Early Holiday Season

The winter holiday season is a wonderful time of year. People seem to be more patient, giving and understanding. Halloween, on the other hand, is a celebration of all things creepy and spooky. The two should not overlap. It’s unfair to Thanksgiving! Nowadays, advertisers and marketing companies have figured out the equation for more purchases – put Santa on the

The Fonz is Born

On October 30, 1945, Henry Winkler was born. The classically-trained actor would go on to become a household name with his role on the 70s sitcom “Happy Days” as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. This leather-wearing ladies man sure knew how to point his fingers and pop his collar… Winkler graduated with a master’s in fine arts from Yale School of

Matt Knows News

Matt is a breaking news behemoth. He spends his time deciding what stories of humanity are worth telling, and who will be denied their 15 minutes of fame. His Midwestern news station has seen their fair share of crazy tales, but it’s Matt’s job to choose the best ones. Matt took the time out of his busy day of sensationalizing the truth to tell BOJ how the

Smashing Jack O’ Lanterns

Last week’s installment of “We Got Beef” touched on a sore subject for some – Halloween vandalism. While BOJ does not condone acts of vandalism, if you’re giving away toothbrushes on Halloween… you deserve the wrath of the neighborhood children. You have betrayed them. One Halloween shenanigan, however, is just downright unacceptable

Blue Ox and Halloween

BOJ is in full Halloween mode. It’s a great time of year! It’s a season filled with costume parties, jack-O’-lanterns and seasonal consumables. (CANDY!) Like many holidays, having the exact same routine takes some of the fun out of it. Sometimes holidays need a good kick in the pants, or in this case – a ‘punch in the face.’ BOJ products may

James Brown at the Apollo

On October 24, 1962, breakthrough artist James Brown recorded his legendary album, Live at the Apollo. Believe it or not, there was an era of music which did not involve YouTube stars and iTunes downloads. It was the era of the live act. When people said, “They’re no good live,” and it meant they were no good – period. In 1962, rock n’ roll was

Houses Without Candy

You remember the good ole’ days. Halloween night. Your costume was immaculate, your company was… bearable… and your mission was simple – fill a pillowcase with candy. Whether you were dressed as a Ninja Turtle, or just wrapped yourself in toilet paper, candy collecting was indisputably the goal. The only possible let down of this entire evening of free,

Bob Barker is Replaced

On October 15, 2007, a new face appeared on the stage of everyone’s favorite “sick day” television program. After 35 years of tanned, white-haired glory, Bob Barker laid down his oddly long microphone to resign as the host of The Price is Right – the longest-running daytime game show in television history. Who could ever replace this legend of elderly

Emma Knows Cider

Emma is no run-of-the-mill lady, in fact – she runs the mill… literally. Parmenter’s Cider Mill, in Michigan, is a picturesque, fall gathering place straight out of “Hocus Pocus.” Lines are long, cider is delicious and Halloween decorations have been ‘spared no expense.’ On these customer-infested fall days, Emma holds it down.

SNL Debuts

On October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live (SNL), a comedy sketch show featuring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris and Jane Curtan premiered on NBC. This revolutionary comedy program featured a regular cast of funny-people, as well as a guest host and musical act for each week. The hour-and-a-half program went on to become the highest-rated,

Store-Bought Costumes

That’s not a costume… that’s a t-shirt and a mask. Fall is here. Leaves are changing, people are complaining about the weather and Halloween is approaching. So, the season’s most popular question can be heard being muttered, from youngsters to adults (who are desperate for any reason to have a few beers) – “What are you going to be for

Blue Ox and Peanut Brittle

COMING SOON! Blue Ox Jerky is proud to announce a limited-time partnership with Lodish’s Champion Brittle! Our office was lucky enough to try Mike Lodish’s family-recipe Peanut Crunch – it was a smash hit! Several BOJ staff members were sent home after a fight broke out over the last piece. It was worth it… For those looking to hear more about this

Over Cooked Meat

Let’s be completely and utterly honest with each other. If you like your steak well-done – you’re not a steak connoisseur. It’s fine. Don’t feel bad! It’s similar to someone saying that their favorite singer is Miley Cyrus… they just haven’t heard real music yet. It’s not their fault. Just as a cigar aficionado looks for a

Mount Rushmore

On October 4, 1927, sculpting began on a giant mountain face in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. It was decided that South Dakota would be the perfect spot to carve our most beloved presidents’ faces into a rock stolen from the Lakota tribe after the Great Sioux War of 1876. Whoops… The highway attraction of the century, folks –

Mike Lodish Knows Brittle

Mike Lodish is no ordinary sweets proprietor. Lodish’s Champion Brittle is a testament to family, hard work and a three-generation-old recipe for deliciousness. Before opening-up shop with his mother, Pat Lodish, Mike Lodish may have played some football… By “may have played” – we mean he conquered Pac-10 AND Rose Bowl Championships while at UCLA, was drafted