Question: After a three-year hiatus, The Family Feud was brought back in syndication with what man replacing Richard Dawson as host?
Last Question: What was the password/computer’s name in WarGames?
“Shall we play a game?”
The 1983 movie, WarGames, starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. As a precursor to Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick played smart-ass slacker, David Lightman. After failing a class, he used his computer to hack into the school’s computer system, and changed his grade. He then did the same for his friend and classmate Jennifer Mack (Ally Sheedy).
While he was on a roll hacking into systems, he became interested in a computer that didn’t identify itself. He found a list of games, but was not able to play them. Two of his hacker friends explained the concept of a backdoor password and suggested tracking down the “Falken” referenced in Falken’s Maze, the first game listed. Lightman discovers that Stephen Falken is an early artificial intelligence researcher, and guessed correctly that his dead son’s name “Joshua” is the backdoor password he was seeking.
Then he had access to the games. Why choose chess or checkers, when there is a game available called
Global Thermonuclear War? His decisions did not get much better. He decided to play as the Soviet Union. Little did he know that he had hacked into an actual government computer, and started a nuclear crises.
David was arrested by the government, but managed to escape. So he and Jennifer track down Falken to help them stop the computer from starting a nuclear war.
They were finally able to stop the computer from launching the actual missles by convincing it to play tic-tac-toe against itself. It had a string of tie games, which caused “Joshua” to learn the concept of futility.
Just before “Joshua” launched the missles, it cycled through all the nuclear war scenarios it has devised, finding they also all result in stalemates. It found that nuclear warfare is “a strange game”; having discovered the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (“WINNER: NONE”), therefore “the only winning move is not to play.” Joshua then offered to play “a nice game of chess” instead, which is what David should have played in the first place!
Question: What was the password/computer’s name in WarGames?
Last Question: On Charles in Charge, what character did Willie Aames play?
Answer: Buddy Lembeck
Willie Aames played Tommy Bradford in Eight is Enough from 1977 to 1981. Then he began acting in movies, such as Zapped!. He made his return to television in Charles in Charge by playing the goof Buddy Lembeck. Buddy was the best friend of Charles (played by Zapped! costar Scott Baio). The show was first aired on CBS from October 3, 1984 to April 3, 1985.
It was cancelled due to poor ratings. Then it was brought back, and had a more successful first-run syndication run from January 3, 1987 to November 10, 1990.
Aames struggled with drugs and alcohol for over twenty years. Then he became a born-again Christian and an ordained minister. From 1995 to 2004, he starred in a video series and annual touring performances as the Christian superhero Bibleman. The live show has been described as falling between “a high budget Sunday school pageant, a Batman movie, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
It may be hard to believe, but one of our beloved 80s icons turns 50 today! He had an incredible run as Alex P. Keaton, on one of the best sticoms of the 80’s – Family Ties.
Not only was he one of the most popular characters on television, but when Back to the Future came out, he became a movie star as well. Back to the Future was one of those big event movies that really grabbed me growing up. To me, it joined the ranks of Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T.
But unlike a lot of television actors (ahem, David Caruso), Michael J. Fox stuck with his television show, and just got better and better as an actor.
And Parkinson’s disease is not hurting his acting while he is on screen, to this day. He make an occasional guest spot on the hit show, The Good Wife, and he is incredible in it.
Today, Stuck in the 80’s paid a tribute to Michael J. Fox, and lists his top 20 roles. Here is the article:
Happy 50th birthday, Alex P. Keaton: Michael J. Fox’s top 20 film and TV roles
If you didn’t feel old when you woke up this morning, this will change things. Michael J. Fox turns 50 years old today. Whoa. That’s heavy. And though he still doesn’t look a day over 20, I think we’re all facing our own mortality after hearing this news.
Why? Because Fox has always been “the kid.” A smart-ass with great hair and a body that looks like it never outgrew Garanimals.
Today, to celebrate this mileston, we’ve compiled the list of the Top 20 roles of Michael J. Fox in film and televsion. Why both? Because Fox has balanced between two two mediums better than any actor of the ’80s.
So pop open a Canadian brew and enjoy our MJF tribute.
TOP 5 TV AND FILM ROLES OF MICHAEL J. FOX:
20. JASON STONE (Mars Attacks, 1996): “When the Martians land, will the press have access? Can we do interviews?”
19. FRANK BANNISTER (The Frighteners, 1996): “I gotta have an out-of-body-experience, and I gotta have it RIGHT NOW!”
18. DANIEL (Greedy, 1994): “You keep your breasts off his eyebrows.”
17. WILLIE-JOE HALL (Palmerstown USA, 1980-81)
16. JAY-JAY MANNERS (High School USA, 1983): “Excuse me, I’m late for… anything.”
15. JAMIE CONWAY (Bright Lights Big City, 1988): “There’s a certain shabby nobility in failing all by myself.”
14. ERIKSSON (Casualties of War, 1989): “Can you imagine that? You escape Viet Nam and you die from an airline fatality.”
13. MICHAEL CHAPMAN (Life with Mikey, 1993): “What character, all you gotta do is swallow.”
12. DR. KEVIN CASEY (Scrubs, 2004): “Damn roof toilet’s got my number.”
11. DANIEL POST (Boston Legal, 2006)
10. DWIGHT (Rescue Me, 2009)
9. SCOTT HOWARD (Teen Wolf, 1985): “Give me a keg of beer… and these.”
8. JOE RASNICK (Light of Day, 1987)
7. BRANTLEY FOSTER/CARLTON WHITFIELD (Secret of My Success, 1987): “Look, I like you, I really like you, but I gotta tell you, I have become seriously and emotionally involved with someone who isn’t my aunt.”
6. DOUG IRELAND (For Love or Money, 1993): Nothing’s impossible Albert. Impossible just takes a couple extra phone calls.”
5. LEWIS ROTHSCHILD (The American President, 1995): “I’m a citizen, this is my President. And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it’s our responsibility!”
4. DR. BENJAMIN STONE (Doc Hollywood, 1991): “Beverly Hills. The most beautiful women in the world. Plastic surgery. What do these three things have in common? Me, in less than a week.”
3. MIKE FLAHERTY (Spin City, 1996-2001): “There are 10 commandments. I’d like your dates to check out on at least 7 of them.”
2. ALEX P. KEATON (Family Ties, 1982-89): “Of all the Basic Applied Economic Principles of Capitalism in the Post-Industrial Era Seminars in the world, you had to walk into mine.”
1. MARTY McFLY (Back to the Future, 1985): “If there’s no music, they can’t dance. If they can’t dance, they can’t kiss. If they can’t kiss they can’t fall in love, and I’m history.”