Romper Stompers

Romper Stompers

Few would argue that toys were simpler back in the day. Build something colorful that made a lot of noise, maybe a few flickering lights. Market it to a large audience and sales were practically assured. Romper Stompers had no illumination to speak of, but they made up for it by making the loudest, clompiest sound heard since horses started wearing metal shoes. Continue reading...

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

A rock and roll pioneer, Roy Orbison left us with a catalog of songs that touched the hearts of generations. With his characteristic dark sunglasses, deep vibrato (with the occasional punctuating falsetto), “The Big O,” as he was nicknamed, produced hits that regularly broke the Top Ten, hits that were a touchstone for generations of the lovelorn and heartbroken. Continue reading...

Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son

Rightly considered one of the 100 best TV shows of all time, Sanford and Son blustered into NBC's Friday night lineup in 1972 and made lasting television history with Redd Foxx's portrayal of the one-of-a-kind Fred Sanford. Despite airing in an unpopular time slot, the show enjoyed consistently high ratings throughout its six seasons. Continue reading...

SantaClausComingFinal

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Few holiday specials are as well remembered and beloved as the collection of stop-animation offerings from Rankin/Bass Productions that originated in the 60s and 70s. Today, we look back at the 1970 classic, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, a charming tale that taught many of us the evolution of the big jolly guy in the red suit. Continue reading...

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

The term “ground zero” describes a point where an explosion occurs. Concerning the explosion of the disco era, few would argue that the catalyst was the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever. Cross-marketed with a musical soundtrack that is still considered one of the most successful of all-time, the film managed to send a significant portion of the population to the nearest dance floor, to boogie the night away just like the film’s character, Tony Manero. It also marked the film debut of America’s favorite sweathog, John Travolta, whose slick dance moves were soon imitated in every disco in America. For better or worse, the disco era had arrived. Continue reading...

Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock

Debuting in 1972, Schoolhouse Rock caught children off-guard with their catchy tunes that taught important lessons about history, science and grammar - without most kids ever realizing what was going on. How well did it work? Well, decades later, many of us can still remember the lyrics to some of our favorite Schoolhouse Rock segments as if it were yesterday. Continue reading...

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Don't ever let them tell you that your personal challenges will keep you from reaching your dreams. We of Generation TV know better, because we've watched a dog with a truly brutal speech impediment become the longest-running cartoon star in network TV history. If Scooby-Doo can do it, then by golly so can you. Continue reading...

Scrabble

Scrabble

Ah, Scrabble. Play it often enough and you start seeing those lettered tiles in your dreams, forming words that would be worth 100 points if they actually existed. The much-loved game has endured for over 50 years, providing both family enjoyment and competitive play. Out of all the board games, Scrabble is truly a Cinderella story. Continue reading...