There are a few pop culture experiences that I feel like I have a partial ownership in, those that I’ve been with since the beginning. I’m a little bit bemused at the upcoming end of ‘Hellblazer,’ seeing as how I bought issue #1 off the stands back in 1988, and I vividly remember the spring of 1991, when the HBO Comedy Channel went dark and the on-screen message promised the impending launch of the brand-new “CTV: The Comedy Network!” These days, that network is still around (albeit known as Comedy Central) while most of the truly ground-breaking stuff that I used to love (Short Attention Span Theatre, MST3K and the late, much-lamented Higgins Boys & Gruber) is seemingly gone forever. Still, every once in a while I feel a twinge of nostalgia for the annual MST3K Turkey Day celebrations, or the Saturday Night Live Merry-Thon that marked the real beginning of my holiday season for several years. I fondly remember the Holiday break of 1992, spent in the company of Joel & The Bots, Penn and Teller and a lovely young lady who is now a fortyish soccer mom of three. Meeeeeemooorieeeeeeees!!!
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) may be old, but at least doesn’t remember a lot of it, asking: What lost holiday pop culture traditions do you miss the most?