Pete's Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

With the popularity of films like Mary Poppins and Song of the South, Disney proved that they could successfully mix live-action and animation. For their next such endeavor, they would once again meld the two mediums in 1977 for Pete’s Dragon, a comedic film about a boy and his invisible, fire-breathing friend. Continue reading...

Wild Kingdom

Wild Kingdom

Long before there were entire television networks devoted to showing off the planet's wildlife, families made a weekly ritual of gathering around the tube to get a glimpse of the strange and exotic animals that inhabit our Earth. Their guides were a kindly old gentleman named Marlin Perkins and his trusty assistant, Jim Fowler, in the long-running nature series, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

For the past four decades, St Patrick’s Day has marked the return of an old friend, the frozen confection known as the Shamrock Shake. McDonalds first introduced the green-tinted, mint-flavored dessert back in 1970, and they have been a perennial favorite ever since. Continue reading...

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Success came early to Peter Frampton. Embarking on a teen idol career in his native England, he soon crossed the pond to conquer the Americas as well. He had a prolific run with the band Humble Pie but he’s best remembered for his solo output in the 70s, including one of the best selling live albums ever to hit the street. Let's take a look back at this innovative musician, whose songs certainly didn't suffer from lack of airplay in the 70s. Continue reading...

Quisp cereal

Quisp

After the runaway success of Cap’n Crunch, Quaker Oats wanted another new original character cereal to market. Inspired by the popularity of the U.S. space program, Jay Ward productions (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) delivered Quisp to Quaker Oats-- and the world at large-- in 1966. The result - a breakfast cereal so beloved that it was resurrected to much applause, decades after its original demise. Continue reading...

Vertibird

VertiBird

Some toys are forgotten within months of their initial release; others linger in the memory banks for decades after their demise. In the latter category resides the coolest helicopter to ever hit the scene, the one-and-only VertiBird. For anyone who ever had the pleasure of piloting one of these perpetually-circling choppers, it was an experience you wouldn't soon forget. Continue reading...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Years before theater audiences were introduced to a friendly little alien with a glowing finger and a penchant for Reece's Pieces, director Steven Spielberg offered another compelling tale about visitors from another planet. Having recently put his name on the map with a little summer blockbuster called Jaws, he would switch to the science fiction genre in 1977. The result was Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and audiences would never look at the skies (or a clump of mashed potatoes, for that matter) in quite the same way. Continue reading...

Gauntlet arcade game

Gauntlet

Roleplay and dungeons gained much popularity in the 1980s and naturally, arcade games cashed in on the trend. Being one of the first games to accommodate from one to four simultaneous players, Gauntlet featured a sprawling set of mazes through which the characters wandered and slew monsters. The arcade community embraced the game with open arms and filled each machine with a steady supply of quarters. Continue reading...