An American Tail

An American Tail

Disney was not the only one making feature length animated movies as Don Bluth would gladly tell you. A Disney alum himself, Bluth directed An American Tail in 1986, a movie produced by Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment. The film told the touching story of a young immigrant mouse that comes to America to avoid the tyranny of cats everywhere and finds his new home more terrifying and more wonderful than he ever imagined. Continue reading...

A&W Root Beer

A&W Root Beer

Out of more than sixty different varieties of root beer, none is more indelibly linked to the all-American experience than A&W, with its fresh, draft beverage served with a nose-tickling head of foam in a frosty mug. With its rural appeal and simplistic design, it hearkens back to a frothier time, if not a sweeter one. Continue reading...

Monchhichi

Monchhichi

In the mid-70s, the Japanese unleashed the cuddly, thumb sucking monkeys called Monchhichi on an unsuspecting world. But it wasn’t until 1980, when Hanna-Barbera decided to follow up their decidedly cute Saturday morning offering, The Smurfs, with another adorable addition. Working with Mattel Toys, the two conspired to bring the lovable Monchhichi to the airwaves and, of course, the toy stores. Continue reading...

John Cougar Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp

Despite countless obstacles along the way, John Cougar Mellencamp persevered all the way to the top, managing to carve out a personalized fusion of folk, rock and country music that landed him numerous hits - and made him the voice of millions of ordinary folks struggling to make their own way. Continue reading...

Chuckles

Chuckles

You are just about ready to head in the darkened theater; there's just one stop to make at the snack counter. Among the Jujyfruits and M&Ms, there beckons a cellophane package containing five wedges of colorful candy, each coated in sugar for extra sweetness. You've just stumbled upon Chuckles, a candy almost as old as movie theaters themselves. Continue reading...

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe

He is the foremost hero of the toy world, an iconic figure to boys and girls everywhere, and the world's first action figure. His name is G.I. Joe and he has helped to keep the globe safe from evildoers for over half a century and counting, selling millions of toys along the way. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

Chewels

Chewels

In the highly competitive chewing gum market, imitation isn't only the highest form of flattery, it is also a necessity. When Bubble Yum was released in the 70s, for example, Bubblicious and Hubba Bubba were right on its heels. Likewise with the world's first liquid-filled gum. Adams was first out of the gate with the enormously popular Freshen-Up in 1975, and two years later, a competitor arrived called Chewels. Continue reading...