Pogo Stick

Pogo Sticks

It sounds like a story right out of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and it probably contains more fiction than fact - but it’s still too good not to repeat for old time’s sake. In Burma, there lived a poor little shoeless girl named Pogo. Her bare feet made it too difficult to make her daily trek, along the muddy roads filled with jagged rocks, so she could pray at the local temple. Her father finally came upon a solution to her dilemma and fashioned a jumping stick so that she could propel herself over these various obstacles and strengthen her soul without sacrificing her soles. A worldly traveler named George Hansburg happened to witness this miraculous jumping stick in action during one of his trips and decided that the rest of the world could also benefit from Pogo’s jumping stick. Continue reading...

Mr. Microphone

Mr. Microphone

Few that watched television in the 70s could ever forget the presence of a man named Ron Popeil, who regularly hawked the products manufactured by his company, Ronco. A master of mail order merchandising in his day, Popiel gave the world such memorable devices as the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic (and plenty of other “O-Matic" gadgets) and the iconic Ginsu knives. But while all of these products were marketed toward adult audiences, there was one particular gizmo that was geared towards kids and teens, a little device known as Mr. Microphone. Continue reading...

Dance-Fever

Dance Fever

If you were a disco fan in the late 1970s, there was one television show you could tune into to get your weekly fix - Dance Fever. This amateur dance competition was hosted by Deney Terrio, the disco icon who became famous by teaching John Travolta how to get down in the movie Saturday Night Fever. Let's take a look back at this fondly remembered show. Continue reading...

Jolly-Green-Giant

Jolly Green Giant

He was a man of few words, those of which had clearly been plagiarized from Santa Claus. He was green, he was a giant, and had it not been for an extreme makeover, he might never have found his way into our collective hearts. Hawking his wares of freshly canned vegetables, he is none other than the Jolly Green Giant. Let’s take a look back at this memorable mascot. Continue reading...

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

When Ross Bagdasarian changed his name to David Seville, sped up his recorded voice, and released the single, “The Chipmunk Song,” he never could have fathomed the enormous popularity that would follow. Over a half-century later, his trio of Chipmunks – Alvin, Simon and Theodore – are still going strong, appearing in feature films and delighting young audiences with their squeaky voices and irrepressible charm. Let’s take a look back. Continue reading...

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Fac

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces

Let’s face facts – Mr. Potato Head, lovable as he may be, really couldn’t hold a candle to Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces. This was advanced cranium alteration, the opportunity to turn Hugo into the doll of your dreams, or your nightmares. Let’s take a look back at this unforgettable mug. Continue reading...

The-Muppet-Show

The Muppet Show

It’s understandable that most kids adore puppets. Adults, on the other hand, don’t usually pay much attention. Under the masterful guidance of Jim Henson, however, a weekly variety show called The Muppet Show emerged in September of 1976 and proceeded to win the affection of millions of fans of all ages. Still enormously popular, the 120 episodes of The Muppet Show that were produced will likely be viewed (and cherished) by children and adults alike for decades to come, for making us laugh ourselves silly in a way that few other variety shows have ever achieved. Continue reading...

The Monster Mash

Monster Mash

Ask someone to name a Christmas song, and you might get a hundred different answers. Ask them to name a Halloween song, however, and they are almost assured to respond with the “Monster Mash.” For almost half a century, this catchy little ditty has been considered the anthem of the holiday, and has probably been played at just about every Halloween party held since the early 60s. Today, we take a loving look back at this classic composition. Continue reading...