V

V

We’ve all had an encounter with an obnoxious neighbor. Things start out fine – you extend a friendly handshake, they bring over a couple of plates of food, you lend them the lawnmower – and before you know it, they have made it their sole purpose to take over your life. Imagine this on a more intergalactic level, and you have the premise of V, a science fiction saga that aired as a miniseries on NBC in 1983. Continue reading...

Parcheesi

Parcheesi

It stands to reason that some of those favorite board games from childhood don't always hold the same appeal for adults. It's rare to see a group of grown-ups playing Candyland, for example. But one game has always had its share of cross-generational interest. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that Parcheesi has remained a favorite for some sixteen centuries. Continue reading...

Boston

Boston

If one wanted to hear the rebellious, in-your-face spirit of Bostonians, one needed to look no further than the gritty guitar sounds on the debut album by the 70s supergroup aptly named Boston. A technological marvel filled with plenty of ear candy, this hybrid of hard rocking and heartwarming ballads catapulted Boston to the top of the charts. Continue reading...

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Of the genres popular when the 80s arrived, teen movies ranked towards the bottom of the list. Sure, there was an occasional gem in the crowd (My Bodyguard is an excellent example), but these rare treats were overshadowed by mostly crude offerings. When 1983 rolled around, a director named John Hughes raised the bar considerably, offering a film called Sixteen Candles that would define him as the genre's new master. Continue reading...

Johnson Smith

Johnson Smith

For juvenile pranksters, reading through a Johnson Smith Company catalog was like hearing a voice from heaven. Yes, children, there really is gum that tastes like garlic and candy that turns your mouth bloody (or, at least, fake bloody). And nobody made these tricks, gizmos, jokes and marvels look more appealing that the people at Johnson Smith. Continue reading...

SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...

Good & Plenty

Good & Plenty

For those who don't harbor an aversion to the black variety of licorice, movie theaters have long offered a special treat – those little capsule shaped white and pink delicacies known as Good & Plenty. Fans will attest that they are both good and plentiful, and they also happen to be the oldest branded candy in the United States. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...