The Family Matters TV Show – Nostalgia Hits Again

As you may or may not know, Family Matters was an American Sitcom show which began in September 1989 to May 1997 on ABC. After the show moved to CBS from September 1997 to July 1998 when they went off the air. The Family matters Family is known as the Winslow Family. A family of Middle-class African American’s living in Chicago Illinois. After some time had gone in the first season, the show introduced the funny and nerdy neighbor (Steve Urkel – Played by Jaleel White). Urkel, then was made the highlight of the show and became the main character.

The show ran on 9 successful seasons. It’s popularity grew so much. Family Matters was created by William Bickley, and Michael Warren. It was developed by Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller. They completed 215 episodes.

The theme composer of the beginning was Jesse Frederick, Bennett Salvay and Scott Roeme and the opening theme was “As Days Go By”

The Family Matters cast was Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Rosetta LeNoire, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Jaimee Foxworth, Joseph & Julius Wright, Telma Hopkins, Bryton McClure, Jaleel White, Shawn Harrison, Michelle Thomas, Orlando Brown, and Judyann Elder.

Their Screen name actors and actresses are, Carl Otis Winslow, Harriette Baines- Winslow, Edward “Eddie” Winslow, Laura Lee Winslow, Judith “Judy” Winslow, Estelle “Mother” Winslow, Richard “Richie” Crawford, Rachel Baines- Crawford, Steven “Steve” Urkel Stefan Urquelle Myrtle Urkel, Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Myra Monkhouse, and Jerry Jamal “3J” Jameson.

Steve Urkel says his funny lines such as “Did I do that?” begins laughing and snorting at the same time. His infatuation and love for Laura Winslow was what was so great and awesome. Steve Urkel always caused trouble. lol. It was quite funny and some of it was serious too.

You might be watching The Young and The Restless and the one who plays Devon Hamilton was little Richie on the show and his name is Bryton McClure.

It was a great quality show. Nostalgia hit me again and I remember when I was in Chicago, I was passing through a place that was exactly shown on the beginning opening theme of the show. I felt like I was in the opening credits at that moment. I will forever cherish and love this show. I also did re-enact the theme to that as well. This show really touched base on reality, on family, the struggles and as well as a comedic touch to it all. They touched base on serious matters and addressed it in a tasteful manner. Very well done.

I guess, some of us if not all of us who were growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s we all were glued to television before the internet was the internet.

You do not find shows like this these days that is for certain. Unfortunately, hope I am mistaken, but I don’t think and feel that we will ever see quality and family-oriented shows such as this in modern day television.

Has Television lost its way?

In the last little while I have not tuned into watching television much and somehow it doesn’t interest me anymore like it used to. So many years back I was glued to it, watching so many different shows and everything else, however recently, something is preventing me from touching the remote control and resorting to social media and getting my news from the internet, communicating online, as well as how busy my life has become outside the virtual world.

Now the question is, has television lost its way? I seem to think so. Nowadays, there isn’t quality content like there used to be. Before this whole stream of reality shows, violence, adult content, coarse language, discretion advised warnings and the string of nothing but bad news has been broadcasted and I just cannot seem to watch anymore of it. I probably spend about an hour or 2 a week watching television with the exception of a few special shows which make me tune in a bit longer, however after that it becomes boring, repetitive and then my TV is shut off. A lot of bad influences come from television and the shows being produced now. Things that teens, children, youth and young adults are tuning in and that is where it becomes dangerous. They think and see it on television, so they thing its alright to do it in real life.

Back before even the 70’s, 80’s, early 90’s, you’d see great quality family values always being implemented, you’d see clean and very well thought of shows that you never got bored of, people were entertained for hours watching their favourite icons play their part, you’d see appropriate clothing, appropriate topics discussed and teaching life lessons to people of all walks of life, things that never offended or hurt anyone, shows that are still discussed up until today from people who grew up in those years.

There is just a couple of good things that are on television now, like the game shows and a few of those sitcoms, award shows, and special events. That is all I tune into. Do you think that TV has certainly changed in the last 20-25 years? I think so. I think it is getting worse and not better. I am glad the TV show reruns are showing at least.

Do you give yourself a time limit to watch?

I’d rather do something more productive like writing, communicating with friends and family, going out, cleaning, cooking, going out to the malls, going out seeing people, doing more hands on crafts, reading, being on the internet and learning so many new things, making new friends online, and so much more.

Do you watch television much? Do you tend to stay away from it?
What are your thoughts?

The World of Music – What Kind Do You Enjoy?

In my life growing up, I have had the pleasure of listening to so many types of music, especially from my culture, and while traveling to tropical Caribbean destinations. I am into the Armenian, Arabic, Greek, Persian, Lebanese, Bachata, Steel Drums, Merengue, Mariachi, Salsa, Cuban, Reggaeton, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Pop, Alternative, Zumba, Reggae, Fete, Soca, Caribbean Music, Tropical Music, Nature Music, and sometimes I enjoy listening to the 80’s and 90’s to bring back the days of great quality music. I even listen to the 70’s too although I was not around back then, but I did grow up with a lot of different types of music which has been amazing.

Nowadays, I have been listening to a lot of tropical music which makes me feel like I am on the beach with the salt water, the ocean breeze and so much more. Music is a universal language that everybody understands and there are so many types, its countless.

What kind of music do you and your family and friends enjoy? Do you enjoy it on your own, or with people? What gets you in the mood? Do you have days where you listen to one type and another day another type? I am sure for every mood there is music. Would love to hear from you.

Keep Calm and Music on! 🙂

Rewind to 90’s — My Favourite Movie Choices

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the past and rewinding to the great and quality entertainment in those times that kept me, well, entertained. 🙂 I used to come home from school or during the weekends and I would pick through my movie collection and used to watch so many of them and it was awesome. I used to always think that I would meet the stars when I was a kid and I used to have a huge imagination like I was in those movies and would re-enact them to family during get togethers. It was so great. I still have them on VHS — I still love VHS and I actually enjoyed Rewinding them. I used to love that sound too. Gotta love the past technology too. Anyway, I would like to share with you some of my all time favourites of the 90’s and well, possibly the 80’s too. In no particular order:

— Police Academy — All of them — Steve Gutenberg
— Dumb & Dumber — W/ Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
— Ace Ventura Pet Detective — Jim Carrey.
— Groundhog Day — Bill Murray
— Clueless — Alicia Silverstone
— Liar Liar — Jim Carrey
— A Night At the Roxbury — Will Farrell and Chris Kattan
— City Slickers — Billy Crystal
— Hot Shots! — Charlie Sheen
— Hot Shots part Deux — Charlie Sheen
— Home Alone — Mccauley Culkin
— Home Alone 2. Lost in New York — Mccauley Culkin
— The Naked Gun — All movies — Leslie Neilson
— Wrongfully Accused — Leslie Neilson
— Back to the Future — Michael J Fox
— Kindergarten Cop — Arnold Schwarzenegger
— Honey I blew up the Kid —
— Honey I shrunk the kids —
— Sister Act — Whoopi Goldberg
— Mrs Doubtfire — Robin Williams – Sally Field
— Coneheads
— Baby’s Day Out — Joe Montegna, Joe Pantoliano, Lara Flynn Boyle
— Titanic — Kate Winsley – Leonardo Dicaprio
— The Mask — Jim Carrey
— The Santa Clause — Tim Allen
— Little Rascals — Alfalfa
— D2 D3 Mighty Ducks — Emilio Estevez
— Selena — Jennifer Lopez
— Space Jam
— Toy Story
— Jungle 2 Jungle
— Rush Hour — all movies — Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
— The Wedding Singer — Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
— Billy Madison — Adam Sandler
— The Waterboy — Adam Sandler
— You’ve Got Mail
— Analyze this — Analyze that — Robert Deniro and Billy Crystal
— Stuart Little

These are just some of them from back then… What are your favourites from the 80’s and 90’s?

Rewind to the 90’s Music Favourites

Lately, I have been going back into the 90’s and listening to songs of the past. There is a huge difference in quality of music versus the music of today. I really love the music of the 90’s and even in the 80’s. I am sure a lot of us who were born in that era, and who grew up with this kind of music, still think of them to this day and remember the times. Here are some of my artists and music that I really enjoy.

— Alanis Morissette — Ironic, You Oughta Know.
— R.E.M — Losing my religion
— Sinead O’Connor — Nothing Compares 2 U
— Sting – Fields Of Gold
— Fiona Apple – Criminal
— Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
— Bonnie Raitt – Something To Talk About
— Ace of Base — The Sign CD
— Oasis – Wonderwall
— Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
— The Cranberries – Dreams
— Haddaway – What Is Love
— Jann Arden – Insensitive
— Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
— Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home
— Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
— Christina Aguilera – Come On Over (All I Want Is You) — Genie in a Bottle
— Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
— P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
— 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre – California Love
— Madonna – Vogue
— Nirvana – About A Girl (live)
— Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
— The Mavericks – What A Crying Shame
— Barenaked Ladies – One Week
— Des’ree – You Gotta Be
— Mariah Carey – Hero
— Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces
— Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing
— Duran Duran – Ordinary World
— Wilson Phillips – Hold On
— Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now
— Sarah McLaughlan – Possession
— Shawn Colvin – Round of Blues
— Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
— The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
— Weezer – The Good Life
— Skee-Lo – I Wish
— Hammer – Too Legit To Quit
— Robbie Williams – Millennium
— Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
— Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet
— Dido – Here With Me
— Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy

I could go on and on… Now, what are your favourites?
Are you a 90’s music fanatic?

Anyone Remember Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Games?

Lately I have been having the urge to bring out my old Nintendo Game Console along with my Super Mario Bros’ Games and play them like old times. I remember when I used to know all the secrets to the game and I used to use the Game Genie to play Super Mario Bros’ 3, I knew all the tips and tricks on how to get through the levels all the way to world 8. I remember I used to play with my Brother. I rarely got the chance to be Mario because I am the younger sibling so I always was stuck with Luigi playing some of the games. Super Mario 1, I also played Duck Hunt too. It was such a fun game and I remember I was a pro at it. Probably now if I play it, I will be a little rusty and I won’t know what to do on some parts, but I used to play enough that I should still remember it. I liked the Mushroom and the 1ups the most. The stars were fun too, along with the leaf. The First 3 Mario Bros’ were the best. I didn’t like Mario on Nintendo 64 or any other gaming Console. The first Nintendo was the best. Then when the game didn’t work, we had to blow warm air into the game cartridge so it worked. I am a huge fan of that gaming console. I really don’t like the ones that are out now. I am not a huge fan of them.

Original Nintendo, nothing beats it. I remember I used to play that game with my cousins, friends and we used to have hours of fun with it. Our game was Mario Bros’ most of the time. Konami games too. What was your favourite Nintendo Game? Did you enjoy Super Mario Bros’ too? Did you own a Nintendo before? What are your favourite memories when you played it? I think people still play it to this day and I know a lot of people who have kept their Nintendo. It is a collectors item now and a classic. It would be crazy to give that away. I am having the urge to play it today. I maybe will later on. Hopefully if time permits me to do so. I remember I used to have so many whistles. I used them all up to go to the world 8 on Super Mario 3. I once played all the levels without using the whistle. It is more fun that way. I remember the ones with the aquarium and fish levels. That was so cute with the different types of fish in there, but you had to get away from them and head to the finish line before time was up.

I know Gaming Consoles have evolved so much since then, but nothing beats the Original Nintendo no matter what anybody says. Those were the days. I like Original things, and I appreciate the way things were made before. I felt the quality even though we had to blow into the game cartridge, but that was half the fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I would love to see the Original Nintendo come back as it was so popular before. Nothing beats the 80’s and 90’s of Gaming. Would love to hear about your memories.