Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

Forever linked to baseball, thanks to the sport's unofficial anthem, and beloved container of free toy prizes, Cracker Jack has put smiles on the faces of children and adults alike for well over a hundred years. Some even consider it America's first junk food, a dubious distinction for a snack that may actually be more American than apple pie. Continue reading...

Milli Vanilli

Milli Vanilli

With their fresh look, which included a preppy mix of blazers, bike shorts, Doc Martens and dreadlocks, it’s easy to understand why Milli Vanilli caused a sensation during the dance-pop explosion of the 80s. They might have even been destined for greatness were it not for a little sound glitch from a concert that proved their monumental undoing. Seemingly overnight, their star rose to astounding heights, then fell just as swiftly. Continue reading...

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

America got their first glimpse of the Blues Brothers during a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. Jake and Elwood (played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd respectively) brought the house down with their energizing performance, leading to more appearances on the popular show and a well-received album. In 1980, they brought the pair to the big screen in The Blues Brothers, a beloved film filled with great music and plenty of car crashes. Continue reading...

Othello

Othello

When Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were singing “Ebony and ivory, live together in perfect harmony…” they weren’t singing about Othello, but it might have seemed that way. When this board game’s black and white pieces were laid out, things appeared peaceful at first. But fortunes changed quickly, luck ran out, and come to think of it, there wasn’t any perfect harmony to be found at all. It was every man for himself. Continue reading...

Super Friends

Super Friends

Most kids have a superhero they identify with. Problem is, each used to have their own individual shows and there just wasn’t enough time on Saturday morning for every hero to get a time slot - meaning some young Aquaman fan was probably out of luck. The solution was to put them all together, and that’s precisely what Hanna-Barbera did in 1973, under the umbrella of Super Friends. All the favorites were there – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, even Aquaman, plus a few up-and-coming prospects from the minor leagues. Continue reading...

Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack

Over the years, kids have come up with many creative ways to alleviate boredom at school: some play paper football, some trade notes back and forth, and some just tune out the world with their iPods. One of the coolest ways to kill scholastic downtime is to play with a Hacky Sack footbag. This easily-learned activity became a hit with sports enthusiasts of all ages during the 70s and 80s by providing a fun activity that developed dexterity at the same time. As a result, it became a hit of international proportions. Continue reading...

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Shut the door and turn on the black light lamp, it’s time to groove to Pink Floyd. A band that started out strange and esoteric and became even more strange and esoteric shouldn’t have known such success, but Pink Floyd were masters at bucking conventions. They had few hits, if the Billboard charts are anything to judge by, yet they still have an enormous following around the world. Continue reading...

Cheers

Cheers

Welcome to a bar called Cheers, a Boston hangout where everybody knows your name, is always glad you came, and never nags you about taking out the garbage. Cheers wasn't just a loafer's paradise; it was a sitcom lover's dream, and it became one of the most popular TV comedies of all time. Continue reading...