“They are all here at the malls, moving brightly through the big bazaar and making the bleep-blip-bleep cash registers sing, and the brap-clack-clack-brraaap money processors burp with satisfaction, ringing up all those electric woks, Coleco Arcade microprocessors, Atari space games, Watta Pizzeria electric pizza-makers, Marie Osmond fashion dolls, tube sox, smoke detectors, leisure slippers, champagne charmeuse tucked-front wing-collar blouses with matching parachute pants, wicker-look bench hampers, microwave popcorn poppers, time/date readout ballpoint pens, black leather bomber jackets, cable knits, sherpa-lined Trailblazers, Star Wars digital wristwatches, Barbie Disco radios with special seat for Barbie, handbags “crafted from the finest man-made materials,” and ceramic jars of Aramis Muscle Soothing Soak that carry the inscription: “Life is a joy and all things show it/I thought it once but now I know it!” — only $22, soak included.”
— William Severini Kowinski, The Malling of America: An inside look at the great consumer paradise (William Morrow, 1985), 37.
Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out. Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out. Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out. Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out. Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out.

Microfilm readers, printers, monitors, projectors. On their way out.

Hercules pinball, Atari

Village Voice, July 4, 1979

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New England Journal of Medicine, May 28, 1981

“Frequently when I am out on patrol, as I am one night a week with our local Auxiliary Police, I find time to ‘rap’ with the local ‘jocks,’ and I am convinced that if their parents stop popping pills (Valium, Librium and Equanil), and as the young people say ‘bolting down martinis’ at the local ‘swappers-sty’ (as they call the Country Club), that their children would be less inclined to toss beer cans and bottles around my center and the high school gymnasium parking lot.”

Marshall Caras, “Among the Letters Never Sent,” defending arcade owners from their critics.

RePlay, June 1977

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Hardcore Gamers From Back in the Day

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Hardcore Gamers From Back in the Day

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Hardcore Gamers From Back in the Day

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Polaroid Face Place, the Polaroid Corporation’s entry into the coin market
RePlay, January 1977

Polaroid Face Place, the Polaroid Corporation’s entry into the coin market

RePlay, January 1977

"Just What Is the Harm in Video Games?"
Milwaukee Journal artist Jim Lunde
November 22, 1982

"Just What Is the Harm in Video Games?"

Milwaukee Journal artist Jim Lunde

November 22, 1982

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Late night TV wars - The Joey Bishop Show.

The Joey Bishop Show was a talk show first broadcast on ABC on April 17, 1967, hosted by Joey Bishop and featuring Regis Philbin in his first ongoing role with national television exposure, as Bishop’s sidekick/ announcer (similar to Ed McMahon’s job with Johnny Carson). Created to challenge The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the show lasted two seasons with the last show airing on December 26, 1969.
The program was shown five nights a week, Monday through Friday, with Carson as competition on NBC and Merv Griffin also hosting a talk show on CBS, all in the same time slot, from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am.
Famously, sidekick/announcer Regis Philbin walked off the program as a result of the continuous drubbing he had been receiving from critics, stating that the network never wanted him and he feared that he was injuring the series, but he soon returned. This proved to be one of the few installments of the series to top The Tonight Show in the ratings. In 2011, Philbin revealed that Bishop had conceived the walk-off as a stunt.
The show ended on December 26, 1969 with Bishop leaving after his monologue, declaring that this was the last show. Philbin was left to finish the final episode. The time slot was filled by The Dick Cavett Show. (Wikipedia)

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Late night TV wars - The Joey Bishop Show.

The Joey Bishop Show was a talk show first broadcast on ABC on April 17, 1967, hosted by Joey Bishop and featuring Regis Philbin in his first ongoing role with national television exposure, as Bishop’s sidekick/ announcer (similar to Ed McMahon’s job with Johnny Carson). Created to challenge The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the show lasted two seasons with the last show airing on December 26, 1969.

The program was shown five nights a week, Monday through Friday, with Carson as competition on NBC and Merv Griffin also hosting a talk show on CBS, all in the same time slot, from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am.

Famously, sidekick/announcer Regis Philbin walked off the program as a result of the continuous drubbing he had been receiving from critics, stating that the network never wanted him and he feared that he was injuring the series, but he soon returned. This proved to be one of the few installments of the series to top The Tonight Show in the ratings. In 2011, Philbin revealed that Bishop had conceived the walk-off as a stunt.

The show ended on December 26, 1969 with Bishop leaving after his monologue, declaring that this was the last show. Philbin was left to finish the final episode. The time slot was filled by The Dick Cavett Show. (Wikipedia)

Any chance you will scan & upload the Russell Lynes article “How TV is Changing Us”?

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From the Arts District, downtown Los Angeles. Our ‘hood on the way to coffee.This is just paper and wheat paste, therefore ephemeral.

The Chatty Barista

The chatty barista asks how your day is going. You say it’s going fine, which might be true.

The chatty barista loves your boots. They just got a pair that brand. This is the best you will feel today.

The chatty barista told the person ahead of you in line that the rosemary turkey artichoke melt on ciabatta is her favorite.

The chatty barista read that in a class she took last year, it was awesome, the book, the class was pretty good too.

The chatty barista used to work at Whole Foods but she likes this place better. Actually they’re both ok.

The chatty barista said “Gracias, Señor!” when you dropped your exact change in her palm.

The chatty barista has heard she looks kind of like Anna Kendrick, you should really see the movie Up in the Air, but the hair not so much.

The chatty barista used to be in grad school in linguistics. Also played in a punk-pop band in LA.

The chatty barista asks if you’re still working on that book about video games. Yep.

The chatty barista thinks it’s so cool that you can knit something so pretty. She wishes she knew how to do that.

The chatty barista is writing a D in red wax pencil on the decaf mug, you don’t want to get that mixed up.

The chatty barista tells the other barista that she loves this song. I know, me too.

The chatty barista loves the design of the new t-shirts they make the coffee shop employees wear.

The chatty barista had a pretty good weekend. You also had a pretty good weekend.

The chatty barista’s tumblr hasn’t been updated in ages. It’s just random stuff.

The chatty barista asks how your kids are doing. The girls she used to babysit were really into the same show as your son.

The chatty barista just moved into a new apartment but it’s in the same general neighborhood as the old one so not such a big change.

The chatty barista recommends the Organic Fair Trade Green Bicycle coffee if you’re into super smooth, earthy blends.

The chatty barista stayed up way too late last night but that’s ok because tomorrow she doesn’t have to work until noon.

The chatty barista’s friend has some found sculptures in a gallery exhibit and a bunch of people she knows are heading over there tonight.

The chatty barista doesn’t have cable but she does watch Netflix through her roommate’s Wii. Lately she’s been really into Gossip Girl.

The chatty barista could tell you and your brother are brothers.

The chatty barista got an old film camera at a yard sale but she’s still going to take a ton of photos with her phone.

The chatty barista has been reading a book about vegetarianism, Eating Animals. By Jonathan Safran Foer? Yeah that one, it’s interesting.

The chatty barista is sorry she dropped your change between the register and those dark chocolate squares you desire but dare not buy.

The chatty barista agrees it’s crazy how mild this winter has been. It’s totally global warming.

The chatty barista is giggling about a reference the other chatty barista made involving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and might be about to blush.

The chatty barista might not be so chatty if you address her as “Sweetie.”

The chatty barista likes to call a refill of coffee “a re-up,” like the drug shipments on The Wire.

The chatty barista just saw a picture of you on her Instagram.

The chatty barista asks if anything exciting is happening to you today. This is exciting in itself, you don’t say.