Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

Classical music and rock and roll may seem polar opposites, but they actually pair quite well. The Beatles introduced the concept in the 60s, and in the decade that followed, Electric Light Orchestra followed in the Fab Four's footsteps, fusing the two genres and earning an impressive 27 Top-40 hits as a result. Continue reading...

Ants in the Pants

Ants in the Pants

Few wonders of nature captivate a child quite as much as the insect world, and don't think that this magnetic attraction didn't catch the attention of toy manufacturers. Beating the big boys to the punch was the Schaper Company, who practically cornered the market on bug-based games. One of their most beloved is Ants in the Pants. Continue reading...

CHiPs

CHiPs

The battle between good and evil as it played out on California’s freeways found a good home in the classic 70s NBC series, CHiPs. It was an airy mix of action, police drama and comedy but that was not all; there were also tight uniforms and a groovy theme song. Continue reading...

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

There are as many similarities between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins as there are between the Kennedy and Lincoln administrations – although the latter's are pure coincidence. Both films mixed animation with live-action. Both had magical guardians who enchanted the precocious children under their care. Both took place in London, and actor David Tomlinson had a supporting role in both. Other than that - completely different films. Continue reading...

Sit 'n Spin

Sit ‘n Spin

It is a scientific fact that if you take a child, place them in a featureless void, forbidden to speak, they will still find a way to entertain themselves. How? By spinning in place, of course. Every kid everywhere spontaneously invented spinning and the activity never lost its appeal. Confusing your inner ear was the first natural high experienced by all toddlers, which was why they always pleaded to go on one more Tea Cup or Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the carnival, even if they were already staggering around like drunks. Enter Sit ‘n Spin, an amusement park for one. Continue reading...

Micronauts

Micronauts

If only he could have been in two places at once. Instead, Martin Abrams of Mego Toys had a choice to make – bid for the rights to produce toys based on a film called Star Wars, or continue working to secure the rights to a toy called Microman with the Japanese company Takara. He chose the latter and, in hindsight, it proved to be a costly mistake. But if there was a bright side, it was that millions of kids got to experience a cool line of toy figures known as Micronauts. Continue reading...

Stratego

Stratego

In the fog of war, one cannot rely on a clear vision of the enemy. It takes careful planning of both a brave offense and a deceptive defense of misinformation and cunning strategy to keep the enemy off balance and ensure victory. But one needn’t go to West Point to learn the necessary skills for capturing an enemy flag. For kids of all ages, the preferred training was always a simple board game called Stratego. Continue reading...

Davey and Goliath

Davey and Goliath

The Saturday mornings of yesteryear were a nonstop cavalcade of kid-friendly entertainment, with every newtwork vying for the attention of young viewers. Sundays, on the other hand, were a vast wasteland by comparison, with one exception - a charming little show about morality called Davey and Goliath. If you weren't already in church, you were probably getting some life lessons from this iconic pair. Continue reading...