Rollen Stewart

Rollen Stewart

Few ever knew his real name. But millions who tuned into major sporting events in the late 70s and much of the 80s became accustomed to his smiling face – not to mention his hard-to-miss rainbow wig and religious message. His name was Rollen Stewart, but most remember him simply as Rainbow Guy. Continue reading...

Romper Stompers

Romper Stompers

Few would argue that toys were simpler back in the day. Build something colorful that made a lot of noise, maybe a few flickering lights. Market it to a large audience and sales were practically assured. Romper Stompers had no illumination to speak of, but they made up for it by making the loudest, clompiest sound heard since horses started wearing metal shoes. Continue reading...

Roseanne

Roseanne

Based on Roseanne Barr's standup routine, this popular sitcom focused on the everyday lives of the self-proclaimed "domestic goddess" and her brood, a blue-collar family living in Illinois. The sarcastic and perpetually cranky Roseanne was a far cry from the idyllic sticom moms of the 50s and 60s and had to deal with the realistic problems and absurdities of lower middle class life. Continue reading...

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

A rock and roll pioneer, Roy Orbison left us with a catalog of songs that touched the hearts of generations. With his characteristic dark sunglasses, deep vibrato (with the occasional punctuating falsetto), “The Big O,” as he was nicknamed, produced hits that regularly broke the Top Ten, hits that were a touchstone for generations of the lovelorn and heartbroken. Continue reading...

Rubiks Cube

Rubik’s Cube

Few toys are as equally fascinating and frustrating as the Rubik's Cube. They lure the unsuspecting in with their bright colors and mysterious mechanical workings, never giving hint to the addictive properties waiting to be unleashed with a few simple twists and turns. Through much of the 80s, the world twisted and turned, their minds in overdrive as they tried to solve the complex computations that once again right the cube to its original form - an aligned form that some of us only saw on the first day we opened the package, then never again. Continue reading...

Runts

Runts

Those wacky inventors over at the Willy Wonka factory have introduced plenty of innovative confections over the years, from the Everlasting Gobstopper to the Wonka Bar. But one of their most popular creations over the past few decades are Runts. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you likely remember the small, realistically-shaped, fruit flavored candies that are not only sold in the candy aisle, but also countless gumball-type vending machines around the world. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus: The Movie

Certainly a film called Santa Claus: The Movie would feature the jolly old bearded one in the starring role, right? Well, not so fast. Dudley Moore (Arthur) actually had top billing, as an elf named Patch, and Santa would have to suck it up and take a supporting role in this 1985 holiday feature. Continue reading...

Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock

Debuting in 1972, Schoolhouse Rock caught children off-guard with their catchy tunes that taught important lessons about history, science and grammar - without most kids ever realizing what was going on. How well did it work? Well, decades later, many of us can still remember the lyrics to some of our favorite Schoolhouse Rock segments as if it were yesterday. Continue reading...