Wacky Wall Walkers

Wacky Wall Walkers

In the 80s, it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see a rubber octopus slowly make its way down a wall - a slimy and slithering slinky of sorts. The critter retained its hold, thanks to its remarkably sticky eight legs which adhered when thrown, then methodically walked towards the ground under the merciless forces of gravity. The Wacky Wall Walker would become a toy fad that gripped the entire nation like no other, to the astounding tune of a quarter of a billion of the wiggly beasts being sold in a few short years. Continue reading...

Klondike

Klondike

Has anyone ever actually stopped to contemplate what he or she would be willing to do for a Klondike Bar? Perhaps only in the commercials, for most of us are fortunate to have a plentiful supply in the local frozen foods aisle. Why jump through hoops when you can simply toss a six-pack of the delightful, stick-less ice cream bars into your cart? Continue reading...

Weird Science

Weird Science

John Hughes, the king of movies about high school misfits, took a walk on the wild side in 1985 with Weird Science, a sci-fi flavored comedy about two lovable teenage geeks who create the perfect woman using little more than a souped-up computer and a Barbie doll. Continue reading...

Big League Chew

Big League Chew

For decade after decade, young fans of America’s favorite pastime watched their heroes stuff wads of chewing tobacco into their cheek, a particularly dangerous habit that most parents didn’t want their kids to emulate. In 1977, veteran ballplayer Jim Bouton was sitting in the dugout, watching the younger players follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and it occurred to him that someone ought to make a gum that looked like chewing tobacco, so that it might serve as a healthier alternative. The result was Big League Chew. Continue reading...

The Police

The Police

You can't really pigeonhole The Police into any one particular genre. Rather, they were three musical alchemists, each fluent in punk, ska, reggae and pop. They blended these diverse styles with ease, creating a unique sound that translated into numerous hit records and lots of 70s and 80s airplay. Continue reading...

Kung Fu Master

Kung Fu Master

You would thing that after all these years, villains would realize that kidnapping the girl never leads to anything but trouble. Luckily for gamers, these sinister scoundrels have proven to be slow-learners, and a endless supply of damsel in distress games has always dotted the arcade landscape. Such was the case with Kung Fu Master. Borrowing on a premise from the Bruce Lee film, Game of Death, this arcade favorite placed our hero in a multi-leveled palace, with each floor upping the adversarial ante. Continue reading...

Chiclets

Chiclets

Some people prefer their gum in stick form. Others have grown accustomed to the slight crunch that a candy coating offers, as is commonly found in the typical gumball. Problem is, gumballs aren’t exactly the sort of thing that is easily carried in one’s pocket, unless you have an affinity for chewing lint. Continue reading...

HI-C

Hi-C

We can trace many of our beloved comfort foods back to the post-war 50s, an era which introduced such future staples as Jello Instant Pudding and Rice-a-Roni. The innovative decade also brought a new fruity beverage in a big tin can called Hi-C. A perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day, and (slightly) healthier than soda pop, kids loved it from the beginning and continue to gulp down glasses of the sweet concoction some sixty years later. Continue reading...