The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Science has yet to find a way to merge a computer with the human brain, but that didn’t stop Disney from exploring the possibilities all the way back in 1969, in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Starring Kurt Russell as lovable student Dexter Riley, it was the first in a trilogy of films that would follow his adventures on the campus of fictional Medfield College (last seen in the 1961 film, The Absent Minded Professor). Continue reading...

Dumbo

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant

In 1939, through the magic of animation, Walt Disney showed us that, miracle of all miracles, a very special elephant named Dumbo could actually fly (with the aid of a magic feather, of course). It was reasonable to assume that, if only we could somehow climb aboard our lovable pachyderm friend, perhaps we could share in his magnificent flying adventures. Years later, when Walt built his first theme park, he remarked that anything was possible at Disneyland. As it turns out, even a ride on Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

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...