Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions

The end of summer is a traditional time for families to pack up the car and head out on the nation’s highways for a good, old-fashioned road trip vacation. Perhaps grandma’s house is the final destination, or perhaps it’s Wally World, or just a relaxing jaunt down Route 66, but millions will be traveling the nation’s highways this summer. And depending on where one’s travels take them, folks may even pass a few of the strange and wonderful roadside attractions that have dotted the landscape of rural highways over the last century. Today, we thought we would take a look at some of these classic spots that have lured more than a few families to make a quick detour on the way to grandma’s house. Continue reading...

Mystery Date

Mystery Date

Oh, not a dud! Please don’t let it be a dud! When that little white door opened, you wanted to see the man of your dreams - a studly skier, a dashing dancer, a beachgoing babe – anything but the dreaded dud. And should Prince Charming be waiting to greet you behind door number one, you best be prepared. Despite all these stressful possibilities, there was nary a slumber party in the 60s that didn’t include a rousing game of Mystery Date. Continue reading...

The Supremes

The Supremes

It is impossible to discuss the impact of girl groups on popular music without mention of The Supremes. They weren’t the first, but they enjoyed a popularity that put them firmly in a league of their own. With angelic harmonies backing the immense talent of lead vocalist Diana Ross, and accentuated by highly-polished choreography, their presence was felt by way of twelve #1 hits during their brief existence in the 60s. They would help to break down the barriers that African-American artists of the day faced and their immense popularity would catapult Diana Ross into super-stardom. Continue reading...

First Day of School

First Day of School

For millions of kids around the country, September traditionally marks the end of one of the most beloved traditions of childhood, summer vacation, and begins a new year - with new teachers, new desks, new lockers, and perhaps even new friends. It could be invigorating or traumatic, short or long, but there was no mistaking its significance - another year older and soon to be wiser. That's right, we're talking about the first day of school. Continue reading...

Limpet

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

In 1964, Warner Brothers brought a whale of a tale to the big screen called The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Starring funnyman Don Knotts, the film combined live-action with animation to create a memorable undersea adventure that continues to win the hearts of viewers, old and new. Continue reading...

My Three Sons

My Three Sons

For twelve seasons, television viewers faithfully tuned in each week to see three pairs of animated tapping feet, complete with ultra-catchy theme song, as they followed the life of widower Steve Douglas and his trio of male offspring in the hugely popular sitcom, My Three Sons. Through the course of the series, they watched the family go through love, loss, and all the trials and tribulations that one would expect from a family, sans mom. Continue reading...

Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim

The words “one-of-a-kind” get thrown around quite a bit, but they were perhaps never more appropriate than when used to describe a gentle soul named Tiny Tim. He captivated and amused the world with his inimitable falsetto voice, quirky wardrobe and ever-present ukulele. His appeal landed him an enormously successful Top-20 single, one that would forever be linked to the offbeat performer. Continue reading...

Pee-Chee-Folders

Pee Chee Folders

Doodling says a lot about one’s sensibility. Hearts and flowers? Maybe you’re in love. Jagged gashes and heavy, diagonal scribbles? Sorry to see you’re having such a bad day. Snarky, naughty pictures? Well, we know what kind of a fellow you are! You’re the kind of fellow who adorned the jocks on his Pee Chee folders with odd-shaped genitalia (that is, before you scribbled on top of it. Nobody wants to risk detention.) And for many students from decades past, the canvas of choice was the Pee Chee Folder, one of the most fondly-remembered school supplies of all time. Continue reading...