Journey-Game

Journey Game

Two forms of entertainment dominated the lives of teenagers in the 80s - video arcades and MTV. Game manufacturer Bally/Midway pondered the riches they might receive by merging the two. To that end, they took one of the most popular bands of the era and plopped them into their very own video adventure. The result was Journey, a rocking arcade game that, despite the novelty, left almost as quickly as it arrived. Continue reading...

Superman

Superman

There has simply never been a comic book icon as popular as Superman. From his Action Comics origins in 1938 to radio, cartoons and movie serials in the 40's, to a television series in the 50's, to animated adventures in the 60's and 70's, the Man of Steel was the superhero's superhero, a mild-mannered good guy fighting for truth, justice and the American Way. 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...

Dick Clark

Dick Clark

If anyone discovered the location of the mythical fountain of youth, it was Dick Clark. Over many a decade, his seeming inability to age led to the nation affectionately dubbing him "America's teenager". Host of American Bandstand for three decades, and the man who collectively led us into every New Year's celebration for forty years, Dick Clark was nothing short of an icon, beloved by millions. Continue reading...

La Choy

La Choy

With the exception of the coastal areas of the country, Asian food wasn't always so easy to come by in decades past. Today, you can't drive ten miles without running into a Panda Express, but in simpler times, the only exposure that many people had to Chinese cuisine came by way of La Choy, sold in cans at the supermarket. Continue reading...

AChristmasStory

A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoirs of his youth in the early 1940's were compiled into a Christmastime feature in 1983, with Shepherd himself as the off-screen narrator. The result was a film that may have looked and sounded like a period piece, but A Christmas Story's nostalgic wit turned it into an undeniable, modern-day holiday classic. Continue reading...

Scrooged

Scrooged

Hollywood has released countless versions of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol over the years, but none quite like Scrooged. Released in 1989, the film starred SNL funnyman Bill Murray in the lead role, surrounded by a bizzare but endearing cast of characters, the likes of which Dickens could have never imagined. Continue reading...

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver loved all things green, from the forests in his beloved Colorado mountain-scape to his frequent duet partner, Kermit the Frog. He was a skilled songwriter with fourteen gold records to his credit, and though his folk music might seem uniquely American, he was incredibly popular around the globe. The 70's certainly wouldn't have been the same without him, and it's hard to imagine Christmas without his TV specials. Continue reading...