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August 16, 2021

Commute to Boston

Traveling the Mass Pike to Boston

Today I had to drive into Boston for work. I decided to hook up my GoPro Hero 9 camera to the dashboard and record a time-lapse of my morning and evening commute.

The video starts at Temple Street in Framingham and ends at the Christian Science Center Parking garage. The evening commute starts in the Christian Science Center garage and ends on Route 9 in Framingham.

The traffic wasn't all that bad as many people are still working from home. In a few weeks, more people will be going back into the office.

Framingham to Boston via Mass Pike

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August 9, 2021

Cape Cod Commercials

Classic 1988 Commercials

This week are four classic commercials that aired in the late 1980s. These have been available on the Real Audio pages. However, the real audio player isn't available for mobile users, so I thought I make some of the popular clips available.

The Commercials

  • Lobster Claw
  • Pufferbellies
  • Cousins
  • Delauras

Enjoy the classic clips!

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August 2, 2021

The Morton Downey Jr. Show

Featuring Doctor Fad

This week we are featuring another clip from "The Morton Downey Jr." show. This is another segment from the 1989 Predictions show. This was recorded on December 20, 1988. This is episode 122188.

This segment features "Doctor Fad" (Otherwise known as Ken Hakuta) talking about the latest fads in 1988.

Audio is pretty bad in this clip - not sure what happened. It could be the VHS tape slowly dying or just a bad digital encoding.

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July 26, 2021

Student Loans Call and Voice Mail - Part 2

Scammers trying to get me to pay for their service

On July 12th, I blogged about the various phone calls for the Student Loan forgiveness program. These are obvious scams - I never applied for student loans. If these were legitimate organizations, they would know this.

Instead these are cold calls looking for people who are desperate enough to fall for their bait. Even the Federal Government has issued a warning about the scam in an article posted on the Federal Student Aid website.

The funny thing is, I get these calls around the same time I would get the Medical Services and the Final Expense Insurance calls.

More Calls

Here is a voice message and a call where I actually talk to a person.

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July 19, 2021

New England Commercials

Remember some classic commercials from my collection

Here's another great collection of commercials. This is from a couple of my VHS tape collections. The quality of audio on a couple of these commercial clips is pretty bad. I think it was something to do with the digitalization. I'll take a look and see if I can do a better job importing the audio.

New England Commercials

Feature in this video:

  • New England Telephone - "The Art Gallery"
  • New England Telephone - "The Operator"
  • Massachusetts Lottery - "Mega Million Mom"
  • Friendly's - "Free Ice Cream"
  • Lechmere - "This Week's Deals" (December 1988)

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July 12, 2021

Student Loan Messages

Why Do I keep getting these??

Once every few days, I get a message in my voicemail about my Student Loan. The thing is that I took out a student loan.

Clearly these people are phishing for people with student loans. Any legitimate business would do their research to know a bit more about the people they are talking to.

The other thing about these calls is that they always get to voicemail. They found a way to call a number and go directly to voicemail. There have been many times when I would get these calls and it would alert the iPhone that a call is coming. Before the caller ID clicked in, the call would get disconnected and minutes later I would be notified that I have a voice message.

Check out a couple of these calls:

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July 5, 2021

Commercials from 2000

Five California Commercial from 2000

This week we are featuring 5 commercials from the year 2000. These were all recorded from California and were on in July 2000.

Commercials in this media feature:

  • Jewelry Exchange - Buy Factory Direct in Burlingame California
  • Sizzler - Promoting the $7.99 dishes
  • MSN Mobile - How phone were like before the iPhone
  • NBC 2000 Olympics Promo - Feature CJ Hunter and Marion Jones
  • US Mint - Promoting the Golden Dollar coin.

YouTube Video

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June 28, 2021

50 Ways to Get Hired

Classic Advice on Your Resume

Today's Media Monday clip features a sound byte from the "50 Ways to Get Hired." by Harold Max Messmer (narrated by David Hartley) This was created in 1994.

At the time of the recording, Harold Max Messmer was the chairperson for Robert Half International. Robert Half International is a global human resource consulting firm. It is credited as being the world's first and largest accounting and finance staffing firm.

This audiotape was part of a series of recordings that were done to inform the general public on what good talent looks like for Robert Half.

Listen to some of the tips that Harold gives about writing a resume. Try to think if that information still applies 27-years later.

You can find the Audio Tapes on eBay by a variety of sellers.

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June 21, 2021

Morton Downey Jr. Show

Parts of the 1989 New Years Eve special

Morton Downey Jr. was a loudmouth talk show host. He was one of the extreme talk show hosts of the 1990s. He is most notably known for frequently yelling at his guests to "Zip It."

In December 1998, Morton Downey Jr. did a TV special with a focus on predictions for 1989. In this episode, there were many crazy predictions. The audience was very loud and very responsive to Morton Downey.

Watch the Show

Here's about 10-minutes of the 1989 New Years Eve episode. This clip features Linda Waldron, and Leroy Montana - both Trans Medium Clairvoyant.

The show was canceled 6-months later.

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June 14, 2021

1986 Boston Celtics

Listen to the Highlights of the 1986 Playoffs

One of Boston's most memorable moments of the 1980s was when the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in the Boston Gardens. They won in 1981, 1983 and in 1986. The 1986 season was their sweet sixteen-team championship and some say it was the sweetest one.

This would be the last championship for the big 3: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.

If you weren't in the Boston Garden that afternoon, you likely listen to the play by play done by legendary Johnny Most.

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Series Recap

In my audiotape collection, I found a tape where I recorded the start of the 1987 season on WRKO radio. In that broadcast, they did a recap of the challenges of the 1986 Playoffs. This clip features some amazing calls by Johnny Most.

The quality of the clip isn't all that great. I was living in Concord, Massachusetts at the time and the WRKO signal wasn't that strong. You can hear some static. It isn't that bad. I think it gives it a classic radio sound.

Listen to the final four minutes of the broadcast. Close your eyes and for a moment pretend you are back in 1986.

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Listen to Glenn Ordway and Johnny Most recall the final moments of the 1986 season.

Full Recap

The full recap is nearly 14-minutes long and 18 MB.

If you're a diehard Celtics fan and have any interest in it, let me know via the feedback form.

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