Meatballs

Meatballs

Bill Murray found success as one of the iconic “Not Ready For Prime Time Players” on Saturday Night Live in the 70s. And like his cohorts, Chevy Chase and John Belushi, his next career step was films. His first starring role was as out-of-control camp counselor Tripper Harrison in the comedy Meatballs. Released in 1979 and directed by Ivan Reitman, (who had just finished producing Animal House) Meatballs wasn’t exactly a children's film. It was a bit too risqué for that, garnering a PG rating - but it was still managed to be seen by a heck of a lot of kids who still fondly remember the summer-themed film to this day. Continue reading...

Batman

Batman

There has never been any shortage of superhero-based shows on television, but none are quite as fondly remembered as Batman, which debuted in 1965 on ABC. Endearingly campy, and filled to the brim with colorful characters, handy gadgets and impressive vehicles, Batman provided all the cliff-hanging adventure that any comic book fan could ever hope for. Continue reading...

Dig Dug

Dig Dug

The creators of Pac-Man toiled long and hard to repeat the success of their yellow pride and joy, but didn't have much luck until somebody suggested that going around a maze might be more fun if you actually got to create the maze yourself. Dig Dug, released by Namco in 1982, had plenty of monsters lurking around corners and one plucky digger determined to vanquish them all. Continue reading...

Don’t Break The Ice

Don’t Break The Ice

At one point during the 1960s, toy companies raised eyebrows with a line of games seemingly designed to bring out the megalomaniac in every child. With Ants in the Pants, kids launched plastic bugs into a pair of trousers. Cootie taught children the value of constructing even more bugs. But of all these games, nothing came close to being as diabolically fun as Milton Bradley’s Don’t Break The Ice. Continue reading...

ABBA

ABBA

The 1970s shall heretofore be known as the ABBA Era, because we all know the Swedish pop group was the life blood of that groovy decade. Their catchy tunes and graceful harmonies took the world by storm and haven’t lost one ounce of their sparkling appeal over the years. Continue reading...

Pink Panther Flakes

Pink Panther Flakes

Cereal mascot Tony the Tiger, iconic as he may be, wasn't the only feline who dabbled in the breakfast business. Back in the 70s, he received a brief bit of competition from another beloved cartoon cat, one with a penchant for pink. The Pink Panther, with his unmistakable theme music, showed up on the cereal scene and invited you to try a bowl of yummy goodness called Pink Panther Flakes. Today, they are one of the best-remembered extinct cereals of the era. Continue reading...

Flinstones Vitamins

Flintstones Vitamins

In the early sixties, everyone’s favorite stone-age family sitcom, The Flintstones, was entertaining millions of television viewers each week with their prehistoric parody of modern suburban life. And like all cartoons of the era, a little cross promotion of other products was par for the course. Some of the products hawked by the show, such as cigarettes, would leave people aghast in today’s age, but one product in particular was not only good and healthy, but continues to rely on the characters from this show (which went off the air over forty years ago) to market the product. Of course, we are talking about Flintstones Vitamins. Continue reading...

Mad Libs

Mad Libs

Juggling between silliness and real educational value, Mad Libs is just about the most hilarity one can have while learning the parts of speech, a fill-in-the-blank party game that arrived in the 50s and continues to introduce new generations of fans to its whimsical wordplay. Continue reading...