The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun

Considering the many years that Leslie Nielson spent playing serious roles, few realized the zany sense of humor he possessed until he portrayed a doctor in the smash hit comedy, Airplane. Two years later, he continued the shtick in the very short-lived television series, Police Squad, playing Lieutenant Frank Drebin. For those that may have missed that little piece of TV comedy gold, he eventually took the character to the big screen in The Naked Gun. Released in 1988, there was no joke or sight gag too silly to milk for every laugh it was worth. Of course, the true charm was in Nielson’s ability to always keep a straight face. Continue reading...

Parachute Pants

Parachute Pants

Looking back, one might wonder why gaggles of kids (and rock bands, for that matter) were wearing parachute material in the 80s. It’s not like they were going to accidentally plunge off a cliff or walk out of an airplane. Rather, a new dance form called breakdancing was gathering momentum, and if you wanted to spin with reckless abandon or bust out with some robotic moves, you needed a pair of pants that were lightweight and slick. Once again, the dance community led the way to a fashion fad of immense proportions. Continue reading...

Now and Later

Now and Later

Sharing the dubious honor with such confectionery legends as Laffy Taffy and Sugar Daddies, Now and Later is a candy so supremely sticky, so eager to yank one of those fillings from your mouth, that you would think a dentist had concocted the flavorful little squares. Continue reading...

The Dating Game

The Dating Game

What was a single person to do when companionship eluded them in the 60s? Simple, go on The Dating Game where you could question three lovely members of the opposite sex and find that perfect person of your dreams, or at least have fun trying, on one of the most popular game shows ever created. Continue reading...

Candy Necklaces

Candy Necklaces

Candy and jewelry: a pairing of edible and elegance assured to show your love or satisfy your sweet tooth. And, for fans of all things sweet and stylish, it really didn't get much better than candy necklaces. Sitting pretty for years as the epitome of childhood fashion (until, of course, the luxurious Ring Pop arrived on the scene), the candy necklace became an instant classic, one that's provided kids with enough memories to last a lifetime. Continue reading...

Culture Club

Culture Club

With the advent of MTV, bands that focused on visual style began to dominate the pop charts. Few were as visually stylish as Culture Club. Each member of the group wore colorful, new-wave togs, but Boy George was the most attention-getting by far: His gender-bending mix of makeup, hair-dye and frilly clothing (including dresses) made him a magazine-cover fixture. He also happened to be a fine songwriter, turning Culture Club into one of the most successful hitmaking bands of the 1980's. Continue reading...

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

In the early 80's, MTV made it possible for image-conscious groups to become stars with a few well-made videos. Few bands took advantage of this the way Duran Duran did. Utilizing a string of sleek, cinematic videos that played up their teen-friendly charisma, the group rocketed to fame as one of the top attractions of early MTV. However, they could also back up their visual appeal with songs that married crafty, hook-laden pop melodies to elements of new wave and dance music. As a result, they became one of the top international pop groups of the 80's and have survived well into the new millennium. Continue reading...

Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs

Once upon a time, when it came to carrying your belongings with you, you basically had two choices - the pocket or the purse. Stuffing your pockets was uncomfortable, as was being tethered to a purse all day, especially at a place like an amusement park or the beach. The 80s offered a handy alternative that caught on like wildfire - the oft-maligned fanny pack. These hands-free containers were practical, comfortable, and for a short time at least, fashionable. Continue reading...