Huskies

Huskies

Many a boy had willingly worn the large-size 'Huskies' for years, naïvely wearing whatever mom bought and put in the closet. Huskies were like any other pants, weren't they? They looked the same: the same color, the same stitching, but why did they have to be bought in a special department? Continue reading...

Sea Wees

Sea Wees

Since time immemorial, kids have dreaded the drudgery of bath time. Enterprising toy companies took advantage of that fact and produced a huge variety of tub and pool toys: boats, submarines, and solid plastic action figures. Most of these toys however appeal to boys and that left girls in the lurch. Enter Sea Wees, the Barbies of the sea! Continue reading...

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Michael Douglas once stated that “greed is good.” It can also be downright hilarious with the right participants. In the case of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the question wasn’t who was involved, but rather, who wasn’t? Nearly every funny man in Hollywood appeared in this epic 1963 film that has kept audiences laughing ever since. Continue reading...

Shakey's Pizza

Shakey’s Pizza

If you’ve ever heard ragtime piano music and the first thing you think of is pizza, you are likely one of the millions that has dined at Shakey’s Pizza. Perhaps you celebrated a birthday there, or met with your Little League team, or maybe your family just wanted an inexpensive way to avoid cooking dinner for the evening. Whatever the reason, a friendly straw hat-wearing employee stood ready to dish out the goods. Continue reading...

V

V

We’ve all had an encounter with an obnoxious neighbor. Things start out fine – you extend a friendly handshake, they bring over a couple of plates of food, you lend them the lawnmower – and before you know it, they have made it their sole purpose to take over your life. Imagine this on a more intergalactic level, and you have the premise of V, a science fiction saga that aired as a miniseries on NBC in 1983. Continue reading...

Parcheesi

Parcheesi

It stands to reason that some of those favorite board games from childhood don't always hold the same appeal for adults. It's rare to see a group of grown-ups playing Candyland, for example. But one game has always had its share of cross-generational interest. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that Parcheesi has remained a favorite for some sixteen centuries. Continue reading...

Boston

Boston

If one wanted to hear the rebellious, in-your-face spirit of Bostonians, one needed to look no further than the gritty guitar sounds on the debut album by the 70s supergroup aptly named Boston. A technological marvel filled with plenty of ear candy, this hybrid of hard rocking and heartwarming ballads catapulted Boston to the top of the charts. Continue reading...

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Of the genres popular when the 80s arrived, teen movies ranked towards the bottom of the list. Sure, there was an occasional gem in the crowd (My Bodyguard is an excellent example), but these rare treats were overshadowed by mostly crude offerings. When 1983 rolled around, a director named John Hughes raised the bar considerably, offering a film called Sixteen Candles that would define him as the genre's new master. Continue reading...