2-XL

2-XL Toy

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

Learning can be fun! At least, that was the ABC Network’s stance when it came to programming for children and teens. With its series of after school specials, ABC managed to deliver some worthwhile lessons and coin a phrase at the same time. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the TV movies taught us all a valuable lesson about pretty much everything, from proper nutrition to the dangers of drug and alcohol. 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...

Alligator Shirts

Alligator Shirts

Perhaps if they had paid a bit more attention in their prep school biology classes, one of the millions of students sporting their prized “alligator” shirts would have noticed at some point that the emblem adorning their apparel wasn’t an alligator. Maybe nobody ever really gave it a close look, blinded instead by the vast palette of pastel colors to choose from. Whatever the reason, the poor misinterpreted crocodile would have suffer this indignation while teens went crazy for alligator shirts, a mascot for the 80s generation. Continue reading...

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

When Ross Bagdasarian changed his name to David Seville, sped up his recorded voice, and released the single, “The Chipmunk Song,” he never could have fathomed the enormous popularity that would follow. Over a half-century later, his trio of Chipmunks – Alvin, Simon and Theodore – are still going strong, appearing in feature films and delighting young audiences with their squeaky voices and irrepressible charm. Let’s take a look back. Continue reading...

America Sings

America Sings

The year was 1974 and America was working itself into a patriotic frenzy with preparations to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation. The all-American theme park, Disneyland, joined in on the bicentennial fun and gave visitors an E-Ticket attraction to celebrate the history of American music in a decidedly Disney way: through the use of dozens of audio-animatronic animals, all singing and dancing their way through some of the most-beloved music of our past. Continue reading...

American Graffiti

American Graffiti

In 1973, as the Vietnam War wound down and the Watergate hearings fired up, it is no wonder that Americans were nostalgic for the simpler days. Filmmaker George Lucas certainly was, as he took us all on a virtual trip back to a small town in California, circa 1962, in his acclaimed film, American Graffiti. Filled with fast cars, angst-filled teens, sock hops, carhops, and a smorgasbord of classic rock and roll, American Graffiti won the hearts of anyone who happened to live through that bygone era, and many that didn't. Continue reading...

Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb was the youngest scion of the 1970s ruling music family, the Bee Gees. The Anglo-Australian clan dominated the pop charts during that decade and helped their little brother achieve rightful fame on his own. Not just another token teen idol, Andy also co-wrote the songs and played his own instruments. And then he left us too soon. Continue reading...