1) Ralph Hinkley (AKA Ralph Hanley): On this extended holiday weekend, there is no better personification of our nation's essential awesomeness than the Greatest American Hero himself!
2) Mad Magazine: News that the mag is ceasing publication bummed me out. Much of what I knew about 1970s and 1980s pop culture, I learned from reading Mad.
3) Arte Johnson: R.I.P. to the Laugh-In star, who was a fixture on TV in general in the BOTNS era. Cartoons, game shows, variety shows--he was everywhere!
4) Olivia De Havilland: Not a major TV presence, but, come on, she just turned 103!
5) Dolly Read Martin: The Playmate and actress was on the TV Confidential podcast in a delightful appearance. Any excuse to watch some old Tattletales episodes is all right by us.
6) Lee Iacocca: The former Chrysler leader, one of the business icons of the Eighties, died this week at 94.
7) Ringo Starr: Born on July 7, 1940, the former Richard Starkey did a little drumming but is of course best known for this TV special:
8) Captain America: Hey, speaking of Independence Day and America, don't forget this guy! One of our greatest (but not THE greatest according to TV--see #1) superheroes got a shot at TV stardom in the late 1970s, and while it didn't work, well, we got a podcast episode out of it.
9) Ryan's Hope: The ABC daytime soap premiered this day in 1975 and lasted till 1989.
10) Remington Steele: The weekend binge on Decades is celebrating this NBC series.