2-XL Toy

2-XL

With the technological boom of the twentieth century came unprecedented advancements and innovations, the most remarkable of which was arguably the computer. The potential wasn't lost on toy manufacturers as computers entered the public consciousness. By the end of the 1970s, electronic play-things began to populate the marketplace.Where most toy-makers sought to create toys that allowed children to play, Dr. Michael J. Freeman had other ideas. He recognized an opportunity to both entertain and educate. Enter 2-XL, the robotic 8-track player modeled for fun and learning. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and for kids of the past few decades, one of the most beloved of them, besides the behemoth meal, is curling up in front of the television to watch the classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Created by master illustrator Charles M. Schulz and filled with all of his colorful Peanuts characters, this seasonal cartoon has delighted kids for over 35 years. Continue reading...

ABBA

ABBA

The 1970s shall heretofore be known as the ABBA Era, because we all know the Swedish pop group was the life blood of that groovy decade. Their catchy tunes and graceful harmonies took the world by storm and haven’t lost one ounce of their sparkling appeal over the years. Continue reading...

ABC Afterschool Special

ABC Afterschool Special

Life can be both complicated and confusing for a kid, but the ABC television network broadcast an enduring series of TV movies in the 70s (and well beyond) to help clear things up and impart a few life lessons on our youth. Love them or hate them, the ABC Afterschool Special delivered messages on everything from proper nutrition to the dangers of drug and alcohol, even what to do when dad lives in a downtown hotel. Continue reading...

AC-DC

AC/DC

The 70s filled the radio airwaves with a tide of mellow rock and disco, but if you prefered your music with a harder edge, you couldn't go wrong with just about any album from AC/DC. Overflowing with grinding guitars, catchy riffs, blood-curdling vocals and plenty of attitude, AC/DC was rock and roll in its purest form and their songs catapulted this Aussie band to the top of the charts on numerous occasions. 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 Hockey

Air Hockey

Greatness is often found in simplicity. And when it comes to arcade games, there is no greater embodiment of simplicity than Air Hockey, a game that can be learned in less than a minute and is still played, over 40 years since its inception, all around the world. It came upon the scene in the early 70s, and soon after, the distinctive click-clack sounds of two players battling it out could be heard in every arcade across the country. Continue reading...

Alice

Alice

Alice was one of the most successful sitcoms of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, and it had a rather respectable pedigree. It was developed from the 1974 Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn, who won a Oscar for her performance. The TV show took the premise of the movie and introduced television audiences to Alice, a New Jersey single mother with dreams of being a singer, who moves to Phoenix and gets a job in a diner. Continue reading...