The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad

Plenty of monsters have come and gone over the years, but it’s not often you get a collection of, count em’, five classic creatures in one movie. To experience this quintuplet of creeps, one must watch The Monster Squad. Released in 1987, the all-star team of terror included Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, the Wolfman, and Gillman (from The Creature From the Black Lagoon, in case his name draws a blank.) That’s a lotta monster bang for the buck. Throw in a special appearance by Van Helsing, a few bad vampire babes and a bunch of monster-obsessed kids and you have the makings for a pretty cool movie. Continue reading...

Doug Henning

Doug Henning

For centuries, magicians have been captivating audiences with the power of illusion - making objects seemingly float through the air, or appear and disappear at will. And while there have been hundreds of amazing practitioners of the art throughout history, one name stands out when it comes to the 70s and 80s. Looking like one of the most colorful and happy hippies to ever walk the earth, Doug Henning was a master of the art of magic, and his ever-present smile and enthusiasm compelled millions to tune in with amazement to his numerous television specials over the years. Continue reading...

The Skatebirds

The Skatebirds

Roller-skating was all the rage in the 70s, and it didn’t take Saturday morning cartoons long to latch on to the fad. The result wasThe Skatebirds, a mixture of live action and animation produced by Hanna-Barbera and first broadcast on CBS in 1977. Continue reading...

Grease

Grease

Based on the long-running Broadway musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the 1978 film Grease delivered an homage to the 1950’s, with slick songs, slippery dance numbers, and a classic love story. Starring John Travolta, hot off his starring role in Saturday Night Fever, and Olivia Newton-John, already a pop icon , the film also included real-life 50’s icons Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd Byrnes and Frankie Valli. Beloved by its many fans, each could attest that Grease, without question, was the word. Continue reading...

Playgrounds

Playgrounds

Whenever the weather starts to warms up, playgrounds emerge from their wintery hibernation, filling up with the unmistakable sound of rambunctious kids laughing and screaming, just like they have for decades, if not centuries. There are swings and slides, merry-go-rounds and monkey bars, offering parents a well-deserved breather, while their kids burn off all of that pent-up energy. Playgrounds dot the landscape of every urban and suburban environment and are the source of many beloved childhood memories. Continue reading...

I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie

In decades past, few shows were ever been able to rival sports programming when it came to capturing the attention of the adult male television demographic. Why, to do that, one would first need a beautiful woman – perhaps a subservient beautiful woman – okay, how about a beautiful subservient woman that not only worships her male master but has the power to grant his every wish. To borrow from sports terminology – Game, set, match. This winning, testosterone-inducing formula helped make I Dream of Jeannie one of the most popular and successful sitcoms of all time. Continue reading...

Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo

Few toys have as lengthy and storied a history as the illustrious yo-yo. It’s been around for so long, and in so many iterations, that it has rightly earned the status of toy legend. The simple combination of wood or plastic and string has stood the test of time since the ancient era, and remains one of the world’s most beloved toys. Continue reading...

High Impact Football

High Impact Football

Football fans had reason to cheer in 1990, when programming whiz Eugene Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084) matched wits with the soon-to-be legendary programmer, Ed Boon (Mortal Kombat). The result was a particularly intense arcade version of the beloved pigskin pastime called High Impact Football. Sportsmanship would take the back seat, in favor of trash talking and crushing the bones of anyone who stood in the way on the field. Continue reading...