Video Stores & the Quarantine Nostalgia Blues

In the midst of a global pandemic, it's easier than ever to feel nostalgic for "the good old days." For most of us, though, the good old days probably don't look quite as old as they once did. Instead of the '50s or '60s, right now we'd be willing to settle for the halcyon summer of 2019—back before we'd ever heard of the Coronavirus, social distancing or toilet paper shortages. If there's ever a Back to the Future IV, Marty and Doc Brown won't need to visit the Old West; they'll be happy enough jumping a few short months back in time, just to remember how it feels to shake another human being's hand or see someone smile without a face mask. However, for anyone interested in nostalgia of a m

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Our blog will feature musings by the four Folklife Center superheroes seen below (From left, Kevin Rogan, Erica Gonyea, Tisha Dolton, Todd DeGarmo). With diverse research interests and areas of expertise, our writings will be as unique as we are. Readers should always expect to be entertained and enlightened, though, as they learn about the work we do and the treasures housed in our special collections and archives. Speaking of treasures, visitors to the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library may recognize this cartoon illustration of the Folklife Center crew. The original artwork, by the incredibly talented Christopher Baldwin, hangs in the entrance to our reading room. Christopher exhi

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