Mr. Zog's Sex Wax

Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax

Is there any doubt that sex sells, not just a little, but really, really well? Well, if you remain unconvinced sit back and listen to the tale of a man who sold boatloads of innocuous surfboard wax and warehouses full of tee-shirts to millions of kids across America, many of whom didn’t even own surfboards – simply by throwing that provocative three-lettered word in the name of his product. Continue reading...

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

A family-based sitcom is dangerous territory. If the kids are annoying, if the writing falls flat, if the family doesn’t seem real – all can lead to a quick demise. But every once in a while a show like Growing Pains comes along and proves that when everything clicks, the rewards can be substantial. This 80s series, which would go on to become one of the longest-running and most watched of the decade, seemed to have it all – clever humor that could elicit an unexpected guffaw, a cast of likable characters of all ages, and a family that never seemed too “Hollywood.” Growing Pains captured the trials and tribulations of raising a family, while never easing up on the laughs. Continue reading...

Asteroids

Asteroids

Of all the arcade games released over the years, a mere handful have reached iconic status, games that if you lived in a particular generation, there was little chance that you had escaped their magnetism. The Atari mega-hit Asteroids is certainly deserving of this special status. Released in 1979, during the era of Star Wars, it utilized simple black and white vector graphics, an (at the time) impressive array of buttons, and a repeatability factor that was unparalleled. Continue reading...

Garanimals clothing

Garanimals

It’s one thing to learn how to dress yourself – it’s quite another to learn how to dress yourself well. Kids in the 70’s didn’t need to worry about that though, with Garanimals there to lend a helping hand. Today, we look back at these fashionable friends inspired by the animal kingdom. Continue reading...

That's Incredible!

That’s Incredible!

In 1979, a lighthearted primetime talk show, featuring a herd of perpetually happy hosts, offered American audiences glimpses of the regular folks scattered all around the country who had an interesting or comical tale to tell. That show, Real People, became a quick hit for NBC and it wasn’t long before other networks wanted to hitch a ride on the popularity wave. The biggest competition would come from ABC, who upped the ante a bit, and rather than show ordinary folks in the everyday lives, chose to focus on the remarkable and extraordinary among us, in the 1980 series, That’s Incredible! Continue reading...

Brady Kids

The Brady Kids

With the enduring popularity of the hit series, The Brady Bunch, on prime time, it was inevitable that the clan would eventually make their way to the Saturday morning lineup in cartoon form. In 1972, Paramount Studios and Filmation Studios teamed up to bring the lovable little six-pack of moppets to animated life in The Brady Kids, running the cartoon concurrently with the sitcom. Continue reading...

Hall Passes

Hall Passes

While perhaps not a rite of passage, it certainly offered the right of passage. The hall pass was a permission ship, a declaration of sorts that you had the right to pass through the halls of school – unescorted and with the teacher’s blessing. In its simplest form, it was a roundtrip ticket to the bathroom and worth milking for all it was worth. It gave you a few precious moments of independence to ponder the imponderables, like “So-and-so is really cute” and “I wish the bell would ring,” Continue reading...

Breakout arcade game

Breakout

For all of the mass frenzy created by the introduction of Pong in 1972, the excitement started to wane four years later, as the public was eager for new and exciting arcade games. As a result, future Apple computer creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak put their heads together and the result was Breakout, the newest chapter in coin-operated game history that was destined to sweep the world. Continue reading...