A couple of weeks ago I was corresponding by email with a Birmingham woman coordinating a book-signing for women authors. “Is your maiden name Harwell?” she asked after our initial exchange. “Went to Berry (High School)? And if yes, had a fender bender in your dad’s car during summer school…

The revival Gong Show did bring me a little amusement, though, as it reminded me fondly of another atrocity from the original show’s era that came from my own creative labors: The Unknown Nude.

Two of the more famous "what were they thinking" incidents that came to mind were the 1985 introduction of New Coke and the 1968 Heidi Bowl. (Google it, young readers.)