Friday, June 8, 2018

"Your body is not a temple; It's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." -Anthony Bourdian 1956-2018

Words to live by.
Bourdain visited Detroit in 2013 to shoot an episode of Parts Unknown and came away with a better appreciation and understanding of the Motor City than most:
Kick Out The Jams  
Anthony Bourdain, CNN

This is it. The last episode of our second season of "Parts Unknown."
And I'm glad it's set in Detroit. Because Detroit, for many Americans, is an abstraction -- truly, if incredibly, a part unknown. 

One only need look at some of our representatives, who, a while back, were actually suggesting it might be OK to let the beleaguered auto industry fend for itself, to leave Detroit to its fate to see how blithely willing much of America would be to point the gun straight at their own heads and pull the trigger. 

Detroit isn't just a national treasure. It IS America. And wherever you may live, you wouldn't be there -- and wouldn't be who you are in the same way -- without Detroit.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happy 50th Birthday, Hot Wheels

Matchbox cars may be neat, but Hot Wheels are cool.
Vintage Hot Wheels advertisement sweet sixteen

From the original sweet sixteen to Sizzlers, and from the welt-inducing yellow track to the iconic logo, we love you Hot Wheels. In celebration of your 50th anniversary, we've collected some of our favorite vintage Mattel Hot Wheels TV adverts for your viewing pleasure:

Fun Fact: The 1st Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention Was held in Toledo, Ohio, in 1987 and returned at least four additional times in the ensuing decade. The 5th Annual Collectors convention was held in nearby Maumee, Ohio.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jeep Wagoneer for 1966: Vigilante V-8 or High-Torque Six?

"Only the new Jeep Wagoneer offers all of today's Turnpike features plus the gripping power and safety of 4-Wheel Drive." Jeep really plays up the whole storming the beaches of Normandy association in this clip. We get that. But why is it autonomous? And is it true that the little kid in the video is a young Jon Stainbrook?

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Jamie Farr, Toledo's Favorite Son

Not content to simply sit back and enjoy the spoils of his success, Toledo native and solid gold superstar Jamie Farr, aka Jameel Farah, is leveraging his legacy with Klinger Kreations, a can't miss entry in the highly competitive celebrity condiment arena. Try some today!

*Art and concept courtesy of comedic genius and talented illustrator Cris Shapan.