Chuckles

Chuckles

You are just about ready to head in the darkened theater; there's just one stop to make at the snack counter. Among the Jujyfruits and M&Ms, there beckons a cellophane package containing five wedges of colorful candy, each coated in sugar for extra sweetness. You've just stumbled upon Chuckles, a candy almost as old as movie theaters themselves. Continue reading...

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe

He is the foremost hero of the toy world, an iconic figure to boys and girls everywhere, and the world's first action figure. His name is G.I. Joe and he has helped to keep the globe safe from evildoers for over half a century and counting, selling millions of toys along the way. Continue reading...

Soap

Soap

Two sisters, with different and rather dysfunctional families were the focus of the controversial ABC sitcom, Soap, which arrived on the airwaves in 1977 and redefined what was acceptable to talk about on television. Often bizarre, usually hilarious, Soap broke down barriers and introduced America to the most colorful characters ever seen on a soap opera. Considering the usual fodder of daytime soap operas, that’s saying something. Continue reading...

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Science has yet to find a way to merge a computer with the human brain, but that didn’t stop Disney from exploring the possibilities all the way back in 1969, in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Starring Kurt Russell as lovable student Dexter Riley, it was the first in a trilogy of films that would follow his adventures on the campus of fictional Medfield College (last seen in the 1961 film, The Absent Minded Professor). Continue reading...

Dumbo

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant

In 1939, through the magic of animation, Walt Disney showed us that, miracle of all miracles, a very special elephant named Dumbo could actually fly (with the aid of a magic feather, of course). It was reasonable to assume that, if only we could somehow climb aboard our lovable pachyderm friend, perhaps we could share in his magnificent flying adventures. Years later, when Walt built his first theme park, he remarked that anything was possible at Disneyland. As it turns out, even a ride on Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

Chewels

Chewels

In the highly competitive chewing gum market, imitation isn't only the highest form of flattery, it is also a necessity. When Bubble Yum was released in the 70s, for example, Bubblicious and Hubba Bubba were right on its heels. Likewise with the world's first liquid-filled gum. Adams was first out of the gate with the enormously popular Freshen-Up in 1975, and two years later, a competitor arrived called Chewels. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...