Monday Memory-gasm – The 1984 TV Guide

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

Welcome to the first installment of a new feature, the Monday Memory-gasm.


On no morning of the week is a burst of brain-warming nostalgia needed more than Mondays, and we’ll have you covered.

The first Memorygasm™ comes from our new contributor 2W2N, who runs 2 Warps to Neptune. 2W2N came of age in the same era as us, in a “continual fog of cigarette smoke and fantasy”.

Raised in a time of “arcades, roller skating parties, Big Wheels, sandboxes, rope swings, fan clubs, an actual middle class, and telephones that could be used as murder weapons”, 2W2N’s site is a catalog of those times and those things, and we’re honored to be able to share some of them here.

And now, your Monday Memorygasm:

A 1984 TV Guide ad for the movie Calendar Girl Murders. The movie premiered on April 8, and starred Tom Skerritt and The Greatest American Hero’s Robert Culp. Alan Thicke is in this movie as well. Miss (we can only assume by the layout) October in the bottom right? That’s Sharon Stone.

Apparently that layout is deceiving. According to the Wiki page, it turns out Sharon Stone (you know- the actress who would become synonymous with sex 8 years later) played a photographer, not a calendar girl, which is kind of  like casting John Lithgow to play a ditzy neighbor.

Check out 2W2N’s entire post, highlighting more TV Guide ads for TV movies, like 1983’s The Demon Murder Case starring Andy Griffith and “possessed killer” Kevin Bacon.

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