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New Kids on the Block

You would be hard-pressed to find a young girl in the late 80s who didn't have a New Kids on the Block poster on her wall or in her locker. They weren't the first boy band by any means, perhaps not even the most talented, but there is no denying that this group of Boston teens took the world by storm back in the day, filling the airwaves and countless concert halls with screaming fans, and paving the way for a plethora of groups that followed in their footsteps. Continue reading...

Risk

Risk

For budding conquerors of all ages, Risk was the game to hone their skills. Young Napoleons or Alexander the Greats knew that world domination at Risk was simple enough for kids to play, yet elaborate enough to create detailed strategy guides and complicated maneuvers. As such, it has remained a popular board game for fifty years and counting. Continue reading...

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

There are countless ways that television influences the fashion trends of society, but cop shows usually aren't at the forefront. Nobody ever looked at Barney Miller or Kojak and said "ooh, I want to dress like those guys." That is until viewers got a gander of Crockett and Tubbs, two pastel-laden police officers keeping the streets of Florida safe from drug lords on the hit 80s series, Miami Vice. Continue reading...

Breakdancing

Breakdancing

Breakdancing, also known as B-boying, was an urban dance style born in the 70s that owed as much to mimes as to the music of Jamaican DJs spinning their discs in areas such as New York’s South Bronx. By the time the 80s rolled around, the look was parachute pants and track suits, and the movement went from the streets to suburbia and MTV. Continue reading...

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Marking a change from the menacing aliens of the 50s and 60s, Steven Spielberg instead created movies that showed interspecies friendship and cooperation was possible. First, he found success with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a terrific film but one that was geared more toward adults. The next time around, he presented something that families could enjoy together, and the result was 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a film that conquered planet Earth box offices and put smiles on the faces of millions, kids and adults alike. Continue reading...

Planet of the Apes Toys

Planet of the Apes Toys

Planet of the Apes started out as a simple science fiction book and ended up being one of the genres most long-lasting juggernauts. The initial film launched four hit sequels, a live-action television show, and an animated series. Naturally, the toy licensing opportunities these titles spawned were out of this world. Continue reading...

The Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall

Perhaps one of the most endearing and yet, completely random sketch comedy shows to ever be broadcast, Kids in the Hall offered generous amounts of dark humor, surrealistic scenarios, and yes, a whole lot of acting in drag. All of this combined to make it a hit that has lived on perpetually in syndication, not to mention in the hearts of its loyal followers, ever since it was first broadcast on HBO in 1988. Continue reading...

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The Evolution Of Fonzie

When Happy Days debuted in 1974, it was a nostalgic look at 1950s family life as seen through the eyes of Richie Cunningham, all-American high school boy. But a minor character, the motorcycle-riding outsider named Fonzie, stole the spotlight and became of the most iconic and enduring characters in TV history. Retroland examines Fonzie’s complex character evolution over the course of the series’ remarkable 11 year run, and breaks them down to four critical phases: Continue reading...