Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for Wayne's World, Washington, Wimbledon, & Williams (2017 Blogging A to Z)

Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule, where I unearth artifacts and memories from a quarter century ago in alphabetical order everyday (excluding Sundays, with the exception of the 30th) during the month of April. 

Today's letter is W, so here we go...

Wayne's World, an American comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, was released on February 14, 1992.  The film starred Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, and Lara Flynn Boyle.  Chris Farley, Meatloaf, and Alice Cooper also made appearances.  Wayne's World was Mike Myers' film debut.



The film was the 8th highest grossing movie of 1992, earning $121 million domestically.  It is the highest grossing of all the movies that originated as SNL skits.


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On January 26, 1992, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.  The televised event had an estimated 79.6 million viewers and was held in Minneapolis, MN.  It was the first time the city ever hosted the event.  The win made the Redskins the forth team to ever win three Super Bowls.  The game's outcome made the Bills the third team to lose back to back Super Bowls.

The halftime show was not the massive, over the top event that is has become in the recent decade or two.  The theme that year was "Winter Magic" and it consisted of the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band performing while former Olympians Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill skated on sheets of teflon atop large platforms in the middle of the field.  Gloria Estefan performed the show's finale.




According to this Sports Illustrated article, it is ranked as one of the Top 10 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

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In the summer of '92, American tennis player Andre Agassi won the Men's Singles at Wimbledon and Steffi Graf from Germany won the Women's Singles. It was the first career Grand Slam title and the first ever Wimbledon title for Agassi.  The win was Graf's 11th career Grand Slam title and her 4th Wimbledon title.


Agassi and Graf would later marry in 2001.


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In January '92, former Miss America, Vanessa Williams, released the song that would become her signature song, "Save The Best For Last."  



"Save The Best For Last" held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks (March 21 through April 18) and became the 4th most popular song of 1992 according to the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart.


On a personal note, "Save The Best For Last" is one of those sentimental songs that has a lot of memories associated with it.  Even now, a quarter of a century later, I still find it very moving and bittersweet.  As I was listening to the song before embedding the code in the body of the blog, I found myself thinking of a boy named J and remembering how desperately I wanted the outcome of this song to be the outcome between he and I...

Were you a fan of Wayne's World when it was just a sketch on SNL?  (I wasn't watching SNL at the time, so I was not.)  

As always, thanks for stopping by!



4 comments:

  1. wayne's world is where I first heard 'bohemian rhapsody', I would never heard of Queen if I have seen the movie; wasn't even watching SNL; I think I became a fan because of 'save the best for last' - quite sentimental...

    have a lovely day.

    ~ my W post -wheel of fortune game ~

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  2. No didn't like SNL so didn't watch seen the movie and it was okay and a football note the Buffalo bills lost back to back to back super bowls

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  3. I had that Vanessa Williams tape.

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