Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

Considered by many to be quite possibly the greatest disaster picture ever made, The Towering Inferno followed (and transcended) the success of The Poseidon Adventure, becoming the gold standard of the genre. For its efforts, the Irwin Allen-produced film scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and become the highest-grossing film of 1974. Continue reading...

Chico and the Man

Chico and the Man

Two conflicting characters make for some great comedy. Think Laurel and Hardy, think Fred and Ethel, think Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. And for a short time in the 70s, Chico and the Man. Portrayed by Freddie Prinze and Jack Albertson, respectively, the popular sitcom debuted in 1974 and followed the story of a cranky caucasian garage owner and his smooth-talking Puerto Rican mechanic. And for a few seasons, we not only laughed at their antics, we learned that the most unlikely of bedfellows could become friends. Continue reading...

Tinkertoys

Tinkertoys

Parents have long sought to buy toys that will sharpen the minds of their kids, whereas kids certainly don’t care about that stuff – they simply want something that is fun to play with. Luckily for both, every once in a while a toy comes along that provides both fun and a little cerebral nudge. Perhaps one of the best examples is a simple building set called Tinkertoys. Not only do they encourage kids to think, but with the ability to build almost any toy a child could imagine, they have been bringing smiles to young and old alike for almost a century now. Continue reading...

Kraft Easy Cheese

Kraft Easy Cheese

You might as well just admit it. You aren’t alone and it doesn’t make you a bad person. You open the pantry door and notice that crackers are in short supply. Undaunted, you grab the can of spray cheese, pause to look over your shoulder and make sure that nobody is watching you. Throwing caution (and calorie counting) to the wind, you tilt your head back, open wide, and let loose with an injection of cheesy goodness. You’re not the first to display this lack of self-control and you won’t be the last; the can just has a sort of hypnotic hold on you. Continue reading...

Dodgeball

Dodgeball

Dodgeball is a game that kids either love or hate. It all depended on whether you perceived it as chance to prove your superiority, or simply as a brutal hour of being mercilessly pursued by flying rubber projectiles. Either way, we can all agree that it was one of the most memorable parts of gym class. Continue reading...

Pulsar

Pulsar

Introduced by Mattel in 1977, Pulsar was a fourteen-inch plastic action figure in the vein of the Six Million Dollar Man and Visible Man. And when we say “vein”, we mean it. Let's take a look back at this self-described "ultimate man of adventure," shall we? Continue reading...

Ditto Paper

Dittos

Kids today don’t even know what they’re missing with their fancy copy machines and computers. Students of a bygone era can recall the bluish-purple print and unforgettable aroma of a freshly printed page of ditto paper. Once part of the daily scholastic routine, technology would eventually lead to the extinction of these fondly remembered machines and the paper they produced. Continue reading...

Kid Power

Kid Power

In 1965, cartoonist Morrie Turner introduced his popular newspaper comic strip, Wee Pals, which focused on a collection of multicultural kids called “The Rainbow Club.” And, although a portion of society was a wee bit uncomfortable with the socially conscious subject matter at the time, it was hard to deny that the cartoon was, above all, funny – funny enough, in fact, to lead ABC to base a Saturday morning animated series on the comic strip called Kid Power. Continue reading...