The new “Power Rangers” adaptation may seem like a reboot, but Power Rangers as a franchise has been alive and well since the original TV show kicked off in 1993. “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” debuted in August 1993 on Fox Kids, the programming block for children that aired on Fox from 1990 to 2002. An immediate hit, kids all across the country rushed home from school, grabbed a bag of 3D Doritos and Gushers, and turned on the TV to watch “Mighty Morhpin’ Power Rangers” six days a week.
58 years ago today, Barbara Millicent Roberts made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Also known as Barbie, she stood 11 inches tall, sported blond hair and wore a black and white swimsuit, complete with accessories like sunglasses, high-heeled shoes, and hoop earrings.
Ruth Handler, cofounder of Mattel, created Barbie after seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls and play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women. Handler named her new doll after her daughter, and it became the first doll in the US with an adult body.
Barbie debuted at an opportune time – the 1950s saw the post-war boom and the rise of the suburban middle class. Children were becoming a new group of citizens called “teenagers,” and television was taking off as an advertising medium. In 1955, Mattel became the first company to air commercial sports to children with its sponsorship of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Mattel used its sponsorship to introduce Barbie to America.
The minute a co-op enters clypd’s (pronounced ‘clipped’) trendy Davis Square office space, it is clear they are not in for a typical experience. Clypd, a television advertising company, is officially in the business of innovating television advertising techniques to bring them up to the technological advancement present in digital and web-based ads. But their mission, especially when it comes to co-ops, goes so much further than that.
Andrei MacKenzie is a principle software engineer at clypd and has been the co-op coordinator since 2015. He does not hesitate to emphasize the joy and progress co-ops consistently bring to the company. “We see co-ops as peers in terms of the engineering drive to get [ahead technologically].”
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This Sunday night, Hollywood stars will make their yearly journey to the Dolby Theatre for the 89th Academy Awards, while audiences eagerly await the announcements of the film industry’s most coveted awards.
These days, we take it for granted that the Oscars will be televised, but that wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t until 1953 that NBC aired the 25th Academy Awards live on television, although it had been covered on live radio since 1930.
Super Bowl LI cemented one thing for sure: Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Of course, we’re a little biased here at clypd, with most of the team in Somerville (although we do have quite a strong and vocal New York contingent).
On Sunday, Brady and the Patriots managed to come back from the biggest point deficit in Super Bowl history to clinch their 5th title. For Brady’s performance, he received the MVP award in a very awkward award ceremony with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
As one of the star athletes of match, Brady also made a couple of appearances while not on the field during the Super Bowl, during its commercial breaks.
Last Friday, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference shortly after to announce that Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience “both in person and around the globe,” kicking off a colorful discussion on crowd size and digital viewership.
In terms of television viewership, Trump’s inauguration didn’t even come close to the most-viewed. The event was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.
On Tuesday, George Foreman, professional boxer, ordained minister, and entrepreneur, turned 68 years old. Born in 1949 in Texas, Foreman had a troubled childhood until he found his calling – boxing. By 1968, he joined the US Olympic boxing team and captured the gold medal at the 1968 US Olympics in Mexico City.
Shortly after, Foreman went pro and took the heavyweight title from “Smoking” Joe Frazier in 1973. Foreman’s reign ended when he lost to Muhammad Ali in the legendary match “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. Twenty years later at the age of 45, Foreman shocked audiences by recapturing part of his title from 27-year-old Michael Moorer. Foreman retired for good in 1997 at the age of 48 with a final record of 76 wins, 5 losses, and 68 knockouts.
This past week, we experienced the loss of a legendary individual who made an indelible impact on pop culture. Actress, writer, producer, and comedian Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday from complications from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60.
Carrie Fisher is most remembered for her defining role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She played a strong female warrior that could hold her own against Stormtroopers, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, and anyone else who came in her path. In 2015, she reprised her role as Princess Leia, who grew up and ascended to General Organa in “Star Wars: A Force Awakens.”
On Tuesday, TV personality Alan Thicke passed away at the age of 69. He passed away from a heart attack while playing ice hockey with son Carter. Thicke was best known for his role as in the classic 80s sitcom, Growing Pains, but his talents were widespread, from hosting talk shows, songwriting, pageant-hosting, and being father to a massive pop star, Robin Thicke.
Despite playing the all-American father on Growing Pains, Thicke was actually a Canadian and his career began up north. Thicke hosted a number of Canadian TV game shows and then later hosted his own talk show in the early 1980s called The Alan Thicke Show. However, he didn’t rise to international stardom until he starred in Growing Pains, which debuted on ABC in 1985 and ran until 1992.