Electronic Chess Sets from 1979

Digital chess sets have come a long way from what they used to be. Now you can play chess right on your computer with amazing graphics.  Back in 1979 these were considered high tech. My father had an electronic chess set similar to the ones pictured below. It was tough to beat.

Electronic Chess Sets from 1979
Electronic Chess Sets from 1979

My dad taught me how to play chess when I was young, but I didn’t play it enough to get really good at it. I can beat mediocre players but not advanced. I have a hard time seeing that many moves ahead. I tend to play for the here and now.


Suntan Tuesday Taylor from 1977

It looks like Ideal was trying to capture some of the Barbie market with this doll Suntan Tuesday Taylor.


Suntan Tuesday Taylor from 1977
Suntan Tuesday Taylor from 1977

This ad features Tuesday Taylor’s Rustic Lake House, Volkswagen Camper, Summer Vacation House and the Winter Home. Just like Barbie she seems to own a lot of real estate. Yet she chooses a Volkswagen for her mode of transportation instead of a pink Porsche. Rich, tan but yet economical.


Planet of the Apes Play Set from 1975

I am sure I have mentioned in past posts that the Planet of the Apes movies were some of my favorite scifi movies when growing up. In fact I still enjoy watching them. Here is a play set based on that the Planet of the Apes theme.

Planet of the Apes Play Set 1975
Planet of the Apes Play Set 1975

I currently have all the movies (including the Saturday morning series) except for one, Battle for the Planet of the Apes.  I need to see if it’s available now.

I am looking for the name of a movie…

I have searched many times on Google, trying to figure out a movie that I saw as a teen. If anyone can help me come up with a name, I would be grateful.

The movie was about two robots that are traveling together after the world collapses. (I can’t remember why the world was in ruins.) I want to say the two robots where loosely based on and sort of looked like Laurel and Hardy. I remember one scene where they came across a man dragging a suitcase full of money which, of course, was silly since money had no value anymore. I also believe it was on PBS so I am sure it had some kind of environmental theme to it.

Anyway it was one of those movies that parts of it have stayed with me for years. I have been pretty lucky in figuring out most of those movies and was able to buy or download them. This one escapes me though. I can’t find any information on the internet based on what I remember. (Which makes me wonder if some of those memories are false.)

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 – 1976

I haven’t talked about any 70s movies for a long while. I found this little gem out on the internet the other day.  As you can obviously tell from the title, the movie is about a huge car crash on Interstate 5.  One of the unique things about this movie is that it starts with the enormous car crash then it goes thru flashbacks of various peoples lives just before the pile up. Then at the end of the movie you get to watch the whole scene of carnage again from various angles.


I have the movie, but I haven’t watched it again so I really can’t compare to how I remembered it. I know that I was fascinated by the movie back in the 70s, so much so that I never forgot it.

One of the reviewers on IMDB said that this movie was based on a real life event, but I couldn’t find any information on it.  I do enjoy little tidbits of facts though and I found this in my search on Wiki.

“1891 US. John William Lambert, was involved in the first automobile accident in American history. The accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio. Lambert’s vehicle—the first single-cylinder gasoline automobile, which was carrying Lambert and James Swoveland, hit a tree root, causing the car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post. Injuries from this accident were minor.”

Indian Summers

Indian Summers were another magical part of my childhood.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, let me give you a brief explanation of what an Indian Summer is.

In Indiana (not sure how much of the north actually has Indian Summer) during the fall season the temperature outside cools to the point that you have to wear jackets, sweatshirts, and such just to even go outside. But usually in late September, for about a week, it warms up enough that you can go outside in a short sleeve shirt.

For a kid, you knew that the coming weekend during Indian Summer was it. That was the last weekend of the year to fit every adventure you could into it. And take advantage of it I did. I was outside until the last of the suns ray’s disappeared from view.

The simple things in life where the greatest.

More Lincoln Logs for your enjoyment

Here are some more Lincoln Log sets from 1977.

Lincoln Log Sets from 1977
Lincoln Log Sets from 1977

There are several speculations from where the name came from. K’NEX (who currently manufactures them) says they were named Lincoln Logs during WWI do to the strong patriotism in our country at that time. Others say that the inventor’s (Frank Loyd Wright) real name was Frank Lincoln Wright. A few also say that name came from the fact you link the logs together, or “linkin” logs.

I lean towards the K’NEX explanation. It makes sense being that the 1st two cabins manufactured in 1918 where “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Lincoln’s Cabin”.