Category:
1980s

Rock ‘n’ Roll Underwear

From Omni magazine (Aug 1981): "The latest discotechnological breakthrough is an item called Rock and Roll Hot Pants. By wiring your shorts or panties to a stereo speaker with a 15-foot cord, which relays the music to a two inch disc on your waistband,”you get an incredible tingle all over your body,” claims inventor David Lloyd."

Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Jan 27, 1981



Omni magazine - August 1981

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 12, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Music, Underwear, 1980s

Stimorol, chewing gum for the rich

Stimorol was a Danish brand of chewing gum. When its maker brought it to the U.S. in 1982, they decided to go for snob appeal and marketed it as the "chewing gum for the rich." Even though, as far as I know, in Denmark it was just a chewing gum for regular folks.

I agree with the columnist below. Chewing gum just doesn't work as a status symbol.

New Yorker - May 10, 1982



Clarion Ledger - Sep 29, 1982

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, 1980s

John Lennon Slept Here

In 1984, Jeff Walker paid $36,490 for an 80-year lease on Room 1111 in Miami's Deauville Hotel. The reason was that back in February 1964 John Lennon had spent a few nights in that room. So Walker's plan was to rent the room out to Beatles' fans at a premium price and make a nice profit.

But one year later, only one person had rented the room from him, for a single night. Walker noted that he could have had the hotel rent the room for him, as just a regular room, but he didnt want "a bunch of weirdos" (i.e. non-Beatles fans) renting the room.

The Deauville hotel is still around, though its website indicates that it's currently closed for renovations.

I wonder if Walker still has the lease on room 1111? I can't find any indication that he does.

Hartford Courant - Feb 22, 1985
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Miami News - May 3, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Music, 1980s

Cowvertising

$500 a year to put your ad on the side of a cow.

Twin Falls Times-News - Apr 8, 1984



Detroit Free Press - Apr 13, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Advertising, 1980s

Rambo Bubble Gum

Raspberry-flavored gum shaped to resemble shrapnel or flak.

Went on sale in 1985, as a tie-in with the release of Rambo II.

image source: Candy Wrapper Museum



Wisconsin State Journal - Nov 3, 1985



Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: War, Candy, 1980s

The Blessing of the Bras

June 1986: "Buddhist priests blessed 200,000 used brassieres yesterday in a temple memorial service for cast-off underwear."

Tampa Tribune - June 8, 1986



Philadelphia Daily News - June 7, 1986

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Religion, Underwear, 1980s

Cognac and yogurt

Trénais is a wonderful marriage between the finest cognac from Charente and the smooth, light yogurt of Holland.


Not a combination that would have occurred to me. But who knows. Perhaps it was really good.

Apparently this product was, like Touch of Yogurt Shampoo, an attempt to cash in on the yogurt craze that was sweeping America at the time.

Texas Monthly - Nov 1983



The Santa Clarita Signal - Aug 24, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 06, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1980s

Avoid Saying Hello

Wall Street Journal - Apr 25, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 05, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Telephones, 1980s

The Non-Smokers Inn



Lyndon Sanders opened the Non-Smokers Inn in 1981 in Dallas. At the time, it was the first exclusively non-smoking hotel in America. Actually it may have been the first to offer any rooms exclusively for non-smokers, period. I'm not sure. But as it turned out, he anticipated the non-smoking trend too well. From cnn.com:

In a business sense, he was ahead of his time -- too far ahead. The Non-Smokers Inn did well at first, but by 1991 Sanders had to turn the hotel over to new management, which changed the name to the Classic Motor Inn, and allowed 22 of the 135 rooms to welcome smokers.

It wasn't that the world had turned its back on his idea -- it was that the world had embraced it too thoroughly. Major hotels had started putting in nonsmoking floors, and advertising the fact; people who didn't smoke suddenly had no trouble finding a clean, fresh-smelling room. The Non-Smokers Inn, struggling for business, had to become something else and let smokers in, because the nonsmokers no longer had to look so hard for what they desired.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 30, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Hotels, Smoking and Tobacco, 1980s

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