criminal on the boat dresses as Santa
Kennedy Center Honors airs, honoring Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy, Yehudi Menuhin, and Antony Tudor
Final episode of Rambo: The Force of Freedom airs. It started in September and ended in 3 months with 65 episodes.
Chiller was earlier this year, noteworthy for being super gory and mean, chained up people in dungeon and you just shoot the shit out of them. NES conversion followed later with much of the violence intact, unlicensed.
What Do You Know, Deutschland? – KMFDM second album, would be re-released by Wax Trax and again in 2006, band still finding their sound but it’s v late-80s experimental clanging noise. We played Power from Xtort earlier this year, which came out in 1996. In other words, this band has been at it for 30+ years.
I came in with Nihil and Angst, with Xtort releasing a year later in 1996. They got roped into the Columbine shooting, which happened the same day their album Adios released. That was 4/20 by the way. En Esch, Sascha K, Raymond Watts nail down the sound but the band changes a lot.
Love Fool – Cardigans, back in September ahead of the movie’s release. Don’t think we ever played it? Album was First Band on the Moon, just under 700k sold, likely off the strength of that single and soundtrack.
Child pageant girl Jon-Benet Ramsey killed in her Boulder, Co. home.
The Evening Star, Michael, Evita and The People vs Larry Flynt all release in theaters.
E! True Hollywood Story debuts with an episode covering the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer. It is currently on its 17th season with 501 eps
Kennedy Center Honors airs with Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, Jessye Norman, and Edward Villella being honored
Final episode of Roundhouse (honestly thought it was cancelled after a season).
The more important Nick show ending was…The Adventures of Pete and Pete ends its run after 3 seasons, 35 episodes, and five specials.
The Simpsons episode “Hurricane Neddy” airs, where Ned Flanders snaps after Springfield citizens do a poor job of fixing his house.
Cool Boarders – part of early rush of extreme sports games, played it on a demo disc
Missed Dark Savior on Saturn from 12/12. Isometric adventure, similar to Genesis game LandStalker but not related. Mixed puzzles, platforming and fighting mechanics into one game. Sprite characters on kinda bland backgrounds, weird game.
Switchfoot – Oh! Gravity released the day after Christmas, includes that song and Dirty Second Hands
Mos Def – True Magic, third album, got middling reviews
12/25/06: James Brown dies (73), 12/26/06 Gerald Ford (93)
“The Audacity of Hope” by Sen. Barack Obama tops nonfiction bestseller list.
Top toys – PS3 and Wii listed, TMX Tickle Me Elmo, which would be a 10 year anniversary edition, hence TMX or TM Extreme, My Furreal Friends and High School Musical stuff. Flew home so this was probably the end of Christmas, and the start of “adult” christmas.
Black Christmas, Children of Men, Notes on a Scandal, Arthur and the Invisibles release
Pan’s Labyrinth – limited release, wider in January
12/26/06 – Kennedy Center Honors airs, honoring Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Steven Spielberg, and Andrew Lloyd Webber
12/29/06- Final episode of The Big Comfy Couch, a Canadian kids show that most nerds probably know for having the clown girl main character ALSO voice Claire Redfield in RE2
Novadrome XBLA out, vehicle combat game that didn’t review well, never played it.
New Rally X – old arcade game also out on XBLA
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