Laverne and Shirley

Laverne and Shirley

Any successful television series is likely to have a spin-off or two, and the enormously popular Happy Days was no exception. But, while most spin-offs are lucky if they last a full season, this time lightning struck twice. Following the lives of two lovable brewery workers who lived in 1950s-era Milwaukee, Laverne and Shirley won the hearts of television viewers almost immediately and enjoyed a longevity that few spin-offs have ever managed to achieve. Continue reading...

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The Brave Little Toaster

When it comes to learning life lessons, one seldom looks towards household appliances to lead the way. But that’s precisely what author Thomas M. Disch did when he wrote The Brave Little Toaster in 1980. Seven years later, a group of former Disney employees would bring his touching tale to the big screen. Continue reading...

Slinky

Slinky

Everyone knows the Slinky. Beloved by children and physics teachers alike, this toy debuted in 1945 and has yet to ever slink away. Odds are good that every kid had at least one Slinky during their lifetime and if they didn’t actually own one, they’ve certainly played with one owned by somebody else. How did a simple metal coil become such a childhood icon? Let's take a look back at this marvelous toy and find out. Continue reading...

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Once called “the first Third World superstar”, Bob Marley was a visionary who introduced the world to the sounds of Jamaican reggae music. Charismatic, controversial and a gifted songwriter and lyricist, Marley and his group, The Wailers, left a legacy of music that has far outlived his brief time on the planet, and continues to flourish throughout the world. Continue reading...

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories

Debuting in 1985, the Steven Spielberg-helmed Amazing Stories was a mix between The Twilight Zone and an adventurous Saturday matinee. The network showed their faith in the ambitious project by committing to an unprecedented two year, forty-four episode run. The result was a whimsical and creepy series of compelling stories unlike anything ever seen before on television. Continue reading...

Jello Pudding Pops

Jello Pudding Pops

For a legion of 80s kids, the antidote for a hot summer day was a creamy Jello Pudding Pop. These frozen treats first hit the stands in the late 70s and caused spokesperson Bill Cosby to expand his Jell-O repertoire substantially. All this advertising, however, was likely directed at the parents; kids certainly didn’t need to be told how awesome Pudding Pops were. They just knew. In fact, these treats continue to top the list of foods that kids from the 80s reminisce about. Let's take a look at Mr. Cosby, sharing his love of Pudding Pops with television viewers: Continue reading...

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The Blue Lagoon

Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s 1908 romantic novel about two young children shipwrecked on a deserted island was brought to life with stunning cinematography, in the film adaptation of The Blue Lagoon. Released in 1980, and starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, it was (perhaps surprisingly) the third film adaptation of the book (the first two occurring in 1923 and 1949). A an intriguing tale of young love, free from society’s constraints, The Blue Lagoon, despite some controversy, proved a success at the box office and still fondly remembered. Continue reading...

Life Cereal

Life

When it first debuted, there wasn't anything particularly notable about Life cereal. Containing little squares of whole grain oats, it sold fairly well as a healthy alternative within a vast sea of sugar-laden breakfast foods. Kids might never have noticed it all, were it not for a very notable moppet named Mikey who was a profoundly picky eater. Thanks to him, and the power of television advertising, Life would eventually earn a place in pop culture history. Continue reading...