Category Archives: Television

Quote of the Day: Tic Tac Dough

You get an X or an O on the board by correctly answering the question in the category in the box you select. Three Xs or three Os in row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins the game. An X or an O in an outside box adds $100/$200 to the pot, and since the center box is vital to the playing this game, the questions from there are a little tougher, but we put $200/$300 in the pot for those. Whoever wins the game takes all the money in the pot, and goes on to play the Tic Tac Dough bonus game.

Happy 84th birthday to Wink Martindale!!!

Little Billy: Help make this cartoon, set in the ’80s, a reality

I don’t know about you, but I love seeing ’80s pop culture thriving these days. ’80s songs are being used in more and more TV advertisements. There are great shows set in the ’80s, such as The Goldbergs, Stranger Things, Red Oaks and G.L.O.W. Now we have the opportunity to see the ’80s in animated form! But, we need your help.

Little Billy is the brainchild of The SimpsonsĀ® Emmy-Award Winning animator and Tourette Syndrome conqueror, Chance Raspberry. This series could be groundbreaking in so many ways. Chance is creating the first animated series to encompass the entire spectrum of neurodiversity. It is also the first and only series created by somebody with Tourette Syndrome. And instead of just giving Billy Tourettes, Chance created a fictitious condition called UHS-Ultra Hyper Sensitivity. In addition to having symptoms of Tourettes, UHS has the symptoms of other neurodiversities such as OCD, ADHD, and Autism. Billy is a symbol that represents the entire special needs community. As you can see, if you, or any of your children have any of those conditions, there is finally a series and a character that you can relate to. And being set in the ’80s is a huge bonus!

Why the ’80s connection? Chance grew up in the ’80s. As a child dealing with Tourettes he turned to animation. Whether it be tracing, drawing or watching animated shows, he found an outlet to cope with his condition. When he was watching cartoons, he was drawing. When he was drawing, he was no longer ticcing. Harnessing his talents, he has had a decade long career on The Simpsons, and became a lead animator on the show.

In addition to the Little Billy animated show, there is a Little Billy product line! There are prints for Count Cheekula Cereal by General Bills, as well as t-shirts. There are also posters and stickers.


Does this style look familiar?

In order to get everything up and running, Chance has created an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000. Not only will this help with the production and distribution of the Little Billy series, but a part of the money will go to the Tourette Association of America.

Here is a video of Chance explaining everything to you:

If you are able to contribute to this great cause, please go to Every little bit helps. And if you are unable to help financially, you can help by spreading the word, and post all over any social media sites you may have. You may have friends, family, or followers who live with, deal with, or know someone who has Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, Autism, Down Syndrome, or any other neurodiversity. Let’s keep the ’80s alive, and raise money for a good cause all at the same time!

R.I.P. Benny’s (1924-2017)

Over the past couple of years, we have lost several ’80s icons. But, this one hits a lot more closer to home to me – literally. Benny’s, a Rhode Island institution, is closing its doors for good, by the end of the year, at all 31 of it’s locations. Today, the East Providence store is closing for the last time.

Benny’s sold everything from car parts, to electronics, to yardwork items, to sporting goods, and so much more. With 31 stores around the “Biggest Little State in the Union”, Benny’s was very convenient if you needed something in a pinch. If a garage told me that I needed new windshield wipers, and that they could install them for the price of a second mortgage, and the blood of your first born, I was happy to tell them to go take a hike. Then I would head over to Benny’s, buy my own windshield wipers for a decent price, and install them myself.

The family owned business is closing for a couple of reasons – the family’s desire to retire, and the direction that the retail business is headed.

My love of Benny’s began in the late ’70s/early ’80s. I would go there every year, just before baseball season, to go and pick out a new baseball glove. It brought me great joy, and for me, it was way better than buying clothes at the beginning of every school year.
There was also this memorable commercial from the ’80s:

To this day, whenever I go into a store and need help, and there is no one in sight, I say “Helllllooooo.” just like the guy in that commercial.

Also, in the ’80s, Rhode Island began an ad campaign called the “Biggest Little State in the Union”, which I referenced earlier. It had a very catchy song that sticks in your head. Recently, Benny’s brought that campaign back:

Benny’s you will be missed. Now, when you’re in Rhode Island, if you stop and ask for directions (I’m assuming your GPS is broken), we can say, go down this street, and take a left at the corner where Benny’s used to be.

If you’re from Southern New England, what are your memories of this store. If you are outside the area, do you have any iconic local stores that have closed?