Sugar Smacks

Sugar Smacks

Back in the glory days of breakfast cereal, it was a no-brainer to include the word "sugar" in the name, at least if you wanted to capture the attention of the kiddies. Given a choice, no red-blooded American youngster was going to pick Special K or Grape Nuts over something as enticing as Sugar Pops or Super Sugar Crisp. And, while many in recent years have grown up with a cereal called Honey Smacks, or simply Smacks, legions of baby boomers would prefer these morsels of sweetened puffed corn be called by their rightful name, Sugar Smacks. Continue reading...

Super Ball

Super Ball

It looked like an innocent little ball, nothing so special about that. But how many ordinary balls are made of a space-age sounding material called “Zectron”? And more importantly, how many balls have the ability to leap to staggering heights with a simple toss? Only one, the oft-imitated ball of legendary status, the little rubber sphere that managed to live up to its lofty name - the Super Ball! Finally, science put its efforts into something that everyone could enjoy. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Apparently, most of America did indeed dream of a house in the trees. Disney's version of Johann David Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson allowed audiences to live that dream vicariously, and they responded by making the 1960 film Disney's biggest live-action hit to that date. Continue reading...

Tab

Tab

Now relegated to the bottom shelf at the end of the soft drink aisle, Tab was once a pioneer, blazing a beverage trail that many others would emulate. It wasn't the first sugarless cola but, at one time, it was certainly the most popular. Today, one look at those bright pink cans harkens memories of the oft-maligned soft drink, one that made its mark and still manages to hang on amidst a sea of sugar-free competition. Continue reading...

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...

Addams Family

The Addams Family

Here was a family for the morbidly minded and the theme song said it all: they were creepy and they were kooky. Ooky, even. The opening sequence music had one of the catchiest tunes around, with finger snaps and everything. And, although there were other monsters (er, Munsters) on the television airwaves of the 60s, The Addams Family contained a decidedly darker humor than its prime-time cohorts and, as a result, won the hearts of millions of loyal fans along the way. Continue reading...

The Andy Griffity Show

The Andy Griffith Show

Every week, a father and son from Mayberry meandered down to the old fishing hole, while countless television viewers whistled along, on the beloved 60s sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show. Overflowing with small town country charm and featuring a wonderfully funny ensemble cast, this beloved sitcom is still earning new generations of fans. Continue reading...