Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Some choose to celebrate the holiday with reverence; others prefer things a little more rambunctious. One thing is certain though - when March 17th rolls around each year, much of the world gets a little happier and a whole lot greener, thanks to the centuries-old tradition of St. Patrick's Day. Continue reading...

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney long wanted to use Irish folklore in one of his films, visiting Ireland in 1947 to research ideas. He eventually decided upon the "Darby O'Gill" stories of Irish-American author H.T. Kavanagh and the result was an enchanting tale featuring leprechauns and OO7 himself, Sean Connery. Released in 1959, Darby O'Gill and the Little People remains an underrated and charming classic. Continue reading...

Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Let's start with what Chinese Checkers isn't - it neither came from China, nor is it a variation on the game of checkers. The game was originally called Halma and is of European descent. But Halma sounds more like a medical condition than a really fun game, so American game manufacturers gave it a more exotic moniker and the rest is history. Continue reading...

Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps

Two dietary staples of childhood, candy and soda pop, decided to join forces in 70s. The result was a big green pouch of colorful confections called Bottle Caps. Made by the visionaries over at the Willy Wonka Candy Company, they are still delighting taste buds to this day. Continue reading...

What's Happening!!

What’s Happening!!

Light on the social commentary and heavy on the laughs, the 70s sitcom What's Happening!! focused on the importance of family and friendship, specifically a teenager named Raj, his single mother, evil little sister, and two best friends, all doing their best to make the most of life while living in the impoverished community of Watts, California. Continue reading...

Oh, God!

Oh, God!

As the only character George Burns could portray who was actually older than he was, the aging comedian brought the Almighty to life in the Carl Reiner film, Oh, God! With a wonderful cast that included singer John Denver as his humble chosen disciple, this 1977 comedy was nothing short of divine. Continue reading...