Larry "Bud" Melman"

Larry “Bud” Melman

Only in America could a 61 year-old file clerk in a drug rehabilitation center become an icon almost overnight. He wasn’t great at reading cue cards, he was often nervous and seemingly confused by his surroundings, and he spoke with both a lisp and a Brooklyn accent – none of which mattered. He was simply in the right place at the right time and when TV audiences got a glimpse of him, they took Larry "Bud" Melman into their hearts, making him a beloved figure of late night TV. Continue reading...

Fotomat

Fotomat

Somewhere in a parking lot near you, there might just be a tiny old shack, perhaps converted into a drive-up coffee stand or some other small business. Chances are, this was once a Fotomat and, in its glory days, was painted a brilliant sky blue with a pyramid-shaped gold roof. Cars waited in line impatiently, eager to relive their memories of a graduation day, or a vacation, or a baby's first steps. Fotomats once dotted the landscape of our nation. Then, almost overnight, technology swept in with little mercy and Fotomat became as extinct as the film they once developed. Continue reading...

Crazy Climber

Crazy Climber

Crazy Climber brought to mind the ancient myths of poor mortals cursed to repeat the same quest over and over again with no end in sight. That's not to say it wasn't fun. In fact, it was addictively so, enough to lure arcade aficionados to spend their hard-earned quarters ascending skyscraper after skyscraper in this endearing (and enduring) game, released by Taito in 1980. Continue reading...

Super Soaker

Super Soaker

So many scientists insist upon wasting their time on the boring stuff – medicine, space exploration, computer circuitry. It is the select few, the ones who understand the importance of playtime, that truly make the worthwhile contributions. In the 60s, it was the tireless hours in a laboratory perfecting the Super Ball, simply so that millions of kids could have the opportunity to play with a ball that could bounce over a house. And in the 80s, one brave scientist would re-invent the whole concept of water warfare. Put away those water balloons, holster that measly water pistol – there was a new breed of aquatic artillery on the block and its name was Super Soaker. Let’s take a look at the origins of this terrific toy. Continue reading...

Good Times

Good Times

Set in the inner city of Chicago, this popular sitcom could have easily been named Hard Times. But the love of family was strong among this group. Through thick and thin, despite poverty and adversity, the Evans family not only persevered, but they provided us with many laughs along the way. Part of the Norman Lear family tree, Good Times remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 70s. Continue reading...

Sonny and Cher

Sonny and Cher

The singing husband-and-wife duo of Sonny and Cher emerged in 1962 and, three years later, landed a huge #1 hit on the charts with “I Got You Babe.” They followed with more hit records and in 1971, they decided to give the medium of television a try, starring in their first special, The Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour. The reviews were great and it wasn’t long before CBS was asking them to consider their own variety show. That same year, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuted as a summer replacement series. Within a year, it was an undeniable hit and a weekly staple within many of the nation's households. Continue reading...

Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee

Inspired by a visit to New York that left him feeling like a true fish-out-of-water, Australian film star Paul Hogan sat down and helped pen a script that would go on to become one of the most successful films of 1986. The story of Crocodile Dundee enchanted moviegoers of all ages, and made Hogan a household name. Continue reading...

Boggle

Boggle

If you've ever played Scrabble, you know the feeling of staring slack-jawed at your opponent for seemingly hours on end while he tries in desperation to form a word out of four E's, a J and two O's. Maybe in those impatient moments, you cursed the makers of the game for not imposing a time limit in the rules. Or maybe, you were just better-suited for a word game introduced in the 70s called Boggle. Continue reading...