Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wildflower Time In Bristol Texas

Quoted: richlandcollegelibrary.blogspot.com

“If you have only an afternoon, just hop into the car and head south on I45 for some bluebonnet sightings in nearby Ennis. A couple of years ago, they were prolific and spectacular in the Ennis area and all around its small neighbor, Bristol. Never heard of Bristol? According to the Memorial and Biographical History, Bristol was almost our state capital. It missed being chosen as the capital by only one vote in the Texas Legislature.”

You can find Bristol by heading east out of Ennis on Texas hwy 34, and turn north on FM 660. The fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers there can be amazing. Other areas of Texas that are filled with beautiful spring flowers are located in the eastern part of the state near Tyler and in the Hill Country near Austin.

People from around the world travel to Texas each spring just to see the millions of wild bluebonnets in bloom. Since it's winter, I thought it might be nice to see a great old picture taken during the spring in Bristol, Texas.

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Home From A Christmas Story

From the website @ achristmasstoryhouse.com

"A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car.

After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s house don’t forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia. You can even shop through our online gift shop here. Proceeds from the gift shop help support and maintain A Christmas Story House & Museum."

Like many of you, I have watched this movie hundreds of times. What a great holiday classic. Check out the two photos below of the primary character 'Ralphie'. The first is what he looked like when the movie was made and the second is a more recent picture.

Happy 82nd Birthday Tim Conway

Quoted from his website @ timconway.com “TIM CONWAY is best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, an 11-year stint that garnered him six Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, major accolades from critics, and three generations of fans. Conway played the funny guy alongside Harvey Korman’s straight man, often cracking up Korman midway through scenes. The spontaneous break in character became a hallmark to watch for in every episode.

Conway’s often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio in the last forty years. In 1989, Conway received his much deserved star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame.” In 2002, he and Korman were inducted into the Academy of Television Arts, & Sciences’ Hall of Fame. In 2005, the duo joined the rest of the Carol Burnett cast in receiving TV Land’s Legend Award.”

Happy Birthday, Tim. You made millions of us laugh during our younger years and still do today!

Old VW Love Bus

Back in the 1960's a terrible war in Vietnam created a huge divide between adults who supported the conflict and young people who were expected to fight there.

This breakdown in communication between generations caused many young folks to rebel and one way they showed their displeasure was to take drugs and act out against authority.

The VW Love Bus became a popular symbol during the late 1960's and 1970's and were known to be a big hit with groups of young people called 'flower children'.

While there are a few of these old flower children VW Love Buses still on the road today, most are in museums and owned by collectors who guard them with their lives.

Who Ate Lay's Potato Chips Out Of A Tin Can?

In modern times, most folks have eaten Pringles out of a tin can. But did you know that back in the 1960's Lay's Potato Chips were also sold that way?

The picture above shows how they looked. Of course, back then there were no other flavors of Lay's Potato Chips and certainly there were no 'low salt' varieties for sale either.

It's interesting to look into our past to see how Americans products were sold to the public. Maybe it would be a neat idea, if Lay's would offer a short term promotion where they offered their world famous potato chips in a tin can once again?