The Nostalgia Factor

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It’s always nice to receive polite letters from our viewing audience. Sometimes they’re angry, sometimes very poorly-written, many times overly-demanding about what they want to see in whatever show they like, but this one was just nice. And you know what? That can go quite a long way.

Nostalgia is a powerful tool, and only the future can tell how it will continue to be used. Grover lives in Chicago, where he enjoys reading and writing lists. Read more fascinating facts about nostalgia on 10 Unexpected Scientific Reasons Why Old People Are Awesome and 10 Sweet Treats That Are Older Than You Think. Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to The Nostalgic Factor, the place where you can get your fill of reviews, discussions, and pop culture references from your fav. The Nostalgia Critic (real name Doug Walker) is a Chicago-based internet personality who specializes in reviewing bad movies and television series. Every November around Thanksgiving, he does a special episode in which he reviews nothing but commercials old and new, and this has included PIFs from Canada and the United Kingdom.

We actually HAD been thinking about bringing back ‘Getting Hairy’, although perhaps with a re-branding. Competition shows are SO in right now, and I really think that if we could get some of Melbourne’s best hair salons on board, and then we stir up some weepy melodrama amongst the contestants to keep it contemporary and relevant, we can have a huge hit on our hands. People love getting their hair done, they love watching art in motion, and they LOVE shows where people are judged with dramatic music in the background. Just look at ‘Your Kitchen Sucks’, or ‘Master-Chief’, the cooking show hosted by that one guy from the old gaming franchise. Never really understood the appeal, but this is television in 2019, my friends. There’s a market for everything, if you have the gumption and the viewing audience.

Mega Man 9's nostalgia factor is pretty blatant. Like Smash Bros, it's half time capsule, half video game. I know that Chocobos, White and Black Mages and the victory fanfare are a part of all the Final Fantasies, but would we love the series as much if each game completely abandoned all ties with its forebears every go round? Jan 10, 2019 - Just a collection of stuff that was either a big part of my childhood or makes me think of my childhood. See more ideas about my childhood, nostalgia, childhood.

As the letter mentions, Getting Hairy is something of a beloved relic from the past, giving it a nostalgia factor. I remember the old hairdressing salon in St James Place, way back in the 1980s. I’d be getting my hair all teased up into a giant perm, as was the way of the times, and we’d all be glued to the television set. Someone would be pulling off a really competent straightening project, maybe to fashion their model’s hair into a little ski ramp with skiers made out of hair. Oh, the memories. I want to feel that buzz again, and I’m sure there are a ton of hair enthusiasts who feel the same way.

We’re bringing it back. More hair, more spray, more wax, and definitely WAY more tears. Tears equal ratings!


And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon… ~Harry Chapin


The Jigsaw Man is my father. I call him that because he has Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I don’t actually call him that, but if I did he wouldn’t remember it five minutes later.

Why I think of him as The Jigsaw Man is because now his brain seems to be filled with puzzle pieces of his life, and none of them fit together any longer. It’s as if he has a hodge podge of pieces from different puzzles and he has no idea how to put them together again.

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Every summer my family went camping with my dads parents and his brothers and sisters families. Every summer I watched my big brother and older cousins water-ski. I was dying to water-ski. I wanted to get out on the water and do all the cool tricks that the big kids were doing.

When I was eight years old, my uncle took the boat out, letting out the tow line behind it. My dad sat back in the water holding the handle at the end of that rope with the tips of his skis poking out of the water. Then I climbed up on my dad’s shoulders and wrapped my arms around his neck. The motor roared to life and seconds later I was riding my dads shoulders at thirty miles an hour. That’s one of my puzzle pieces. I wonder if it’s one of his.

Oh, crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got ~
The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics

On Friday I had my dad placed in a memory care facility. He needs constant supervision, otherwise he might wander off. I know it’s hard to think of putting your parent in a locked facility, but it’s a very nice place and I’m comfortable with it. For years he had been cared for by his long time girlfriend who was at her wits end. Despite her emotional exhaustion, she had a harder time with the decision than my siblings and I.

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One thing that will forever make me think of my dad is the TV show Two and a Half Men. No, my dad didn’t love the show. In fact, I’d be surprised if he knew about it at all. In the picture above, see the higher one of the two framed posters on the wall? It’s a poster of Earl Hines, a legendary American jazz musician. I wish that I could have found a better picture of it. That poster was on the wall on that set every year that Charlie Sheen was on the show. When Ashton Kutcher showed up they redecorated. (How many of you even knew that in the last couple seasons they replaced Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher?) You may not know of Earl Hines, but in jazz circles he’s still famous enough that when my son went to college a few years ago they were still teaching Earl Hines songs to the jazz ensemble. So, why does a famous jazz musician remind me of my dad?

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On a snowy December night in Syracuse, N.Y. in the early to mid 1970’s my dad was on his way home from working late and he saw a car broken down by the side of the road. It was Earl Hines and his manager. My dad gave them a ride to their hotel. For a few years after that they remained in touch and whenever Earl Hines was playing in Syracuse, he’d meet my dad for dinner and my mom and dad might go to the show if they could get a babysitter. That is one of my puzzle pieces. I wonder if it’s one of his.

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no no
And, feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues
You know, feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee ~
Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee. He used to walk around the house playing his guitar and singing it. That is one of my puzzle pieces. I wonder if it’s one of his.

Rssb onlinecleangoodsite satsang. They say you grow up to be your parents. If someday I become a Jigsaw Man, I wonder what my puzzle pieces will be.

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Have a great Sunday! ~Phil