BJ and the Bear

BJ and the Bear

After years of being reminded that a dog is man's best friend, we learned in the 70s that primates make pretty good pals as well, especially when one is driving a truck. First, we saw Clint Eastwood traveling the nation's highways with his sidekick orangutan in two successful movies, Every Which Way But Loose, and the follow-up, Every Which Way You Can. Then, as network executives began to see the potential of such an interspecies pairing, we were treated to a lighthearted weekly series called BJ and the Bear. Continue reading...

Masterpiece board game

Masterpiece

Ah, the art of wheeling and dealing – the opportunity to start at the bottom and work towards financial riches and unfathomable wealth. But along with the potential for affluence comes the risk of losing it all. For those not quite ready to take such a risk in real life, board games have long offered a safe way to try one’s hand at this wheeling and dealing world, without the danger of financial ruin. If real estate was your area of interest, you might take a stab at Monopoly, but those with their eye on the art world, Masterpiece was the way to go. Continue reading...

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Upon the success of his previous feature films, which included Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman and Beetlejuice, producer Tim Burton decided to introduce audiences to a young lad named Edward Scissorhands in 1990. Played brilliantly by Johnny Depp, Edward was an oft-misunderstood loner just trying to fit in despite some ominous appendages. Continue reading...

Barrel of Monkeys

Barrel of Monkeys

All games would like you to believe that they are oodles of fun to play, but only one can boast that it is as fun as a barrel of monkeys? In fact, it is a Barrel of Monkeys! And for over four decades, kids have played with these interlocking primates for hours on end in this endearing and enduring game that tests one’s patience and coordination like no other. Continue reading...

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder

Any regular watcher of television will tell you that a dog is man’s best friend. They will also attest that nifty gadgets are a crime-fighter’s best friend. So, what if we had a dog who was a loyal pet and sidekick to a crime fighting millionaire? Logic suggests that he would be equipped with plenty of high-tech sophistication. Such was the case with Dynomutt, a lovable but ever-clumsy canine robot, equipped with an array of gear that would make the future Inspector Gadget a tad jealous. Continue reading...

Fun Dip

Fun Dip

Packets of powdered sugar-dust licked from a vanilla-flavored candy stick. For a kid, does it get any better than that? The appropriately-named Fun Dip packed a punch like no other, pure refined sucrose with a bit of tartness that would send your blood sugar levels racing to heights never before achieved. And when the powder was gone, you could begin gnawing on the enclosed edible utensil. Continue reading...

Indy 800 arcade game

Indy 800

When Atari released their first attempt at a racing game in 1974, called Gran Track 10, the response was somewhat underwhelming. Undaunted, they forged forward the following year with the much more ambitious Indy 800. This time around, the game allowed up to eight players to compete simultaneously against each other and the notorious clock. A steady stream of quarters would soon follow, making this one of the most popular racing games of the 70s. Continue reading...

Dolly Pops

Dolly Pops

One must crawl before they can walk, walk before they can run - and snap before they can zip. Of course, that last part only makes sense to those who ever fumbled endlessly with their doll clothing before their little hands were quite up to the task of the plethora of buttons, hooks, eyes and zippers necessary for your average costume change. Thankfully, Dolly Pops offered a glimmer of hope to those with underdeveloped dexterity who just wanted to change their dolls dress like everyone else. Continue reading...