Underestimated Cultural Ephemera: The Bizarre Food Mascots We’re Exposed To As Children

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The Stories of Milky The Clown & Major Magic's All-Star Pizza Revue

This week, I dive into some of the weird stuff we're exposed to as kids that informs, in some ways, who we grow up to be. I cover two Detroit area staples in this episode: Milky The Clown, and Major Magic's All-Star Pizza Revue. 

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Reference Links:

General

Understanding Megalophobia or the Fear of Large Objects

https://www.verywellmind.com/megalophobia-2671869

The American Museum of Magic

https://sites.google.com/a/americanmuseumofmagic.org/amm/

Food Mascots

The 8 Most Baffling Food Mascots of All-Time

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-8-most-baffling-food-mascots-all-time/

12 truly bizarre product mascots that made us lose our appetites

https://metv.com/lists/12-truly-bizarre-product-mascots-that-made-us-lose-our-appetites

Clown History

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-and-psychology-of-clowns-being-scary-20394516/

It's the Grimaldi Clown Church Service this weekend

https://www.timeout.com/london/blog/its-the-grimaldi-clown-church-service-this-weekend-020317

“Pagliacci”: Classic tale of the tears of a clown

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/pagliacci-classic-tale-of-the-tears-of-a-clown/

Milky The Clown

The Magic Word is Clare Cummings

http://www.detroitkidshow.com/Clare_Cummings.htm

YouTube - Video from Milky’s TV Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXh01HjtBV4

So Long, Milky; Milky leaves warm, lasting memories for a devoted fan http://www.pattywrites.com/pages.php?tabid=3&pageid=65&title=Milky

Major Magic’s

My Major Magic Pizza Career, By Dennis Machinegun Thompson

http://www.machinegunspage.com/2015/04/my-major-magic-pizza-career.html

Nostalgia and elbow grease could bring back piece of popular restaurant Major Magic

http://www.wtol.com/story/36972168/nostalgia-and-elbow-grease-could-bring-back-piece-of-popular-restaurant-major-magic/

Aug. 25, 1989: Forget Chuck E. Cheese's. Remember Major Magic's?

https://buffalonews.com/2014/08/25/aug-25-1989-places-buffalos-kids-jumped-vats-balls-ate-marginal-pizza/

Major Magic’s photos on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pg/majormagic/photos/?ref=page_internal

Audio Credits

From the YouTube Audio Library:

At The Fair - The White Orbs

Cat Circus - Doug Maxwell

Industrial Music Box by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100812

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Don’t Look Inside - Biz Baz Studio

Patriotic March - Max Surla/Media Right Productions

Film:

Short clip (0:06 seconds) from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Film directed by Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers - Columbia Pictures Corporation (presents) (A Stanley Kubrick Production) and Hawk Films

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/

Elizabeth P.