Jack O’-Lanterns

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Also known as a winter squash, our friend the pumpkin is renowned the world over as a popular food source. And when autumn rolls around, the large orange globes find their way into numerous dishes, most notably those delectable pies served around Thanksgiving. But the pumpkin also plays another role in October, one slightly more sinister, by serving as an ominous source of nocturnal illumination in the form of the jack o’-lantern. Continue reading...

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Those lovable Peanuts characters certainly have a knack for showing up each year without fail, just in time to help us welcome in some of our most beloved holidays. One such occasion is Halloween, which means it's time to huddle around the television for an annual viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. First airing in 1966, it has remained a beloved classic for millions of current and former children, and a testament to the genius of a kind man named Charles M. Schulz. Continue reading...

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Halloween costumes are a cherished part of childhood, transforming ordinary kids into superheroes, monsters, and celebrities for that one special night at the end of October. While many constructed their own costumes out of old clothes and face makeup, the rest of us relied on a man named Ben Cooper, who offered an entire plethora of choices, each residing in a small cardboard box which contained a plastic mask and accompanying vinyl garment to be worn over street clothes (and winter coats, depending on where you lived). For a child growing up in decades past, picking out a Ben Cooper costume at the local store was one of the most anticipated shopping trips of the year. Continue reading...

Halloween

Halloween

Director John Carpenter always held a particular fondness for the horror/thriller genre from the time he began making films. But it was the 1978 film Halloween, a gruesome story of a murderous stalker, that truly catapulted his career - and the genre of slasher films that would follow. Featuring the film debut of a very young Jamie Lee Curtis and the internationally acclaimed actor Donald Pleasence, Halloween is an annual favorite, a must-watch every time October rolls around. Continue reading...

Independence Day

Independence Day

Ever since that glorious day on July 4, 1776, when this country officially cut the ol' umbilical cord with Great Britain, Americans have come together on this festive day for a traditional itinerary of parades and backyard parties all leading up to a patriotic display of fireworks under the evening sky. Continue reading...

Donny and Marie

Donnie and Marie

She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and they became one of the most successful brother/sister teams in entertainment history. Their wholesome mugs appeared regularly on television through the latter half of the 70s, and their wholesome music across the nation's radio stations. Make no mistake, Donny and Marie made their mark, and then some. Continue reading...

April Fool’s Day

April Fool's Day

May the gullible beware! The centuries-old tradition of playing pranks on the first day of April causes quite the ruckus each year. It's that glorious day when telling fibs is not only allowed, but encouraged! And while we are tempted (oh, so tempted) to join in the fun, we decided instead to take a retro look at some of the clever pop culture hoaxes from the past. Continue reading...

Peeps

Peeps

With the arrival of Spring each year comes baseball games, blooming flowers, and rows upon rows of those multicolored marshmallow confections known as Peeps. A staple of Easter baskets for decades, there are few among us who haven't eaten a row or two in a single sitting, then basked in the glow of a sugar rush like no other. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

For the past four decades, St Patrick’s Day has marked the return of an old friend, the frozen confection known as the Shamrock Shake. McDonalds first introduced the green-tinted, mint-flavored dessert back in 1970, and they have been a perennial favorite ever since. Continue reading...

Sweethearts

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Every time Valentine's Day rolls around, the adults of the world exchange flowers and elaborate boxes of chocolate with their loved ones. Kids, on the other hand, have always preferred those little heart-shaped candies with the somewhat chalky flavor, each emblazoned with a short message such as "Be Mine" or "Kiss Me". That's right, we're talking about Sweethearts, a beloved confection that has always been happy to do the talking when you were too shy to verbally profess your love. Continue reading...