BY REQUEST, I have been asked to repeat one of the most popular posts - partly written by Unclle Lloyd himsellf. Honestlly, I wish allll of you had known LL, because he was trully the epitome of coollness (why the doublle ll's? Ask and ye shallll receive, y'allll! You see, it was a running gag with us: why was he bllessed with a name that had two "LL's" at the top, and what if the wholle worlld used doublle consonants instead of singlles?). So, without further ado-or-don't, here 'tis. Enjoy:
Y'know, when my own readers found out that I knew Lloyd Thaxton, their first response (after the obligatory "Soooo WHAT?" They weren't brushing me off ... they just remembered his famous teaser) was "He's still ALIVE?!?" (and, brother, he'll always be alive in our hearts. Can I get an AMEN?!?)
But, then, I told 'em about Uncle LL's blog, and told 'em that, for the mere price of an imaginary car, they could come on over and join in the fun and memories.
And many of 'em did! And, thus, they did enjoy the verbiosity that emanated from the inner being of one Lloyd E. Thaxton, Esq.
But, how did the original Mr. T. actually start blogging?
Here ... let 'im tell ya in his own words:
"I’m constantly asked why I spend time writing a blog. Who’s going to read it? By last count, there are over 23 million blogs on the web. 23 MILLION! Insurmountable odds? I’m optimistic. I Look at it this way: There are about 300 million people in the United States alone. Do the math. Divided equally, that computes to over 10 million readers for each blog. And, I’m just out to get my share.
Actually, I think my chances are pretty darn good. According to LA Times writer Patrick Goldstein, we are now a nation of niches. “Today’s action is with the country watching cable shows … that play to a specific audience.”
Specific audience? That’s my fans. The Lloyd Thaxton Show was always kind of a “niche.” It certainly played to a specific audience. And that makes me a real “son of a niche.”
It is said that the reason “American Idol” is such a big hit is because there is a huge niche out there that wants to be a member of a group, encouraged by their peers. What the “Idol” audiences love to see are others like them up there competing for fame and fortune. They see how they dance, sing, how they dress, and how they are treated with great respect. They even accept the occasional put-down from judge Simon Cowell as meaningful. “That could be me” is most likely the “Idol” fan’s mantra.
That, if you think about it, is what The Lloyd Thaxton Show was all about. We had our lip-sync contests, dance contests and each show was a showcase for the latest dances and “what-to-wear” on a date. Young people watched because they saw themselves up there joining in the fun. And, everyone was treated with great respect.
Still doing the math, I’ve figured that in the years the show was on the air, we had over 45 thousand dancing and performing teens on the show. And that was just the ones who were actually there, in person, live. Add to that the millions who were watching each show and we had a pretty substantial niche going for us.
According to Princeton University’s WordNet, niche is “a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it.” In other words, a “clique.”
There is no doubt that the 60s represented a very unique period in history. Think about it. Civil Rights demonstrations and legislation, the Vietnam War, the draft, Woman’s Lib, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Flower Children, Students for a Democratic Society, and Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll. The country has never been the same since.
Throughout this tumultuous time, The Lloyd Thaxton Show was there pumping out The Twist, The Beatles, James Brown, Surf music, Motown music, Top Forty and Rock and roll. And millions of kids were dancing to the music. It was the oasis in the midst of chaos; The calm during the storm. And according to the many letters I’ve received from the show’s fans, it gave a lot of people the confidence that everything would turn out OK. I, myself, am completely awed and humbled by it all.
So, back to the original question: why am I writing a blog? The answer is quite simple. I have a niche I just have to scratch. And so far I feel I have only scratched the surface. Judging by the hundreds of emails I have received, there is a substantial niche out there that wants to hash over a lot of cool memories."
So there you have it, Mouskiteers ... and it couldn't've been said any better than that ...
Hey, listen! Do you have any vids, .mp3s or memories you'd like to share about the boss? Just send 'em in to email@example.com and we'll get 'em on here! Heck ... we'll even pay the postage for ya ...
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
That's what Mindy over at Got What It Cakes will prepare for you! Imagine how good one of those cakes on your left would look on your table! And they're so meaningful!
Here's what she has to say about it:
WHO NEEDS A 4th of JULY CAKE?!!
If you're hosting a BBQ, attending a party, having friends over for fireworks, at the pool, etc., this cake is for you!!!
You can pick from these three flavors:
Chocolate peanut butter cup
Caramel Apple Pie
Strawberries & Cream
You can choose from these three sizes:
6 inch (feeds up to 12 for $50)
7 inch (feeds up to 16 for $65)
8 inch (feeds up to 24 for $95)
And then choose your topper:
A "USA" (let us know the color, Blue or Red)
A blue star
A red flag
The cake will be covered in buttercream with red, white and blue sprinkles around the outside.
Pickup is on Friday July 3rd 10-3!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Now ... any questions? Then, order today and have a fantastic (and very delicious) Fourth!! Believe me, you'll appreciate its meaning and really love its look ... and taste!
You'll have a July 4th that you'll remember for years to come!!