No, those kids aren’t watching Star Trek Into Darkness or Oblivion. It’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was being marketed to children by Howard Johnson’s! Welcome back to another Reject Recap, where I highlight the best movie news and feature stories of the past week as posted on FSR (and sometimes other sites). Show More Summary
Don't miss this amazing 2001: A Space Odyssey-themed Howard Johnsons children's menu from 1968. More than just a menu, it's also a mini-comic book. There's also "stereotyping where the boy wants to be a space pilot and the girl a...
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Did you know that Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey was an expensive career brochure for space stewardesses that featured stunning visuals and a delightful, not-at-all-horrifying surprise ending that children love? It’s true! Just...Show More Summary
In 1968, Howard Johnsons produced a children's menu and a comic book in conjunction with the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The comic explains the movie to Debbie and Robin, who are attending the premiere. It would have been nice if there had been a Howard Johnsons where I lived, because I couldn't make heads or tails out of the most of the movie. Show More Summary
Want your kids to get into Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey but not sure how to explain all that complicated space stuff? Don't worry — Howard Johnson's, circa 1968, has you covered. "Hey Molly, what do you want to be when YOU grow up? "I want to be a space stewardess!" Read more...
When Jordany Valdespin clubbed a walk-off grand slam to beat the Dodgers in dramatic fashion last week at Citi Field in New York, an old feeling came over the crowd of Mets fans. A feeling that anything was possible. That mindset for...Show More Summary
1986 Mets: A Year to Remember is quite possibly the most amazing video yearbook for any professional sports team...ever. In this segment, Roger McDowell and a young (yet mustachioed) Howard Johnson teach us how to give our teammates the hot foot. Show More Summary
So we've got a new pope. His name is Francis. It took the college of cardinals, what, 15 minutes before agreeing on a new leader for the Catholic Church, the largest multinational conglomerate since Howard Johnson's went into Chapter 11? Despite...Show More Summary
David Wright is already the greatest third baseman in New York Mets history, with all due respect to Howard Johnson. He is the iconic cornerstone of the Mets franchise right now. When people think of the New York Mets, Wright's name is probably the first one that comes to mind. Show More Summary
A bride-to-be got some bad news last week about a block of rooms she’d reserved at a Howard Johnson Inn in St. Augustine — they had all been given away to Mumford & Sons fans and there was nothing that could be done about it. The St. Augustine Record reports that the bride had reserved the block of rooms back … [More]
In Blazing Saddles, the townsfolk of Rock Ridge are readying to flee their outlaw-infested burg. Sheriff Bart approaches town leader and one-flavor ice cream parlor owner Howard Johnson, imploring him not to desert their town. "Can't you see this is the last act of a desperate man?" Sheriff Bart pleads. Show More Summary
Well, we always wondered why Mad Men’s Betty put up with Don’s cheating ways for so long, and why Megan forgave him after that time he left her at the Howard Johnson’s in the middle of nowhere, and why all those clients were OK with his weird “creative” outbursts. Also, in real life, we weren’t [...]
There's something so mundane yet fascinating about neon road signage. The services advertised are simple: a clean bed, a comforting meal or a quirky roadside attraction. Yet visually, these neon wonders never fail to grab drivers' (or photographers') attention. Show More Summary
THE MOTEL is anything but a novelty these days. Sometimes, it's the classic city hotel that seems an anachronism. But there was a time when the Holiday Inns and Howard Johnsons were newer, and the motel was a fresh take on an old idea: when you're travelling, it's nice to have somewhere comfortable where you can pay to stay. Show More Summary
Howard Johnson sure is getting a lot of love these days. First, it got featured on an episode of Mad Men (which, in turn, prompted a nifty promotion whereby you could get a free room if your name was actually Don Draper). Now, it's getting shout-outs from the Prez himself. Show More Summary
You won’t find a HoJo in Times Square anymore, but apparently you might find him on the uptown 4 train. BertoAlomar saw former Mets slugger Howard Johnson on the subway last night, exiting with his wife and “hot daughter” at 86th … Continue reading ?
What a difference a day makes. On Thursday, the sky was falling in on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Prominent conservatives had turned on his flailing messaging, his “insular” and tenured staff and his seeming aversion to putting forward his plan for an economic recovery. Show More Summary
The Times' Patt Morrison has an interesting question and answer with Brad Johnson, the restaurateur behind such various locations as Roxbury, Memphis and BLT Steak. Guess what? His father was restaurateur Howard Johnson. OK, as he says, "not that Howard...