Dynamite

Dynamite Magazine

If you were a kid of the 70s and 80s, there’s a pretty good chance that you remember Dynamite magazine. One of the most popular kids-oriented publications of the era, Dynamite was where you learned about your favorite celebrities and teen idols, played games and puzzles, and got some really cool stuff, like a 3D King Kong poster (glasses included). Published from 1974-1992, and distributed by schoolteachers through Scholastic Press, Dynamite was a magazine that most every kid wanted to check out for at least a few minutes, and if you didn’t order your very own issue, you tried to borrow (or steal) a friend's copy. Continue reading...

Apple II

Apple II Computer

The year of 1977 was one filled with numerous events to get all nostalgic about – Elvis Presley died, Roots first aired on television, Fleetwood Mac released Rumours, Star Wars premiered on the big screen, and the Atari 2600 home gaming system was released. The event that perhaps had the most significant impact on the future, however, was the release of the first personal computer. Continue reading...

Snowball Fights

Snowball Fights

There are very few times when a kid can throw a projectile at one of his friends or adversaries without parental admonishment. And yet, once a sufficient blanket of snow has fallen, the rules change. The potential for war suddenly looms ominously behind thick trees and parked cars and any other place that offers a momentary shield. Attacks come without warning and without mercy. After all, winter is here and that once-peaceful white powder is all that is needed to encourage battle, not to mention create an ample stockpile of munitions. Negotiations are futile, retribution is demanded - this is the season of the snowball fight. Continue reading...

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

When it comes to Halloween, The Monster Mash may be the unofficial anthem, but Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House has served as the holiday’s soundtrack for nearly five decades. Released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964, this novelty record is beloved by millions of former kids for its spooky sound effects and campy skits, and has been played at countless Halloween parties over the years. Continue reading...

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

In childhood, few things are as delightfully frightful as a spooky old home in the neighborhood that, according to legend, is inhabited by ghostly spirits. For decades, our entertainment has happily helped condition us to believe in the validity of such places, as evidenced by the overwhelming number of books, films, television shows, and attractions that not only convinced us, but painted a vivid image in our heads as to what a haunted house is supposed to look like. Continue reading...

Playgrounds

Playgrounds

Whenever the weather starts to warms up, playgrounds emerge from their wintery hibernation, filling up with the unmistakable sound of rambunctious kids laughing and screaming, just like they have for decades, if not centuries. There are swings and slides, merry-go-rounds and monkey bars, offering parents a well-deserved breather, while their kids burn off all of that pent-up energy. Playgrounds dot the landscape of every urban and suburban environment and are the source of many beloved childhood memories. Continue reading...

Drive-in Movies

Drive-in Movies

They may be disappearing from the landscape one-by-one, but Drive-in movies certainly aren’t forgotten. Enormously popular in the 50s and 60s, there were few places that could compete with the local drive-in when it came to a great place to take a date - mainly due to the privacy that an enclosed theater just couldn’t afford. They were also popular with families, providing an affordable night out on a hot summer's night. Continue reading...

Climbing Trees

Climbing Trees

When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, explorer George Mallory famously replied "Because it is there." It's a sentiment understood by practically every kid who ever stared up at a tall tree, determined to perch among its lofty branches and view the world below. In fact, it's quite possible (though we can't prove it) that a childhood tree first inspired Mr. Mallory's lifelong interest in climbing. It seems a reasonable assessment considering this shared fascination we seem to biologically retain towards relaxing atop our forest friends. Continue reading...

Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children magazine

If you paid a visit to any sort of waiting room as a kid (say, the doctor or dentist's office), you are probably familiar with a beloved little publication called Highlights for Children. Filled to the brim with all sorts of kid-friendy information and activities, Highlights entertained and challenged us to think, all while serving as a wonderful distraction for whatever terrors lie beyond the waiting room. Continue reading...

Lemonade Stands

Lemonade Stand

The sweltering summer heat is relentless, and if you only had a little spending money, perhaps you could take refuge in a nice cool place like a movie theater. But, how to raise some quick funds when mom and dad won’t fork out a few bucks? Sure, you could take a summer job, mowing the neighbor’s lawn or delivering newspapers, but why risk heat stroke when it was much simpler to build a nice, shady lemonade stand. Continue reading...