Saturday, February 28, 2015

Classic Nick Rocks

I don't know about "Party Week" but this is the only Nick Rocks picture I had with snow on it.

Chicago – You’re the Inspiration

Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible

Katrina & the Waves – Walking On Sunshine

Harold Fattermeyer – Axel F

Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight

The Motels – Suddenly Last Summer

Tracy Ullman – They Don’t Know

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

 Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83
By Terry Flores

Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died at age 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, reportedly confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.

But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on Roddenberry’s NBC Marine Corps. skein “The Lieutenant,” Nimoy was offered the role of Spock and co-starred in the 1965 “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage.” NBC execs liked the concept but thought the pilot too cerebral, so they ordered a second pilot of the Desilu production with some script and cast changes (only Nimoy made it through both pilots). The series finally bowed on the Peacock in the fall of 1966. After three seasons, it was canceled in 1969 but would go on to be a hit in syndication, spawning films and other TV incarnations and gaining a huge following of fans known as Trekkers or Trekkies.

After the series wrapped, Nimoy joined the fourth season of spy series “Mission: Impossible” as master-of-disguise Paris, leaving after the fifth season. He went on to star in the 1971 Western “Catlow,” with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna, and the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with Donald Sutherland and Jeffrey Goldblum. The actor also made a series of TV films throughout the ’70s and received an Emmy nomination in 1982 for his role as Golda Meir’s husband in telepic “A Woman Called Golda.”

Also during the ’70s, Nimoy narrated the docuseries “In Search of …,” which investigated unexplained events, paranormal phenomena and urban legends long before these matters become the common fodder of pop culture.

Then the siren call of “Star Trek” beckoned again and Nimoy returned to the role of Mr. Spock for 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” The film opened well at the box office, and though not well reviewed, it did spawn enough interest for Paramount to greenlight sequels that would continue into the 1990s: “The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The Search for Spock” (1984), “The Voyage Home” (1986), “The Final Frontier” (1989) and “The Undiscovered Country” (1991). Nimoy was in all of them, albeit briefly in “The Search for Spock.”

Nimoy also appeared as Spock in a couple of episodes of series spinoff “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” several videogames based on the property and the J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” reboot, playing Spock Prime to Zachary Quinto’s young Spock in the 2009 film and its sequel.

After directing several TV projects, including episodes of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery” and his “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner’s “T.J. Hooker,” Nimoy signed on to helm “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” Variety said the production was “helmed with a sure hand by debuting feature director Leonard Nimoy, who also appears briefly but to good effect as the indestructible half-human/half-Vulcan Spock.” The review went on to say “Nimoy’s direction is people-intensive with less of the zap and effects diversions of competing films.” He went on to direct the next pic in the series, “The Voyage Home,” as well as four other feature films, including the 1987 comedy “3 Men and a Baby,” starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, and the Diane Keaton-Liam Neeson drama “The Good Mother” (1988).

Nimoy also had a long history of stage work. He appeared on Broadway in “Full Circle,” directed by Otto Preminger, in 1973, as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart in “Equus.” In 1996 he directed “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree” on the Rialto. But he also starred in many regional productions — he played Stanley Kowalski in a 1955 Atlanta production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — and starred in several touring shows: He was Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971, Sherlock Holmes in a play of that name in 1976 and Vincent Van Gogh in solo show “Vincent: The Story of a Hero,” which he also produced and directed, in 1978-80.

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston; his parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, and the language at home was Yiddish. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, first appearing on stage at 8 in a production of “Hansel and Gretel.” He took drama classes for a while at Boston College, and after leaving home to pursue his career in Hollywood, he landed his first lead role in the 1952 film “Kid Monk Baroni.”

After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of “Dragnet,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Virginian,” “Get Smart” and “Gunsmoke” before rising to fame in “Star Trek.”

Most recently, he recurred on Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”

In addition to his work on “In Search Of…,” Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of films, TV projects and documentaries, including A&E docu series “Ancient Mysteries.”

He wrote two autobiographies. The first, published in 1977, was called “I Am Not Spock.” Though “Star Trek” fans thought he was distancing himself from the beloved character, Nimoy had always enjoyed playing the character but was also using the book to tell about other aspects of his life. The book features dialogue between the thesp and Spock and touched on a self-proclaimed identity crisis because he became so associated with this character. His second autobiography, “I Am Spock” (1995), showed his embrace of that association.

He also wrote several books of poetry, including “You and I,” “Warmed by Love” and “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life.” Some of his poetry books featured his photos.

Nimoy studied photography at UCLA in the 1970s, and his work as a photographer was shown in museums, art galleries and in published works, including “The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy” and “Shekhina.”

In music, Nimoy released five albums on Dot Records, the first of which was space-based music and spoken word, “Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”

Nimoy was married twice, first to actress Sandra Zober. They divorced in 1987. In 1988, he married Susan Bay, an actress who is the cousin of helmer Michael Bay.

He is survived by his wife; two children from his first marriage, son Adam, a helmer, and daughter Julie; a stepson; and several grandchildren.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Special Delivery – The Big Apple Birthday

Good evening everyone. Before I post today’s Special Delivery I’d like to apologize for not posting anything last week. Without going too much into it all I will tell you is that it’s been a very rough week which started last Monday evening but praise God He is good and His mercies endureth forever.

This past Sunday afternoon the Lord gave me a word that has literally turned my whole world upside down, but in a good way! I wish I could tell you what is going on but I can’t. All I can tell you is God is good and I am looking forward to watching Him work over the course of this next year.

That being said I should be back to my regular posting schedule this Saturday with Classic Nick Rocks, I did have a list of videos for you but I lost the list! Mercy! I need to either find that list or one of the other two or three I have as back up LOL. I guess that’s what happens when you start your spring cleaning early. ;)

Classic Nickelodeon Special Delivery – 
Big Apple Birthday– from Unicorn Tales (last 15 minutes)

This special delivery is one of my all-time favorites. It’s the story of Amy, a very bored little girl. During the first fifteen minutes of this show Amy wakes up on her birthday only to find that it’s just like any other day, in a word, BORING!

When Amy finds out she has, “to take that long boring bus ride,” all the way up town to Aunt Lucy’s apartment to get her birthday present she isn’t very happy about it but all of that changes when she gets to The Unicorn Arms, the building where Aunt Lucy lives.

She soon meets all of the wacky neighbors who live in the building and we pick up the story when she meets Old King Cole and Sleeping Beauty; who, for some reason is wide awake! But why? Find out in the Big Apple Birthday!

Big Apple Birthday – From Unicorn Tales (last 15 minutes)

For some reason I can't get he video to post, the link won't find it but please click the link I've provided. Thank you.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Special Delivery - The Amazing Mr. Blunden

My apologies I meant to post this on Sunday. This is one I remember watching on Special Delivery when I was about twelve or thirteen back in the 1980’s. My apologies for it being parted out like this but the original link I had saved is no long working.

The Amazing Mr. Blunden - Part 1

Part 2 

Part 3 

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Classic Nick Rocks

Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall

A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep 

Laura Branigan – Gloria

Irene Cara –Flashdance (What A Feeling)

The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Van Halen – Jump

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Show Title Needed

Classic Nick Wednesday
Show Title Needed

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The other day I received an IM on Facebook from my friend Andrew. He asked if I could help me him remember the name of a show which aired on Nickelodeon in the 1980’s. I wasn’t able to help him but I thought maybe some of you could. Here is a copy of the conversation we had. If you know the name of this show please post it in the comments below.

Thank you in advance,
Peggy Sue
Advocate for Classic Nickelodeon

Andrew – 1/26, 9:36pm
Hey Peggy Sue, I'm trying to remember the name of this Nick show perhaps you could help me with.

Peggy Sue – 1/26, 9:37pm
I can try. Whatcha got?

Andrew – 1/26, 9:38pm
I can’t remember the name of it I just remember it was about a bunch of urban street kids hanging out trying alcohol, running from gangs who beat up some kids grandpa there’s a dead cat in it that eats a spoiled sandwich it was kind of a creepy show for kids the main characters were this young black woman and this nerdy young kid with glasses

Peggy Sue – 1/26, 9:42pm
How old are you? I'm asking for a reason.

Andrew – 1/26, 9:43pm

Peggy Sue – 1/26, 9:43pm
hummm, 7 years younger than me. I don't remember that as a SD. I asked for your age thinking that it may have been something that aired in the 90's which would be after my time.

Andrew – 1/26, 9:44pm
It was early 80s era

Peggy Sue – 1/26, 9:45pm
Well, it could have been an after school special. In December I went thought the list of SD titles that I had and saved all the links to post to my blog as Classic Nickelodeon Special Deliveries. What I discovered was that a couple of titles that I had listed were not SD they were after school specials. But don't give up hope b/c there is still a chance that we can find the title.

I should have access to my Word program tomorrow (have to go buy ANOTHER code for it - I'm seriously pissed about that) Anyway, on Wednesday I will post a special blog asking for the title to this program with the clues you've given me. Surely someone out there would know what it is.

Andrew – 1/26, 9:49pm

The kid blows a horn to alert his friends to arrest the gang that beat up his grandpa that's the last clue I can remember.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Special Delivery - A Movie Star's Daughter (1979)

As promised here this the Special Delivery that I told you I would post when I got my Word back but I should tell you that this Special Delivery is actually NOT a Special Delivery.

While researching the titles I had listed for the Nickelodeon Special Deliveries which aired during the 1980’s I discovered that this title, “A Movie Star's Daughter” from 1979 was actually an “ABC After School Special.” So, after watching this movie I have decided to include it in this “Special Delivery” series since it is in the same time frame as the other Special Delivery shows and fits the standards I have set for this blog, Yahoo group and Facebook pages / groups which is that programs and videos I post will be family friendly. Yes I realize that this is 2015 and practically anything goes and does on regular television and the internet however that is not the atmosphere that I promote.

Now without any further a due the Classic Nickelodeon Fan Blog presents…

A Movie Star's Daughter (1979)

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Quick Note

Hey Y'all, 

I just wanted to post a quick note to everyone to let you know that I didn't forget to post the Special Delivery yesterday or Classic Nick Rocks on Saturday. 

For the past few months my computer has been infected with malware and viruses and last Saturday night I lost my proxy server all together. My friend tried to get it back but no matter what he did it didn't work so he took my computer home with him so that he could really get into it and figure out what happened. 

In the end he had to restore my computer back to it's factory settings which meant that I lost my Office 365 program so at the moment I am unable to get into my Word where I store all of the links to the Special Deliveries. But the good news is that I will be back up and running either today or tomorrow so as soon as I can get into my documents I will be able to recover the links and post the next Special Delivery. 

Thank you for your understanding and if you like this blog and the things I share please let me know. There are times when I wonder if anyone likes or even sees this blog so a quick thumbs up or hello is always appreciated. 

~ Peggy Sue ~
Advocate for Classic 80's Nickelodeon 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Classic Nick Rocks

Genesis – Invisible Touch

Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al

Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer

Starship – Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

The Beach Boys – Kokomo

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Lost In Emotion

 Men At Work – Down Under