100 Grand

100 Grand

“One Hundred Thousand Dollars” sure has a nice ring to it. It connotes images of a new car, a fancy wardrobe, a vacation to Monte Carlo, a…candy bar? Well, if a merger of crispy rice, caramel and chocolate is your idea of elegance, this chewy confection is a luxury worthy of indulgence. Continue reading...

1964 World's Fair

1964 World’s Fair

The year was 1964, a period in American history where hope for the future still burned bright from the previous decade. Technology and industry were making great strides, especially in the area of space exploration, and the city of New York recognized that the time was ripe for an encore to the 1939 World’s Fair. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the tidal wave of commercialism that accompanies each holiday season, sending shoppers scurrying to the nearest department store to empty their wallets. To provide some balance, a quaint little cartoon airs each year, serving as a reminder that other aspects of Christmas might be more worthy of celebration. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...

A&W Root Beer

A&W Root Beer

Out of more than sixty different varieties of root beer, none is more indelibly linked to the all-American experience than A&W, with its fresh, draft beverage served with a nose-tickling head of foam in a frosty mug. With its rural appeal and simplistic design, it hearkens back to a frothier time, if not a sweeter one. Continue reading...

Adam-12

Adam-12

The first show on television to realistically portray the daily routines of police officers (at least as much as the censors would allow), Adam-12 arrived in the late 60s and quickly won over millions of fans who tuned in each week to watch officers Reed and Malloy help keep the citizens of Los Angeles safe from crime and other calamities. Continue reading...

Aggravation

Aggravation

It's always been hard to find that "family game" balance. Make it too hard, the little tykes wouldn't get it. Make it too easy, and nobody else would want to play with the little tykes. But sometimes, that rare game got it right. Take, for example, the case of Aggravation, a board game marketed by Lakeside that bore a striking resemblance to the ancient game of Parcheesi. Continue reading...

Air Blaster Gun

Air Blaster Gun

When a toy is yanked from store shelves after a relatively short run, it is usually for one of two reasons – it is either unpopular or unsafe. And perhaps not surprising to anyone, the unsafe ones are often pretty popular at the time they are pulled. Such was the case with the Wham-O Air Blaster, a toy with endless possibilities, some of them relatively dangerous. Let’s take a look back at this fondly-remembered toy that came and went with a bang. Continue reading...