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90 Years Ago: Carl Reiner. 25 Years Ago: Summer School

Happy 90th birthday to someone whose sense of humor is as young as ever - Carl Reiner! If you love comedy, you have likely loved at least something that Carl Reiner has been involved with in one way or another. He directed Oh God! (with George Burns as God). He directed several films in which Steve Martin starred: The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, and All of Me. He directed a movie in which John Candy starred, called Summer Rental. read more...

Retropolis Retro Tour of America - Maryland - Bengies Drive-In Movie Theatre

Not every state in America still has a drive-in movie theatre, but Maryland still has one. And as far as I know, It has just one. But, that one drive-in is pretty special because it has the largest movie theater screen in the United States. If you love a big screen, and you miss seeing a movie under the stars, Bengies Drive-In is the place to go. read more...

Happy 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts!

100 years ago, on March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded The Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The first Girl Scout troop was in Savannah, Georgia. They were originally called the "Girl Guides of America" the first year. read more...

Happy Birthday, Pedro Zamora!

It's leap year! It's February 29, a special day that only comes once every four years. This special day is the 40th birthday of a very special person - Pedro Zamora. Now, I've read that he was born on February 29th and I've read that he was born March 1st (maybe people started celebrating his birthday on March 1st to make sure it gets celebrated every year - I'm not sure). Regardless of which day he was actually born, it seems right to celebrate his birthday on a rare, special day because Pedro was a rare, special person. read more...

Retropolis Retro Tour of America - The Lighthouses of Maine

Maine has more than 60 lighthouses. The oldest lighthouse in Maine was commissioned by George Washington 225 years ago, in 1787, and construction was completed in 1791. read more...

Happy Birthday to One of the Best TV Moms - Ma from Little House on the Prairie - Karen Grassle!

The real Caroline Ingalls, mother to author Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born 172 years ago in Brookfield, Wisconsin. However, there is another Caroline Ingalls who is just as real to me. That's Karen Grassle, who played the role of Caroline Ingalls on the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. We also knew her as "Ma".  read more...

Retropolis.com Retro Tour of America - New Orleans Shotgun Houses

The next stop on the Retropolis Retro Tour of America is New Orleans, Louisiana! If you're lucky enough to visit New Orleans some day, you'll be lucky enough to see shotgun houses! There are shotgun houses elsewhere in the United States, particularly in the South, but there are so many shotgun houses in New Orleans that you'll definitely see some on your trip to New Orleans. read more...

Happy 50th Birthday To One Of The World's Favorite Australian Mates - Steve Irwin!

Cheers to Steve Irwin, for following his passion! I never knew much about crocs or cared much about crocs until I saw Steve Irwin on TV. As a child I lived in Florida and the only thing I knew about crocs was that they looked like alligators to me, and I was scared of alligators, therefore, I was scared of crocs. It was that simple to me. read more...

Retropolis Retro Tour of America - The ORIGINAL Kentucky Fried Chicken / KFC / Sanders Court & Cafe in North Corbin, Kentucky

Our next retro travel stop in our Retro Tour of America is North Corbin, Kentucky. When people all over the world think of Kentucky, one of the first things that comes to mind is "Kentucky Fried Chicken", thanks to Colonel Harland Sanders. Colonel Sanders took several different career paths before he started serving chicken in his gas station in North Corbin, Kentucky when he was 40 years old. Over time, he began to develop what we now know as the "Original Recipe" (although none of us really know the secret recipe). read more...

160 Years Ago: Celebrating Studebaker

Studebaker was best known for it's automobiles, but it began on this date 160 years ago in South Bend, Indiana as a blacksmith shop that made wagon parts. Eventually, Studebaker began making wagons and became well known for it's wagons. By the early 1900's, Studebaker began selling automobiles. According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studebaker, Studebaker began by selling electric cars, and then started selling gasoline powered cars a few years later. read more...

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