The Incredible Saga of Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania!
Chapter 1: Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania! opens at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. (Resources: Actual video from the grand opening. Promotional photograph.)
Chapter 2: Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania! closes, shortly after opening at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.
Chapter 3: An indeterminate amount of time passes.
Chapter 4: The sign from Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania! resurfaces on the awning of an abandoned building in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. (Resource: Tim Kiser’s photograph - seen above - and investigative reporting.)
Chapter 4: The sign from Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania! disappears and said abandoned building is torn down. Minneapolis weeps…(Resource: Reid Priedhorsky’s documentation of the sign’s disappearance and said building’s demise, in reverse chronological order.)
Or so we thought…
On Monday, December 14th, come be a part of history as the West Bank Social Center writes the next chapter in this most amazing of stories (and eats way too much spaghetti). This is a one night only event you will not want to miss.
Like a pheonix from the ashes, Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania! will rise again! More information to come.
Rootie Kazootie was the principal character on the 1950s children’s television show The Rootie Kazootie Club. The show was the creation of Steve Carlin and featured human actors along with hand puppets.
The show first aired locally as The Rootie Tootie Club on New York NBC affiliate WNBT on October 14, 1950. Since the title character regularly used a magical kazoo, which he called his “Magic Kazootie,” the kids began calling him “Rootie Kazootie.” Following the kids’ lead, the names of the show and the character were changed with the December 26 show.
NBC began broadcasting it nationally on July 2, 1951. Sponsors included Coca-Cola and Williamson Candy Company, makers of Powerhouse candy bars. The show aired on NBC until November 1952, and was seen on ABC beginning in December. The last telecast was May 7, 1954.
In January 1995, Ira Gallen resurrected the puppet characters for The New Rootie Kazootie TV Show, a series broadcast on Manhattan’s Time-Warner cable outlet. (Wikipedia)