Tag Archives: Americana

From the Archives of Early Television: Howdy Doody and Winky Dink

Buffalo Bob: “What time is it?” Peanut Gallery: “It’s Howdy Doody Time!” My age is showing, but what the %#@.  If you’re an American baby boomer the name Howdy Doody (1947-1960) is synonymous with seminal children’s television–perhaps the most recognized name … Continue reading

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From the Annals of American Political History: Harry Baals and Wankard Pooser.

“I saw a snake having sex with a vulture and, I thought, it’s just business as usual in Washington, DC.”–Jarod Kintz There may be plenty of snakes and vultures in Washington, DC,  but when it comes to flat out, upfront … Continue reading

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“I’ve Been Everywhere” – A Treasure Trove of Funny Names

Fun(?) fact #1: in 115 posts for this here blog (this is Dave, in case you are wondering), I’ve only written about a place name one time. Can anyone remember what it was? How about anyone not named Amb or … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences, NM

Truth or Consequences, NM, is indeed one of the odd names in American Geography.  The story of the name’s origin is odder still.  I thought I had it nailed back in the early 70’s, long before the founders of this … Continue reading

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