Question: What MTV show devoted to heavy metal music featured Adam Curry as host in 1988?
Last Question: What group hit #1 in 1988 with a medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”?
Answer: Will to Power
The medley, titled “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)”, was Will to Power’s biggest hit, spending a week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in December 1988. It also became the group’s highest-charting hit in the UK, reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart.
In honor of Memorial Day weekend, let’s not forget what it is really about. Here is one of Ronald Reagan’s greatest speeches – June 6, 1984 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy:
Well the American Idol finale sucked. But, there were a couple of good parts that made it worth watching.
Here’s my favorite contestant performing with Judas Priest. They actually did two songs – “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law”:
And the other great part was the Aerosmith-less Steven Tyler performing “Dream On”, and he sounded as good as ever:
And a comeback was made on the show – the Sax in a pop/rock song! I believe it had disappeared in shame after Kenny G. broke on to the music scene. But it came back for this Lady Ga Ga song. I (surprisingly) did not mind this. Of course I did have my head buried in a game of Bejeweled, so I wasn’t watching the screen. The Sax makes its appearance at 2:50. It made me look up at the screen. Then I dry heaved, and went back to my game.
Question: What group hit #1 in 1988 with a medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”?
Last Question: On the set of what Cars video did Ric Ocasek meet his future wife Paulina Porizkova?
While Ric Ocasek was the main lead singer for the Cars, bass player Ben Orr sang the lead on this song. Sadly, Orr died of Pancreatic cancer in 2000.
The video stars Czheckloslovakian model Paulina Porizkova. In 1984, at the age of 18, Paulina appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared on the cover again the following year, making her the second woman (after Christie Brinkley) to be featured on the swim-suit issue’s front cover consecutive times.
Paulina and the 35 year old Ric Ocasek met during the 1984 filming of the “Drive” video (which was directed by Timothy Hutton). Ocasek was married to his second wife when he met the 19 year old Paulina.
Ric and Paulina got married on August 23, 1989. And it must be true love since they are still married, almost 22 years later.
Gordon Shumway, better known as ALF, is a friendly alien from the now destroyed planet of Melmac. ALF crashed his spaceship into the Tanner’s garage and became a member of their family. Like most Melmacians, ALF is roughly 3 feet tall, has rust-colored fur, a large nose and ears, four fingers, eight stomachs, green-colored blood a body temperature of 425 degrees and his heart is located in his head. He is clumsy and has caused hundreds of troubles in the Tanners’ home. His home planet, Melmac, exploded due to nuclear war. He once had a girlfriend named Rhonda back on Melmac. He has a huge family: a dad Bob, a mom Flo, a brother Curtis, a sister Augie, cousins “pretty boy ” Shumway Blinky, Bud and Frita, uncles Tinkle and Goomer, aunts Bubba, Eugene, Wange, Wlima and Becky, a grandma and grandpa and many others.
The Iran-Contra Affair was a scandal that came to light in November 1986. During the Reagan administration, senior officials secretly sold arms to Iran. Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.
The scandal began as an operation to free American hostages being held by Hezbollah, the terrorist group with Iranian ties. It was planned that Israel would ship weapons to Iran, and then the U.S. would resupply Israel and receive the Israeli payment. The Iranian recipients promised to do everything in their power to achieve the release of the six U.S. hostages. The plan deteriorated into an arms-for-hostages scheme, in which members of the executive branch sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of the American hostages. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North modified the plan so that a portion of the proceeds from the weapon sales was diverted to fund the Contras in Nicaragua, who were anti-Sandinista and anti-communist rebels.
While President Ronald Reagan was a supporter of the Contra cause, no conclusive evidence has been found showing that he authorized the diversion of the money raised by the Iranian arms sales to the Contras. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Oliver North, however, indicated that President Reagan did know of and approved of a lot that was going on.
After the weapon sales were revealed in November 1986, Reagan appeared on national television and stated that the weapons transfers had indeed occurred, but that the United States did not trade arms for hostages.
To this day, it is unclear exactly what Reagan knew and when, and whether the arms sales were motivated by his desire to save the U.S. hostages.
On March 4, 1987, Reagan returned to the airwaves in a nationally televised address, taking full responsibility for any actions that he was unaware of, and admitting that “what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages.”
Several investigations ensued, including those by the United States Congress and the three-man, Reagan-appointed Tower Commission. Neither found any evidence that President Reagan himself knew of the extent of the multiple programs.
In the end, fourteen administration officials were indicted, including then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Eleven convictions resulted, some of which were vacated on appeal. The rest of those indicted or convicted were all pardoned in the final days of the George H. W. Bush presidency; Bush had been vice-president at the time of the affair. Some of those involved in the Iran–Contra scandal who were convicted of felonies and subsequently pardoned later became members of the administration of George W. Bush.
The scandal caused President Reagan’s popularity to drop. According to New York Times/CBS News poll in November 1986, Reagan’s popularity dropped from 67% to 46%. However, he survived the scandal, and by January 1989 a Gallup poll was “recording a 64% approval rating,” the highest ever recorded for a departing President at that time.
Question: Sure, we know ALF stand’s for Alien Life Form, but what was ALF’s real name?
Last Question: In 1984, what beer company began featuring a dog named “Alex” in TV commercials?
Before Spuds MacKenzie, there was Alex the Dog. Alex was a very smart dog, who apparently was also an alcoholic. Here is proof, from one of his most famous commercials:
The dog who portrayed Alex was Banjo, who was part Golden Retriever and Irish Setter (of course there had to be some Irish Setter in him – freakin’ stupid stereotypes!).
At the peak of his career, Alex appeared in parades, on Good Morning America, and the Today show. He even inspired a series toys, posters, cologne, shampoo and hand lotion. Hip-hop artist Tone Loc referenced Alex the Dog in his song “Funky Cold Medina”.
In 1999, Stroh sold its labels to the Pabst Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company.