Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...

Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Let's start with what Chinese Checkers isn't - it neither came from China, nor is it a variation on the game of checkers. The game was originally called Halma and is of European descent. But Halma sounds more like a medical condition than a really fun game, so American game manufacturers gave it a more exotic moniker and the rest is history. Continue reading...

SimCity

SimCity

For those who grew tired of fighting the video game villains in the 80s, a new type of game arrived in 1989 that put an entire metropolis under your watchful eye. SimCity not only offered an alternative to battle-based games, it launched a whole new genre, the simulation game, one that proved enormously popular. Continue reading...

Ghostbusters Cereal

Ghostbusters Cereal

If a hit movie, mountains of toys and a Saturday morning cartoon weren't enough ways to get your Ghostbusters fix as a kid, then grab a Hi-C Ecto cooler, take a seat at the kitchen table and pour yourself a big bowl of Ghostbusters cereal. It was all part of a nutritionally-balanced 80s breakfast. 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...

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter showed a new generation of video game maniacs the one secret their mothers didn't want them to know: if you practice really hard, spend enough quarters, and get really good at video games, you just might become the savior of an entire galaxy. Try shoving that one back in mom's face the next time she tells you to play outside. Continue reading...

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

No, they won’t keep you cool on a hot summer’s day, nor do they belong in a tall glass of lemonade. But for those who love chocolate, these little foil-wrapped squares have been delighting the taste buds for decades, thanks to the German confectioner, Moritz, proud makers of Ice Cubes. Continue reading...