Big

Big

Every young boy's fantasy came true for little Josh Baskin in 1988's Big. Thanks to a mystical carnival machine, little Josh became big Josh overnight, only to discover that the adult world wasn't all it was cracked up to be. With Tom Hanks in the "big Josh" role and former Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall directing, Big captured the innocence of childhood with humor, tenderness and insight. Continue reading...

Mork and Mindy

Mork & Mindy

Living in Milwaukee in the 50’s could be pretty boring for a young teenager. Even with the occasional excitement of Fonzie jumping his motorcycle over a bunch of garbage cans and water-skiing over sharks, Ritchie’s life remained, in a word, humdrum. That is, until one fateful night, when he received a visit from a quick-witted extraterrestrial named Mork from the faraway planet of Ork. This particular episode of the iconic sitcom Happy Days was a huge crowd-pleaser and made a relatively unknown stand-up comedian named Robin Williams into an instant star. A spin-off series was a no-brainer for television execs and in 1978, Mork and Mindy made its debut on ABC. Continue reading...

Bop It

Bop It

In the world of toys, simplicity often reigns supreme. Such is the case with a handheld electronic toy called Bop It. First released in 1996, this addictive game quickly rose in popularity, spawning an extensive line of sequels that continue to mesmerize and challenge kids to this day. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from the increasingly important role of computers in our lives. Continue reading...

White Castle

White Castle

As one of the great East Coast and Midwest traditions, White Castle stands proudly as the oldest of all hamburger fast-food joints. While they’re not global like McDonalds and Burger King, their unique style helps White Castle to stand out in a way that beckons travelers from other parts to come and give their iconic “slider” a try. Continue reading...

Missing Persons

Missing Persons

If there’s one thing that can be said about the 80s, it’s that it had a style all its own. But of all the image-conscious bands to emerge from the decade, one stands just a bit above the others, with their spacey sci-fi clothing, sculpted hair and copious amounts of makeup: Missing Persons. Continue reading...

Cosmos

Cosmos

Television and movies have long speculated about faraway galaxies through the eyes of fictional space explorers such as Buck Rogers and Captain Kirk. But TV viewers were eventually given an informative introduction to the real universe we live in, thanks to a visionary scientist named Carl Sagan, host and producer of the fascinating 13-part television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Airing in 1980 on PBS, Cosmos was a provocative, visually-stunning exploration that left viewers on the edge of their seats as Sagan used his considerable charm to explain all that we know about the mysteries of space. Continue reading...

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

When Kenner created the Easy-Bake Oven, it provided kids with a safer way to practice their culinary skills, thereby keeping them out of the kitchen and away from its inherent danger. Shrinky Dinks, on the other hand, brought them back to the kitchen in droves, their eyes peeled to a hot oven window, watching their hand-drawn creations shrink into a plastic trinket as if by magic. Continue reading...