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...

Dippy Canoes

Dippy Canoes

Politically correct they were not, but in terms of practicality and flavor, these corn chip snacks of the 60s couldn't be beat. Quaker Oats drew upon the ingenuity of Native Americans to create Dippy Canoes, and they were so good that they are still being talked about today. Continue reading...

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Of all of the animated shows to come out of Japan in the 60s, there is none more fondly remembered than Mach Go Go Go, which followed the adventures of a dashing young race car driver. If it doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you know it by its American title, Speed Racer. Continue reading...