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Carspotters’ Challenge #153: UNO Criss Library, April 1979

Since this week's theme is about Our First Cars, this picture came to mind. It's the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

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The reason? Many of us used our first cars to go to high-school and/or college. The time period we've attended these places may or may not be the same, but those of us that were blessed with not only a decent education but also a set wheels to get there can find reasons to relate to it.




References: and University Archives, University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library.


Our First Cars Week - 1979 Toyota Corolla (E71)

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My first two cars were both Toyota Corollas.  I started with a 1979, and after a few years replaced it with a 1978 model.  Both were interesting in their own right.

Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money. So when the opportunity came to buy my great uncle's 1979 Corolla with a family discount, my parents jumped at it.  My parents drove the car for a couple of years leading up to my being old enough to drive.  I grew up in South Dakota, where you can get your permit at the age of 14, so my driving years came earlier than it does for most.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #152: Is That Molly Ringwald?

Tumblr_m5xylmBaeo1rs0g9jo1_1280 I’ll admit that while I’m a pretty big fan of the ‘80s, I’ve seen very few of the Brat Pack (Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, etc.) movies. So I drew a blank when I found this pic on Tumblr. I just thought it’d make a great Carspotters’ Challenge, so I saved it. Given that this week had a bit of an ‘80s-flare to it -what with discussing what the archetypal ‘80s car is, to a new series taking place in Germany, circa 1983- I’m glad I did and it’d be a shame not to use it now. Besides, I want to know where it’s from. So please, fellow readers, would you’d be so kind to tell this pupil of the 1980s what movie is this from? You could just tell me the cars instead if you wish.




References: Tumblr

The Cars of Deutschland 83 deutschland83-staffel1-trailer_deAny series that uses Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling for the opening can’t be bad at all!


Taking place during the 1980s chapter of the Cold War, Deutschland 83 (‘Deutschland’ is German for ‘Germany’, ‘83’ for 1983) is about a young East Germany soldier that went from confiscating illegal literature to becoming a spy in the offices of high-ranking West German military personnel so he can gather information on what was going on with the nuclear weaponry. Naturally, anything involving nuclear warfare quickly gets complicated, on both sides of the Berlin Wall, on a military level as well as on a personal level.

The series was wonderfully crafted. There was no glaring stand outs of anything that didn’t belong there, everything from the wardrobe, to the furnishings, to the music (oh, that sweet, sweet music!) was spot-on. There are well-funded movies that mess this up (*coughs* Dallas Buyers Club *coughs*). But let’s be realistic here, there will be anachronisms. As the series gets airtime in Germany (it aired first in the U.S. market), they’ll begin to pop and be pointed out. A greater learning experience, in my eyes.

Yes, there will be the inevitable comparison to The Americans, but this series has another thing going for it: It’s German. This must certainly help the period portrayal of both sides of The Berlin Wall as well as a fresh perspective to the Cold War that isn’t North American, not to mention a fresh portrayal of life in Germany in the 1980s; things that I was curious about when the series was first announced on Sundance TV. Oh, and it’s in German, the first series to be aired that way on North-American television. Get used to reading subtitles.

While I found that the ending had a bitter-sweet (more on the bitter side, IMO) open-ish ending, I still want more of it. Let’s hope that the rumors of two more seasons (said to be called Deutschland 86 and Deutschland 89) become real.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #150: Los Angeles, circa 1979

Just another day in Los Angeles... Los Angeles (ca. 1979) tumblr_mig1j5ffL81s1f10do1_1280If one looks closely, the print from the other side of the page can be made out, so I’m convinced that this was staged. I could be wrong. The website that I got it from doesn’t say which magazine it comes from, only that it’s ‘Los Angeles, circa 1979’. Regardless, I’d totally give a listen to KMET 94.7 rock radio station, which was from Los Angeles.




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2015 Studebaker Drivers Club Meet, Talmadge, Ohio - Part 4

Studebakers!One of the more surprising things at the Studebaker meet last Saturday was the microcar delegation.

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2015 Studebaker Drivers Club Meet, Talmadge, Ohio - Part 1

The Ohio Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club gets together in Talmadge in late August every year for what is touted, quite accurately, as the largest one-day Studebaker meet on the planet.

Studebakers! Bunches of 'em!I attended the 2015 edition last Saturday, and there was a lot to see. Too much to fit in just one post, so we'll have to spread it out over the whole week. Here's the first installment.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #149: Jackson Street, Roseburg, Oregon

We’re still in Roseburg, Oregon!

RoseburgOR1960s_1500As you can probably tell, there’s still plenty to see. Care to share?




References: Pinterest

The Cars of Jem and The Holograms

Jem logo wikipediaIf you’re into ‘80s pop culture, you will like this show. If you’re into ’80s kitsch, you will like this show. If you’re into ’80s music, you will like this show. If you’re into the music and/or fashion industry, you will like this show. If you’re into strong female characters, you will like this show. If you’re looking for a cartoon – retro or otherwise- that’s not full-blown action, fantasy, and/or overly-kid-oriented, you will like this show. If you’re into cartoons that are rife with detail, not only in animation but also in writing, you will definitely like this show.

I really like this show. I’ve been curious about it for years, so when I found it on what was formerly known as The Hub Network (now called Discovery Family), I watched all of it alongside G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! cartoon (talk about contrast!). What I saw did not disappoint. What started out in its essence as a toy-line turned into something more. I just wish it could’ve lasted just a little longer to fill in all the loose ends. And that the series would come out remastered on Blu-Ray to really make the sound and color pop. With multiple language/subtitle options.

I’ve pondered on making this list long before my successful Cars of That ‘70s Show post, because I doubted there were enough non-generic vehicles to make a list of them. I was surprised that actually had a list for the series! So I thought, why not?

Showtime, Synergy…

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Carspotters’ Challenge #144: Golden Gate Commute, Then and Now

How long would it take to lose the novelty of driving through the Golden Gate Bridge every day?



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Pictured above: This is a forlorn Chevy Vega photographed by reader Gary Sinar. (Share yours)

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