A #TBT Happy Birthday shoutout to actor Robert Hays, with our thanks. 

A #TBT Happy Birthday shoutout to actor Robert Hays, with our thanks. 

Can you believe Pilot Ted Stryker of Airplane is 67? 

Happy Birthday, Robert Hays! You surely make us laugh all these years later. 

ourpresidents:

Nixon and Khrushchev’s Kitchen Debates
On this day in 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev met for the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow. 
As Nixon led Khrushchev through the model house they began a series of impromptu debates (mainly held in the model kitchen), on capitalism and communism.  To debate such ideas both leaders used examples of household appliances to better stress their arguments.  Nixon’s performance in the “Kitchen Debate” further raised his stature back in the United States.
In this photograph we have Nixon and Khrushchev debating in front of the now famous model kitchen.  To the right of Nixon is future Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev.  7/24/59.
-from the Nixon Library 

Read about the Kitchen Debates, the first ‘test tube baby,’ and more in our this week in boomer history roundup.

ourpresidents:

Nixon and Khrushchev’s Kitchen Debates

On this day in 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev met for the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow.

As Nixon led Khrushchev through the model house they began a series of impromptu debates (mainly held in the model kitchen), on capitalism and communism.  To debate such ideas both leaders used examples of household appliances to better stress their arguments.  Nixon’s performance in the “Kitchen Debate” further raised his stature back in the United States.

In this photograph we have Nixon and Khrushchev debating in front of the now famous model kitchen.  To the right of Nixon is future Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev.  7/24/59.

-from the Nixon Library 

Read about the Kitchen Debates, the first ‘test tube baby,’ and more in our this week in boomer history roundup.

broadcastarchive-umd:

Cylons are a fictional race of robots in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series (ABC, 1978–79). They are the primary antagonists of the series and are at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity. The Cylons also appeared in the short-lived 1980 spin-off series Galactica 1980.
Cylons in popular culture:
In the source code of Mozilla (and its Netscape predecessor), the indeterminate progress bar that slides back and forth — rather than rolling or filling up from left to right — is referred to as the “Cylon”.
A Cylon appears in the Futurama episode “Bendin’ in the Wind.” He’s part of the musical duo Cylon and Garfunkel, a parody of Simon and Garfunkel.
In Farscape episode “I Shrink, Therefore I Am,” Crichton’s ship is invaded by a race with bioengineered exoskeletons. “This is John Crichton paging the head Cylon, pick up the phone imperious leader.”
The classic Cylons have also appeared on The Simpsons on several occasions, the most notable in Mayored to the Mob during a sci-fi convention. There’s a quick gag in a boxing arena where three Centurions square off against R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars. (“See the mighty robots from Battlestar Galactica fight the gay robots from Star Wars!”) They easily pin C-3PO to the floor, and R2 refuses to help.
On Family Guy, the host of ‘KISS Forum’ also hosts ‘Battlestar Galactica Forum’ on Quahog’s Public-access television cable TV channel. He introduces the forum by putting a classic Centurion mask on and saying “Welcome to Battlestar Galactica Forum” in traditional Cylon computerized-monotone.
Several Cylons appear briefly in the South Park epic Imaginationland, as one of the evil fictional creations set free when the barrier between the “good” and “evil” halves of the imagination is destroyed by terrorists.
In the opening credits of certain seasons of The A-Team, Dirk Benedict watches a Cylon walk past (while at the Universal Studios tour), raises a finger and opens his mouth as if to say something, then gives up. Dirk Benedict played the character Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series. This scene is later recreated on Family Guy.
In a third season episode of Knight Rider, “Halloween Knight,” the episode villain is shown briefly in a Cylon mask. KITT’s red LED forward scanner throughout the series, of course, is an homage to the Cylon’s red eye, which oscillates back and forth while active while using the same sound effect. Both series were created by Glen A. Larson.
Cylons were the focus of a short skit on the Adult Swim program Robot Chicken in which it is said that the original Cylon actors had so many problems walking around in their suits that they were constantly falling down.
A Cylon makes a brief appearance, firing off his blaster in the ‘Alien Attack’ section of the ride, in the final firefight scene of Beverly Hills Cop 3.
A Cylon lookalike robot is featured in the official music video for Bloc Party's single, “Flux.”
In The Replacements episode “Space Family Daring,” Riley finds a head of a Cylon in a cabinet onboard the spaceship.
In the Dark Horse Star Wars comic series Tag and Bink, Cylons appear as the Emperor’s Guards, Tag and Bink feature many other references to other science fiction franchises.
In the CBS program The Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon owns a Battlestar Galactica Cylon Toaster.
Cylon extras are briefly seen in the 2012 movie Argo, in lieu of both the film’s nature and historical narrative. (Wikipedia)

broadcastarchive-umd:

Cylons are a fictional race of robots in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series (ABC, 1978–79). They are the primary antagonists of the series and are at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity. The Cylons also appeared in the short-lived 1980 spin-off series Galactica 1980.

Cylons in popular culture:

  • In the source code of Mozilla (and its Netscape predecessor), the indeterminate progress bar that slides back and forth — rather than rolling or filling up from left to right — is referred to as the “Cylon”.
  • A Cylon appears in the Futurama episode “Bendin’ in the Wind.” He’s part of the musical duo Cylon and Garfunkel, a parody of Simon and Garfunkel.
  • In Farscape episode “I Shrink, Therefore I Am,” Crichton’s ship is invaded by a race with bioengineered exoskeletons. “This is John Crichton paging the head Cylon, pick up the phone imperious leader.”
  • The classic Cylons have also appeared on The Simpsons on several occasions, the most notable in Mayored to the Mob during a sci-fi convention. There’s a quick gag in a boxing arena where three Centurions square off against R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars. (“See the mighty robots from Battlestar Galactica fight the gay robots from Star Wars!”) They easily pin C-3PO to the floor, and R2 refuses to help.
  • On Family Guy, the host of ‘KISS Forum’ also hosts ‘Battlestar Galactica Forum’ on Quahog’s Public-access television cable TV channel. He introduces the forum by putting a classic Centurion mask on and saying “Welcome to Battlestar Galactica Forum” in traditional Cylon computerized-monotone.
  • Several Cylons appear briefly in the South Park epic Imaginationland, as one of the evil fictional creations set free when the barrier between the “good” and “evil” halves of the imagination is destroyed by terrorists.
  • In the opening credits of certain seasons of The A-Team, Dirk Benedict watches a Cylon walk past (while at the Universal Studios tour), raises a finger and opens his mouth as if to say something, then gives up. Dirk Benedict played the character Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series. This scene is later recreated on Family Guy.
  • In a third season episode of Knight Rider, “Halloween Knight,” the episode villain is shown briefly in a Cylon mask. KITT’s red LED forward scanner throughout the series, of course, is an homage to the Cylon’s red eye, which oscillates back and forth while active while using the same sound effect. Both series were created by Glen A. Larson.
  • Cylons were the focus of a short skit on the Adult Swim program Robot Chicken in which it is said that the original Cylon actors had so many problems walking around in their suits that they were constantly falling down.
  • A Cylon makes a brief appearance, firing off his blaster in the ‘Alien Attack’ section of the ride, in the final firefight scene of Beverly Hills Cop 3.
  • A Cylon lookalike robot is featured in the official music video for Bloc Party's single, “Flux.”
  • In The Replacements episode “Space Family Daring,” Riley finds a head of a Cylon in a cabinet onboard the spaceship.
  • In the Dark Horse Star Wars comic series Tag and Bink, Cylons appear as the Emperor’s Guards, Tag and Bink feature many other references to other science fiction franchises.
  • In the CBS program The Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon owns a Battlestar Galactica Cylon Toaster.
  • Cylon extras are briefly seen in the 2012 movie Argo, in lieu of both the film’s nature and historical narrative. (Wikipedia)