Brady Kids

The Brady Kids

With the enduring popularity of the hit series, The Brady Bunch, on prime time, it was inevitable that the clan would eventually make their way to the Saturday morning lineup in cartoon form. In 1972, Paramount Studios and Filmation Studios teamed up to bring the lovable little six-pack of moppets to animated life in The Brady Kids, running the cartoon concurrently with the sitcom. Continue reading...

Hall Passes

Hall Passes

While perhaps not a rite of passage, it certainly offered the right of passage. The hall pass was a permission ship, a declaration of sorts that you had the right to pass through the halls of school – unescorted and with the teacher’s blessing. In its simplest form, it was a roundtrip ticket to the bathroom and worth milking for all it was worth. It gave you a few precious moments of independence to ponder the imponderables, like “So-and-so is really cute” and “I wish the bell would ring,” Continue reading...

Breakout arcade game

Breakout

For all of the mass frenzy created by the introduction of Pong in 1972, the excitement started to wane four years later, as the public was eager for new and exciting arcade games. As a result, future Apple computer creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak put their heads together and the result was Breakout, the newest chapter in coin-operated game history that was destined to sweep the world. Continue reading...

Nerf

Nerf

As any regular viewer of The Brady Bunch can attest, mom always said, “Don’t play ball in the house.” Well, over the years, technological strides were made, and thanks to an inventor named Reyn Guyer (who also gave the world the game of Twister,) we can finally throw out that old axiom. For he invented the Nerf ball and changed the world as we know it, allowing us to finally play ball in the house. Continue reading...

Joust arcade game

Joust

If you only had the name to go by, one might assume that a video game called Joust would be a mere pitting of two knights, sitting proudly atop their respective trusty steeds, engaging in an effort to successfully skewer their opponent - a reasonable assumption, but one that completely undersells this quirky and enormously popular endeavor. No, Joust, released by Williams Electronics in 1982, offered a much more entertaining challenge, one that focused on a delightfully strange competitive arena. Continue reading...

Love, American Style

Love, American Style

Long before The Love Boat set sail in a search of romance on the high seas, there was another series where love was perpetually in the air. From 1969 – 1974, Love, American Style gave television viewers a comedic glimpse into the lives of those caught up in the various stages of romance. And while it seemed at the time like there must be something lewd about the show, looking back it was all pretty innocent. It did, however, bestow a priceless gift upon television viewers that millions would forever cherish. For, had it not been for this quirky little amorous show, we might never have come to know Fonzie. Continue reading...

Gun Fight

Gun Fight

Strap on that holster and mosey down memory lane. The year was 1975, when the vigilantism of the Old West merged with modern technology. Designed by Taito and distributed by Midway, Gun Fight might have harkened back to the days of the OK Corral, but the inner workings of this popular arcade game were purely state of the art. Continue reading...

Spitballs

Spitballs

You’re sitting in class, minding your own business, watching the teacher meticulously write the next algebra equation on the blackboard and feeling pretty good about yourself. That is, until you feel the sharp sting against the back of your neck. Is it an insect bite or have you been shot in the neck by a primitive Amazon warrior’s blowgun? You reach behind your head and feel wetness - but it isn’t blood. Rather it is a sample of one of your classmate’s saliva. You’ve just been pelted by a spitball (or spitwad, if you prefer.) Continue reading...