About Me!

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Hello! I'm Lisa, your virtual hostess and proprietor of Lisa's Nostalgia Cafe. Here is where you can learn a little bit about me...

First of all, I am a member of the H.R. Pufnstuf generation...

I was born in 1963, graduated from high school in 1981, and graduated from college in 1985.

I was seven months old when President Kennedy was assassinated...six years old when Man first walked on the moon...14 years old when Elvis Presley died...and 17 years old when President Reagan was shot. I spent my childhood in the 60s, my teen years in the 70s and my young adulthood in the 80s. MTV didn't exist until I was old enough to vote. (yes, there was life before music videos!)

I grew up (and still live) in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, USA. My interests include singing, drawing, silent movies, making web graphics and videos, and the fun side of history (music, fashion, etc.)

Still curious? Here is a profile of me and my site from 2000, when it was featured on About.com. My site was still new, and was much smaller than it is today!

"I'm fifty! I'm fifty years old!"
other people born in 1963:
Conan O'Brien
Michael Jordan
Helen Hunt
Julian Lennon
Mark McGwire
Charles Barkley
Mike Myers
John Stamos
Whitney Houston
Andrea McArdle
Lisa Kudrow
Brad Pitt
George Michael
Vanessa Williams

Class Of '63

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my favorite movies are:
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Superman (1978)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Arthur (1981)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Paper Moon (1973)
A Christmas Story (1983)

my favorite actor:
-------Dustin Hoffman

total babe?
-------Justin Hayward

my favorite silent movie star:
-------Buster Keaton

old things that I think are cool
If you've been to my Nostalgia Cafe, then
you know I spend a lot of time dealing with the past! Here are some retro things that interest me:

-Jack Benny old-time radio shows
-radio & recording technology of the past
-vintage Christmas stuff
-old motels, restaurants & gas stations
-fashion history
-old amusement parks & recreational travel
-silent movies

my favorite TV shows:
I've never been much of a TV watcher, but there are some shows that I really enjoy and will actually watch on purpose. Some of them are...

Fawlty Towers
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Doctor Who
WKRP In Cincinnati
The Carol Burnett Show
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the Joel Hodgson years)
The Monkees
Remember WENN
The Odd Couple
Blake's 7
The Match Game (circa 1974)
The Beverly Hillbillies
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Green Acres
The Lawrence Welk Show (no apologies!)
Sealab 2021
South Park
Simon & Simon

70s stuff I still have:
-my mood ring
-some plastic 45 rpm record adaptors
-some macrame & seashell jewelry
-a "Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart" album
-a record player to play it on
-many WLS Radio Surveys (from Robert Hall Village!)

what era in the past would I most
like to visit (or revisit?)

Hmmm...a tough one. I have always been fascinated by the 1960s, and would love to experience that decade as a teenager or adult. Lately, though, I'm developing quite a fondness for the 1970s, polyester shirts and all! I find the period of 1900-1919 interesting, too.

some of my favorite songs are:
"I Melt With You" (Modern English, 1982)
"Steppin' Out" (Joe Jackson, 1982)
"Forever Autumn" (Justin Hayward, 1978,
xxxxxfrom Jeff Wayne's album
xxxxxThe War of the Worlds)
"Eye In The Sky" (Alan Parsons Project, 1982)
"Your Wildest Dreams" (Moody Blues, 1986)
"Same Old Lang Syne" (Dan Fogelberg, 1980)
"Taxi" (Harry Chapin, 1972)
"Song For A Winter's Night" (Gordon Lightfoot, 1968)
"For My Lady" (Moody Blues, 1972)
"Broken Dream" (Justin Hayward, 1996)

(you can hear lots of my favorite songs in MIDI format at my Midi Jukebox page)

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The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family?
xxxxx--The Partridge Family

The Munsters or The Addams Family?
xxxxx--The Munsters

Bo or Luke?
xxxxx--the blonde one :-)

Mike, Vyvyan, Rik or Neil?
xxxxx --Rik

Jeannie or Samantha?

some of my favorite musicians are:
The Moody Blues
Barry Manilow
Nat "King" Cole -- timeless!
Air Supply
Gordon Lightfoot
The Go Go's
Simon & Garfunkel
Alan Parsons Project

my favorite musicals are:
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
The Music Man
Finian's Rainbow
A Chorus Line
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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favorite Monkee?

my favorite music videos are:
"Take On Me" (A-Ha, 1985)
"Rio" (Duran Duran, 1983)
"No More Lies" (Moody Blues, 1988)

Alan, J.J., Nina, Mark or Martha?
xxxxx--neither, I didn't get MTV until 1992

my favorite artists are:
Thomas Kinkade
Maxfield Parrish
Norman Rockwell

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