Chewels

Chewels

In the highly competitive chewing gum market, imitation isn't only the highest form of flattery, it is also a necessity. When Bubble Yum was released in the 70s, for example, Bubblicious and Hubba Bubba were right on its heels. Likewise with the world's first liquid-filled gum. Adams was first out of the gate with the enormously popular Freshen-Up in 1975, and two years later, a competitor arrived called Chewels. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...

Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

You can go home again. Or so Gabe Kotter discovered. Plenty of people head back to high school for a ten-year reunion, stick around a few days, and realize things aren't quite like we thought they'd be ten years before. But Gabe came back to Brooklyn's James Buchanan High for a much longer stay - this time as the enemy, a teacher- in the hit 70s sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Continue reading...

Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s

Before the 80s arrived, there were two hallowed names in the world of ice cream and their names were Baskin and Robbins. They had 40 years of experience making fine frozen products that are still enjoyed to this day. But another pair of entrepreneurs arrived on the scene in 1981. Their names were Ben and Jerry, and their creamy concoctions not only changed the way we think of ice cream, they also helped to better the world in which we live. Continue reading...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

With a knack for setting trends and scoring hits, Billy Idol made his mark in the 80s by blurring the boundaries between punk, hard rock and pop. Coupled with his bad boy image and trademark sneer, his music videos quickly became part of the regular rotation of an emerging presence called MTV and, in the process, made him one of the decade's biggest stars. Continue reading...

Gobots

Gobots

In the great robot toys wars of the 80s, the clear winner was Transformers, but that's not to say they didn't have some stiff competition in the field. Three years earlier, Tonka issued the Gobots line, a worthy adversary to be sure, but one that couldn't quite push their competitor off of their perch. Still, they managed a strong second place finish and remain quite collectable in their own right. Continue reading...

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

The idyllic sitcoms of the 60s rarely presented the struggles of single parents raising children. Perhaps that's why The Courtship of Eddie's Father still resonates with viewers after all these years. Debuting in 1969, the series didn't achieve the same syndication love as its fellow sitcoms from the era, but enough so to maintain a legion of fans who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure. Continue reading...