Johnson Smith

Johnson Smith

For juvenile pranksters, reading through a Johnson Smith Company catalog was like hearing a voice from heaven. Yes, children, there really is gum that tastes like garlic and candy that turns your mouth bloody (or, at least, fake bloody). And nobody made these tricks, gizmos, jokes and marvels look more appealing that the people at Johnson Smith. Continue reading...

SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...

The Rifleman

The Rifleman

Nobody on television ever worked a Winchester with as much agility and speed as Chuck Connors. For five years, viewers tuned in weekly to watch TV's first single parent fight off an endless supply of bad guys, thanks to his trusty firearm, on the beloved ABC series, The Rifleman. Continue reading...

Good & Plenty

Good & Plenty

For those who don't harbor an aversion to the black variety of licorice, movie theaters have long offered a special treat – those little capsule shaped white and pink delicacies known as Good & Plenty. Fans will attest that they are both good and plentiful, and they also happen to be the oldest branded candy in the United States. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...

Platform Shoes

Platform Shoes

Nothing says “walking tall” like the obscenely elevated soles of the platform shoe. As any survivor of the disco era can attest, one's stature in the fashion world was measured in part by the amazing heights achievable in these stylish stilts. But the platform shoe has a storied history that dates much farther back than the Bee Gees. Continue reading...

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Compulsive neatness first matched wits with advanced slobbery on the Broadway stage in the popular Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple. The formula worked just as well on the big screen in 1968, so ABC decided to give it a shot as a sitcom two years later. Starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, the tale of two divorced polar opposites sharing an apartment together proceeded to win the hearts of millions. Continue reading...

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson’s

To the road weary traveler in the early days of the motor car, an orange-colored roof was the closest thing they would find to an oasis. What lie ahead was reliably good eats, and clean and comfortable lodging. For that trademark orange roof meant only one thing, Howard Johnson's - and the founder of the company made sure his customers were pleased with their visit. Continue reading...