Shakey's Pizza

Shakey’s Pizza

If you’ve ever heard ragtime piano music and the first thing you think of is pizza, you are likely one of the millions that has dined at Shakey’s Pizza. Perhaps you celebrated a birthday there, or met with your Little League team, or maybe your family just wanted an inexpensive way to avoid cooking dinner for the evening. Whatever the reason, a friendly straw hat-wearing employee stood ready to dish out the goods. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

When the Ides of March approach, we can look forward to corned beef, mischievous leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and a sublime green confection from McDonald's called the Shamrock Shake. They've gone through many changes over the years, but one thing is clear - it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without them. Continue reading...

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

The shopping malls of yesteryear were the hub of their respective communities. For adults, they offered a one-stop shopping experience that would reign until big box stores and the internet arrived. For teens, the experience was entirely social - a place to meet friends, find a love interest, or simply bestow their allowance upon the well-stocked arcade. Continue reading...

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

When Kenner created the Easy-Bake Oven, it provided kids with a safer way to practice their culinary skills, thereby keeping them out of the kitchen and away from its inherent danger. Shrinky Dinks, on the other hand, brought them back to the kitchen in droves, their eyes peeled to a hot oven window, watching their hand-drawn creations shrink into a plastic trinket as if by magic. Continue reading...

Silly Putty

Silly Putty

What an inert, innocent appearance for such a versatile toy. Silly Putty would just sit there like a lump—literally—until you deigned to pick it up. But then, oh then…it came alive. Well, not really; there was a fair amount of elbow grease involved in getting enjoyment out of the Putty. It bounced; it flowed (if given enough time); it stuck to the wall; it stuck to newsprint and comic books and copied whatever was on the page; it even picked up pet hair and dust, should the average 8-year old feel a sudden urge to clean the living room. It could be kneaded and bent, stretched and flattened. And it owed its existence to an accident. Continue reading...

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

If you ever fantasized about arcade games in your living room, a car-shaped bed, or just living with Ricky Schroder, then Silver Spoons was right up your alley. This kid-friendly sitcom arrived in the 80s and quickly became a favorite among the school age set. 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...

Simon

Simon

As the 70s came to a close, and with video games clearly the wave of the future, many a Christmas wishlist contained a single word towards the top - Simon. From its inception, this Milton Bradley classic was a must-have game, and it remains a beloved icon from the era, a multi-colored musical light show who served as a loyal friend on a lonely day. Let's take a look back at this addictive little toy. Continue reading...