Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. Unfortunately, billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond learned this lesson the hard way, courtesy of several scaly, flesh-eating dinosaurs. Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park was a dark, terrifying fable of science gone amok in the name of entertainment, and it became an instant bestseller. The dino-adventure had "summer blockbuster" written all over it, and with Steven Spielberg signed on as director, the story came to thrilling cinematic life in 1993. Continue reading...

Candy Necklaces

Candy Necklaces

Candy and jewelry: a pairing of edible and elegance assured to show your love or satisfy your sweet tooth. And, for fans of all things sweet and stylish, it really didn't get much better than candy necklaces. Sitting pretty for years as the epitome of childhood fashion (until, of course, the luxurious Ring Pop arrived on the scene), the candy necklace became an instant classic, one that's provided kids with enough memories to last a lifetime. Continue reading...

American Gladiators

American Gladiators

While most game shows catered to the intellectually-advanced, there weren’t many opportunities for the jock types to parlay their physical talents into cash and prizes. American Gladiators gave them a few moments of televised glory. In this popular 90s show, it didn’t matter whether you knew the capital of Wisconsin, as long as you could outwhack your opponent with a giant Q-tip. Continue reading...

Aladdin

Aladdin

The time-honored fable of Aladdin and his magic lamp got a 90s makeover for Disney's 31st animated feature film. Combining comedy and many catchy musical numbers, Aladdin and his magic carpet soared at the box office, propelled by the sheer gabbiness of an over-the-top genie voiced by the irrepressible Robin Williams. Continue reading...

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

In the early 80's, MTV made it possible for image-conscious groups to become stars with a few well-made videos. Few bands took advantage of this the way Duran Duran did. Utilizing a string of sleek, cinematic videos that played up their teen-friendly charisma, the group rocketed to fame as one of the top attractions of early MTV. However, they could also back up their visual appeal with songs that married crafty, hook-laden pop melodies to elements of new wave and dance music. As a result, they became one of the top international pop groups of the 80's and have survived well into the new millennium. Continue reading...

Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs

Once upon a time, when it came to carrying your belongings with you, you basically had two choices - the pocket or the purse. Stuffing your pockets was uncomfortable, as was being tethered to a purse all day, especially at a place like an amusement park or the beach. The 80s offered a handy alternative that caught on like wildfire - the oft-maligned fanny pack. These hands-free containers were practical, comfortable, and for a short time at least, fashionable. Continue reading...

Magna Doodle

Magna Doodle

While the magic of the Etch-A-Sketch was well documented by the mid 1970’s, its prevalence as the dominant magnetic means of making art was soon brought into question by small group of Japanese engineers. The erstwhile developers tinkered with numerous designs, eventually stumbling upon the means to create a toy they dubbed the Magna Doodle. While similar to the aforementioned Etch-A-Sketch, Magna Doodle replaced knobs with an actual plastic pen that made for far more accurate drawing. Continue reading...

Beavis and Butt-head

Beavis and Butt-head

Perhaps no cartoon has ever demonstrated a generation gap quite as forcefully as Beavis and Butt-head - two anti-social, anti-intellectual juvenile delinquents that won the hearts of real-world teens everywhere. Parents weren’t quite as enamored, some even tried to have the show removed from MTV, but it didn’t do much good. Beavis and Butt-head had already built a loyal legion of young fans, who mimicked the duo’s mannerisms and speech patterns endlessly and subsequently drove their parents crazy. Continue reading...