Monday, January 30, 2012

To Seek Out Missing Cards and Needed Stickers

Here's the next pack of the 1976 Topps Star Trek Trading Cards. And as promised, I have made up for the lack of stickers in the last pack by providing 4 stickers in this pack. Super cool! Hope you're keeping track of which cards you have and need! Enjoy!

Star Trek 1976 Trading Cards Pack 4

Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Trek

Today we get to see Mad Magazine take on Star Trek. In 1976 Mad Magazine turned Star Trek into a musical. This was back when Mad Magazine was still funny so it actually produces a few chuckles. Here is that wonderful parody complete with the sensational cover art featuring Kirk, Spock and Alfred E Numan holding arms in a kick line! Enjoy!

Mad Magazine's Star Trek Musial

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's 48 Card Mission

Here's the next pack of the 1976 Topps set of cards from Star Trek. Due to a slight technical glitch, this particular pack is missing the two stickers that I have been including in every pack. However, hang out until the next pack is posted and there will be four stickers coming your way. Enjoy!

Star Trek 1976 Trading Cards Pack 3

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I remember the first Happy Meal. It came out in conjunction with Star Trek The Motion Picture and was called a Star Trek Meal. I remember being so excited to get one. Mine was the one that had the transporter on the box. I kept that box forever. I don't know whatever happened to it. I think my parents finally threw it away years later. It was the coolest thing ever. And then came the Happy Meal and the rest is history. Here's a commercial for that super cool meal from way back when. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

These Are The Trading Cards of the U.S.S. Enterprise

Here's the next pack of the super cool Topps trading cards from 1976. Over the years there have been several different sets of cards made by several different companies but I have always thought these cards were the best ones. They just look too cool. Decided for yourself when you pick up the next pack of cards and stickers. Enjoy!

Star Trek 1976 Trading Cards Pack 2

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jeff Wayne's Musical Trek

Continuing on with my Star Trek related posts, I re-upped one of my favorite albums of all time. Way back in the early days of the World of Wonder, I posted this album with this description:

This was one of my favorite albums as a kid and it still holds a giant place in my heart today! It's Jeff Wayne's Space Shuttle playing The Theme From Star Trek and The Planet of The Apes. It features funky versions of these tunes as well as the themes from Batman and Superman and a few original tunes that have titles such as "The Ape Planet" and "Beyond The Outer Limits".

As a kid, this was constantly on my turntable and whenever I put it on to this day, it makes me smile. Here it is for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Jeff Wayne's Space Shuttle - The Theme From Star Trek and the Planet of the Apes

Monday, January 23, 2012

Trading Cards . . . The Final Frontier

Just went through a recent Star Trek kick. Read William Shatner's "Star Trek Memories" and watched Season 1. Brought me back as I haven't actually watched an episode of the series in years. I used to love watching it every Sunday night with my dad when I was a youngster in the 70s. I have a lot of Star Trek items to share with you but I thought I would start off with a bit of Trading Card collecting. This time around its the Topps set from 1976. Here's the first pack for your collecting pleasure. Keep checking back for more cards and stickers from this great set! Enjoy!

Star Trek 1976 Trading Cards Pack 1

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gilda Is On The Air

I love Gilda Radner. I sooo wish she was still around. She never ceases to make me smile no matter what I watch that features her. In 1979 Gilda fulfilled a life-long dream to be on Broadway when she performed "Gilda Live" at the Winter Garden Theater. It was filmed and recorded and a year later it was released as an album and a film. Around that same time, Warner Brothers released a radio special to local stations across the country to promote the film. Since the LP was the way things were done back then, the radio stations received the album in the mail and then basically played it on the air, giving their listeners a "special event" to listen to. That album lovingly sits in my collection and I share it with you now. Here is that great interview with the wonderful, Gilda. Enjoy!

Warner Brothers Gilda Radner Interview Album

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Jerry Lewis Dishes It Out To Count Basie

This is one of my all time favorite things in the world. My wife hates it. I think it's brilliant. I once saw a college band play it live to the film at a club in LA. The great, Emil Richards was sitting in with them. It was pretty cool.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Sammy & Buddy Kick It Into High Gear

One of the coolest and most exciting albums in my collection is an album featuring Sammy Davis Jr. with the Buddy Rich Orchestra recorded lived in Vegas in 1966. It is amazing. Record over two nights (or mornings) at the Sands lounge, this album is one of the best you will ever hear. Sammy is on fire. Buddy (as usual) is on top of it and the crowd is eating it up. I wish there was a video of this somewhere as it must have been one of the greatest shows to have been at. The shows started at 2:30 AM and were done as a special performance for the people who worked on the Vegas strip and would have been getting off of work at that time. All I can say is thank God they recorded it! You must check this out. Here's Sammy Davis Jr. and Buddy Rich with "The Sounds of '66". Enjoy!

Sammy Davis JR & Buddy Rich - The Sounds of '66

Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year and Welcome to Year 7!

Wow! It's 2012 and the beginning of the 7th year that the World of Wonder has been on-line. Who would have thunk it?! However, I have some news for this year. As you may have noticed from last year, my personal and professional life has gotten so busy that I am not able to put the time into the World of Wonder that I used to. Which is actually a stark contrast to the fan base. Last year saw a shortage of posts but an increase of new fans and followers. I was debating on wether or not I should continue with the WOW and then I came up with an idea. The World of Wonder is GOING PUBLIC! What exactly does that mean? Here are the details: starting now I will accept posts and sharities from all of you. If you have something you would like to share on the World of Wonder, send me a little write-up and a download link and I will post it on the blog. If you have anything to share please send it to and I'll make sure that it gets on the blog as long as it fits into the World of Wonder criteria. Obviously I won't post anything inappropriate such as porn or the like. And I will not, under any circumstances, post anything new and currently in print. I will continue to post various items from my personal collections and together we can keep the World of Wonder going for at least another year! Get those posts in and Happy New Year!!!!
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