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...

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life

Bugs crawling across movie screens were a common sight in the late 90s. While the folks at Dreamworks were infested with Antz, Disney/Pixar followed in their footsteps with A Bug’s Life, featuring a star-studded cast of critter voices and some revolutionary CGI animation for their “epic of miniature proportions.” Continue reading...

Penny Racers

Penny Racers

When you purchased one of Takara’s Penny Racer toy cars, you made sure you had an extra penny left over. One small cent made all the difference. It made for stunt car spinning happiness, with Matchbox and Hot Wheels track driving seeming bland and dull when compared to these 80s marvels. Continue reading...

The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Despite it's reputation for stellar family entertainment, the 70s weren't exactly the golden age for Disney animation. One notable exception was The Rescuers. A somewhat darker endeavor than their typical fare, the studio spent four years and eight million dollars, utilizing a team of forty animators to create this classic cartoon adventure. Continue reading...