Full-Throttle Thursday

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We love to talk about the vehicles here at the American Treasure Tour, and today's car is one of our favorites (counted among fifty or sixty of our other favorites, but who's counting?).  It's a 1949 Ford Sedan.  It is right on our tram route, between the Sears Motorbuggy and the Crosleys. Keep an eye out for it.  It's a true beauty.  And believe it or not, this car helped keep the Ford Company alive after World War II.  Every automobile factory in the country, big and small, was compelled to concentrate on military production during the war. And the transition back to peacetime civilian life was somewhat slow for many of them after the peace treaties were signed. In fact, most companies returned to pre-war designs of cars after the fighting ended, so cars in 1946, '47, and '48 tended to be the same as cars made in 1939.  They got stale real fast, and people with money wanted to spend it on new, not old.

Ford, as well as their competitors, began suffering financially, and one of the primary reasons Ford was able to pull out of their financial slump was because of their 1949 model Sedan. The car included numerous technological updates, including a completely integrated steel structure that was advertised as  "lifeguard body" and a modern drive shaft. For the comfort of the passengers, the entire engine was moved forward under the hood to allow for more room in the passenger compartment. The car was a hit and, to be honest, some of us think it still is. Heck, Big Bird can't keep his eyes off of it in the picture we've included.  Check it out!

Wacky Wednesday

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The team of writers behind the blog at the American Treasure Tour has dedicated hours and hours of research into the magic of the Tour, and we have decided that we need to dedicate today's blog to one of the newest characters to reside in our Toy Box.  A four-foot tall stuffed character advertising ... um ... Jolly Ranchers candy!  

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In 1949, Golden, Colorado wife and husband Dorothy and Bill Harmsen opened up the Jolly Rancher candy store, named after the Jolly Miller, a hotel in their former hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They originally sold candy provided by local suppliers, but became dissatisfied with their product and began making their own candy, ice cream and chocolate at “Ranch Maid Ice Cream” stores throughout the Denver region. The Harmsens realized that hard candies sold better than ice cream in the winter months, so they concentrated on that to great success.  The original flavors for Jolly Rancher were watermelon, grape, apple and Fire Stix, but new flavors have continuously been experimented with in the decades since then. In 1966, the Harmsens sold Jolly Rancher to Beatrice Food, who then sold them to Leaf Brands in 1983. In 1996, Leaf North America was acquired by the Hershey Company, who owns them to this day. So, if you want to see the four-foot tall Jolly Rancher plush character, it's time to come (back) to the American Treasure Tour.  But, if you want to buy yourself some hard candies, or maybe Hersey chocolates, you may want to check out Chocolate World in Hershey, PA after you come see us!

Tunes on Tuesday

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If you have ever been to a superstore, I'm sure you've noticed the music piped through the building. Maybe popular music of a decade ago or instrumental interpretations of your favorite tunes from the 1960s can be heard wherever you are. If you're lucky, it remains in the background.  But, if you notice it it may stick with you all day.  The American Treasure Tour is also always playing music, but ours is definitely NOT pumped in.  Our mechanical musical machines (nickelodeons, band organs, dance hall organs and music boxes) actually play instruments using complex and fascinating devices we won't even begin to try to explain here.  While some of the many songs you can hear here may be new to you, much of it is iconic.  Today, the blog is going to honor one of the songs currently echoing through my head:  "Alexander's Ragtime Band."

The famous songwriter Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1910, and it became his first major hit the next year. He never conclusively explained his inspiration for it, so there's only conjecture today, but it is believed that he wrote it in honor of a man named Alexander Joseph "King" Watzke, a musician from New Orleans, and one of the first white bandleaders to popularize the new African-American ragtime sound.  Watzke's career peaked between 1904 and 1911. There is an argument that Berlin may have borrowed from Scott Joplin in creating the song, but ultimately the credit went to Berlin and to Emma Carus, a famous vaudeville performer for whom "Alexander's Ragtime Band" became her signature song. That is not to say other singers didn't embrace the catchy tune, too.  In fact, dozens of artists have recorded their own renditions of it over the more than a century since it was first published, including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and, of course, the Bee Gees.  

Monday at the Museum

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Every week, the bloggers here at the American Treasure Tour call out another wonderful destination somewhere in the United States that is worth your time. Because that's just the kind of people we are. So today, we are going to travel south from Oaks, PA.  All the way to the First State:  Delaware.  To Dover.  The drive is a good hour from the Treasure Tour on a low-traffic day, but it's definitely worth it if you like music.  Because that's where the state-run Johnson Victrola Museum is. 

Eldridge Reeves Johnson was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1867, and stayed in the tri-state region all his life, working in industry in Philadelphia and opening his own business in Camden, New Jersey that he called the Victor Talking Machine Company. Devices that recorded sounds and voices were becoming huge right around the turn of the twentieth century. And Victor became one of the biggest producers of phonographs and records in the United States. The museum celebrates Johnson's contributions to the industry with many unique and beautiful machines.  His phonographs helped to destroy the nickelodeon industry, but we still love the museum established in his honor and recommend checking it out the next time you're in Dover!  https://history.delaware.gov/museums/jvm/jvm_main.shtml

Film on Friday

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The American Treasure Tour is a wonderful repository for such things as celebrity headshots and movie posters (as well as far too many other items of popular culture to get into today). Of course we have items honoring "The King," Elvis Presley.  A funny thing about Elvis.  When most people think of him, they think about his music and his unforgettable image.  The influence he had on what people listened to and how they dressed was so significant that it's actually kind of easy to forget that he also starred in somewhere around thirty-two movies. Elvis aspired to be considered an actor for most of his career, hoping to emulate the careers of Marlon Brando and James Dean. Unfortunately, it was not to be. His early successes with Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock showed that his soundtracks were more popular than the films themselves and, when he tried to make a film in which he didn't sing, they rarely did well critically or popularly.  

His seventeenth movie in nine years, Girl Happy, came out in 1965.  It revolves around a spring break journey Elvis and his friends take to Fort Lauderdale to follow some attractive young women on a journey from Chicago. That's about it. There's waterskiing and fun by the pool. Notably, Elvis wears long-sleeved shirts throughout much of the movie despite the beach scenes, and none of it actually takes place in Fort Lauderdale, except for a few establishing shots. The song "Puppet on a String" was the only moderate hit from the film, reaching the #14 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  Poor Elvis, wanting to be an artist, but that's not what his fans wanted.  His last fictional film was released in 1969.  We'll tell you about that some other time....  And yes, we do have a whole slew of posters and artwork dedicated to the King. 

Full Throttle Thursday


We love cars here at the American Treasure Tour.  But really, what's more American than getting in your car and zipping around town impressing strangers and friends with your savvy behind the wheel?  And that's why today we would like to honor one of the sleekest cars to ever be driven during the golden age of car design - the 1950's?  So many amazing cars were coming onto the market during that time, including cars we've already praised here, like the Ford Thunderbird and the Chevy Corvette, that it must have been an amazing time to become of age to drive. Of course, neither of those cars can hold a candle to the car we call out today:  our 1958 Studebaker Stationwagon. 

The Studebaker Company was founded in 1852, long before the beginning of the automotive era, producing stagecoaches and farm wagons. When the electric motor was introduced, they quickly got into the business.  That was 1902.  They got into gas engines in 1904, and were a major producer of automobiles for over sixty years.  The Scotsman station wagon was Studebaker's reaction to financial struggles within the company. Rather than compete head on with the Big Three (GM, Ford and Chrysler), Studebaker introduced this lower-priced vehicle with less chrome, rubberized floors instead of carpet, and painted cardboard interior panels instead of the traditional vinyl.  It was priced below the competition, the going rate being $1,776, and proved a very popular vehicle for people of many economic backgrounds, notably Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. If you want to check out this marvel of economy, come on to the Treasure Tour Thursdays through Sundays, or make an appointment for a fully-guided tour!

Wacky Wednesday

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Question: What do you get when you have a middle school art teacher, stuff you can get for cheap at a 5 & 10 store, and a whole lot of creativity? 
Answer: Miniatures and dioramas of all shapes and sizes filled with humor and delight.  (Hey!  That could be a slogan to describe our collection here at the Treasure Tour!)
For forty years, Bob Omrod taught his students how to use their imagination to create small landscapes, cityscapes, castlescapes, and anything else they could think of, often using things around the house.  The picture we've included here depicts a gypsy's home - a mobile wagon likely drawn by horses in the early days called a vardo.  Our vardos are a little too small to actually provide accommodation, but they certainly gave Mr. Omrod relief before being converted - before being modified into vardos, these small cylindrical containers once contained Metamucil.  Sorry, was that too much information?  Well, anyway.  Come to the American Treasure Tour to check out these unique creations - and consider making one yourself when you get home with your own empty Metamucil bottles.  But please don't provide us with details.

Tunes on Tuesday

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The American Treasure Tour is a place you need to experience if you have a love of music. When you come here you are surrounded by music. It fills the air with happy melodies and surrounds you with automatic music-playing machines, instruments, and record albums. Today, we focus in on one specific record on that wall. Judy Kay "Juice" Newton was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1952. A northerner by birth, she was raised in Virginia surrounded by music.  As a teenager, her mother gave her a guitar, which led her on her way into the music scene, dabbling in folk music. Then rock. Then country. She's had hits in all three since the early-1970's, although her biggest ones came in the early 1980's, notably on her third solo album, called Juice. 

Juice spawned three top-ten consecutive hits for Juice (a nickname she received from her extended family, she claims any name she might have given herself would have sounded much more exotic), including "Angel of the Morning," "Queen of Hearts," and "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)." "Angel of the Morning" was not only a huge hit for Juice, but it gave to her the distinction of being the first female country musician ever to have a video shown on MTV, which was on its first day ever to air. (She was also the third female solo artist to air on MTV, behind Pat Benatar and Carly Simon.). Juice sold over a million copies in the United States alone, making it her most successful album to date. Since then, she's devoted her skills almost exclusively to country music, as she remains active performing to this day.

Monday at the Museum

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We love Mondays, because we can use alliteration as the excuse to call out some of the museums in the country we love.  Understanding our hearts are always in Oaks first, we have plenty of space to appreciate other wonderful destinations. Recently, a group of visitors came to experience our unique space who traveled here from Brooklyn, New York. They were from the New York Transit Museum, a fascinating place that tells the story of public transportation in one of the most important, mobile cities in the world. The museum is massive - it takes up an entire city block - but you wouldn't know it because the entire facility is underground. Entry requires going down an old subway entrance, where you will see a collection of subway cars and other vehicles spanning over 110 years of New York's history.

The curator at the Treasure Tour took a guided tour led by a passionate volunteer a number of years ago, taking along his wife whose interest in transportation history is pretty low. But the two of them stayed for hours listening to the stories and seeing the technology that helps move people around the five boroughs of New York. It was a fascinating experience that will appeal to people of all levels of interest.  Here is their website: http://www.nytransitmuseum.org.  We recommend taking the subway to get there.  It just feels right.

Film on Friday

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Yes, it's film time again here at the American Treasure Tour blog, and we are happy to dedicate today's issue to a delightful Ann Sheridan comedy from 1939 called Winter Carnival. The film tells the story of a press-hungry heiress named Jill Baxter (Ann Sheridan) who was the celebrated Queen of the Carnival during her time as a student at Dartmouth Colelge. Later, she jilted her college boyfriend for a rich and famous playboy who she married - and then divorced. Back at school for a visit, she rediscovers love with her ex-boyfriend while her younger sister aspires to her former title as queen. 

That's the premise of the movie, but what makes it interesting is the backstory. Five different men worked on the screenplay for the film, including a struggling writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was struggling with a dependency on alcohol and, when another one of the writers, Budd Schulberg unknowingly shared champagne with Fitzgerald, things went bad.  Fitzgerald was fired along with Schulberg. (Schulberg had quite a story himself. He fought during World War II and helped to liberate numerous concentration camps, then served at Nuremberg during the trials. Later, he wrote many novels about Hollywood, including one telling the story of a horrible experience he had working on a film set in Dartmouth about a winter carnival, but he didn't identify the name of the film.). The film, for all its behind-the-scenes drama, is a light-hearted story that you may want to check out. But definitely look for our poster for it in the Music Room. 

Full-Throttle Thursday

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What one thing do the following Chevrolet vehicles all have in common: the Corvair, the Chevette, the Corsair, Corvette?  Yes, they all start with the letter "C."  Seems obvious enough, but it was a large part of the reason that Chevy selected the name Camaro for their 1966 pony car.  Developed to compete with the Ford Mustang, and to replace the Corvair, which had received bad press from safety advocates, the Camaro was all about developing a performance-oriented image, while still being sporty and affordable.  The "RS" in the name of the car stands for "Rally Sport," which was something you could add to your Camaro for only $105 on top of the retail price.  It included dress-up items like chrome-steel wheel wells, roof drip rail moldings and, most tantalizing, hideaway headlights - something that Ford could not even compete with in their Mustangs.

Of course, the Camaro has since become a part of the national story.  A muscle car from an era when the price and access to gasoline was not considered an issue, and everyone wanted to show up their neighbors with a powerful engine, a sleek design, and a true statement of American excess.  And we still continue in this decades-long tradition today!

Wacky Wednesday

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There are SO MANY wonderful items throughout the American Treasure Tour to see - the automatic music machines, the cars, the practically close to everything else you could ever hope to imagine to find in a 100,000 square foot space packed to the roof with Americana - that we thought we would offer you something today that was, well, not so much cool as a measure of cool. Yes, we're talking about the old-fashioned, non-digital temperature-reading thingamabobber we have in the office space here.  And no, we're definitely not out of ideas on how to share the collection with you.  We're just comfortably sitting and didn't want to get up.  BUT, that said, have you ever heard of the Act-Rite Company?  Do you know anything about their line of weather-monitoring equipment? How about the history of weather monitoring? Uh-huh. That's what we thought.

The Chaney Instrument Company was established in 1943, a family-owned business that opened during World War II. Their AcuRite brand earned for Chaney a strong reputation in precision time, weather, and temperature products that assured them a long future in the industry.  They have since become the leading producer of quartz clock movements in the United States, and, in 1998, they introduced their "atomic clocks."  These analog clocks are so accurate that they automatically reset themselves sporadically to stay accurate to the fraction of a second. But today, we celebrate one of their most basic, fundamental products - the basic thermometer.  Because, why not?  https://www.acurite.com/about-acurite/

Tunes on Tuesday

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Who is the first person you think of when you hear the name Frankie?  Avalon? Sinatra? Valli? If you were thinking Laine, then you are very much in luck, because he's the Frankie we're going for on this journey through Tunes on Tuesday. Francesco Paolo LoVecchio was born to newly-emigrated Sicilian Italians in Chicago in 1913. His dad, Giovanni, once had the pleasure of cutting the hair of none other than Al Capone, one of many gangsters with which the LoVecchio family had relations (Frankie's grandfather's life was cut short thanks to some of these relations). If ever there was a musician who suffered for his art, it was the younger LoVecchio. His magical voice was first discovered when he sang in an elementary school choir; however, success did not come to him right away.  In fact, it took decades of struggle, toil and trouble. For a time, Frankie's troubles were such that he was living on a park bench in New York City's Central Park.  But then he got a small time gig where the famous Hoagy Carmichael just happened to be in the audience and his fortunes began to change.

One recording deal morphed into a number of them.  Then, he changed his name from LoVecchio to Laine, and he jumped onto the fast track to success. During a career that spanned eight decades, Laine sang with the big bands, he crooned, he sang pop songs, western, gospel, rock, folk, jazz and blues.  By the time Laine died in 2007 at the age of 93, he had earned for himself the nickname of "America's Number One Vocal Stylist."  If you want to listen to one of Frankie's songs, scroll down and listen to his version of "The Real True Meaning of Love."  But if you want to connect with the man, come on over to the American Treasure Tour and enjoy his 45 r.p.m. record strategically hanging from a column in our Music Room.  

Monday at the Museum

We at the American Treasure Tour truly hope you've had the opportunity to visit us. Knowing that everyone has busy schedules, we realize the need to be open more, which is why yesterday was our VERY FIRST General Admission Sunday!  We are now officially open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 3pm, Sundays noon to 4pm, with last ticket sales made 45 minutes before closing (we want to make sure you see everything and don't leave disappointed!).  So, if you missed us yesterday, try again real soon!  You'll be glad you did, we'll be glad you did, and if you keep your belongings in Glad bags, we'll be glad for you then, too.

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Of course, our Monday at the Museum blog isn't even about the Treasure Tour.  It's about museums around the nation that we happily recommend to our loyal readers who might be going out of town and want something to do.  So, when not in Oaks, what to do? Well, if you happen to be about an hour north of Oaks, there is plenty to do and see in the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Established in 1741 by German followers of the Moravian church, Bethlehem was something of a social experiment at the time. Commune living worked for a while, but when its popularity waned, the Moravians changed their ways. They survive today in this beautiful town, and a number of their original structures remain standing today, ready to be visited by interested tourists. Historic Bethlehem preserves and presents original structures throughout the town, including a plantation, a local business, the buildings in which men and women lived segregated but next door to one another, and a number of other fascinating sites. Famous for their Christmas presentations, Bethlehem really is an amazing place not to be missed.  And we are currently only talking about the "old" Bethlehem here - we will talk about the famous industrial center in another blog!  Stay tuned.  https://historicbethlehem.org

Films on Friday

The weather has been definitively wonky of late.  One day it's 70 degrees, the next it's 40. There's been snow, rain, sunshine. It's also flu season. We here at the American Treasure Tour think you're best off just calling out of work.  If you don't have any actual signs of illness, then come to the American Treasure Tour Thursday through Sunday (oh, right. Did we mention we're open on Sundays now? Noon to 4pm. Come by and check in!). But if you're starting to feel a little icky, then just head directly to your local pharmacy. Get some medicine, get lots of chocolate, and pack it in. It's movie time!

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We recommend a classic noir for today - The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest roles. This John Huston-directed crime drama was released in 1941, with Bogart as the famous gumshoe Sam Spade, and Mary Astor as his client who seems to know a little more than she's letting on. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet both add a criminal element, as they search for an elusive "black figure of a bird." This is the famous Maltese falcon their looking for, a legendary statue made of gold. Will they find the falcon? Will the bad guys get what's coming to them - once it's figured out who the actual bad guys are? (not so clear cut in a film like this)? You'll just have to watch the movie to get your answer.  And please, don't confuse the "Maltese" falcon with the "Millennium" Falcon. This is not a spaceship, ladies and gentlemen.

Full-throttle Thursday

Charles Nash.  Never heard of him? That's not entirely surprising, although it is an unfortunate side effect of history that some pretty impressive figures get lost in the shuffle. Nash was a very accomplished businessman who specialized in automobiles and automotive companies. In 1916, he bought the Thomas B. Jeffrey Company, known at the time for their Ramblers. You may have heard of the little Nash Rambler (popularly remembered in the song "Beep Beep" by the Playmates, below). But Nash also produced a truck, originally called a Jeffrey Quad but after his acquisition the Nash Quad.  It is widely regarded as the most effective vehicle used during World War I. 

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The Nash Quad went over the omnipresent muddy roads better than anyone else's vehicles. It was widely considered the workhorse of the Allied Expeditionary Force (we didn't make up that phrase, honest). The truck had four-wheel brakes, four-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.  This last feature made it possible for the rear wheels to follow the front wheels into muddy ruts in the dirt roads, which allowed them to follow more smoothly than they would were they creating new ruts. An odd sort of bonus. Nash Quads continued to be produced into the late-1920's, but have become extremely rare now, with only around thirty-five examples of them known to survive.  In 1954, the Nash Motor Company merged with Hudson Motors to create the American Motors Corporation (AMC), which also acquired the rights to manufacture the Willy's Jeep.

Wacky Wednesday

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Situation.  You have something really, really cool but you have no space for it in your home. What do you do? 
There are many options, of course. Build an extension onto your house to be able to fit it. Give it to a friend. Put it in the front yard under a really secure tarp. Or get yourself a closed-down tire factory and start placing your collection on the second floor.  Funny thing, that's exactly what one collector did with his unique - and expansive - collection of all things wonderful. Today's blog is about an item in the collection that would not be defined by most people as 'wonderful,' per se. But it is a thing. Okay, not so much a thing, but a take out container from one of the east coasts' fast food franchises that specialize in chicken and/or biscuits. Founded in 1977 by Charlotte, North Carolina resident Jack Fulk, Fulk sold it four years later to the famous Horn & Hardart automat food company of Philadelphia and New York. They passed it along to other owners ten years later, and now Bojangles has over six hundred franchises open between Pennsylvania and Florida, with the majority of them located in the Carolinas.

If you're looking for lots and lots of fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits, we recommend ordering one of their boxes. But we doubt you're box will be as big as the box we have on display in our Toy Box.  Not that we're competing with you here.  We just like our fried chicken.

Tunes on Tuesday

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We had a visitor come to the Treasure Tour a couple weeks ago who was asking after one of the pieces in the collection called a "Deagan Una-Fon."  It is an odd-looking contraption with a piano keyboard but no strings, a paper roll, and a series of bells of different sizes. It was developed by a musical innovator named John Calhoun Deagan.  Deagan is largely forgotten today, but he definitely made an impact on the world of music.  In 1880, he scientifically tuned a glockenspiel (metal bars, metal mallets, lots of percussive melody). He also made the xylophone and the marimba staples in American musical culture. But the accomplishment for which he should be best remembered is one that only professional musicians can truly appreciate.

Up through the early twentieth century, orchestras and bands had their own techniques for determining their sound. That means that they might have sounded dramatically different from one city to the next - indeed, from one conductor to the next.  It created inconsistencies that might have proven confusing for the players in the band. That all changed when Deagan convinced the American Federation of Musicians to adopt A=440 as the universal pitch for ensemble pieces. It's something taken for granted today, but back in 1910 when he initiated the change, Deagan's impact was huge.  By contrast, his Una-Fon is little appreciated today. Maybe the American Treasure Tour, with your help, can do something about that.

Monday at the Museum

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So today we dig deep into the underworld to find a wonderful destination for family members to go after they've already experienced the second floor of the old tire factory in Oaks (we mean the American Treasure Tour, of course).  Really, who doesn't love a good cave tour?  There are so many amazing cave networks around the world, it's truly impossible to limit your caving experience to just one. So we recommend hitting all of them. It may take some time, and you have to start somewhere. If you're from the Oaks or Phoenixville area, and you have not yet taken your loved ones out to Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown, PA (four miles from Hershey), then I'm afraid you may be in some trouble.

The caverns are open year round and they offer a good mix of fun, fascinating, educational and, well, fun.  First discovered by the Susquehannock Indians who once roamed the area, European fur traders wrote about them in the 17th and 18th centuries, intriguing travelers to the region with tales of their beauty and charm. A man named Bieber opened them for tours in 1929 (no, it was not Justin Bieber. His name was John), and they have remained open pretty much ever since. They are well worth the trip out to the region. And, if you are a fan of chocolate, you would be crazy to not haul off to Hershey after you're finished with your guided tour!

Films on Friday

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There are very few television shows that were so popular during their run that they released movies theatrically while they were still airing on the small screen. Notably, the introduction of the character of Quinton McHale, as portrayed by Ernest Borgnine, was in an episode of Alcoa Premiere, hosted by Fred Astaire, called "Seven Against the Sea." Even more notably, the show was a drama about the crew of a PT Boat surviving on a Japanese-occupied island in the World War II-era Pacific Ocean. Six months later, the one-off became a regular part of the line-up for CBS, still starring Ernest Borgnine, but as a situation comedy, co-starring such icons as Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, and Gavin McLeod. McHale's Navy aired for four years, from 1962 to 1966.  138 episodes were made.  AND, in the middle of it all, two movies.  The first, simply called McHale's Navy, was released in 1964, was basically a larger-scale episode of the television show filmed in brilliant color.

The second movie was McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force. Released in 1965, the film sequel of the television show stands out for a few reasons - most notable in the absence of McHale himself. Ernest Borgnine does not make an appearance at all. The budget of the film was so low, the producers did not feel they could afford Borgnine's rate, so it's been said they never even asked him if he wanted to participate.  And he couldn't have anyway, since he was busy filming Flight of the Phoenix.  You'll have to watch both war films yourself to see decide which is the better film. And maybe we shouldn't mention this, but McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force was set "Somewhere in the South Pacific 1943," and there was no such thing as an independent arm of the United States military as the Air Force until 1947. Honestly, you'd think the guys at McHale's Navy would have done their research!