Fifty years ago this year, Herbie The Love Bug first appeared on the big screen, being awesome, winning a demolition derby and placing both first AND third in the same road race.  As a kid, I read my Herbie novelizations and comic books and caught the weekend showings on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ and even so, I can’t believe it’s been five decades.  Of course, it’s been more than five decades since ‘Star Trek,’ since ‘The Monkees’, since the debut of Hawk & Dove, since that one excellent Doors album, since The Twilight Zone, et al.  Heck, it’s been almost fifty years since I was born, which is pretty strange in itself, leading to today’s temporal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still doesn’t fully understand that Bugs Bunny has been around since 1940, either, since those cartoons were all being rerun into the 1990s, asking: What favorite bits of pop culture can you not believe happened as many years ago as they did?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


    • That and the original Kingdom Hearts (which was about 15 years ago) are some of my choices. Last year when there were anniversary things for those trickling out, my younger brother and I were simply amazed to realize they were that old. Started to make the both of us feel a bit old, too.

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