The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

For fans of Disney’s Pollyanna who didn’t get enough of young actress Haley Mills, there was a an easy fix – give her two roles in the next film. Up for the challenge, Mills delivered a delightful pair of performances as twin sisters, Susan and Sharon Mills in the beloved 1961 family classic, The Parent Trap. Continue reading...

Marbles

Marbles

For most toys, pinning down the era in which they originated is an easy task. The longer a toy has been around, however, the more challenging the task becomes. In the case of marbles, it’s literally anyone’s guess. In a nutshell - they’ve likely been around for as long as man has been able to roll little balls into each other. Continue reading...

LidsVille

Lidsville

Saturday morning visionaries, Sid and Marty Krofft made their memorable debut as producers of the iconic 1969 series, H.R. Pufnstuf. Their colorful costumes and set design, along with their captivating storytelling skills led to a long string of beloved shows throughout the 70s and 80s, one of which took young viewers to the magical fantasy world of Lidsville. Continue reading...

The Littles

The Littles

Created by author John Peterson, The Littles were a series of popular children’s novels written in the late 60s featuring a family of tiny intelligent creatures, part-human and part-rodent. In 1983, they emerged from the books to star in their very own Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC called The Littles. Continue reading...

Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Some choose to celebrate the holiday with reverence; others prefer things a little more rambunctious. One thing is certain though - when March 17th rolls around each year, much of the world gets a little happier and a whole lot greener, thanks to the centuries-old tradition of St. Patrick's Day. Continue reading...

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney long wanted to use Irish folklore in one of his films, visiting Ireland in 1947 to research ideas. He eventually decided upon the "Darby O'Gill" stories of Irish-American author H.T. Kavanagh and the result was an enchanting tale featuring leprechauns and OO7 himself, Sean Connery. Released in 1959, Darby O'Gill and the Little People remains an underrated and charming classic. Continue reading...