Star Search

Star Search

Long before there was an American Idol or an America's Got Talent, there was only one way for amateurs to get their shot at stardom on national television. You had to go through Johnny Carson’s old sidekick Ed McMahon, who hosted one of the most successful talent shows of all time, Star Search. Continue reading...

Game Boy

Game Boy

It’s a nice sunny day; birds are chirping, the world is turning, and if you are entranced by video games – you might not even know that such simple pleasures exist. You are tethered to the television in an all-out battle alongside Mario. Wouldn’t it be nice if one could carry their video addiction wherever their travels took them? Well, dream became reality in the 90s and thy name was Game Boy. Continue reading...

Jujyfruits and Jujubes

Jujyfruits and Jujubes

Created during the Roaring 20s, Jujubes and Jujyfruits are confectionery cousins, chomped by millions of moviegoers over the decades, thanks to their long lasting flavor, and despite their ability to cement themselves to the teeth like no other. They have rightfully earned their place in the movie candy hall of fame. Continue reading...

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...