Tang

Tang

A culinary disappointment! A bona-fide flop! The Edsel of the beverage industry! No, these statements do not describe New Coke, but the dehydrated beverage known as Tang. Before its rise to fame, the orange slurry started its life in 1959 as a flop. But though the sales were meager, the company persevered, thanks to its easily-transportable (and preservative-laden) nature and eventual appeal to the space race fans of the sixties. Continue reading...

Stratego

Stratego

In the fog of war, one cannot rely on a clear vision of the enemy. It takes careful planning of both a brave offense and a deceptive defense of misinformation and cunning strategy to keep the enemy off balance and ensure victory. But one needn’t go to West Point to learn the necessary skills for capturing an enemy flag. For kids of all ages, the preferred training was always a simple board game called Stratego. Continue reading...

Davey and Goliath

Davey and Goliath

The Saturday mornings of yesteryear were a nonstop cavalcade of kid-friendly entertainment, with every newtwork vying for the attention of young viewers. Sundays, on the other hand, were a vast wasteland by comparison, with one exception - a charming little show about morality called Davey and Goliath. If you weren't already in church, you were probably getting some life lessons from this iconic pair. Continue reading...

KerPlunk

KerPlunk

Classic games become so for one reason, because no matter how many times you play them, they remain challenging and, more importantly, fun! A perfect example is a simple game where grasping at straws can make or break you and the sound of silence is most welcoming. Such is the challenge of those who choose to try their hand at KerPlunk – a test of hand/eye coordination and strategy that also requires plenty of sheer luck. Continue reading...

Bit-O-Honey

Bit-O-Honey

Chicago has long held a reputation as the candy capitol of the United States. And, in 1924, the Schutter-Johnson Company launched a unique new chew to the windy city, one that would delight children and dentists alike. Christened as the Bit-O-Honey, it was guaranteed to give a kid’s jaw muscles a workout like no other. Continue reading...

Major Matt Mason

Major Matt Mason

Long before Buzz Lightyear was blasting off into space, kids have held an affinity for space-related toys – perhaps never more so than during the space race of the 1960s. As man reached for the stars, kids reached for the ultimate astronaut hero of the toy world – a well-equipped action hero known as Major Matt Mason. Continue reading...

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

To survive in the ice cream business for over 70 years with only one flavor is a pretty monumental feat. But from 1940 to the present, Dairy Queen has been milking their vanilla soft-serve delicacy for all its worth, creating a variety of frozen treats sure to soothe on a hot summer day ... or any other. Continue reading...

Star Trek

Star Trek

Considering the pop culture status that Star Trek has achieved over the decades, it is hard to fathom that the original series that started it all was not an initial success by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, it found its greatest prosperity long after it had been cancelled, as later generations realized just how compelling and unique the show really was. And, over forty years after its debut in 1966, its legacy is nothing short of astounding. Those 80 original episodes spawned five successful spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning series, and 11 feature-length films - not to mention enough books, toys and other merchandising to fill a small galaxy. Throw in the legions of loyal devotees known as "Trekkies," who congregate at conventions all over the world, and it becomes clear that Star Trek will continue to have an impact for years to come. Continue reading...