Retroland The Social Archeology Channel Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:26:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Star Wars Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:25 +0000 Star Wars, he likely had high hopes for the ambitious science-fiction film. It is hard to imagine that he came even remotely close to envisioning the impact or success that the film would go on to achieve. In terms of box-office numbers, in terms of successful sequels (and prequels,) in terms of a massive marketing machine, in terms of astounding special effects, the film simply has few rivals. And if you were one of the first to stand in line in 1977, the first to see the text scroll up the screen, you likely remember the experience as if it were yesterday.]]> 0 The Facts of Life Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:21:30 +0000 Diff'rent Strokes. When daughter Kimberly Drummond’s school’s housemother quit her job at Eastlake Academy the day before the campus play, disaster was imminent. Who would make the costumes? Edna Garrett, the Drummond’s maid, rises nobly to the occasion. In fact, she so impresses the school that Steven Bradley, the headmaster, asks her to be the new housemother permanently. With a fond farewell to Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly (who continued to go to Eastlake, even though she was seldom seen in this new spinoff), Mrs. G took her place in The Facts of Life, one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s.]]> 1 Rainbow Brite Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:26:36 +0000 1 Back to the Future Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:06:25 +0000 Back to the Future gave one teen a chance to see for himself. Directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump), this mid-80's time-traveling romp became the highest-grossing movie of the year, and it helped transition Michael J. Fox, then best known as orthodox conservative Alex P. Keaton on the popular sitcom Family Ties, into a genuine movie star.]]> 1 Life Savers Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:32:04 +0000 0 Pong Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Pong wasn't the first commercial video game but it sure was the most successful, ushering in the first generation of electronic arcade games. Developed by video game guru Nolan Bushnell, Pong became the foundation for Bushnell's legendary Atari company and ground zero for an industry about to explode.]]> 0 Frisbee Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:34:38 +0000 0 Clarissa Explains It All Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:29:59 +0000 Clarissa Explains It All, one of Nickelodeon’s most popular kid shows in the 90s.]]> 0 The Naked Gun Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:10:52 +0000 Airplane. Two years later, he continued the shtick in the very short-lived television series, Police Squad, playing Lieutenant Frank Drebin. For those that may have missed that little piece of TV comedy gold, he eventually took the character to the big screen in The Naked Gun. Released in 1988, there was no joke or sight gag too silly to milk for every laugh it was worth. Of course, the true charm was in Nielson’s ability to always keep a straight face.]]> 0 Parachute Pants Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:12:23 +0000 breakdancing was gathering momentum, and if you wanted to spin with reckless abandon or bust out with some robotic moves, you needed a pair of pants that were lightweight and slick. Once again, the dance community led the way to a fashion fad of immense proportions. ]]> 1