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Cross-country road trips. Old Hollywood. American icons. Memories from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s make us feel all warm and fuzzy. Take a walk down memory lane (or a drive on a long highway), reminiscing about the American diner, vintage cars, and everything in between.

Saving the Doggie Diner Heads

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From the late ’40s to the mid-80s, locals and tourists to San Francisco and Oakland, California, enjoyed local fare from a classic diner. The first Doggie Diner opened in Oakland (on San Pablo Ave) during WWII. Founder Al Ross grew the small chain to 30 diners, the bulk of them in San Francisco. In the

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Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar

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Every year Turner Classic Movies features 31 days of Academy Award Winning or Nominated films, leading up to current year’s Oscars, which air live on March 2nd. It’s a great chance to catch those old movies you loved, or vied to someday see. 2014’s 31 Days of Oscar kicks off tomorrow (Feb. 1st, at 6

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Santa Claus Land

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In the early ’40s, retired industrialist Louis J. Koch conceived a retirement community in Indiana. During his travels, he visited Santa Claus, Indiana, only to be heartbroken for countless children. Families would travel to the town and children would be horribly disappointed to find that Santa Claus wasn’t even there. So, Koch opted instead to

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40 Years & Still Terrifying

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Most film buffs will tell you, if asked, that The Exorcist first hit screens in 1974, scaring the wits out of Americans nationwide. Not true, though. The film was actually released—in a bit of risky marketing at the time—on December 26, 1973. The day after Christmas.for a movie about demonic possession. Still, the film didn’t

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Shakin’ Things Up With Your Favorite Retro Characters

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One of the most popular souvenirs picked up during travels in the ’50s and ’60s was the novelty salt and pepper shaker set. Whether custom designed for a particular destination or just adorable, such sets were small and functional. They could also serve as home decor, and it was not uncommon for people to display

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No Better Time

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Early January. Huge chunks of the country getting hammered with the white stuff, or otherwise shoveling out from under it. Even down here, in sunny Florida, we’ve had a chilly couple of nights, and I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but we’re not out of it yet. On top of that, the

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