The Gong Show

The Gong Show

The Gong Show wasn't the first televised amateur show, but it was definitely the most extreme. Literally anyone who was willing to face the shame of being 'gonged' could step up to the stage and present their disputable talents to millions of viewers. The result was a cavalcade of some of the most bizarre entertainment ever televised, as The Gong Show carved out its own personal niche in history. Continue reading...

Breaking Away

Breaking Away

A story needn't be complex to succeed. Some are simple in premise but leave us both entertained and inspired. Such was the case with the 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. Directed by Peter Yates (Bullit, Krull), this story of a young cyclist and his three friends remains beloved by a generation of fans for its uplifting story of triumph over adversity. Continue reading...

Operation

Operation

We'll never know how many surgeons got their start by removing spare ribs and funny bones. Nor will we ever know how many cardiac doctors have woken up in the middle of the night from a terrifying dream where someone's nose lit up like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer due to their incompetence. One thing is clear though - to play the Milton Bradley game of Operation, one needed a steady hand and patience, or they were apt to lose their patients. Continue reading...

Magic Markers

Magic Markers

Favored tool in the creation of posters, labels and Science Fair projects, the Magic Marker has played a major role in the classroom and at home for its ability to leave its mark… permanently. Colored pencils were a bit bland; paints were fun, yet somewhat messy. The Magic Marker, however, was the perfect way to introduce a splash of color to any piece of paper. Of course, some also emitted one of most beloved scents of youth. Continue reading...

Beehive

Beehive

The beehive first made hair history in the fabulous 50s. In the 60s, the bouffant grew bigger and more elaborate. Sassy waitress Flo sported the style in the 70s sitcom, Alice, pop stars The B-52's were crowned with colorful beehives in the 80s, and blue-topped Marge Simpson took the style into the 90s and beyond. How did this unlikely style maintain its cultural status for so long? Read ahead and find out! Continue reading...

Chick-O-Stick

Chick-O-Stick

When it comes to the confection called a Chick-O-Stick, people fall into one of two camps. The first has eyed them in the candy aisle, an odd tube of something wrapped in plastic and devoid of chocolate. These folks usually keep their distance. The other group understands that this is one unique and tasty treat, worthy of every penny. Thankfully, the latter buys enough Chick-O-Sticks to ensure that they stick around, as they have for over six decades. Continue reading...

Let's Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

If there is one thing that contestents of Let's Make a Deal could have really used it is X-ray vision. Instead, they had to rely on pure intuition as they decided whether to take Monty's modest cash offering or instead reveal what lurked behind one of three doors. Choose wisely and the sky was the limit. Choose poorly and you might just become a proud parent to a new llama. Continue reading...

Manwich

Manwich

Savory tomato goodness in a can, ready to be united in marriage to a package of ground beef and slobbered over a hamburger bun to overflowing. If your jaw doesn’t practically dislocate when you take a bite, and a clump of saucy meat doesn't drop onto your lap, you’ve failed to grasp the concept of the beloved sandwich known as a Manwich. Continue reading...