Silly String

Silly String

Like some of your finer spray cheeses, Silly String comes packaged in an aerosol container and can be shot at targets up to 10 feet away. Sadly, it’s not edible like its Kraft counterpart, but ever since Wham-O introduced this novelty in the late 60s, it's probably appeared at just as many parties. Continue reading...

Free Willy

Free Willy

Films about a boy and his dog have tugged at our collective heartstrings almost as long as Hollywood has been making movies, able to make us laugh in delight one moment, and bawl our eyes out the next. Could such a winning formula succeed if a kid was instead paired with a killer Orca? 1993 proved that the answer was a resounding "yes!" as film audiences flocked to theaters to witness the loving relationship between two societal misfits, a young delinquent named Jessie and his aquatic pal in the box-office blockbuster, Free Willy. Continue reading...

Good Humor Ice Cream

Good Humor

In the scorching heat of a summer’s day, few sounds beckon to a child like the playful jingle of an ice cream truck in the distance - gradually moving closer, block by block, until it finally turns the corner and heads slowly down their street. At the first notice of the approaching melody, kids scatter in all directions, making a mad dash towards the parents, begging for enough change to purchase a frozen delicacy. And for over eighty years, little white Good Humor trucks have done their part to ensure that ice cream is available to all, offering varieties of the very thing that made them famous almost a century ago - ice cream on a stick. Continue reading...

King's Island

King’s Island

Folks living in the Midwestern United States needn’t make a long trek to Florida or California to get their amusement park fix. Opening its gates in 1972, King’s Island, located just north of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been thrilling visitors of all ages for over 35 years. With its well-kept grounds, an arsenal of top-notch roller coasters, and numerous movie and television tie-in attractions, King’s Island has been putting smiles on the faces of locals and tourists alike, who visit the park each year by the millions. Continue reading...

Jaws

Jaws

The era of the modern summer blockbuster came riding in on the fins of a great white shark. Jaws was not only the most successful film of 1975, it was the most successful film the world had yet seen. With an unforgettable cast, a delightfully ominous musical score, and two hours of white-knuckled suspense, Jaws did for the beach what Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho had done for showers 15 years earlier. Continue reading...

HI-C

Hi-C

We can trace many of our beloved comfort foods back to the post-war 50s, an era which introduced such future staples as Jello Instant Pudding and Rice-a-Roni. The innovative decade also brought a new fruity beverage in a big tin can called Hi-C. A perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day, and (slightly) healthier than soda pop, kids loved it from the beginning and continue to gulp down glasses of the sweet concoction some sixty years later. Continue reading...

Hoppity Hop

Hoppity Hop

Something about being a little kid brings out an irrepressible need to jump and bounce. Who among us didn't mercilessly assault our bedroom mattresses as if they were a circus trampoline? And, if you wanted to go bouncing down the block to a friend's house, and if you weren't quite coordinated enough to handle a pogo stick, there was only one real choice - the Hoppity Hop (or Hippity Hop, if you prefer). In their heyday, these popular playthings filled suburban streets with their distinctive sounds, as happy children everywhere got their bouncing fix. Continue reading...

The Sandlot

The Sandlot

For any kid that ever played a game of neighborhood baseball, this is a film sure to tug at a few of those nostalgic heartstrings. Released in 1993, The Sandlot travels back to the summer of 1962, to tell the tale of a group of young friends who shared more than a passing fondness for the great American pastime. Continue reading...