Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

Born Nathaniel Adams Cole in 1917, Nat “King” Cole was performing as early as 12 years old for his father’s church. Much to his parents dismay, he fell in love with jazz – a product of his jazz musician brothers. Eddie, Fred and Isaac - and got his professional start playing with his brother Eddie’s band, the Rogues of Rhythm. The prominence to which he would rise would alter the opinions and tastes of musicians and fans alike for years to come, breaking color barriers in the name of brilliance. Continue reading...

Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...

Aqua Velva

Aqua Velva

The teenage years are a troublesome time. All a boy wants to do is be found attractive by someone, and success is unlikely if one isn’t smelling their best. But hope could be found in a soothing blue liquid - as males in generations past took a cue from dear old dad and liberally splashed on the unforgettable scent of Aqua Velva. Continue reading...

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

Parents tend to spend countless hours striving to impart ethics and morality upon their children. But lecturing isn't always effective and, hey, you can only make them watch so much Davey and Goliath. Thankfully, Milton Bradley introduced a board game that offered a little assistance in this department, yet was still fun for kids to play. They took an ancient Indian board game, made it a little less scary sounding, and the result was Chutes and Ladders, one of the most popular board games ever devised for the younger set. Continue reading...

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix

Some candy is so hard that you have no choice but to suck on it until it dissolves. Some is so chewy that your jaw needs a three day rest after consuming it. And then there are Pixy Stix, those flavorful little straws filled with sugary powder. No sucking, no chewing, just a sugar rush waiting to be poured directly on your taste buds. What's not to love about that? Continue reading...

Sorry!

Sorry!

The ancient game of strategy called Parcheesi got a modern makeover in the early 20th century, emerging as Sorry! the game that apologized for your woeful lack of skill and/or good fortune. First seen in England, it was imported to America in 1934 by Parker Brothers and a new family institution was born. Hearing your mom saying "Sorry!" in a saccharine, condescending voice as she denied you victory was enough to make you wonder if the notion of motherly love wasn't just a big crock. Continue reading...

Levi's

Levi’s

They are as much a part of American culture as Coca-Cola, probably the most iconic clothing item ever created. And just about every American in the last hundred years has, at one time or another, zipped or buttoned up a pair of the comfortable and highly durable jeans that have come to be known simply as “Levi's.” Continue reading...

Chuck Taylor All Stars

Chuck Taylor All Stars

Before there was the Pump or the Air, there was Converse. Before Michael Jordan put his name on Nike's Air Jordans, there was Chuck Taylor's name scrawled across a circular ankle patch on Converse's All-Star high-top. Before high-tech performance wizardry, there was the no-bells-or-whistles canvas topper that guaranteed comfort, the Converse All-Star. Continue reading...