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21 Reasons to Be Glad It's Not the '80s

Many involve tape, and all of them save you time

(Newser) - It's almost Thanksgiving, so let's take a moment to appreciate the little things—specifically, the many frustrations of the 1980s that no longer require your attention. Benjamin Solomon provides a handy reminder of 21 of them, via Vanity Fair . The highlights:
  1. You no longer have to stick a
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The '90s Are Totally Back

Get ready for the return of Doug, Beavis, and Clarissa

(Newser) - From the return of scrunchies to an attempted Saved by the Bell reunion, there’s no doubt about it: The ’90s are back in a big way. The New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have teamed up, Pop-Up Video is returning, and Nickelodeon is bringing back a... More »

Blame Hendricks for Rise in Retro-Sexy TV

Fall will see flurry of sex-filled programs set in the '60s, '70s: Maureen Dowd

(Newser) - Naked Playboy bunnies, sexy '60s stewardesses, redos of titillating '70s camp like Charlie's Angels—the coming fall TV season promises heaping servings of sex-filled nostalgia. "Hollywood is a world ruled by men, and this season, amid economic anxieties, those men want to indulge in some retro... More »

Enough With the Bush Nostalgia

He did a lot of things wrong, and some Republicans 'haven't forgotten'

(Newser) - With President Obama’s approval ratings in the toilet and George W. Bush’s highly-publicized Decision Points out today, it’s easy to get caught up in a bit of “Bush nostalgia.” And yes, W’s “candor, decency, self-effacement, and clear love of country stand in stark... More »

Nostalgia Rules in Super Bowl Ads

From Betty White to Stevie Wonder, these ads bank on the familiar

(Newser) - Yes, there were still the requisite ads using slapstick violence to get a laugh, or objectifying women—but the reigning theme of this year's Super Bowl commercials was nostalgia. Thanks to the economy, many advertisers used familiar faces to pitch products, writes Stuart Elliott in the New York Times . A... More »

Ad Men Use Beatles to Sell Senior Care

Fab Four feature in nostalgia campaign, along with Elvis, Gene Kelly

(Newser) - The songs you loved when you were 23 may someday be used to sell you retirement care. Researchers have homed in on that age as the likeliest time when music that triggers life-long nostalgia is heard. People who watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show at 23 are now... More »

Pan Am Lives—in Man's Garage

Trips to Thailand net vintage headphones and the like for cabin mockup

(Newser) - To Anthony Toth, Pan Am was the epitome of airline class, with its top-notch, martini-pouring first-class service and in-flight music so excellent that the United Airlines employee brought along a tape recorder to record it on trips as a boy. Now that he’s 42 and owns a home, he’... More »

Say Goodbye to a Sad Excuse for a Summer

When even Joe Biden doesn't make us laugh, something's gone wrong

(Newser) - Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, and the last day of this exhausting season couldn't come soon enough, writes Joe Queenan in the Wall Street Journal. The weather's been lousy, the movies were mediocre, and Jon and Kate somehow convinced the nation that they mattered. And don't mention... More »

Be Kind, Rewind, One Last Time

The era of VHS is officially over

(Newser) - Remember those black plastic bricks you used to pop into your entertainment system to watch movies? The nostalgic might want to snap a few digital photos, because tapes won't be with us for much longer now that the last VHS supplier has made his final shipment. The LA Times rewinds... More »

Why Palin Is Mac's 'Meal Ticket'

The culture of celebrity, evangelical ideals, and small town nostalgia combine to enable Palin's 'outsized' influence

(Newser) - The number of enthusiastic Republicans have doubled in polls since John McCain picked Sarah Palin for his ticket, and Palin figures in slightly more news coverage than her running mate. That might be expected, but she is mentioned 10 times more than  Democratic counterpart Joe Biden. Tim Rutten offers up... More »

PBS Draws Curtain on Mr. Rogers

Station makes room for newer shows with higher ratings

(Newser) - Today is not a beautiful day in Mister Rogers' neighborhood. The show has aired for the last time on most PBS stations, making way for newer programs with higher ratings, the Chicago Tribune reports. Loyal fans have created a website and Facebook group to try to save the reassuring cardigan-clad... More »

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