May 1988 Pop Culture: Swayze, Satisfaction & Four To Watch

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May 1988 was a big one for pop culture: the airing of the St. Elsewhere series finale meant the dawning of the Tommy Westphall Universe! After discussing that, plus some other big moments in contemporaneous TV finales, we take a stroll through What Now. Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, stretching as actors! Patrick Swayze, opening a restaurant in New York! Karen, breaking a Tiffany album in half! And Pam delves into the dark history of Anna Jarvis, creator of Mother’s Day! Finally, the issue folds One To Watch into its one and only pop culture feature, having Christina interview FOUR Ones To Watch. Sure, we all know who Alex Winter is, but did Paul Hipp, Billy McNamara, and Alan Boyce amount to anything? Find out with our latest episode!

Episode Rundown

Hello, It's May 1988

In Our Lives + Crybaby

What Now: Fresh Horses

What Now: Patrick Swayze's Restaurant

What Now: Celebrity Sightings

What Now: Trashing Tiffany

What Now: A Girl Named Sassy

What Now: Glossary #2: Rage

What Now: Mother's Day

What Now: Black Cheerleader Gets Abused

Watch It: School Daze

Watch It: The Beat

Watch It: Satisfaction

Watch It: The Invisible Kid

Listen Up: Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers

Listen Up: Big Pig

Listen Up: Venetians

Listen Up: Johnny Hates Jazz

Listen Up: Will And The Kill

Listen Up: Crazy House

Feature: Ones To Watch: Cute Guy Alert

Goodbye For Now

When Will The Episode End?!

Episode Notes

The Tommy Westphall Universe
"The story behind Kirk Cameron's sad birthday party photo" at Yahoo! News
"Take A Second To Salute Anna Jarvis, The Mother Of Mother's Day" at NPR
The Wikipedia entry on Anna Jarvis
"Ex-Cheerleader Wages Lonely Fight at Ohio State" at
Biography of Jill (Redo) Joseph's husband, Rev. Eric Anthony Joseph, Ph.D.
School Daze on Netflix
The Tapeheads Trailer on YouTube
Trailer for The Beat on YouTube
"Iko Iko" scene from Satisfaction, on YouTube
Trailer for The Invisible Kid on YouTube
Pam's May 1988 mixtape on Spotify
Alan Boyce Grows Invisible at Dennis Cooper's blog
"Sunday Reads: Make Sad Keanu Smile - Watch Permanent Record On Its 30th Anniversary" at Birth. Movies. Death.
Sticky Fingers on Amazon Prime Video
Liberace: Behind The Music on Amazon Prime Video
William McNamara on Twitter
Billy McNamara on the Conversations With Connors podcast
"Alex Winter on Telling the Story of 'Paradoxical' Frank Zappa in New Doc: 'It Took Us Years to Get it Right'" at Variety
Extra Hot Great 346, featuring our discussion of Kid 90
Showbiz Kids at HBO Max
Fanthropology on the Ologies podcast
The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show podcast