Hall Passes

Hall Passes

While perhaps not a rite of passage, it certainly offered the right of passage. The hall pass was a permission ship, a declaration of sorts that you had the right to pass through the halls of school – unescorted and with the teacher’s blessing. In its simplest form, it was a roundtrip ticket to the bathroom and worth milking for all it was worth. It gave you a few precious moments of independence to ponder the imponderables, like “So-and-so is really cute” and “I wish the bell would ring,” Continue reading...

Love, American Style

Love, American Style

Long before The Love Boat set sail in a search of romance on the high seas, there was another series where love was perpetually in the air. From 1969 – 1974, Love, American Style gave television viewers a comedic glimpse into the lives of those caught up in the various stages of romance. And while it seemed at the time like there must be something lewd about the show, looking back it was all pretty innocent. It did, however, bestow a priceless gift upon television viewers that millions would forever cherish. For, had it not been for this quirky little amorous show, we might never have come to know Fonzie. Continue reading...

Spitballs

Spitballs

You’re sitting in class, minding your own business, watching the teacher meticulously write the next algebra equation on the blackboard and feeling pretty good about yourself. That is, until you feel the sharp sting against the back of your neck. Is it an insect bite or have you been shot in the neck by a primitive Amazon warrior’s blowgun? You reach behind your head and feel wetness - but it isn’t blood. Rather it is a sample of one of your classmate’s saliva. You’ve just been pelted by a spitball (or spitwad, if you prefer.) Continue reading...

Emergency Drills

Emergency Drills

We as a society have always taken school safety seriously, and never more so than today. But, while we may not have contended with metal detectors and armed guards during our collective childhood, there were still real dangers we faced. Thus, we all endured numerous emergency drills each year, ensuring that we all knew exactly what to do in the event the unthinkable happened. Continue reading...

Razzles

Razzles

Not since the Tootsie Pop has a candy demanded so much self-control. Razzles claim to fame is that they start out as a candy, but once chewed magically transform into chewing gum. That is, if you can get over the hump of letting the transformation take place. It is all too tempting to simply swallow them in candy form. But for those with the virtue of patience, yummy gum soon follows. Continue reading...

Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch

If you have been around a television set within the last 30 years, you likely know the rest of the words to this catchy little ditty that started the show each week on one of the most endearing and enduring (at least in syndication) sitcoms to ever grace the airwaves – The Brady Bunch. Join us as we take a look back at this beloved series that greeted many of us after a long day of school - exposing us to a family unlike any we had ever encountered before. Continue reading...

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Since 1969, just about every kid with access to a television can tell you "how to get, how to get to Sesame Street." Filled with all sorts of interesting people and lovable critters, this urban city block has been entertaining kids for decades while sneakily introducing them to all those letters and numbers long before they ever set foot on a school bus. Let's take a look back at the iconic educational program that still resonates in the hearts of anyone who ever watched. Continue reading...

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Who could forget The Flintstones, the modern stone-age family that first rocked prime time television on September 30, 1960, courtesy of Hanna-Barbera Productions. From their inception through the next 6 seasons, the cartoon endeared itself to millions of viewers with the prehistoric antics of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their sidekick neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble. Continue reading...