WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from the increasingly important role of computers in our lives. Continue reading...

White Castle

White Castle

As one of the great East Coast and Midwest traditions, White Castle stands proudly as the oldest of all hamburger fast-food joints. While they’re not global like McDonalds and Burger King, their unique style helps White Castle to stand out in a way that beckons travelers from other parts to come and give their iconic “slider” a try. Continue reading...

Missing Persons

Missing Persons

If there’s one thing that can be said about the 80s, it’s that it had a style all its own. But of all the image-conscious bands to emerge from the decade, one stands just a bit above the others, with their spacey sci-fi clothing, sculpted hair and copious amounts of makeup: Missing Persons. Continue reading...

Cosmos

Cosmos

Television and movies have long speculated about faraway galaxies through the eyes of fictional space explorers such as Buck Rogers and Captain Kirk. But TV viewers were eventually given an informative introduction to the real universe we live in, thanks to a visionary scientist named Carl Sagan, host and producer of the fascinating 13-part television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Airing in 1980 on PBS, Cosmos was a provocative, visually-stunning exploration that left viewers on the edge of their seats as Sagan used his considerable charm to explain all that we know about the mysteries of space. Continue reading...

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

When Kenner created the Easy-Bake Oven, it provided kids with a safer way to practice their culinary skills, thereby keeping them out of the kitchen and away from its inherent danger. Shrinky Dinks, on the other hand, brought them back to the kitchen in droves, their eyes peeled to a hot oven window, watching their hand-drawn creations shrink into a plastic trinket as if by magic. Continue reading...

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...