Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Let's start with what Chinese Checkers isn't - it neither came from China, nor is it a variation on the game of checkers. The game was originally called Halma and is of European descent. But Halma sounds more like a medical condition than a really fun game, so American game manufacturers gave it a more exotic moniker and the rest is history. 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...

Yes & No Books

Yes & No Books

Those long family road trips could be ever so tedious, sitting in those cramped quarters and enduring the taunts of your equally bored siblings. For parents who yearned for a little backseat peace and quiet, a Yes & No book provided miles of quiet entertainment. With a nifty invisible ink pen included, and a plethora of games contained within, these books worked like magic. Continue reading...

Doogie Howser MD

Doogie Howser, M.D.

The teenage years are tough for any kid to navigate, with all those societal pressures, raging hormones and parental expectations. Doogie Howser faced all of the challenges that adolescence had to offer, on top of tending to his surgical duties as the youngest licensed doctor in the country, on the hit ABC series, Doogie Howser, M.D. Continue reading...

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

No, they won’t keep you cool on a hot summer’s day, nor do they belong in a tall glass of lemonade. But for those who love chocolate, these little foil-wrapped squares have been delighting the taste buds for decades, thanks to the German confectioner, Moritz, proud makers of Ice Cubes. Continue reading...

Mullets

Mullets

It's a hairdo with a split-personality, one that offers the wearer the ability to transform from orthodox to outrageous in the blink of an eye. Today, there are websites devoted to poking fun at the oft-maligned mullet, but lest we forget, this “business in the front, party in the back" look was a must-have hairstyle in the 80s. Continue reading...

Flipper

Flipper

Film and television producer Ivan Tors had a strong affinity for nature, especially the marine variety. As a result, he produced a string of marine-themed shows like The Aquanauts. However, the most famous and popular of these productions was the hit show Flipper. It was strongly reminiscent of Lassie, but replaced that show's dog character with a more water-friendly dolphin. Continue reading...

Reeses Pieces

Reese’s Pieces

Of all the candies on the market, there is only one that can boast an endorsement of intergalactic stature. For it was the beloved extra-terrestrial buddy in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 1982 film, E.T. that picked these little morsels as his sustenance of choice. And if Reese's Pieces were good enough for him, then millions of kids were willing to give them a try as well. Continue reading...