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ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ Take the Best Awkward ’80s Family Photo Ever

Remember those notoriously goofy family photos we used to take back in the eighties? Well the 1980’s TV family ‘The Goldbergs’ has pretty much outdone most of us with this epic awkward 80’s family photo.

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The Goldbergs – Season 2. Click photo to enlarge.

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‘Facts of Life’ stars reunite in TV movie

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Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, who co-starred on the ’80s sitcom about a group of girls in boarding school as Blair and Tootie, were reunited in the Hallmark Channel TV movie, “For Better or For Worse,” which aired on July 19.

For the rest of the article and to see where the ‘Facts of Life’ stars are now, click below.

‘The Facts of Life': Where are they now?

Celebrating National Doughnut (Donut) Day with Fred the Baker

What better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than with a few commercial clips of Dunkin’ Donuts’ ambassador in the ’80s Fred the Baker.

National Doughnut (Donut) Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Today, National Doughnut Day pretty much means that if you go to one of the large donut company stores (like Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme), you get a free donut.

About Fred the Baker

Fred the Baker was a popular advertising character portrayed by actor Michael Vale in commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts from 1982 to 1997. He was best known for his catchphrase “Time to make the donuts!” and the commercial that introduced the phrase (which showed Fred rising well before dawn to begin making the donuts) was named one of the five best commercials of the 1980s by the Television Bureau of Advertising. Fred also appeared in the commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts Cereal.

Fred the Baker was so popular with consumers that when Dunkin’ Donuts decided to retire the character, the chain surveyed customers to determine the reaction to the move. Customers said Fred could leave – if he were treated like an honored friend and employee. So the company created an official “retirement” celebration for him, including a parade in the city of Boston and a “free donut” day that served over 6 million customers on September 22, 1997. After the death of Michael Vale in December of 2005, Dunkin’ Donuts ran a commercial celebrating Fred, including a touching “In Memory Of”.

Whatever happened to ‘That ’80s Show’?

With the great success of That ’70s Show, you would think ‘That ’80s Show’ would have been just as successful. Unfortunately it wasn’t. That ’80s Show  aired in half-hour long episodes from January through May 2002.

Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not considered a direct spin-off of the more successful That ’70s Show — as the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed paths. That ’80s Show was a separate decade-based show created because of That ’70s Show’s popularity at the time. That ’80s Show failed to gain a wide audience and was canceled by Fox after 13 episodes, due to low ratings.

Theme song of That ’80s Show:

The theme song was a 15 second snippet of the song “Eighties” by Killing Joke.

That ’80s Show Logo:

That '80s Show logo

Cast:

Role Actor Description
Corey Howard Glenn Howerton A struggling musician who lives at home with his sister Katie and his father, R.T. Works at Permanent Record, a record store. Is constantly trying to rebel against the ever growing mainstream culture around him, unlike his best friend, Roger. He also dated Sophia before the start of the series, as they are recently broken up in the pilot. Tries working for his father, but fails miserably and goes back to the record store (and Tuesday).
June Tuesday Chyler Leigh A punk-rocker who also works at Permanent Record. She wears her hair in liberty spikes (she is seen with it down exactly four times). She eventually becomes Corey’s girlfriend halfway through the series, after much tension and love/hate arguing between the two. She grew up in Las Vegas, as the daughter of a minister, but the show ended before any additional information about her family could be revealed. She goes simply by “Tuesday” for most of the series, which is her last name. Her first name, “June” was brought up only once, as a plot device in the episode “My Dead Friend”.
Roger Park Eddie Shin Corey’s best friend, a struggling used-car dealer. He rents a room above the Howard family garage, admires Ronald Reagan and is dance-a-holic (who installed a dance square in the middle of his living room carpet). He is constantly perfecting his appearance, and listens to motivational self-help cassette tapes. Meets Patty through Tuesday near the end of the series, and the two begin a relationship.
Katie Howard Tinsley Grimes Corey’s sister. A Valley Girl and college drop-out turned environmentalist. She later returned to college to major in Environmental Science. She tries to get the family to adopt environment-friendly methods, such as buying toilet paper made from old dictionaries. Dates Owen, who is in the Navy.
Sophia Brittany Daniel Corey’s bisexual ex-girlfriend who has an unreturned crush on Corey’s sister Katie. She later will become the power-hungry director of marketing at Videx, the company owned by R.T., and will move into the family home near the end of the series. Has a twin sister named Bianca. Sophia’s character is allegedly based on a San Francisco socialite of the same name.
R.T. Howard Geoff Pierson Corey and Katie’s divorced father. Owner of “Videx”, a small company that produces and sells personal fitness equipment such as the Butt Luge and the Gut Wacker. He heavily relies on Katie to keep things running around the house, and lavishes himself with expensive items, such as a hot tub and a video camera, symbolizing the “excess” aspect of the 1980s.
Margaret Margaret Smith Ex-Hippie/Rock Groupie. Owner of Permanent Record, the record store where Corey and Tuesday work. She usually has a “long story short” tale regarding her past with various musicians and rock bands in each episode. She frequently insults customers looking for/buying music she feels is inadequate.

Guest Stars on That ’80s Show:

  • Ed McMahon, Pat Benatar, and Neil Giraldo all appeared as themselves in the episode entitled “Road Trip”.
  • Tiffany appeared in the episode “Punk Club” as “Candy”, an employee of the “Chaos” punk club.
  • Debbie Gibson appeared as an annoying show tunes-loving customer named “Janice”, and Morgan Fairchild appeared as R.T.’s rival competitor “Cossima Blair”, in the episode “Beach Party”.
  • John Taylor appeared in the episode “Sophia’s Depressed” as Margaret’s personal decorator.
  • Nathan West appeared in the episode “Spring Break ’84, as “Wray Thorn”, a former classmate of Corey’s turned successful musician.
  • Tammy Lynn Michaels and Josh Braaten appeared in several episodes as “Patty” and “Owen”, Roger’s and Katie’s significant others, respectively.
  • Kelly Clarkson appeared briefly as an uncredited dancing extra, prior to her appearance and subsequent fame on American Idol.

80’s Music on That ’80s Show:

Each episode used several vintage 1980s hit songs, either playing in the background of a scene or sung by one or more of the cast members.

That ’80s Show videos (free):

http://bit.ly/that-80s-show-videos

Leslie Nielsen, star of ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun,’ dead at 84

Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen (1926–2010), whose longtime career as a square-jawed dramatic actor took a sudden turn into comedy with gut-busting spoofs like “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” has died at age 84, his family said Sunday.

Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by family and friends, a family statement said.

Doug Nielsen called his uncle’s death a “great loss.”

“He was extremely funny,” the younger Nielsen said in an interview in Vancouver.

“At all of our family get-togethers, he was always the life of the party and a great-natured guy,” Nielsen said. “He was a very good friend to me.”

Other movies and TV shows Leslie Nielsen starred in the 1980’s:

Gary Coleman has died

It is very sad for us to report that Gary Coleman  has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week.

We’ve learned from TMZ and The Huffington Post that Gary’s wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this morning.

Coleman died at 12:05 PM MST.  He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

Family members and close friends were at Coleman’s side when life support was pulled.

He was 42.

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80’s child star Gary Coleman reportedly on life support & in coma

Gary Coleman has slipped into a coma and is on life support in a Salt Lake City hospital, his spokesman says.

Spokesman John Alcantar told KABC that Coleman, 42, suffered severe bleeding in his skull at his home south of Salt Lake City on Wednesday. He was rushed to a hospital and was conscious and lucid by mid- morning Thursday, but by afternoon, his condition worsened and was slipping in and out of consciousness.

ABC News says he suffered intracranial hemorrhage.

The Diff’rent Strokes star has had a history of health problems. He has been battling kidney disease since his childhood, and also had heart surgery last fall.

Coleman, who was hospitalized earlier this year having having a seizure on the set of The Insider, lives in Santaquin, about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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On this day, John Belushi was found dead March 5, 1982

John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)
John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)

On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  The cause of death was a speed-ball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams (at the height of his own drug exploits) and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a rug-related accident.

Belushi and his friend Dan Aykroyd were slated to present the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 54th Academy Awards, an event held less than four weeks after his death. Aykroyd presented the award alone, commenting on the stage “My partner would have loved to have been here to present this award, given that he was something of a visual effect himself.”

Missing actor Andrew Koenig’s body found in Vancouver park

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Andrew Koenig

A sad ending to a search for actor Andrew Koenig who has been missing since February 14. His father told reporters he committed suicide after his son’s body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“My son took his own life,” Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park.

The body of the former “Growing Pains” star was found by several friends who conducted their own search of Stanley Park, where Andrew Koenig liked to walk, his father said.

Andrew Koenig’s father, Walter Koenig also an actor, known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” series, flew to Vancouver with his wife, Judy, on Tuesday to help with the search.

“He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said. The Koenigs said they received a letter from their son last week in which he wrote in a “despondent tone.” He had stopped taking medication for depression about a year ago, his father said.

Unknown to his parents at the time, Andrew Koenig sold or gave away many of his possessions and moved out of his apartment in Venice, California, before traveling to Canada, the family said.

Walter Koenig asked others who may be considering suicide “before you make that final decision, check it out again, and talk to someone.”

“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” he said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”

Koenig appeared in 25 episodes of “Growing Pains” from 1985 – 1989, playing Richard “Boner” Stabone, according to a filmography posted on the Internet Movie Database Web site. He also appeared in episodes of several other television shows.

He was described as “a gifted and passionate multitalented young man” on his father’s Web site.