Alice

Alice

Alice was one of the most successful sitcoms of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, and it had a rather respectable pedigree. It was developed from the 1974 Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn, who won a Oscar for her performance. The TV show took the premise of the movie and introduced television audiences to Alice, a New Jersey single mother with dreams of being a singer, who moves to Phoenix and gets a job in a diner. Continue reading...

Jelly Shoes

Jelly Shoes

Fashion and comfort don't always go hand-in hand, or in this case, foot-in-foot. Sometimes sacrifices are necessary to look your stylish best, and if that meant wearing a shoe molded from plastic, so be it. Jelly shoes were fashionable in a futuristic, Jetsons sort of way, making them quite popular in the 80s, despite the fact that your feet weren't going to thank you for the experience. Continue reading...

Parenthood

Parenthood

It isn’t an easy job to raise a family. No matter how you prepare, no matter how you hope and pray you are making the right decisions, life has a way of lobbing curveballs, one after another. Sometimes the best you can do is hold on tight and prepare for a wild ride. Such was the premise of Parenthood, a 1989 film directed by Ron Howard. Thanks to an ensemble cast featuring Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Tom Hulce, Keanu Reeves, and a very young Joaquin Phoenix (billed as "Leaf"), Parenthood captured the trials and tribulations of raising a family in heartfelt and amusing detail. Continue reading...

Halloween

Halloween

With the exception of that traditional eve when jolly St. Nick visits the chimneys of the world, there is perhaps no holiday quite as beloved, or more anticipated by kids than Halloween, the last day in October that we have long set aside as an evening to congregate in costume and perhaps even scare ourselves silly. It is a time of ghouls and goblins, of witches and black cats, of costume parties and grinning pumpkins. And, if that wasn't enough, every kid knows that it is the one night when it is perfectly acceptable to beg door-to-door for candy. Now, that's a holiday! Continue reading...

Mr Bones

Mr. Bones

Perhaps you were once taught that you should never play with your food. But what if your food was also a nifty jigsaw puzzle? Better yet, what if it was also a disassembled candy skeleton contained within a plastic coffin? Such was the case with Mr. Bones, a novelty item created by Fleer in 1977 that remained popular for decades. Continue reading...

Kolchak: The-Night-Stalker

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

While he will always be remembered as the perpetually grumpy patriarch (and proud owner of a certain long-legged lamp) in A Christmas Story, actor Darrin McGavin endeared himself to audiences as the frumpily dressed reporter, Carl Kolchak, who tracked various supernatural serial killers in the fondly remembered series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Although the series was relatively short-lived at the time, its popularity and influence were felt long after it left the airwaves. Continue reading...

Apple Bobbing

Apple Bobbing

When you weren't prowling the neighborhood to fill your pillowcases with candy, you might have participated in a peculiar game on those Halloweens of yesteryear, that of apple bobbing. And, if you ever plunged your face underwater in a maddening attempt to sink your chompers into a piece of floating fruit, you may have wondered why. We don't have all the answers, but we're happy to tell you what we do know about this odd holiday tradition. Continue reading...

The Shining

The Shining

Stephen King's bestselling novel about a man who loses his mind amidst the claustrophobic confines of an isolated mountain resort made it to the big screen in 1980. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining has since gone on to become one of the most beloved horror films of all time. Continue reading...