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Paul Nicholas as Vince and Jan Francis as Penny in Just Good Friends

Paul Nicholas as Vince and Jan Francis as Penny in Just Good Friends

“Quick, what’s the number for 911?” Few people are ever excited when a new character is introduced into a sitcom as it usually throws the storyline off balance and is signified as a last-ditch effort to revitalize the show, which is known in Hollywood as “jumping the shark.” In the 1980s and 1990s, this was a pretty common practice and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was no exception in 1994 when ratings fell. That’s when the show gave Will Smith a younger cousin, Nicholas “Nicky” Banks.

“Quick, what’s the number for 911?” Few people are ever excited when a new character is introduced into a sitcom as it usually throws the storyline off balance and is signified as a last-ditch effort to revitalize the show, which is known in Hollywood as “jumping the shark.” In the 1980s and 1990s, this was a pretty common practice and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was no exception in 1994 when ratings fell. That’s when the show gave Will Smith a younger cousin, Nicholas “Nicky” Banks.

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.

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Nicholas Nedbaylos soviet retrofuture art 1970s & 1980s.

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Sylvan Terrace (above), up a flight of stairs from St. Nicholas Avenue, is a two-sided stretch of 20 wooden row houses flanking a once-private lane. The three-story houses were built in 1882 and restored in the 1980s.

Sylvan Terrace (above), up a flight of stairs from St. Nicholas Avenue, is a two-sided stretch of 20 wooden row houses flanking a once-private lane. The three-story houses were built in 1882 and restored in the 1980s.

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