The Pop Shoppe

The Pop Shoppe

If you grew up in the 70s, you just might remember a little chain called The Pop Shoppe. Based in Ontario, Canada and located within 14 states in this country, this place was a kid’s dream come true – a store that sold nothing but soda...26 different kinds of soda! And the best part was that you could mix and match the flavors, as you picked out 24 returnable bottles to fill a red plastic crate, which was used to transport your soft drink bounty to and from home. Continue reading...

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling

In the 80s, popularity of the oft-maligned “sport” of professional wrestling soared to staggering new heights, thanks in no small part to Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Federation. Perhaps the biggest star of the WWF was Terry Bollea, better known by his stage name – Hulk Hogan. He made a memorable appearance in the 1982 film Rocky III, where his character “Thunderlips” threw Rocky around the ring a few times and his popularity only grew from there. With the combined success of Hulk Hogan and the WWF, especially with youngsters, it was only natural that the big guy be given his very own Saturday morning cartoon series, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. Continue reading...

Atomic Fireball

Atomic Fireballs

They say that as people get older, they lose the majority of their taste buds. Assuming this is true, one must wonder if some unsuspecting folks lost a handful during their youth, due to incineration by the Atomic Fireball. While there’s no substantial proof, or any studies for that matter, it certainly seems plausible. Continue reading...

Spuds McKenzie

Spuds McKenzie

A dog named “Honey Tree Evil Eye” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it in terms of advertising mascots. Change the moniker to Spuds McKenzie, however, and you have a partying pooch that anyone could love. In fact, that universal love-fest from people of all ages is what would eventually lead to the curtailing of the beer-hawking bull terrier’s appearances. Continue reading...

Animaniacs

Animaniacs

With the overwhelming popularity of Tiny Toon Adventures in the early 90s, Warner Brothers followed up with an even crazier offering called Animaniacs. Featuring three siblings - brothers Yakko and Wakko, and their sister, Dot - plus a whole collection of other interesting characters, this Steven Spielberg produced animated series made a memorable impression on many a fan. Continue reading...

Twister

Twister

Few games have the risque reputation associated with Twister. Then again, few games have ever asked you make body contact with your opponents as you practice your contortionist skills. Competing toy companies have tried to paint the game as nothing more than a precursor to sexual activity, but that hasn't slowed the popularity of Twister one iota, a family friendly game firmly entrenched in pop culture ever since it arrived on the scene in 1966. Continue reading...

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Plenty of films over the years have depicted Chicago during the gang-ridden Prohibition Era. How many of them were musical comedies starring kids as pie throwing gangsters? Only one that we know of - the unforgettable 1976 classic, Bugsy Malone. Starring Scott Baio (Chachi from Happy Days), a very young Jodie Foster, and featuring the lyrics and music of composer Paul Williams, Bugsy Malone was a tongue-in-cheek ode to a violent era, and full of loving jabs at 1930s gangster films. Continue reading...

super elastic bubble plastic

Super Elastic Bubble Plastic

Tired of blowing regular old soap bubbles? Looking for something a little longer-lasting, a little more psychedelic, something perhaps with noxious fumes? Well, the scientific minds at Wham-O toys had just what you were looking for, Super Elastic Bubble Plastic, that short-lived, but certainly well-remembered, tube of goop that delighted millions of kids during the 70s. Continue reading...