The Game of Life

The Game of Life

While life has existed for millions of years on planet Earth, it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that a game was invented to mirror it. Back in 1860, it was considered "America's Favorite Parlor Game" and when it was reintroduced by the Milton Bradley Company a hundred years later, it proved just as popular and remains so to this day. Continue reading...

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

Reminiscent of the old Bob Hope/Bing Cosby road movies, The Muppet Movie, released in 1979, is a movie within a movie, as Kermit the Frog attempts to explain to his young nephew, though a movie, how the gang of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and friends managed to cross paths. Kermit does admit that his account may be slightly fictionalized but, real or not, the resulting tale is full of charm and non-stop laughs that could only come from the mind of Jim Henson. Continue reading...

Wham!

Wham!

A lot was happening in the music industry in 1985. Whitney Houston released her first album, Madonna embarked on her first tour, and an enormous collection of artists got together to record a little single called We Are The World. And then there was Wham! Consisting of two boyhood friends, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, they proceeded to dominate the radio and television airwaves, winning the hearts of millions of teenage girls along the way. Yes, in 1985, the pop music market belonged to Wham! Continue reading...

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

As if teenagers weren’t paranoid enough already, along comes 21 Jump Street to confirm that, yes, your new best friend could be a narc that would follow you around collecting incriminating evidence, ultimately busting you on some totally bogus charge during the slow dance at your prom. Not cool, dude. Continue reading...

Puka-Shells

Puka Shells

The unassuming abode of the cone snail might not seem like the type of thing that would get a teenaged girl all hot and bothered. But string a handful of the little shells together into a fashionable choker-style necklace and slap them around the neck of America’s favorite teen heartthrob, and the next thing you know, every teenage boy is dressing to impress with a puka shell necklace. Continue reading...

Glamour Heads

Glamour Heads

For years, little girls rummaged through Mom’s makeup bag, anxious to delve into a world of lipstick, eyeliner, blush – pretty much anything else that would give them that look of stylish sophistication that all the older girls possessed. Therefore, moms everywhere rejoiced at the introduction of the Glamour Head series of styling centers, allowing little girls to practice their beauty secrets to their little heart’s content. Mom could relax knowing that little Mary was tarting up a plastic head, rather than making herself look like an up-and-coming circus performer for all the neighbors to see. More importantly, mom no longer had to worry about her makeup stash being prematurely depleted. Continue reading...

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Disney's 28th animated motion picture marked the beginning of one era and the end of another. The Little Mermaid ushered in an animated Renaissance for the studio, sparking a string of hits that included Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more. The film was also the last fully cel-animated picture for the studio, as computers soon took over many of the animators' more menial tasks. Historical considerations aside, The Little Mermaid was plain old good fun, a somewhat loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. Continue reading...

Joannie Loves Chachi

Joanie Loves Chachi

As has been proven time and time again, there are no sure things in the television industry when it comes to the next big hit. Even the best-laid plans can fizzle in the blink of an eye. Take the popular series, Happy Days, for example – plenty of longevity, beloved by millions of television viewers, and boasting a track record of two reasonably successful spin-off series (Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy). Three times is a charm, right? Well, in the case of Joanie Loves Chachi, not necessarily. Continue reading...