Young Guns

Young Guns

The extralegal exploits of Henry Carter, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," received the treatment of a rock star in 1988 with screenwriter John-Fusco's western redux, Young Guns. With a cast of brash young actors and a rock n' roll soundtrack, Christopher Cain created an account of the events surrounding the Lincoln County War in 1877 New Mexico. And while the film was sketchy on some of the facts, it was spot on with wit, humor, and hell-raising gunfire. Breakfast Clubber Emilio Estevez, Stand By Me villain Kiefer Sutherland, La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips and Ferris Beuller bad-boy Charlie Sheen comprised the title characters while Superman's Terence Stamp, City Slicker Jack Palance, and Lost star Terry O'Quinn shored up the supporting cast. Continue reading...

Water Rockets

Water Rockets

Who says that science and summer can't co-exist? Thanks to these nifty spaceship-shaped toys, kids were able to get some firsthand experience of the power of water pressure, and have loads of fun while doing it. A staple on toy store shelves for over 50 years, they are affectionately remembered as water rockets. Continue reading...

Sea World

Sea World

The public has long held a fascination for the plethora of aquatic critters lurking below the ocean surfaces. Shows like The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau captivated millions in the 60s and 70s by offering a glimpse of this sparsely explored environment from the comforts of their own living room. For those a little more adventurous, Sea world has offered a way to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures for over four decades. They aren't the first oceanarium (Marineland holds that distinction), but over the years they have grown to become one of the best known providers of undersea entertainment, while always keeping their emphasis on research, education and conservation efforts. Continue reading...

Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

Perhaps one of the most fondly remembered live-action series to ever grace the Saturday morning airwaves, Land of the Lost stranded a family of modern humans in a prehistoric setting where they had to contend with underdeveloped technology, strange people and of course, a few hungry dinosaurs. The brainchild of iconic children’s show producers, Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost was far from being just typical campy and kooky Saturday morning fare; it was a well-written and ambitious offering and its continued popularity is a testament to its quality. Continue reading...

Bomb Pops

Bomb Pops

For many a former kid, the arrival of summer coincided with the joyous ringing of faraway bells, ones that signified the approach of a little white truck, filled to the brim with frozen treats. And assuming your parents were generous with their spare change, you would soon come face to face with a vast menu of choices plastered on the side of the truck. With so many items to choose from, a great many gravitated loyally to the most patriotic of Popsicles - the Bomb Pop. Popular for over 50 years now, they have proven that they are as American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Continue reading...

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

It is the staple food of nostalgia. It’s synonymous with childhood laughter and the days of carefree wonder. And unlike most candy aisle confections, cotton candy is indelibly linked to carnivals, the circus, and any other spectacle designed to fire the imagination of children. Continue reading...

Styx

Styx

The emergence of “arena rock” in the late 70s, saw the rise of a number of bands that seemingly went from being completely unknown to filling stadiums overflowing with adoring fans. Perhaps one of the most successful in this genre was a group of five Chicago-based rockers who called themselves Styx. Talk about coming out swinging; the band would land four consecutive double platinum albums, the first band ever to do so, and quickly prove they were a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading...

Space: 1999

Space: 1999

The British partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson already had a track record of creating science fiction for television with such puppet-laden shows as Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5. This time around, they put away the marionettes and went with live actors to present Space: 1999, a series that focused on the lives of a group of unwilling space travelers. Three decades later (and well into the next century), the series still has a legion of loyal fans. Continue reading...