1966 1971

Family Affair lunchbox, late 1960s. Buffy’s doll was Mrs. Beasley and in reproduction she was highly popular among little girls in the 1970s.

Family Affair
is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to March 4, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do engineer and bachelor Bill Davis (Brian Keith) as he attempted to raise his brother’s orphaned children in his luxury New York City apartment. Davis’ traditional English gentleman’s gentleman, Mr. Giles French (Sebastian Cabot), also had adjustments to make as he became saddled with the responsibility of caring for 15-year-old Cissy (Kathy Garver) and the 6-year-old twins, Jody (Johnny Whitaker) and Buffy (Anissa Jones).

I’ve met Jody and Cissy at a convention once, signing autographs.

The signs as classic dystopian films

aries: nineteen eighty-four (1984)

taurus: blade runner (1982)

gemini: fahrenheit 451 (1966)

cancer: thx 1138 (1971)

leo: the running man (1987)

virgo: twelve monkeys (1995)

libra: escape from new york (1981)

scorpio: a clockwork orange (1971)

sagittarius: robocop (1987)

capricorn: the terminator (1984)

aquarius: mad max (1979)

pisces: total recall (1990)


Happy 50th Anniversary, Dark Shadows!

1966-1971: The original Dark Shadows gothic soap opera captivates monster and suspense lovers.

2012: Long-time fans Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer celebrated their love of the franchise with a new imagining of the Barnabas Collins storyline. This big-budget Hollywood adaption, the third film to be based on the TV series (the first two starred original series cast members in 1970 and 1971), emphasized the fish-out-of-water elements of the 18th century vampire who was freed into the 1970s. 

While polarizing to many fans who were unhappy with the comedic direction of the film, the production was lavish and included a wonderful retro soundtrack. Tim Burton’s unique visual style created a creepy look and Danny Elfman’s nods to the original soap’s score created a wonderful dark mood to balance the humorous scenes.

Walter Förderer, Evangelische Friedenskirche in Baumberg, 1966-1971

The incredible hulks: Jonathan Meades’ A-Z of brutalism

It was mocked and misunderstood. But it produced some of the most sublime, awe-inspiring buildings on the planet. Jonathan Meades, maker of a new TV series about brutalism, gives his A-Z



1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche III

The Rolls-Royce Corniche is a two door coupé and as a two door convertible manufactured and marketed by Rolls-Royce from 1971 to 1995.

The Corniche was a development of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, with the two door variants of that model marketed as the “Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door fixed head coupé & drop head coupé” from 1966 until 1971 when the Corniche name was applied. The exterior design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in March 1971. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, though that model became known as the Continental in 1984.

The first car with the Corniche nameplate was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mark V and never produced because of the onset of World War II.

The Corniche nameplate stems from the originally French and Italian term for a coastal road, especially along the face of a cliff.

The Corniche III was introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show with new alloy wheels, color-coded bumpers, a more advanced suspension system, air bags and MK-Motronic fuel injections. Minor interior changes included a revised dashboard, console and seats.

Production 1989-1993