Oh boy, look how handsome Richard Roundtree was! Not only that, he was a very nice and down-to-earth person in real life! I’d take a simple regular guy any-day, than someone who’s always got something to prove, ain’t that right girls 🙀? Well, I wanted to do another article about Black Hair. I was sifting through some of my old magazines and thought to myself, damn! Our hair has changed A LOT in the past 30 years. I know this isn’t my imagination, I can’t be the only one that has given this a lot of thought? What I mean is, the quality of Black hair has some how changed. And I don’t necessarily think it’s the hairstyle either. As I nostalgically look through my old Black magazines, Black hair (particularly women) appeared to have more luster in their hair. Check out this link, and compare the hair you see there to many woman’s hair today, you’ll see what I mean. Which is kind of comical now that I think about it in perspective, because we did all kinds of crazy shit that damaged our hair, and that included the use of hot combs. I’m seriously wondering guys, are the products we’re using now are that much different that we have lost the quality of our hair? Or is the difference in our hair quality today represent the physical health of our community? I say this because the one thing I’ve learned from very young was that, the state of our health usually comes out 4 major (visible) places.
- Our Nails
- Our Skin
- Our Tongue
- Our Hair
You know, it’s funny. You know how back in the day (still do actually) when a guy gets a new job interview, and he advertises everywhere that he has to buy that “Detox,” to take the street drugs out their system? Usually it was for something small like Marijuana. However, do you realize that Marijuana comes out through your hair and usually stays their for months! I mention because we don’t realize just how EXTREMELY strong and durable human hair is (especially Black hair), what is happening when I look at our hair now and it doesn’t appear to be as healthy as it once was. Have all the Black business that made products specially for us have all gone? Or has the culture have changed so drastically that we don’t care about our hair as we once did 30-40 years ago? When I was growing up, I couldn’t walk down the street without my elders telling me “how he got that good hair.” Now, it seems that people aren’t passionate about their hair anymore. Guys seem to prefer sporting a bald look, and a lot of women seem to gravitate towards weaves, extensions, or wigs. Hmmm. I think this would be a great discussion for the community.
As an artist, I think this was a very clever ad. It actually does make it more enticing in a way. However, the spaghetti and meatball from Chef Boyardee now-a-days is far from delicious. About several years ago, I was so hungry one day, and I was too tired to cook a meal, so I opened a can of Chef Boyardee’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. YUCK!!!!!! It was one of the most horrible foods I’ve ever tasted in my life. I don’t remember it tasting that bad when I was a kid. But then again, as a kid most of us all ate what was fed to us. Folks, it tasted so bad….. I’ll tell you exactly how it tastes…. It tastes like…. I remember as a child, I could not swallow any pills, so when I was sick, my mom dissolved aspirin in a spoon using water. That awful taste of aspirin that stays on the backsides of your tongue. A taste that no amount of water, or Cool-Aid can get rid of. 🙁 Horrible, it was worse than drinking Castor Oil……
Do you remember TCB? I remember they were extremely popular by the late 70’s. Personally barely used any of their products. Although I do remember using one product from them, it was called the “Hot Oil Treatment” I believe it was called. It was soooo much work to do, because it involved using a hot towel. I really did think it was worth the trouble, however once I finished my hair would smell so good!! I must have only performed this treatment about once every two months. There was a time were it seemed every single store in my neighborhood had a line of TCB products (including the pharmacy and sometimes the supermarkets too). By the time the 80’s came along, and Jheri Curls were “the in thang”, “Care Free Curls” took over; then S-curl eventually dominated for quite a few years after that. It was funny because S-Curl had a distinct fragrance on almost all of their hair products. Anytime someone walked in the room, it is almost guaranteed that someone will ask if “you use S-Curl?” LOL…. By The Way, if you haven’t noticed yet, the guy in the picture is Billy Dee Williams. I never thought he was particularly handsome, but he did have a kind of swagger on film that made him attractive.
Do you remember “Shrinky Dinks? I do. Very cool concept, however, this was another one of those childhood gimmicks that never turned out well for me either. Shrinky Dinks were these transparent “cut-able” plastic sheets, that can be use to trace drawings and colored using special non-toxic marker pens. Once you’ve finished your drawing, you would then cut around your plastic drawing and place it in the oven. All your plastic drawings would shrink and turn in to hard pieces of plastic, that could be used for all kinds of jewelry, decals, key chains, and anything else imaginable.
Unfortunately, when I tried to put them in the oven as a kid (adult supervision of course), the plastic would always burn at the edges, or the finished product always wind up deformed. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was left feeling that I needed a special oven to use these “Shrinky Dinks”. Many, many, many years later, it’s maker developed a personal “child safe” oven you can use specifically for Shrinky Dinks”. You can even watch it through a class window as it hardens. Click here to see what the oven looks like on Amazon.
I was very shocked to find out that ALEX, the makers of Shrinky Dinks are still in business and making money. Today, I don’t see any advertisements for Shrinky Dinks anymore. There success must be due to all the parents that remember having them as a child. Shrinky Dinks used to, and still does come in various themes, such as haloween, xmas, thanksgiving, etc. They also used to have Television show themes, such as The Flinstones, A-Team, Superman, you name it. Click here for more Shrinky Dinks
When I was a young boy, Sea Monkey advertisements were in the back of practically every single comic book! I couldn’t remember one comic book that i’ve owned, at least up until late 1975ish didn’t have these ads. First off, I tried these things at least about 2 or three times, and they NEVER worked for me. Not sure why, maybe I just had bad luck and got bad batches? Not sure. However, one thing I do know, If I had seen how see monkeys REALLY looked, instead of the cartoon drawings in the back of these DC/Marvel comic books, I never would have been interested in getting them in the first place. Sea Monkeys are hideous!! Oh, my, they are so ugly ya’ll!! They look nothing like monkeys in my opinion (at least Sea Horses, resemble horses), in fact, many of them appeared to be more like baby Caterpillars if they were fish. Some looked like frayed pieces of white string with two big black eyeballs, while others look like the kinda food scavengers would eat.. Either way, they would have not been something I would have been interested in having as a pet. However, What I found interesting is that, I remembered the ads really emphasizing on how easy it was to grow them, but they never really talked about a safe way to clean the container you have them in. The plastic tank they gave you with the kit would always turn cloudy (I guess because of the monkey deposits), and of course there was no 800# available to ask questions. Sea Monkeys now appear to be a distant memory; we have transitioned from the wonderful world of Sea Monkeys to the awesome world of video games, and the Internet – a course of no return.