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...

Baby Ruth

Baby Ruth

Whether it was named after the famed slugger for the New York Yankees has long been up for debate, but the confection known as the Baby Ruth has remained one of the best loved candy bars since its introduction in 1921. Filled with peanuts, caramel and nougat, the Baby Ruth was a home run right out of the box. Continue reading...

The Gong Show

The Gong Show

The Gong Show wasn't the first televised amateur show, but it was definitely the most extreme. Literally anyone who was willing to face the shame of being 'gonged' could step up to the stage and present their disputable talents to millions of viewers. The result was a cavalcade of some of the most bizarre entertainment ever televised, as The Gong Show carved out its own personal niche in history. Continue reading...

Breaking Away

Breaking Away

A story needn't be complex to succeed. Some are simple in premise but leave us both entertained and inspired. Such was the case with the 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. Directed by Peter Yates (Bullit, Krull), this story of a young cyclist and his three friends remains beloved by a generation of fans for its uplifting story of triumph over adversity. Continue reading...

Operation

Operation

We'll never know how many surgeons got their start by removing spare ribs and funny bones. Nor will we ever know how many cardiac doctors have woken up in the middle of the night from a terrifying dream where someone's nose lit up like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer due to their incompetence. One thing is clear though - to play the Milton Bradley game of Operation, one needed a steady hand and patience, or they were apt to lose their patients. Continue reading...