Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet

Few toys possess the sheer animal magnetism as the Monster Magnet. First, there was the name. As any marketing executive worth his weight can tell you, include the word "monster" in the name of a toy and you are pretty much assured a hit - especially in 1964. But this wasn’t just about the name, it was about abilities - and this fierce little guy had plenty, making him a most attractive addition to any kid’s collection. Continue reading...

Bonkers

Bonkers!

For their considerably short existence, those little chewy candy squares known as Bonkers! made quite the impression. Some will remember their soft pliability, others their flavorful punch. And for anyone regularly watching television in the 80s, it was impossibly not to take notice of their humorous commercials that featured giant fruit dropping from the sky and landing on an unwitting bystander. Whatever the reason, they are a candy that remains sorely missed from legions of fans that still wonder whatever happened to their beloved Bonkers! Continue reading...

Sly-and-the-Family-Stone

Sly and the Family Stone

In the late 60s, perhaps the most positive change in the music industry was that age-old genre barriers were finally starting to crumble. The days of segregating the styles of rock, country, folk, soul and R&B were coming to an end and the result was an exciting new era of musical exploration. At the forefront of this melding of styles was Sly and the Family Stone, a group instrumental in defining, then refining, the funk sound. By infusing elements of pop, rock and psychedelica into a heavy R&B rhythmic foundation, the band created some of the most energetic and grooving hits of the era. And leading the charge in these defining times, was the creative talent of Sly Stone. Continue reading...

Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills, 90210

The challenge of creating a teen-based serial with any longevity is a daunting task, for the simple reason that the audience eventually grows up. One show that beat the odds was Beverly Hills, 90210, which maintained a loyal following of fans for the entire decade that the series aired, thanks to a combination of compelling drama and a plethora of teen eye candy (although most of the stars weren’t actually teenagers) that kept viewers of all ages tuned in each week. Continue reading...

Galaga

Galaga

All the way back in 1978, millions of arcade aficionados got their first taste of civil defense experience by protecting the planet from those pesky Space Invaders. And like all good arcade games, competition would soon follow. The next year, Namco introduced Galaxian, a similar game with a few extra bells and whistles. Then, in 1981, they followed up with a sequel, one that would go on to become a certified hit in the video game world. Thy name was Galaga. Continue reading...

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Based on the popular 1967 book written by fifteen-year-old author, S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders offered a story of a group of rebel teens raised on the wrong side of tracks who butt heads with a rival (and much more affluent) group, in this moving coming-of-age story. And much to the delight of young girls everywhere, a cast of virtually every rising teen idol imaginable was assembled to melt their hearts and jerk the tears from their pretty faces. Continue reading...

Mastermind

Mastermind

Sitting across the highly polished table sits a suave well-dressed gentleman and his exotic companion, inviting you into the cunning realm of espionage – where codes are made and codes are broken. No, this isn’t a casting call for yet another James Bond – just the box top for a simple little game of logical deduction called Mastermind. Continue reading...

Keds

Keds

As any parent can attest, a kid’s energy knows no bounds, and if their footwear isn’t up to the task, it can be decimated quickly from the rigors of playtime. A century ago, kids didn’t even have shoes for play, only those of the leather variety which were considered their “good shoes” – ones that they were expected to keep in pristene condition. If only there was some form of footwear specifically for play, shoes that could get scuffed and dirty without the scorn of a parent’s watchful eye, all would truly be right in the world. Their eventual shoe savior was a company called Keds, who have provided footwear for appreciative kids and adults for nearly a hundred years. Continue reading...