Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

The hunt was on in 1976’s Sea Wolf, a submarine simulator with realistic sounds (explosions, sonar pings, buzzing motors) and a rotating periscope. Somewhere deep in enemy waters, your sub hunted down freighters, warships and speedy PT boats with deadly precision, dispatching your torpedoes with the touch of a button. These features made Sea Wolf a quarters magnet, sucking them from the depths of our pockets for a few minutes of undersea adventure. Continue reading...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

James Bond and Mary Poppins might seem strange bedfellows, but when the creative talents behind each joined forces, the results were nothing short of magical. Released in 1968, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang delighted children of all ages with a fanciful tale about a flying car. It remains a beloved film by many to this day. Continue reading...

Book Fairs

Book Fairs

For over 25 years, Scholastic Book Fairs have been delighting children, parents, teachers, principals and librarians. They encourage a love of reading within a fun environment where a child can pick and choose his or her own books, indulging themselves in mystery, history, science fiction – and so much more. It brings the convenience of a bookstore right to the school. Continue reading...

Count Chocula

Count Chocula

In the 70s and 80s, kids just couldn’t get their day off on the right foot without a proper dose of delicious sugar and fright, and nothing brought it to the table like Count Chocula and his friends Franken Berry and Boo Berry. Flavored puffs and marshmallows packed a tasty punch and kept kids bouncing off the walls for hours. Continue reading...

Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

Classical music and rock and roll may seem polar opposites, but they actually pair quite well. The Beatles introduced the concept in the 60s, and in the decade that followed, Electric Light Orchestra followed in the Fab Four's footsteps, fusing the two genres and earning an impressive 27 Top-40 hits as a result. Continue reading...

Ants in the Pants

Ants in the Pants

Few wonders of nature captivate a child quite as much as the insect world, and don't think that this magnetic attraction didn't catch the attention of toy manufacturers. Beating the big boys to the punch was the Schaper Company, who practically cornered the market on bug-based games. One of their most beloved is Ants in the Pants. Continue reading...

CHiPs

CHiPs

The battle between good and evil as it played out on California’s freeways found a good home in the classic 70s NBC series, CHiPs. It was an airy mix of action, police drama and comedy but that was not all; there were also tight uniforms and a groovy theme song. Continue reading...

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

There are as many similarities between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins as there are between the Kennedy and Lincoln administrations – although the latter's are pure coincidence. Both films mixed animation with live-action. Both had magical guardians who enchanted the precocious children under their care. Both took place in London, and actor David Tomlinson had a supporting role in both. Other than that - completely different films. Continue reading...