Star Wars

Star Wars

When George Lucas spent $11 million to produce a little labor of love called Star Wars, he likely had high hopes for the ambitious science-fiction film. It is hard to imagine that he came even remotely close to envisioning the impact or success that the film would go on to achieve. In terms of box-office numbers, in terms of successful sequels (and prequels,) in terms of a massive marketing machine, in terms of astounding special effects, the film simply has few rivals. And if you were one of the first to stand in line in 1977, the first to see the text scroll up the screen, you likely remember the experience as if it were yesterday. Continue reading...

Starsky and Hutch

Starsky and Hutch

In the 70s, action movies upped the ante as far as acceptable levels of violence, with films like Dirty Harry redefining the role of the fictional cop. The normally timid medium of television decided to respond in kind if they wanted to attract the same audience. ABC surmised that the calm days of Adam-12 and Dragnet were over. There were two new cops on the beat that didn’t take crap from anyone and weren’t shy about drawing their guns and firing off a couple dozen rounds. Their names were Starsky and Hutch. Continue reading...

Stay Alive

Stay Alive

The luck of the draw. These words never were more relevant than how they pertained to a simple but nerve-rattling game of Stay Alive. Your once mighty fleet of marbles had been whittled down to one lone sphere, amidst a sea that could open up any minute and swallow your prized sole possession like the Bermuda Triangle. Continue reading...

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band

With a string of hits like “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “The Joker,” the Steve Miller Band came to epitomize the rock sound of the 70s. A blues guitarist at heart, Miller took these stylings into the pop realm and changed the sound of music forever. Millions of records sold later, many would consider him one of the greatest of his era. 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...

Stretch Armstrong

Stretch Armstrong

He looked like just another pretty blonde head on a Mr. Universe body. A Ken doll with better pecs and a sporty bathing suit. But Stretch Armstrong, first released by Kenner Toys in 1976, was much more than muscles; he was malleable. Bend him, pull him, twist him, tie him in a knot, it didn't even faze him. He laughed at your puny attempts to harm him (note: toy did not actually laugh). Stretch's limbs could be pulled to four times their natural span and still manage to squeeze back to normal size, without unsightly stretch marks. No, we aren't pulling your leg. Continue reading...

Stuckey's

Stuckey’s

If your family ever took one of those summer road-trip vacations, you likely encountered Stuckey’s somewhere along your route. An oasis for highway travelers of any sort, Stuckey’s offered a place to rest, gas up, or have a 99-cent breakfast. If you had a sweet tooth, they had plenty of their famous pecan rolls on hand. If you needed a quick souvenir, they offered a wall-to-wall assortment of trinkets, from rattlesnake earrings to coffee mugs, Mexican rugs to t-shirts. Stuckey’s was a welcome sight to many a weary family. Continue reading...

Styx

Styx

The emergence of “arena rock” in the late 70s saw the rise of a number of bands that transformed from being virtually unknown into stadium-filling favorites. One of the most successful in the genre was a group of five Chicago-based rockers calling themselves Styx. They came out swinging, landing four consecutive double platinum albums, the first band ever to do so, and quickly proved they were a force in which to be reckoned. Continue reading...