The Beverly Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies

Thanks to the miraculous discovery of an oil well, a clan of rural folk known as The Beverly Hillbillies found their way to a world of luxury in the wealthy community of Bel Air. The ensuing antics as they tried to assimilate into their new high-brow surroundings was the simple, yet endearing premise that made them a television favorite for generations to come. Continue reading...

Psycho

Psycho

When it comes to the psychological thriller, the undeniable master was Alfred Hitchcock, who knew that there were far scarier things in this world to ponder than just fanged monsters, giant insects and alien plotting to take over the world. With the release of Psycho in 1960, he gave the world a creature more terrifying than Frankenstein or Dracula – a soft spoken, awkward loner named Norman Bates who personified evil. The result was one of the most adored horror films of all time, containing perhaps one of the most chilling scenes ever filmed. Continue reading...

Jawbreakers

Jawbreakers

There are some candies that you just can’t wait to sink your teeth into. When it comes to Jawbreakers however, you might want to take things at a more leisurely pace, lest they become tooth breakers. By comparison, your jaw is in far less danger of breaking, although it is quite susceptible to aching. That’s the price to be paid for enjoying these little concrete-like treats. Of course, a little discomfort hasn’t stopped millions of kids from enjoying these popular candy balls. Some things (especially those involving lots of sugar) are just worth the risk. Continue reading...

Cocoa Puffs

Cocoa Puffs

Americans have gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs for the last five decades, thanks to the help of the manic mascot, Sonny, and those loveable Cocoa Puff Kids. With enough chocolaty, sugary goodness to power any kid through the morning, it’s no wonder the crunchy goodness of Cocoa Puffs has consistently remained on grocery store shelves and in the hearts and memories of kids everywhere. Continue reading...

Memory

Memory

Every once in a while, a game manages to teach a few valuable skills to unsuspecting players and make them smarter without them ever realizing it. Candyland snuck in some color recognition mentoring. Hi Ho! Cherry-O stealthily gave kids the ability to count, and Hot Potato … well, that taught the valuable lesson that if you holding something that is hot, you should hand it to someone else immediately. But in terms of developing concentration and matching skills, the name of the game was Memory – a simple card game that taxed those brain cells to no end. 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...

The Game of Life

The Game of Life

While life has existed for millions of years on planet Earth, it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that a game was invented to mirror it. Back in 1860, it was considered "America's Favorite Parlor Game" and when it was reintroduced by the Milton Bradley Company a hundred years later, it proved just as popular and remains so to this day. Continue reading...