by Steve Haruch
(While my general rule is to never, ever read the comments on YouTube, I have to say I'm kind of surprised by the unanimity with which the commenters on any given Opryland video curse Gaylord for tearing the place down.)
And if you haven't already, do read Noel Murray's love letter to the place over at the A.V. Club, which also describes his time as a costume character: "On a typical shift, I spent about 90 minutes sweating profusely inside a cereal mascot costume, about 90 minutes strolling around saying things like, “Play nice with Count Chocula!,” and about three hours just chilling in our air-conditioned trailer, playing epic rounds of UNO and coming up with goofy ways to waste time with my fellow furries."
Now ... to the (metaphorical) tape!
1. "You're the one who makes the hot dogs / You're the one who loves to dance." Best lyric in the history of lyrics?
2. Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle. American Express presents: Showboat 77!
3. Groundbreaking time!
4. How about some home movies set to a Flock of Seagulls song? Don't be surprised if this inexplicably makes you tear up.
5. Statlers vs. Mandrells! Special guest Brenda Lee! Family Feud at Opryland!