Kung Fu Master

Kung Fu Master

You would thing that after all these years, villains would realize that kidnapping the girl never leads to anything but trouble. Luckily for gamers, these sinister scoundrels have proven to be slow-learners, and a endless supply of damsel in distress games has always dotted the arcade landscape. Such was the case with Kung Fu Master. Borrowing on a premise from the Bruce Lee film, Game of Death, this arcade favorite placed our hero in a multi-leveled palace, with each floor upping the adversarial ante. Continue reading...

Furby

Furby

There may not be much a call for speaking fluent Furbish these days, but there was a time when children all over were determined to learn it to the best of their ability. Mastery of the dialect meant you could communicate better with your Furby, a little furry creature that looked like the offspring of an owl and a gremlin. And if you wanted to be hip to Furby’s jibe, you were going to need to do a little homework. Continue reading...

Chiclets

Chiclets

Some people prefer their gum in stick form. Others have grown accustomed to the slight crunch that a candy coating offers, as is commonly found in the typical gumball. Problem is, gumballs aren’t exactly the sort of thing that is easily carried in one’s pocket, unless you have an affinity for chewing lint. Continue reading...

America Sings

America Sings

The year was 1974 and America was working itself into a patriotic frenzy with preparations to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation. The all-American theme park, Disneyland, joined in on the bicentennial fun and gave visitors an E-Ticket attraction to celebrate the history of American music in a decidedly Disney way: through the use of dozens of audio-animatronic animals, all singing and dancing their way through some of the most-beloved music of our past. Continue reading...

Nanny and the Professor

Nanny and the Professor

Magical nannies have been the secret wish of many kids ever since Mary Poppins floated down from the sky dispensing discipline and whisking her charges off to have wonderful adventures. Another offbeat, quirky governess appeared in Nanny and the Professor, a 1970 sitcom starring Juliet Mills and Richard Long in the title roles. Continue reading...

Silly String

Silly String

Like some of your finer spray cheeses, Silly String comes packaged in an aerosol container and can be shot at targets up to 10 feet away. Sadly, it’s not edible like its Kraft counterpart, but ever since Wham-O introduced this novelty in the late 60s, it's probably appeared at just as many parties. Continue reading...

Free Willy

Free Willy

Films about a boy and his dog have tugged at our collective heartstrings almost as long as Hollywood has been making movies, able to make us laugh in delight one moment, and bawl our eyes out the next. Could such a winning formula succeed if a kid was instead paired with a killer Orca? 1993 proved that the answer was a resounding "yes!" as film audiences flocked to theaters to witness the loving relationship between two societal misfits, a young delinquent named Jessie and his aquatic pal in the box-office blockbuster, Free Willy. Continue reading...

Good Humor

Good Humor

There are many trucks roaming the streets of summer, playing their sing-song melodies and offering their soothing wares to neighborhoods filled with children. Of all the various ice cream men out there, however, only one company can claim that they not only sell these frozen treats, but that they actually invented ice cream on a stick. With their white trucks and well-dressed drivers, Good Humor has led the pack for almost a century. Continue reading...