• A Santa Rosa restaurant with a VERY large swan on the roof...?

    There was a fine-dining restaurant in Santa Rosa that had a VERY large, stylized, wood? white swan on the roof. Inside, the restaurant's seating area almost always featured a female harpist who would perform during dinner. What was the name of this restaurant?
    There was a fine-dining restaurant in Santa Rosa that had a VERY large, stylized, wood? white swan on the roof. Inside, the restaurant's seating area almost always featured a female harpist who would perform during dinner. What was the name of this restaurant?
    Other - US Dining Out · 7 months ago
  • If you lived in Sacramento in the late '70s to early '80s...?

    ...do you remember the origin of this vintage pinback? I thought that maybe it could be a promo/giveaway item from Tower, KZAP, or KROY, but I honestly don't remember. Why an owl? Is it even an owl? Maybe it's actually something else, and the artist was just crap. https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7611/27621...
    ...do you remember the origin of this vintage pinback? I thought that maybe it could be a promo/giveaway item from Tower, KZAP, or KROY, but I honestly don't remember. Why an owl? Is it even an owl? Maybe it's actually something else, and the artist was just crap. https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7611/27621...
    2 answers · Sacramento · 3 years ago
  • I need help to remember the name of a vintage science-fiction film?

    At the climax of the film the main characters, a group of mostly men, but at least one woman, are trapped by some sort of cataclysmic disaster. The only escape is to shimmy hand-over-hand along a sky tram cable, as they dangle above an active volcano, or a huge pool of magma. Of course, the tram itself is non-operational, and not everybody makes it... show more
    At the climax of the film the main characters, a group of mostly men, but at least one woman, are trapped by some sort of cataclysmic disaster. The only escape is to shimmy hand-over-hand along a sky tram cable, as they dangle above an active volcano, or a huge pool of magma. Of course, the tram itself is non-operational, and not everybody makes it to safety; some of characters fall into the magma. The main character is a tall white man, with a shock of dark hair hanging in his eyes, and a square chin. It is NOT a Doug McClure film. It is definitely an older film, in color, produced anytime from the late 50s to early 60s, maybe even mid 60s to early 70s.
    2 answers · Movies · 3 years ago
  • Question about a beehive diner off of Hwy. 101 in the 70s?

    Interstate 5 opened in stages in the late 1960s and early 70s; I-5 opened from Stockton to Sacramento in 1979. My family moved from Sacramento to Santa Maria in 1973 and, because of the I-5 development, we would take Highway 101 in order to head south. That would take us through the San Jose/ Almaden/ Santa Clara area. There was a highway landmark... show more
    Interstate 5 opened in stages in the late 1960s and early 70s; I-5 opened from Stockton to Sacramento in 1979. My family moved from Sacramento to Santa Maria in 1973 and, because of the I-5 development, we would take Highway 101 in order to head south. That would take us through the San Jose/ Almaden/ Santa Clara area. There was a highway landmark in that area that I have tried, unsuccessfully, to identify as an adult. I am trying to put a name to a roadside restaurant/ cafe/ diner that had built an enormous beehive into one wall of the restaurant. Outside the restaurant, the bees freely entered and exited the beehive. Inside the restaurant, the massive beehive was made of clear plastic so that the patrons could observe the bees. The restaurant sold fresh honey at the cash register. Does anyone happen to know the name of this restaurant? Thank you!
    1 answer · San Jose · 5 years ago
  • What was the name of this mid- to late-'70s Volkswagen bug/beetle?

    This model came out around the time of Volkswagen's Thing, or maybe a little after, maybe mid- to late-'70s. It was a bug/beetle with a blocky/squared-off hood that was styled after some other car maker's much more expensive automobile. What I remember from the commercial is the bug/beetle driving towards the camera as the... show more
    This model came out around the time of Volkswagen's Thing, or maybe a little after, maybe mid- to late-'70s. It was a bug/beetle with a blocky/squared-off hood that was styled after some other car maker's much more expensive automobile. What I remember from the commercial is the bug/beetle driving towards the camera as the announcer's voice intoned, "It looks like a..." (Lincoln? town car? Rolls Royce?) "...coming, and looks like a Volkswagen going." As I remember it, this bug/beetle was an actual Volkswagen production model, and not an after-market kit. So, I don't think it was a Wunderbug conversion or some other kit; I feel like it wouldn't make sense to advertise a conversion kit on national TV. Does anyone know the proper name for this model Volkswagen?
    3 answers · Volkswagen · 6 years ago
  • Name of this '70s television suspense film?

    I remember only a few key scenes. A woman and her lover attempt to murder her boyfriend on a dark and stormy night. They think he's dead, but he's managed to cling to the side of the mountain just below where they're standing. He overhears them yelling at each other about how they successfully pulled off his supposed murder. Later, the... show more
    I remember only a few key scenes. A woman and her lover attempt to murder her boyfriend on a dark and stormy night. They think he's dead, but he's managed to cling to the side of the mountain just below where they're standing. He overhears them yelling at each other about how they successfully pulled off his supposed murder. Later, the boyfriend goes to the police and tells a detective as much as he can remember about the girlfriend's and her lover's shouted conversation. The police hire actors and a sound engineer to recreate the conversation with the idea that they are going to convince the girlfriend and her lover that the boyfriend recorded them talking about their crime. The police bring the girlfriend and her lover in for questioning, and then play for them the fake recording. The girlfriend is tough and smart, and she realizes immediately that she's being conned. The lover is made of softer stuff and cracks, confessing to the attempted murder.
    1 answer · Movies · 7 years ago
  • What was this '60s brand name?

    As I remember it, in the late '60s crafts stores like Moskatel's/Michael's sold hanging light fixture kits that required you to fill in the diamond-shaped wire mesh with colorful pieces that you made by pouring a stinky two-part epoxy resin (I think) into a mold. You would leave the mold to dry, and then you would pop out the pieces and... show more
    As I remember it, in the late '60s crafts stores like Moskatel's/Michael's sold hanging light fixture kits that required you to fill in the diamond-shaped wire mesh with colorful pieces that you made by pouring a stinky two-part epoxy resin (I think) into a mold. You would leave the mold to dry, and then you would pop out the pieces and glue them onto the diamond mesh. Was there a brand name for that craft kit? Or was there just simply a name for that specific type of craft?
    2 answers · Hobbies & Crafts · 1 decade ago
  • What is the origin of the phrase "the dog barks at midnight"?

    I've heard people say it in the context of spy code words, and the phrase itself is scattered all over the Internet, but I've never found anything that explains where the phrase came from or why it seems to exist in a spy context.
    I've heard people say it in the context of spy code words, and the phrase itself is scattered all over the Internet, but I've never found anything that explains where the phrase came from or why it seems to exist in a spy context.
    1 answer · Quotations · 1 decade ago
  • What was the name of this Los Angeles area Italian restaurant?

    There was an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles in which the diners, friends and strangers alike, sat around one large table while the owner -- a short, stocky man with a thick head of salt and pepper hair -- stood at the head of the table and sang selections from several operas, such as The Toreador Song from Carmen. Sometime in 1987 or 1988, the... show more
    There was an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles in which the diners, friends and strangers alike, sat around one large table while the owner -- a short, stocky man with a thick head of salt and pepper hair -- stood at the head of the table and sang selections from several operas, such as The Toreador Song from Carmen. Sometime in 1987 or 1988, the owner was killed. I believe that police found the owner in a bathrobe on his front lawn, shot in the head (ack!). Anyway, what was the name of that restaurant?
    3 answers · Los Angeles · 1 decade ago
  • What is the name of this old "artificial intelligence" PC game?

    The game came out around 1997 and featured a learning A.I.; you helped guide your avatar -- which resembled a mechanical insect -- through barriers and over obstacles on a multi-level 3D map that was divided into hexes. The avatar actually learned from making mistakes. I thought that the avatar was called "Darwin," but I have been unable... show more
    The game came out around 1997 and featured a learning A.I.; you helped guide your avatar -- which resembled a mechanical insect -- through barriers and over obstacles on a multi-level 3D map that was divided into hexes. The avatar actually learned from making mistakes. I thought that the avatar was called "Darwin," but I have been unable to confirm that. Any ideas?
    1 answer · Video & Online Games · 1 decade ago
  • The original 16 restaurants located in the Sacramento/Arden Fair Food Circus?

    This is NOT the Seattle World's Fair Food Circus! :-) I've seen a blurry postcard from that time that reads as follows: "Food Circus - Just east of Sears & Hales Arden Fair Shopping Center, Sacramento, California. 16 restaurants and food shops serving everything from hamburgers to hot dogs to gourmet dinners. Come to look,... show more
    This is NOT the Seattle World's Fair Food Circus! :-) I've seen a blurry postcard from that time that reads as follows: "Food Circus - Just east of Sears & Hales Arden Fair Shopping Center, Sacramento, California. 16 restaurants and food shops serving everything from hamburgers to hot dogs to gourmet dinners. Come to look, you'll stay to eat. Eat like an elephant for peanuts." Some of the names I think I know (but I could be wrong!): La Plaza Die Rheinlander Hof Bauer Jumbo Coffee See's Candies Carnation Ice Cream Snook's Country Candies Frank Fat's Anyone know more, or all, of the original 16?
    2 answers · Sacramento · 1 decade ago
  • What is the name of this '60s or '70s suspense film?

    The main character is a kid who is some sort of a scout troop. He is a compulsive liar. Unfortunately, he sees a real crime being committed (I don't remember what kind of crime, but probably murder). He tries to tell all the adults in his life, but none of them believe him. In fact, his troop leader calls the scouts together to to tell them that... show more
    The main character is a kid who is some sort of a scout troop. He is a compulsive liar. Unfortunately, he sees a real crime being committed (I don't remember what kind of crime, but probably murder). He tries to tell all the adults in his life, but none of them believe him. In fact, his troop leader calls the scouts together to to tell them that no one is to believe the kid because he is a liar. The kid's problem is that the criminals know that he knows what they did, so they have to come after him.
    1 answer · Movies · 1 decade ago
  • What is the name of this English (?) mystery movie?

    I don't remember a lot of details. A woman is being stalked by a strange man. She thinks she is going crazy. At one point, he is above her on a flight of stairs singing, "She died of a fever, And no one could save her, And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone. Now her ghost wheels her barrow, Through streets broad and... show more
    I don't remember a lot of details. A woman is being stalked by a strange man. She thinks she is going crazy. At one point, he is above her on a flight of stairs singing, "She died of a fever, And no one could save her, And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone. Now her ghost wheels her barrow, Through streets broad and narrow, Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!'"
    1 answer · Movies · 1 decade ago
  • Question about San Jose/Scott's Valley and Hwy. 101 in the '70s?

    Interstate 5 opened in stages in the 1960s and 70s; I-5 opened from Stockton to Sacramento in 1979. My family moved from Sacramento to Santa Maria in 1973 and, because of the I-5 development, we would take Highway 101 in order to head south. That would take us through the San Jose area. There were a number of highway landmarks in that area that I... show more
    Interstate 5 opened in stages in the 1960s and 70s; I-5 opened from Stockton to Sacramento in 1979. My family moved from Sacramento to Santa Maria in 1973 and, because of the I-5 development, we would take Highway 101 in order to head south. That would take us through the San Jose area. There were a number of highway landmarks in that area that I have tried, with varying degrees of success, to identify as an adult. I have successfully identified "Magic Village Toys and Things" as one of those landmarks (an enormous wooden soldier standing guard out front of a multi-story toy store). The other landmark that I am currently struggling with identifying was a roadside restaurant/cafe/diner that had built an enormous beehive into one wall of the restaurant. Outside the restaurant, the bees freely entered and exited the beehive. Inside the restaurant, the massive beehive was made of clear plastic so that the patrons could observe the bees. What was the name of this restaurant?
    1 answer · San Jose · 1 decade ago