Hook

Hook

At the turn of the century, author J. M. Barrie created the beloved character, Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up. But what if Peter actually had grown up into the cynical world of adulthood? Would he be able to remember his fanciful childhood adventures or discard them completely? Such was the premise of the 1991, Steven Spielberg-directed film, Hook. With a star-studded cast, featuring Dustin Hoffman as Capt. Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell and manic comedian extraordinaire Robin Williams in the starring role, Hook was a fun-filled adventure that brought a dose of mid-life crisis to the faraway world of Neverland. Continue reading...

Capri Sun

Capri Sun

You can't let your kid go thirsty during lunch period or on those long field trips, but the choices haven't always been plentiful. Milk is nutritious, but not so tasty without refrigeration. You can drink soda warm, but it isn't exactly healthy. Desperate parents rejoiced in the early 80s with the debut of Capri Sun, a juice beverage sold within a handy metal pouch. Continue reading...

SSP Racers

SSP Racers

The zippiest, funnest model cars in existence had to be SSP Racers. It was all in the name - Super Sonic Powered. The cars got their boost of speed from a plastic zip cord pulled through a slot in the chassis that made the wheels spin like the dickens. That's all the innovation it took to turn these little speed demons into a classic toy that remains beloved to this day. Continue reading...

Emergency!

Emergency!

Back in the 70s, the residents of the City of Angels could rest a little easier knowing that paramedics Gage and DeSoto were on the job. And viewers across the country tuned in each week to watch them dutifully, and often heroically, come to the assistance of injured citizens in the hit television show, Emergency! Continue reading...

Pole Position

Pole Position

Since the advent of arcade games, those that offered a chance at testing your racing skills have always remained a popular attraction. In the early days, the graphics left much to be desired, as you guided your dot through a track of dots without a fellow racer to be found. This all changed in 1983, with the introduction of Namco's Pole Position. Offering state-of-the-art graphics and realistic controls, the game offered a much more realistic racing experience - and aspiring drivers lined up in droves. Continue reading...

The Bugaloos

The Bugaloos

While The Beatles may have been the first insect-inspired foursome, another quartet of musical misfits came along a few years after their breakup. And unlike Paul McCartney’s solo band, these guys actually wore wings. Straight from the depths of the Tranquility Forest, it’s that lovable flying fab four, The Bugaloos! Continue reading...

Hersheys Syrup

Hershey’s Syrup

Nothing can make a chocolate lover’s heart skip a beat like a few generous drizzles of Hershey’s syrup. It’s a confectionary miracle worker if there ever was one, able to turn a glass of ordinary milk into something divine, an ordinary bowl of ice cream into a luscious sundae, and a plate of waffles or pancakes into a sublime desert, all in a matter of seconds with no culinary training required. Continue reading...

Simon

Simon

As the 70s came to a close, and with video games clearly the wave of the future, many a Christmas wishlist contained a single word towards the top - Simon. From its inception, this Milton Bradley classic was a must-have game, and it remains a beloved icon from the era, a multi-colored musical light show who served as a loyal friend on a lonely day. Let's take a look back at this addictive little toy. Continue reading...