Zaxxon

Zaxxon

Jaws dropped when Sega released Zaxxon in 1982. Oh sure, gamers had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon placed these battles into a never-before seen 3D environment, complete with shadows. These innovations changed the course of action games and secured Zaxxon its rightful place in arcade history. Continue reading...

Young Guns

Young Guns

The extralegal exploits of Henry Carter, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," received the treatment of a rock star in 1988 with screenwriter John-Fusco's western redux, Young Guns. With a cast of brash young actors and a rock n' roll soundtrack, Christopher Cain created an entertaining account of the events surrounding the Lincoln County War in 1877 New Mexico. Continue reading...

You Can’t Do That On Television

You Can’t Do That On Television

One of the first big hits to emerge on the up-and-coming Nickelodeon cable channel, You Can't Do That On Television (YCDTOTV) quickly endeared itself to young viewers with its bathroom-humor-laced sketch comedy performed by kids. But the show will always be best remembered for introducing the young populace to green slime, a substance that is now a trademark for the Nickelodeon brand, thanks to this long-running series that was required daily viewing for many an 80s kid. Continue reading...

Yoo-Hoo

Yoo-hoo

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a soda. Doesn’t a chilled serving of chocolate milk sound refreshing? Problem is, chocolate milk isn’t something you can just cart around with you unless you have a way to keep it cold, lest it become sour. And there are few beverages as unappetizing as sour milk. Luckily, there exists a way to keep a supply of chocolate milk with you for any occasion, without having to worry about its freshness. Thy name is Yoo-Hoo. Continue reading...

Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo

Few toys have as lengthy and storied a history as the illustrious yo-yo. It’s been around for so long, and in so many iterations, that it has rightly earned the status of toy legend. The simple combination of wood or plastic and string has stood the test of time since the ancient era, and remains one of the world’s most beloved toys. Continue reading...

Yes & No Books

Yes & No Books

Those long family road trips could be ever so tedious, sitting in those cramped quarters and enduring the taunts of your equally bored siblings. For parents who yearned for a little backseat peace and quiet, a Yes & No book provided miles of quiet entertainment. With a nifty invisible ink pen included, and a plethora of games contained within, these books worked like magic. Continue reading...

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Home to baseball’s most hallowed legends and treasured lore, Yankee Stadium once stood as Major League Baseball’s pantheon - a fitting title, since it was the first sports location to be given the Greek appellation “stadium.” Today, a new place at a new location bears the same name, but it has a long way to go to catch up to the history of its historic predecessor. Continue reading...

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Woodsy Owl

He sports a hat reminiscent of Robin Hood, his matching pants as forest green as his message. He is an official spokes-owl for the National Forest Service and his name is Woodsy. And, for the last four decades, he has probably done more to spread the word about environmentalism than even Al Gore. Continue reading...