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Etch A Sketch Inventor Inspired Artists Everywhere

February 6, 2013 4:26 am

You probably won’t see his name mentioned in the same sentence as Van Gogh or Cezanne (accept this one), but Andre Cassagnes may well have done more to inspire young artists. The French inventor of the Etch A Sketch died last month at the age of 86, according to an announcement made over the weekend. [...]

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Welcome Pop Candy Readers

December 3, 2012 7:17 am

This week, I have the great honor of filling in for USA Today’s amazing pop culture blogger Whitney Matheson over at her incredibly popular Pop Candy blog. Whitney has been a big supporter of Just My Show over the years so I’m excited to help return the favor by pitching in while she’s at home [...]

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Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald Sobal Dies at 87

July 16, 2012 10:33 pm

He made generations of kids want to read while crossing over to pop culture status in the process. Donald Sobol, beloved author of the Encyclopedia Brown detective series, has died at the age of 87. Thanks to Sobol’s longevity, Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown has been solving cases for the citizens of Idaville for nearly fifty years, [...]

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Casey Daniel of Seven Mary Three Talks CHiPs & The Band’s Success

June 4, 2012 3:59 pm

Seven Mary Three has been making music for nearly 20 years, with major hits like Cumbersome and Water’s Edge. But they also happen to have one of the coolest band names in rock, taken from Officer Jon Baker’s radio call sign on CHiPs. In the latest episode of Just My Show, actor Larry Wilcox – [...]

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TV Wireless Remote Inventor Remembered for Innovation, Viewer Impact

May 23, 2012 11:38 pm

Perhaps nobody has done more to inspire both innovation and laziness with the very same invention. Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless remote control, died Sunday at the age of 96. Polley’s masterpiece was first introduced by Zenith in 1955, the same year that Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners and Captain Kangaroo took to the air. “It’s [...]

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Shadoe Stevens: Dick Clark “A Foundation Member of the Whole Music Generation”

April 19, 2012 1:20 am

Rock and Roll has lost one of its greatest ambassadors. Dick Clark, who brought popular music into the homes of millions of teenagers as the host of American Bandstand, has died at the age of 82. For decades to follow, Clark would continue to add to his iconic status with shows like $10,000 Pyramid, TV’s Bloopers [...]

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Springfield, Oregon Happy to Be Home of The Simpsons

April 11, 2012 12:01 am

Simpsons creator Matt Groening has set the record straight, ending speculation as to which of America’s many Springfields inspired the location for his long running series. The Portland native tells Smithsonian Magazine that Homer and Marge actually hail from the City of Springfield in his home state of Oregon. While the story is making its [...]

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