“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” (and finger-eating wolverines)

On October 11, 1975, at 11:30pm Eastern Time, a new TV comedy show debuted on the NBC network. It opened with a wacky skit featuring three comic actors who were virtually unknown at the time. In the skit, a frumpy-looking East European immigrant with a heavy accent is being tutored on how to speak proper … Read more

“Yada Yada Yada…”

During its long, successful original run on NBC, from 1989 to 1998, the Seinfeld TV show created or popularized many catchphrases. Some of the best known are:        ● the famed snub of the “Soup Nazi,” “No soup for you!”        ● the sexual euphemism “master of your domain”        ● the food-related faux pas … Read more

True or false: Stephen Colbert coined the word truthiness? (Hint: you’re right!)

During the very first Colbert Report show on October 17, 2005, the witty faux Conservative media pundit Stephen Colbert unleashed the word truthiness on the world. (Click here to see the video on the Colbert Nation website.) He introduced it like this: “On this show your voice will be heard…in the form of my voice. … Read more

OCTOBER 2 – The day we crossed over into The Twilight Zone

  On the evening of October 2, 1959, CBS aired the first episode of a new television series created by Rod Serling called The Twilight Zone. It became one of the most popular TV shows ever made and is still shown in reruns. The name of the series itself became an idiomatic term to describe … Read more

On today’s date, the Vulcan blessing “Live long and prosper” became part of our Earthly language…

You don’t have to be a full-fledged Trekkie to be familiar with the “Vulcan blessing” from Star Trek — “Live long and prosper” — or with the splay-fingered “Vulcan salute” that is generally used when that saying is spoken. Actor Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) made both famous by using them in his portrayal of the famed … Read more

“I love it when a plan comes together.”

You may or may not be a fan of the ‘80s TV series The A-Team, but you probably know the famous catchphrase from the show:        “I love it when a plan comes together.” It was used frequently throughout the show’s five-season run from 1983 to 1986 by the team’s cigar-chomping leader, Colonel John “Hannibal” … Read more

“Baseball been berry, berry good to me!” – the famous SNL catchphrase of Garrett Morris as Chico Escuela…

If you’re old enough to have been watching Saturday Night Live in the late Seventies you might have been watching Episode 5 of Season 4 when it first aired on November 11, 1978. (I am and I was.) Buck Henry was the host. The Grateful Dead were the musical guests. And, there were several classic … Read more

“We don’t need no stinking badges!” – the misquote that became a famous quote

“We don’t need no stinking badges!” is one of the few famous lines that is both a famous quote and a misquote. It’s also the source of many variations about stinkin’ things we don’t need. The evolution of this line began in 1927 with the publication of the novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, … Read more

“Let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat!”

The real life “Mad Men” who formed the Norman, Craig & Kummel (NCK) advertising agency in 1955 share the credit for a number of classic advertising slogans and campaigns that most people still remember. One is the Maidenform bra series of ads that used variable headlines based on the formula “I dreamed I (did or … Read more

Oh, the irony! Tax Day is also a legal anniversary of “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz…”

America’s federal income tax was first created by Congress in 1861, to help fund the Union Army during the Civil War. The original deadline set for paying the tax was June 30. In 1895, that first Federal income tax law was declared unconstitutional and overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. This little legal problem was … Read more