Wednesday, September 2, 2009

This Week's Revertigo: Hi C and Alyssa Milano

Hey there. I'm doing revertigo posts weekly now. I enjoy feeling nostalgic and remembering buried memories. Also, it keeps on occurring to me (which pretty much means I'm still in denial) that the '80s and the '90s are no longer the recent past so they might not be as easy to remember. Like if you see a back issue magazine and the publication date is 1998 (the year I graduated from college), you actually think it's an old, old copy from back when Pluto was still a planet (I don't care what they say; Pluto is not just some dwarf planet or planetoid or plutoid -what did they say it was again? Dear Pluto, in my heart, you will always be a real planet.<3)

From Coke (btw, found the Lilet/Tomorrow's People commercial I couldn't find before), we're going to revisit another favorite drink from childhood: Hi C.

I loved those Hi C commercials because they always had an oldies song as a jingle. The ones I remember in particular are Hi C Pear (Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do") and Hi C Strawberry(?) (Puppy Love - And they call it Hi C love...). Couldn't find those, of course, but found these and I remembered them as soon as I watched them. However, back in the day, I didn't know that Alyssa Milano was in them.

Alyssa Milano. I was 13 or 14 and had a 16 (or was it Tiger Beat?) that featured her and I saw she had five studs on one ear and wanted to copy that, but my Dad wouldn't let me.


Laurel Kornfeld said...

Pluto is a planet and not just in your heart (and mine). Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. One reason the IAU definition makes no sense is it says dwarf planets are not planets at all! That is like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear, and it is inconsistent with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy, where dwarf stars are still stars, and dwarf galaxies are still galaxies. Also, the IAU definition classifies objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. A definition that takes the same object and makes it a planet in one location and not a planet in another is essentially useless. Pluto is a planet because it is spherical, meaning it is large enough to be pulled into a round shape by its own gravity--a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids held together by chemical bonds. These reasons are why many astronomers, lay people, and educators are either ignoring the demotion entirely or working to get it overturned. I am a writer and amateur astronomer and proud to be one of these people. You can read more about why Pluto is a planet and worldwide efforts to overturn the demotion on my Pluto Blog at

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Laurel! Wow! Thanks for taking the time to explain that and thanks for stopping by my blog.