Star Trek

Star Trek

Considering the pop culture status that Star Trek has achieved over the decades, it is hard to fathom that the original series that started it all was not an initial success by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, it found its greatest prosperity long after it had been cancelled, as later generations realized just how compelling and unique the show really was. And, over forty years after its debut in 1966, its legacy is nothing short of astounding. Those 80 original episodes spawned five successful spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning series, and 11 feature-length films - not to mention enough books, toys and other merchandising to fill a small galaxy. Throw in the legions of loyal devotees known as "Trekkies," who congregate at conventions all over the world, and it becomes clear that Star Trek will continue to have an impact for years to come. Continue reading...

Jolt Cola

Jolt Cola

While most soda companies tend to downplay their caffeine content, a new soft drink popped up in the 80s that not only didn't shy away from mentioning the ingredient, but proudly touted its enormous quantities on the side of every can. Jolt was a cola with a purpose, offering twice the stimulation for anyone who looked to soda pop for a quick pick-me-up. Continue reading...

Wacky Wall Walkers

Wacky Wall Walkers

In the 80s, it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see a rubber octopus slowly make its way down a wall - a slimy and slithering slinky of sorts. The critter retained its hold, thanks to its remarkably sticky eight legs which adhered when thrown, then methodically walked towards the ground under the merciless forces of gravity. The Wacky Wall Walker would become a toy fad that gripped the entire nation like no other, to the astounding tune of a quarter of a billion of the wiggly beasts being sold in a few short years. Continue reading...

Klondike

Klondike

Has anyone ever actually stopped to contemplate what he or she would be willing to do for a Klondike Bar? Perhaps only in the commercials, for most of us are fortunate to have a plentiful supply in the local frozen foods aisle. Why jump through hoops when you can simply toss a six-pack of the delightful, stick-less ice cream bars into your cart? Continue reading...

Weird Science

Weird Science

John Hughes, the king of movies about high school misfits, took a walk on the wild side in 1985 with Weird Science, a sci-fi flavored comedy about two lovable teenage geeks who create the perfect woman using little more than a souped-up computer and a Barbie doll. Continue reading...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Take a group of robots, add some strange monsters to the mix and throw in a generous helping of Kung Fu, and you have the attention of just about every red-blooded kid in existence. This recipe of entertainment was offered up in the mega hit series of the 90s, a surreal series called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And, like any respectable robot show, an onslaught of toys would follow close behind, making the Power Rangers a lucrative success. Continue reading...

Big League Chew

Big League Chew

For decade after decade, young fans of America’s favorite pastime watched their heroes stuff wads of chewing tobacco into their cheek, a particularly dangerous habit that most parents didn’t want their kids to emulate. In 1977, veteran ballplayer Jim Bouton was sitting in the dugout, watching the younger players follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and it occurred to him that someone ought to make a gum that looked like chewing tobacco, so that it might serve as a healthier alternative. The result was Big League Chew. Continue reading...

The Police

The Police

You can't really pigeonhole The Police into any one particular genre. Rather, they were three musical alchemists, each fluent in punk, ska, reggae and pop. They blended these diverse styles with ease, creating a unique sound that translated into numerous hit records and lots of 70s and 80s airplay. Continue reading...