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Todd Larson
Worked at Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
Attended Bowdoin College
Lives in Watertown, Massachusetts
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Here is my new blog post. Enjoy!
Photo by Kham Tran, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Prends garde: Boston may be getting its own Eiffel Tower — in the form of a Ferris wheel. Capitalizing on the success of the London Eye (above) in giving the British capital...
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They sound just like Alvin, Simon and Theodore when sped up! That chipmunk chatter never fails to get a laugh!

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I remember this. I recall laughing at the incongruity among the various emotions kids learned about here: sadness, anger, happiness pushed to extremes (but I did think Harvey Kneeslapper's jokes were clever, though "Take my wife...please!" was stolen from Henny Youngman). This was also a good introduction for children on how not to present themselves at a job interview when they grew up: don't demand sympathy, don't be hostile, don't talk or joke too much. And Harvey's dismissal teaches another lesson about the consequences of overdoing the humor and histrionics - a lesson I had to learn the hard way, as I used to act like that in school. Thanks for bringing this back!

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This was one of the first MTV videos I ever saw, and one of my all-time favorites, for its "vintage" look and its fluid, flying camerawork. I love the way this song taps the roots of Irish folk music, particularly James Royce Shannon's 1913 Tin Pan Alley classic "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr6w_wU3RzQ) and reinvents it for the New Wave era of the '80s. Thanks for bringing this back!

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I hadn't seen this since the first 1969-70 season, and I don't believe it was ever shown again after that. The pre-Will Vinton Claymation is very impressive for its time. (There was also a "Z" one with the same lumpy blue clay character; can anyone post that?)

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I remember this back in '69. In fact, I played a variation on the game once with my buddy Andrew. But I could never get my top to spin for very long, because I wound the string too tightly, and I didn't have the "wrist action" the Champ had in the commercial. My favorite line in it was, "Watson's top is down...but it's up again! Anything can happen in Battling Tops." In that way I've come to regard Battling Tops as a metaphor for life - ups and downs, anything can happen, success as well as failure. So how goes the battle?
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I remember this. I recall laughing at the incongruity among the various emotions kids learned about here: sadness, anger, happiness pushed to extremes (but I did think Harvey Kneeslapper's jokes were clever, though "Take my wife...please!" was stolen from Henny Youngman). This was also a good introduction for children on how not to present themselves at a job interview when they grew up: don't demand sympathy, don't be hostile, don't talk or joke too much. And Harvey's dismissal teaches another lesson about the consequences of overdoing the humor and histrionics - a lesson I had to learn the hard way, as I used to act like that in school. Thanks for bringing this back!

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I remember this. I recall laughing at the incongruity among the various emotions kids learned about here: sadness, anger, happiness pushed to extremes (but I did think Harvey Kneeslapper's jokes were clever, though "Take my wife...please!" was stolen from Henny Youngman). This was also a good introduction for children on how not to present themselves at a job interview when they grew up: don't demand sympathy, don't be hostile, don't talk or joke too much. And Harvey's dismissal teaches another lesson about the consequences of overdoing the humor and histrionics - a lesson I had to learn the hard way, as I used to act like that in school. Thanks for bringing this back!

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This explored the generation gap of the '60s and '70s as a countercultural clash between the Big Band-era "We Belong Together" (from Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Music in the Air," recorded in 1932 by Howard Phillips with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji-NCo-9vOc]), which Papa and Mama Anything had grown up hearing, and the Beatles' "All Together Now" from "Yellow Submarine" (1968), which daughter Betty Lou was hip to. She had no taste for her parents' outmoded tastes, so she had to do her own thing. This forced them to take the "if you can't lick 'em, join 'em" approach and do her thing with her, and they got into the groove of it, too! (Notice that, for age-appropriate reasons, the verse "Black, white, green, red / Can I take my friend to bed" was eliminated.) Thanks for posting!

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This is a great song. I remember hearing it on the PA system of our motorcoach when my high-school choir was on a concert tour of England and Scotland in the spring of 1980. I was struck by its Beatles influence, and its brass also recalls Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjKtPau8HTk). Too bad this gem never charted in America. Thanks for posting it!

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Wow! I hadn't seen this since Sesame Street's first season in 1969-70! Laced up with car noises and ragtime rinky-tink, this really hit the spot! Even back then I noticed its continuity errors: right after the man buys "the biggest car in the lot" and drives it away, it reappears before the kids, and they don't pay for their little big car before driving it away, even though the boy asks how much it costs. (Does anyone know the models and years of the "bigger" and "biggest" cars, where in New York this was filmed, and what's standing on the site of the car lot today?)

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I remember this back in '69. In fact, I played a variation on the game once with my buddy Andrew. But I could never get my top to spin for very long, because I wound the string too tightly, and I didn't have the "wrist action" the Champ had in the commercial. My favorite line in it was, "Watson's top is down...but it's up again! Anything can happen in Battling Tops." In that way I've come to regard Battling Tops as a metaphor for life - ups and downs, anything can happen, success as well as failure. So how goes the battle?
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Marketing Director, Freelance Writer & Editor
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  • Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
    Marketing Director, 2011 - 2012
  • Writer, Editor, 2012
  • Boston Business Journal, 2010 U.S. Census, Community Newspaper Company, MIT, Dakota Partners (formerly Architectural Partners)
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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A professional writer for 21 years, I love to write on a wide range of subjects, including architecture, real estate, business and travel. I have published in the Boston Business Journal, Victorian Homes, The Improper Bostonian, the Boston Herald, Banker & Tradesman, Boston Homes, the Cambridge Chronicle and other leading publications.

For Pressley Associates Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA, I wrote project summary sheets, proposals, business query letters and press releases, three of which I published in the New England Real Estate Journal, Landscape Architect Business Magazine and High-Profile Monthly. For Dakota Partners of Waltham, MA (formerly Architectural Partners of Watertown, MA), I wrote newsletters, project sheets and press releases, one of which was published on a section front of the New England Real Estate journal.

My 21 years of copyediting experience includes book manuscripts, school papers, doctoral dissertations, screenplays and Wikipedia entries. I am also an expert researcher, online and in the library.
Education
  • Bowdoin College
    Philosophy, 1980 - 1984
  • Brookline High School
    English, French, History, Drama, 1977 - 1980
  • The Park School
    English, French, Mathematics, Biology, History, 1974 - 1977
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