Comedy – 1978 – Andy Kaufman – The Bongos Just Make Me Yodel

        The comedic genius of Andy Kaufman was never more evident than in this video seen herewith…..as the title alone makes me laugh….but when you consider that Kaufman considered himself an entertainer rather than a comedian….and albeit true to a certain extent….the fact remains that he was down right funny when he…

Comedy – 1979 – Crazy Square Dance Caller Dan Aykroyd Calls An Unsuspecting Square Dance

DOG ASIDE: A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers in total) arranged in a square….with one couple on each side facing the middle of the square. Square dances were first documented in 16th-century England…and were also quite common in France and throughout Europe. They came to North America with the European settlers….and have…

Music – 1989 – Animation – Ludwig Von Drake Presents The Snore Along Song With The Blue Danube Waltz

DOG ASIDE: Professor Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disney‘s cartoonand comic book characters. He was first introduced on September 24, 1961, as the presenter (and singer of “The Spectrum Song“) in the cartoon An Adventure in Color, part of the first episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color on NBC.[3] Said to be an uncle of Donald Duck, he is described as a…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – Rowing + Canoeing Highlights Put To Classical Music

DOG ASIDE: Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since its debut in the 1900 Summer Olympics….as rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics….but was cancelled due to bad weather. Only men were allowed to compete until the women’s events were introduced at the 1976 Montreal Olympics….which gave national federations the incentive to support…

Music – 1978 – The NBC Classical Chorus – The Was A Ship That Sailed To Sea All In The Month Of May

DOG ASIDE: This video features Saturday Night Live guest host Eric Idle….of Monty Python fame….singing a classical chorus with Not Ready For Prime Time Players members Jane Curtain, Bill Murray and Laraine Newman in a 1978 episode….which shows the diverse talents of some really outstanding comedians.  The truth of the matter is that the Not Ready For Prime Time Players cast…

Music – 1981 – Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes – Put To Photos Of The Ugly Dog Contest

DOG ASIDE:. Kim Carnes is an American singer/songwriter…..who had her break through year of 1980 after she was commissioned by Kenny Rogers to co-write the songs for his concept album Gideon (1980)…from which  their duet from that album, “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” hit # 4 on Billboard Hot 100….while earning the duo a Grammy Award nomination.  Later that year, her…

Tennis – 1986 – Special – A Wimbledon Musical – Mad Dogs And Englishmen Go Out In The Midday Sun

DOG ASIDE: Social commentator Ellis Cashmore describes Wimbledon as having “a David Niven-ish propriety   ….which is conforming to the standards of behavior common in the 1950’s.  Writer Peter York sees the event as representing a “particular white and affluent type of Britishness”….describing the area of Wimbledon as “a southern, well off, late-Victorian suburb with a particular social character”. Cashmore…

Comedy – 1982 – The Creative Side Of Ludwig Von Beetovhen – With John Belushi

DOG ASIDE: John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor, and singer….who is best known for his “intense energy and raucous attitude”….which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). Throughout his career, Belushi had a close personal and artistic partnership with his…

Comedy – 1978 – Special Feature – The Story Of H – Narrated By Hugh Hefner

DOG ASIDE: Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American businessman, magazine publisher, and playboy. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine….which he founded in 1953.  He was also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises….which is the publishing group that operates the magazine.  An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, Hefner was…