SpaghettiOs

SpaghettiOs

The mere mention of some foods transports us right back to the kitchen table of our youth. Such is the power of SpaghettiOs, those tiny rings of pasta packed in a strangely-sweet orange sauce. They have left an indelible mark on our memory thanks to their decades-old catch phrase "Uh, oh, SpaghettiOs" and that's why, even when we know we shouldn't still be eating such things, we are still compelled to grab a can and toss it into the shopping cart when nobody is looking. Continue reading...

Speak & Spell

Speak & Spell

Ponder for a moment the fate of most educational toys. They are destined to languish in the back of a closet somewhere after getting a disdainful glance in favor of the more exciting toys in the pile of presents. A toy that (gasp) teaches has to be mighty sneaky to get past a youngster’s well-honed radar for such subterfuge. That Speak & Spell managed to lure kids back even after they realized it was a learning tool was remarkable; becoming a best selling toy was nothing short of phenomenal. For years, kids not only enjoyed this device everywhere they traveled but, miracle of miracles, they also learned from it despite themselves. Continue reading...

Spitballs

Spitballs

You’re sitting in class, minding your own business, watching the teacher meticulously write the next algebra equation on the blackboard and feeling pretty good about yourself. That is, until you feel the sharp sting against the back of your neck. Is it an insect bite or have you been shot in the neck by a primitive Amazon warrior’s blowgun? You reach behind your head and feel wetness - but it isn’t blood. Rather it is a sample of one of your classmate’s saliva. You’ve just been pelted by a spitball (or spitwad, if you prefer.) Continue reading...

Splash

Splash

Don't ask why, but little girls always aspire to be the following: super heroines, career women, princesses and mermaids. Before The Little Mermaid's Ariel inspired little girls to centipede in their swimming pools, hold their breath as long as they could, and play mermaids all the livelong summer day…there was Daryl Hannah in Splash. Continue reading...

Spuds McKenzie

Spuds McKenzie

A dog named “Honey Tree Evil Eye” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it in terms of advertising mascots. Change the moniker to Spuds McKenzie, however, and you have a partying pooch that anyone could love. In fact, that universal love-fest from people of all ages is what would eventually lead to the curtailing of the beer-hawking bull terrier’s appearances. Continue reading...

St. Elsewhere

St. Elsewhere

The formula for 80s cop drama Hill St. Blues proved so successful that Hollywood execs decided to try it in a hospital setting. The result was St. Elsewhere, a poignant and gritty drama that kept fans entertained for six seasons as they followed the daily lives of a staff of doctors and a collection of colorful patients at St. Eligius, a run down teaching hospital in Boston. Continue reading...

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Based on a Stephen King novella about a group of young boys who take a trek to find a dead body in the woods, Stand By Me is a touching, coming-of-age tale about four inseparable friends growing up in Oregon during the late fifties. With an extraordinary ensemble of young actors, led by the directing skills of Rob Reiner, the film quickly endeared itself to millions for its poignant look at the power of childhood friendships. Continue reading...

Star Search

Star Search

Long before there was an American Idol or an America's Got Talent, there was only one way for amateurs to get their shot at stardom on national television. You had to go through Johnny Carson’s old sidekick Ed McMahon, who hosted one of the most successful talent shows of all time. For twelve seasons, America got a chance to watch up-and-coming vocalists, spokesmodels and comedians battle it out in a televised competition known as Star Search. And, during its lengthy run, it managed to churn out a whole gaggle of performers that would go on to much bigger and better endeavors in their careers. Continue reading...