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...

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...

Famous Amos

Famous Amos

In the world of snack foods, there is perhaps no better representation of the “American Dream” than the inspiring story of a humble man named Wally Amos. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and learned from his aunt how to make her celebrated chocolate chip cookies. And while it took him many years, Wally “Famous” Amos learned that if you do what you love, the rewards can be amazing. His Famous Amos cookies surged in popularity throughout the 80s and are now found just about anywhere that cookies are sold. Continue reading...

Fruit Pie The Magician

Fruit-Pie-the-Magician

Some illusionists have a penchant for pulling rabbits from a hat; others seem to enjoy sawing lovely ladies in two. But this guy had his own tasty tricks up his sleeve. He was the Houdini of all things Hostess and his name was Fruit Pie the Magician. And for over 30 years, his face graced each and every wrapper of Hostess Fruit Pies. Continue reading...

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Surprisingly, it all started with a mere change purse, one adorned with the face of a sweet little mouthless kitty – a nice little product that one would imagine would make for a cute little short-lived fad. But “fad” doesn’t even begin to describe the magnitude, the enormous impact, the marketing machine, the iconic status that this darling little feline we know as Hello Kitty would have on the world. 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...

Jolly Green Giant

Jolly-Green-Giant

He was a man of few words, those of which had clearly been plagiarized from Santa Claus. He was green, he was a giant, and had it not been for an extreme makeover, he might never have found his way into our collective hearts. Hawking his wares of freshly canned vegetables, he is none other than the Jolly Green Giant. Let’s take a look back at this memorable mascot. Continue reading...

King Ding Dong

King Ding Dong

He was the regal mascot for the crown jewels of crème filled treats, living high on a hill in his chocolate castle surrounded by the obligatory fudge-filled moat. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing His Royal Highness – King Ding Dong. Let’s take a look back at this beloved Hostess mascot from yesteryear. 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...

Ludwig Von Drake

Ludwig Von Drake

There seems to be an unwritten rule that anyone who is a genius must also be eccentric. The same holds true for the duck with all the answers, Ludwig Von Drake. While he may never have possessed the same star power as his beloved nephew, Donald, he is certainly enough of a character to warrant his inclusion as a Retroland icon. Let’s take a look back. Continue reading...