Question: In the classic Cheers episode, “Thanksgiving Orphans”, at whose house does the gang spend Thanksgiving, which ends with a giant food fight?
Last Question: What “original party animal” was actually a female bull terrier named Honey Tree Evil Eye?
Answer: Spuds MacKenzie
Spuds MacKenzie was the face of Bud Light throughout the late 80s/early 90s. The dog first showed up in a Bud Light Super Bowl XXI ad in 1987. During the height of his popularity, large amounts of Spuds merchandise was available, such as plush toys and t-shirts. Shortly after Spuds’ rise to fame it was learned that the dog, who was portrayed as male in the commercials, was actually female. The dog’s real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye (October 7, 1983 – May 31, 1993). What a strange name for a male or female! She should have had her name legally changed to Spuds! She died of kidney failure in North Riverside, Illinois.
In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks.
After the Fire was a British band that was formed in the early 70s. After some lineup changes, they had a minor hit record in 1979 called Laser Love which spawned the song “One Rule for You”, which peaked at #40 in the U.K., but did not chart in the U.S. In 1982, they released the album Batteries Not Included, which received little attention in the U.K. Then they got in the spotlight when they released “Der Kommissar” in the U.S.
“Der Kommissar” was first recorded (and co-written) by Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”). After the Fire performed an English version of the song that was reworked by Laura Branigan. After the Fire’s version of “Der Kommissar” rocketed up the U.S. charts, peaking at #5 on April 30, 1983. Meanwhile, the song barely cracked the top 50 of the U.K. charts. While the hit song was at it’s peak, the band announced that they were splitting up. So, the band never had another hit.
In 2004, the band reunited, with some lineup changes. They are still recording and touring. They have an official web site. I don’t know if they will have another top 40 hit, but in the meantime, let’s listen to their one big hit:
Question: What “original party animal” was actually a female bull terrier named Honey Tree Evil Eye?
Last Question: What 1982 movie musical gave child star Aileen Quinn her 15 minutes of fame?
Here is a nice “Where Are They Now?” article from Mail Online, ouit of the U.K.:
She was the cheeky-faced, curly haired red head who won the hearts of millions of moviegoers across the world as the all-singing all-dancing little orphan Annie.
But almost 30 years on from the box office smash that shot her to fame at the tender age of 11, actress Aileen Quinn has retraced the dimple-faced orphan’s steps as she spoke about her iconic role.
Quinn, now 40, pulled herself out of the ‘where are they now?’ file to speak to ABC Primetime Nightline in a show for the network’s new series, ‘Famous and Underage’.
Quinn spoke to the show about her life since being catapulted to fame in 1982.
Now living in Los Angeles, she is trying to pick up her acting career again, she said she still yearns to land a role as big as Annie, but will be happy just to get back in the spotlight again.
She said: ‘I realise that the film was iconic and who knows if I’ll ever do another iconic film but I just want to keep working as an actress – it doesn’t matter if it’s iconic!
‘Just to be working gain as an actress and possibly doing TV would just be great. It’s not about how big the role is.
And she was also filmed returning to New Jersey’s Monmouth University which doubled as the mansion of Daddy Warbucks – played by Albert Finney – who ends up adopting Annie.
The musical, which was choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance? judge Arlene Phillips, was based on the comic books from the 1930s and told the story of Annie who lived in an orphanage run by the mean and alcoholic Miss Hannigan, played by Carol Burnett.
After escaping the orphanage, she spends the week with billionaire businessman Warbucks who then makes a public appeal to find her real parents.
Step forward Miss Hannigan’s jailbird brother Rooster, played by Tim Curry, who, along with blonde bombshell girlfriend Lily St Regis, falsely claims to be her parents so they can claim the $50,000 reward.
But all’s well that ends well when their plan is foiled and Annie is adopted by Warbucks.
Speaking to the Mail Online, Arlene Phillips said Aileen was a very talented girl.
She added: ‘Hard to believe she was a kid – formidable tap dancer and a brain that worked twice as fast as anyone else and a showbiz mum. Says it all.’
Annie won Oscars for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score because of its iconic songs including Tomorrow, Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.
In January last year it was annouced that Will Smith was planning a remake starring his daughter Willow in the lead role and was in talk with Jay-Z to provide the music.
I just puked in my mouth reading that last sentence. Leave the 80s alone, Will!! Or if your going to go trampling over more 80s stuff, why don’t you have you kids remake “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, or star in a remake of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”!
Now that I’m done with that tangent, here is Aileen Quinn as Annie singing “Tomorrow” in the movie:
Question: What 1982 movie musical gave child star Aileen Quinn her 15 minutes of fame?
Last Question: What actress played Angela’s man-hungry mama on Who’s the Boss?
Answer: Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond was a fixture on T.V. throughout the 80s. She starred as the ditzy Jessica Tate on Soap from 1977-1981. Then she starred as Angela Bower’s horn-dog mother, Mona Robinson on Who’s the Boss? from 1984-1992. More recently, she played Raymond’s mother-in-law, Lois Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond.
The 83 year old Helmond has been with her second husband, David Christian, since 1962.
Saga is a prog-rock band from Canada. They formed in 1977, and released their self-titled debut album in 1978. They were modestly successful. They released albums in 1979 and 1980, and had some songs that were hits in Canada.
In 1981, the band’s 4th album Worlds Apart was released. The lead single “Wind Him Up”, finally broke them into the Canadian Top 40, peaking at #22. The second single, “On the Loose”, proved to be a breakthrough in the U.S. It peaked at #26 on February 26, 1983. Saga tried to capitalize on that success by releasing their Canadian hit, “Wind Him Up” in the U.S. It weas not as succesful, only peaking at #64.
Although they did not score another hit in the U.S., they have maintained a loyal fan-base, and continue to record and tour. Here is their only U.S. top 40 hit, “On the Loose”: