Doug Henning

Doug Henning

For centuries, magicians have been captivating audiences with the power of illusion - making objects seemingly float through the air, or appear and disappear at will. And while there have been hundreds of amazing practitioners of the art throughout history, one name stands out when it comes to the 70s and 80s. Looking like one of the most colorful and happy hippies to ever walk the earth, Doug Henning was a master of the art of magic, and his ever-present smile and enthusiasm compelled millions to tune in with amazement to his numerous television specials over the years. Continue reading...

Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim

The words “one-of-a-kind” get thrown around quite a bit, but they were perhaps never more appropriate than when used to describe a gentle soul named Tiny Tim. He captivated and amused the world with his inimitable falsetto voice, quirky wardrobe and ever-present ukulele. His appeal landed him an enormously successful Top-20 single, one that would forever be linked to the offbeat performer. Continue reading...

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Once called “the first Third World superstar”, Bob Marley was a visionary who introduced the world to the sounds of Jamaican reggae music. Charismatic, controversial and a gifted songwriter and lyricist, Marley and his group, The Wailers, left a legacy of music that has far outlived his brief time on the planet, and continues to flourish throughout the world. Continue reading...

Toucan Sam

Toucan Sam

It is a well-known fact that in the world of cartoons, a big nose allows one to smell things at great distances. Perhaps the best example of this ability lies in a colorful creature from the South American rainforests, Ramphastos sulfuratus, or in layman’s terms, a keel-billed Toucan by the name of Sam – Toucan Sam. Continue reading...

Larry “Bud” Melman

Larry "Bud" Melman"

Only in America could a 61 year-old file clerk in a drug rehabilitation center become an icon almost overnight. He wasn’t great at reading cue cards, he was often nervous and seemingly confused by his surroundings, and he spoke with both a lisp and a Brooklyn accent – none of which mattered. He was simply in the right place at the right time and when TV audiences got a glimpse of him, they took Larry "Bud" Melman into their hearts, making him a beloved figure of late night TV. Continue reading...

Spuds McKenzie

Spuds McKenzie

A dog named “Honey Tree Evil Eye” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it in terms of advertising mascots. Change the moniker to Spuds McKenzie, however, and you have a partying pooch that anyone could love. In fact, that universal love-fest from people of all ages is what would eventually lead to the curtailing of the beer-hawking bull terrier’s appearances. Continue reading...

Charles Atlas

Charles Atlas

Anyone with a penchant for comic books from yesteryear has encountered the story of the 97-pound weakling. Losing his girl after having sand kicked in his face by a bully, he discovers the miracle of “dynamic tension” and comes back a mountain of muscle, exacting revenge upon his former tormentor. This comic strip advertisement would be enough of an enticement to get millions of males between the ages of 15-25 to send Charles Atlas their money and make him a household name the world over. Continue reading...

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

With World War II raging away, natural resources needed to be protected at all costs. A forest fire could be devastating in terms of lost lumber. The government handed a very special bear the task of informing the public on the dangers of forest fires and the need for watchful vigilance. And for over 60 years, he has proven himself worthy of the task. He is Smokey Bear and his contributions to the war effort and beyond have made him a legend. Continue reading...

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

It was just about impossible to be a kid in the 70s and not know who Evel Knievel was. He was the iconic folk hero of a generation that grew up a little too late to catch the space race or Daniel Boone. Eyes were transfixed to television sets everywhere each time he would put on his helmet and propel his motorcycle towards a ramp that would send him flying over cars, buses, fountains, canyons, and anything else that seemed to have a need to be jumped over. Of course, part of the allure of these spectacles was that Mr. Knieval didn’t always make the most graceful landing. Continue reading...

Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody

The story of Iron Eyes Cody is a rather fascinating one. With a solitary tear dripping down his cheek as he mourned the increasingly polluted land around him, his image served as a catalyst for modern environmentalism and encouraged many to do their part in helping to clean up the growing litter problem. A champion of Native-American causes, an actor that appeared in dozens of films, he is without doubt the single most recognizable Native -American face in modern culture. Of course, there’s just one little tiny detail, a seldom -mentioned tidbit of information that somewhat clouds the history of this iconic character – he wasn’t really an Indian. Continue reading...