But hold up: Did someone mention Solid Gold? This week, WMFU has more on Solid Gold than I ever wanted to knowand I wanted to know a lot. I hadn’t seen the show since its heyday in the mid-80s, when it came on each Sunday night and I watched with the kind of note-taking intensity Boswell reserved for date night with Dr. Johnson. Honestly, seeing this clip again, I find it astonishing I ever learned to read, or write, or do anything but shake my tush and high-kick in heels. That’s the power it had over me.
I’m left speechless by this next clip, via SharpeWorld, an ‘80s televangelist spot featuring once-abused Vietnamese refugees jumping rope to Christian music. (Also, something about pirates?) If you think Ann Richards is tough, just wait till you meet these kids.
Growing up in Texas also meant I had my fair share of run-ins with the evangelicals. I logged a few hours singing Jesus is the Rock with nice folk who just wanted to give me free pizza and save my eternal soul. Then I found out they weren’t down with Solid Gold and all bets for my redemption were off. But I still love learning about the evangelicals, a curiosity I hope will be sated by the documentary Jesus Camp, which opens Friday in places like Oklahoma City and Tulsa and rolls out to New York on September 22.
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And, of course, The Lord of the Rings trilogy drawn with stick figures and shrunk to a minute-and-a-half.