What screams America more than baseball, Coca-Cola and Dodger Dogs?
“American Restoration” on History celebrates its 100th episode at 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday (June 18) when Rick Dale gets an assist from former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
Dale takes an old Coke cooler and restores its luster. The trickier part is turning the cooler into a hot dog machine — for Dodger Dogs, naturally — that must retain heat.
“It was masterfully done, and I think it’s going to be a big hit,” Lasorda says. “I was very, very surprised to see the word ‘Dodgers’ and how beautifully that hot dog stand was made.”
The episode leading up to the show’s 100th airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday and features singer and songwriter Jason Mraz. He and his dad, Tom, want to restore a sign reading “Frank D. Fixer” that belonged to Jason’s grandfather.
“When we look at these signs,” Mraz says, “we can see my grandfather’s brush strokes in them, and it’s important that they still look as if they are my grandfather’s signs so we can then hang them in our workshops like he did, and hopefully our grandchildren will do the same for us.”
Here’s a clip from the show with Mraz explaining why an old sign is so important to him.