Throwin’ it Back to Shoulder Pads! (#19)

That’s right you faithful Innerspaeth reader, you. Throwback Friday is BACK with a vengeance. Today I’m throwin’ it back to shoulder pads.

This idea came to me over the weekend when I was helping my mother clean out my grandmother, AKA Busia’s sweater collection. I was about to try on a sweater (that I actually liked) and, low and behold, sewn into the shoulder were shoulder pads! I couldn’t believe it. My mom laughed then told me that they’re back in style. Allow me to repeat that. My MOTHER told ME that shoulder pads were back in style.

“No. They most certainly are not back in style,” I said back to her.

Then I realized… wait, maybe Mom was right and I had better do a little research.

The beginning of the shoulder pad craze first started in the 1930s when fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli included them in her designs of 1931. Shoulder pads were shaped as a semicircle and then stuffed with stiff materials like wool, cotton or sawdust. They were the perfect extension of the shoulder line and fashion designers loved it! Interestingly, they became especially popular after World War II when designs became more militarised. Jackets and coats in particular, were influenced by masculine styles and shoulder pads became even bulkier and were positioned at the top of the shoulder to create a solid look.

Joan Collins was the queen of shoulder pads, in my humble opinion. Seen here during her years on the prime time soap opera Dynasty.


I Googled “shoulder pads” and found a surprising number of images from 2009!

Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and Katy Perry in shoulder pads
Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and Katy Perry in shoulder pads
Beyonce wears shoulder pads
Beyonce wears shoulder pads
Gwyneth Paltrow wears shoulder pads
Gwyneth Paltrow wears shoulder pads

I’m beginning to think Mom is right. So, there you have it. Clean out your closets this weekend ladies, it’s time to dig up your shoulder pads! Sport your favorite jacket or sweater to work on Monday and start the trend back up with the celebs. You’ll thank me later.

Throwin’ it Back to Pinky & The Brain! (#18)

Pinky: “Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world.”

Pinky and the Brain first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on the show Animaniacs. From 1995 to 1998, Pinky and the Brain were spun-off into their own Emmy-award-winning show on The WB Television Network, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain, with 65 episodes produced by Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation.

Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced “their genes have been spliced” white laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. In each episode, Brain devises a brilliant new plan for the two mice to take over the world, which ultimately always ends in failure. After some reading, I just realized that each Animaniacs short episode are in some way a parody of something else, usually a film or novel.

The Brain:

The Brain (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) looks and sounds like Orson Welles, although his physical appearance is based on storyboard artist, Tom Minton. He is highly intelligent and develops plans for global domination and he will use all sorts of methods from politics to inventions to achieve his mission. His tail is bent like a staircase — he often uses it to pick the lock of the cage — and his head is large and wide, supposedly housing his abnormally large brain.


Pinky (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is another genetically modified mouse who shares the same cage at Acme Labs, but is substantially less bright. He speaks with an exaggerated cockney accent. He frequently uses nonsensical interjections, such as “narf”, “zort”, “poit”, and “troz.”. Although Pinky is also an albino lab mouse like the Brain, he has a straighter tail, blue eyes, a severe overbite, and is taller than the Brain.

So there you have it! Per sister Jenn’s request, this week’s throw back is dedicated to the show we used to watch as kids. Pinky and the Brain was Chris’ favorite, mostly because he loved it when Pinky would just yell “Narf!!!” at random.

Throwin’ it Back to Tom Selleck (#17)


This week I’m throwin’ it back to Mr. Tom Selleck, AKA Thomas Magnum (hunk-a hunk-a burnin’ love).

My mother often spoke of Tom Selleck when I was little and I was always a little confused by this. Why was my mother rambling on and on about this guy Tom who looked a lot like my father? I think it was the mustache that threw me off. Regardless, my mother loved Magnum P.I. and who could blame her? Tom Selleck played the main character, Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV. Magnum was a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Vietnam veteran, where he served as a Sea-Air-Land Force commando. Magnum lived at the ‘guest house’ of a posh, 200-acre beachfront estate, known as Robin’s Nest, in Hawai?i. This of course, often left him shirtless and in a swimsuit on the beach in the show. I’m starting to see why my mother was so fond of Tom.

Besides playing Magnum, Selleck starred in a number of film roles during and after Magnum; among the most notable were as an acrophobic police detective in Runaway, as a stand-in father in Three Men and a Baby, and as an American cowboy in the Australian western Quigley Down Under, a role and film that he considers one of his best.

Most recently, Selleck joined the cast of the hit NBC drama Las Vegas in the season five premiere on September 28, 2007. He played A.J. Cooper, the new owner of the Montecito Casino. This is his first regular role on a drama show since he played Thomas Magnum on Magnum, P.I. Go Tom! I wonder if my mom watches Las Vegas?

So there you have it. Below are a few more shots of the heart throb in action. Enjoy (I know my mother will)!

Throwin’ it back to Mister Rogers Neighborhood! (#16)

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Those 5 magical words bring back warm and fuzzy memories of my favorite Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Isn’t it a beautiful time to throw it back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood!!!???

I always loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, mostly because Mister Rogers spoke directly to me during each and every episode. Characterized by its quiet simplicity, gentleness, and plotless form, Mister Rogers always kept me busy by taking me on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments, crafts, and music, and interacting with his friends. He spoke slowly so I could understand and he never got mad.

The show was created and hosted by Fred Rogers, the ACTUAL Mr. Rogers and was produced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by public broadcaster WQED and Rogers’ non-profit production company Family Communications, Inc. It aired on PBS and to this day still holds the title for the longest running series on PBS.

Beginning with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and ending with “Good Feeling” this show was just chock-full of snappy melodies.

Since great ideas were Mister Rogers’ specialty, I’ll just have to deem this Throw Back Friday as one of my best yet! So, this weekend take a note or two from Mister Rogers. Wake up on Saturday ready to say “I think I’ll make a snappy new day” and enjoy your weekend!

Throwin’ it Back to She-ra! (#15)

For the honor of Grayskull, I was totally She-ra growing up. Only a few others know my secret, so try to keep it close.

My brother was He-man and I had She-ra. It was perfect really since He-Man was actually Adora’s twin brother. We both had alter egos. I was Princess Adora and Chris was Prince Adam and it was really just as simple as that. Usually over the weekend we’d run around the yard on quests to save the world & protect Grayskull as we pretended to be our favorite superhero. My brother would hide behind the shrubbery and type into a rock like it was his computer. I actually caught him doing this once and though it was a brilliant idea. We both had swords and pretended that the porch as Grayskull. Every once in a while I would catch my brother yelling from the porch “BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL…!!!!” and then he’d suddenly start running around like and idiot. There was really no rhyme or reason to our madness, it was just in good fun.

So in case you don’t recall here’s the opening sequence to the TV show:

She Ra is known as the Princess of Power. As such, she has superhuman strength and is highly resistant to damage. She also possesses superhuman speed and agility, a healing touch, as well as the ability to speak with animals telepathically, which was easily my favorite part.

It’s fun to pretend every once in a while, in fact I encourage it. So if you have time this weekend, remember back to your favorite superhero and spend a minute in their shoes. Recall your great memories and smile. It’s OK to pretend you have superhuman strength, agility, and speed. Just don’t forget to protect your fortress from evil doers.

Throwin’ it Back to the Kool Aid Guy (#14)

Oh yeeeeeeaaaaahhhhh the Kool Aid Guy! The commercials were absolutely ridiculous yet terrifying. A giant talking pitcher of fruit punch would come smashing through the wall screaming “OH YEEEEAAAAAH” and the kids would drink out of him! They loved him!

When I was little I thought Kool Aid was heaven in a cup. It was pure sugary goodness in any flavor you like. The packets were available in a rainbow of colors, and I usually chose according to color. My mom absolutely hated Kool Aid. She didn’t make it very much, “There’s too much sugar in it and it will rot your teeth out,” was her usual reason. So when we got Kool Aid it was usually at a friend’s house, but Mom always knew. We’d come home with a “Kool Aid smile” which is that horrible pink line it always made right above your top lip. Mom would just shake her head and remind us how our teeth were going to rot away and fall out. Mom was always good at scaring us into believing her.

So in case you don’t recall here’s a quick video of the Kool Aid Guy on Family Guy. It’s random yet hilarious!

So in the event you’re at the grocery store tonight or this weekend, swing by the juice isle. Take a walk down Kool Aid memory late and wave at the Kool Aid Guy who’s on the packet of the sugary delight. Keep walking though, that stuff will rot your teeth out!

Throwin’ it back to Cher (#13)

Cher always wanted to Turn Back Time and this morning I thought, gee golly why don’t I let her. As a technicality I should probably throw it back to both Sonny & Cher since she really came into prominence as one half of the pop/rock duo. But what the hell. They only lasted two years anyway.

Cher, this Friday I’m throwing it back to you.

nice stick

Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, is an American pop singer-songwriter, actor, director and record producer. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s the sultan of fishnets and black lace, big black hair, and is imitated by drag queens across the world.

All of Cher’s workout videos were my favorite. When I was little, Cher’s Step workout was my mom’s afternoon delight. I remember watching my mom thinking how cool she was working out with Cher. My absolute favorite Cher workout was the 10 minute abs. Feel free to follow along!

So there you have it. Today I’m throwing it back to Cher. She started entertaining us in 1965 and really hasn’t stopped since then. She’s made several television appearances including her infamous run in with Jack McFarland on Will & Grace. And I will leave you with my most favorite clip from that episode. I love Jack (how appropriate).

Throwin’ it back to Schoolhouse Rock!

Schoolhouse Rock! Who knew? It was totally brill and growing up I really had no idea how clever they were. I mostly liked listening to the melody of each song as I sat in my pjs ready to watch all the Saturday morning cartoons with my brother and sister. Which was my favorite you ask?

Conjunction Junction! Of course!!!

It’s long LONG overdue to throw it back to Schoolhouse Rock. For a little historical overview, I turn to my most valuable source in news (next to the EIB [excellence in broadcast] network), Wiki, for a few fun facts on how these jingles started.

Schoolhouse Rock began as a commercial advertising venture by David McCall when he noticed one of his sons, who was having trouble in school remembering the multiplication tables, easily memorized the lyrics to many current rock songs. His idea began with “Three Is a Magic Number,” and the topics just flourished from there to include grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and politics. The series aired between 1972 and 1986, with new shows created between 1993 and 1996 until its cancellation by ABC in 2001.

As I think about the excellence of Schoolhouse Rock, I’m reminded how it’s so very parallel to this here Innerspaeth blog. Both are witty, smart, catchy and pretty darn fun! Now, ain’t that clever!?

Throwin’ it back to Ace of Base

How could I forget my most favorite song in 1993! Without further ado, let me announce this Friday’s throwback selection:

Ace of Base The Sign

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many awkward make-outs in one video. They’re just terrible and why is there always one very hurting candle right next to them? Totally cheese-a-licious at only a minute into the video. Just classic. Actually, the entire 3 minutes is PURE entertainment. Around 2:40 they just focus in on a couple HOLDING HANDS. Oh lord this is just sinful! Take a look for yourself!

My New York City Sister (Jenn – that’s 2 N’s) would never admit it, but she LOVED this song when we were little. We shared a room and would play our clock radio before bed just hoping and praying that we’d hear our new favorite song. After a week or two of not hearing it and just dying to dance to it, Mom took us to the music store where she bought us the cassette. We played the life outta that cassette. I can’t recall, but we probably choreographed a dance to it that we performed for family (my grandparents always enjoyed our routines).

So there you have it. Think back to your youth and try to recall one of your favorite songs. By now I’m sure the video or sound bite is on YouTube. Search it out and enjoy your trip down memory lane. I sure did!

Throwin’ it back to baths (and bathtubs)

I was in the shower this morning trying to think of an ultra clever and witty start to 2009’s first THROW BACK FRIDAY, and it hit me as the water pelted me in the face.

When I was little my parents always threw us kids in the bathtub to clean us up and I always felt like the water was scorching, as if my mom actually poured boiling water into the tub when we weren’t looking. I’d always have to sike myself up to get into the water by imagining I was biting, front teeth first, into a very frosty popsicle. Imagining this always gave me shivers and goose bumps (I have sensitive teeth!). Then when I began to get into the tub, inch by inch, the water started to feel more bearable as it washed away my goose bumps.

Now-a-days I NEVER take baths and I swear it’s because it was so traumatizing as a kid. I also hate the idea of soaking in my own filth in a bubbly tub that’s uncomfortable for starters, but is also a bit awkward when I’m at the cat’s eye level sitting in the tub… naked.

I have, however always loved bathtubs with feet. They actually make the idea of taking a bath sound way more appealing.

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There are also the posh modern tubs that also make baths sound ultra appealing:

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Finally there are the tubs with Jets!

Honestly, If I had a tub with Jets or a tub made of marble I’d no doubt use it. Both would also clear the cat’s eye height so I wouldn’t have to deal with their awkward stares.

So that’s it! If you haven’t taking a bath in ages, consider trying it out this weekend! Don’t forget to swing by the store on your way home to pick up some bubbles. That always makes the bath more enjoyable.