Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s

Before the 80s arrived, there were two hallowed names in the world of ice cream and their names were Baskin and Robbins. They had 40 years of experience making fine frozen products that are still enjoyed to this day. But another pair of entrepreneurs arrived on the scene in 1981. Their names were Ben and Jerry, and their creamy concoctions not only changed the way we think of ice cream, they also helped to better the world in which we live. Continue reading...

Gobots

Gobots

In the great robot toys wars of the 80s, the clear winner was Transformers, but that's not to say they didn't have some stiff competition in the field. Three years earlier, Tonka issued the Gobots line, a worthy adversary to be sure, but one that couldn't quite push their competitor off of their perch. Still, they managed a strong second place finish and remain quite collectable in their own right. Continue reading...

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...