Baby Ruth

Baby Ruth

Whether it was named after the famed slugger for the New York Yankees has long been up for debate, but the confection known as the Baby Ruth has remained one of the best loved candy bars since its introduction in 1921. Filled with peanuts, caramel and nougat, the Baby Ruth was a home run right out of the box. 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...

Annie

Annie

It's a hard-knock life. Nobody knew that better than Little Orphan Annie, who endured some personal tragedies before becoming star of comic strips, radio, stage and film. The fictional heroine ruled the radio waves during the 30s and 40s but later kept a low profile until a Broadway musical thrust her back into the spotlight. A movie based on the hit musical followed in 1982, simply called Annie. 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...

Eurythmics

Eurythmics

The rise of MTV in the early 80s opened up a new venue for artists who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. One of the best and most successful groups to rise to the challenge was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits bridging the gap between electronica and soul, thanks to the pristine voice and colorful persona of frontwoman Annie Lennox. 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...