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...

Bozo the Clown

Bozo the Clown

Few clowns have ever enjoyed the same enduring popularity as the lovable red-haired, white-faced icon known as Bozo. For over half a century, literally dozens of men have donned the floppy shoes and red nose for the television cameras and endeared Bozo the clown to generations of young viewers. Continue reading...

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The idea of escaping the pressures of civilized society in favor of a solitary life in the wilderness is a captivating one. In the 70s, the poster child for such an adventurer was a bearded mountain man with a smiling face named Grizzly Adams. First introduced by way of a a novel in 1972, the cinematic version of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams came out in theaters two years later and captured the hearts of millions, making Grizzly Adams a household name throughout the remainder of the decade. 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...

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...

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...

Crunchberry Beast

Crunchberry Beast

Ah, there is nothing like the fresh taste of Crunchberries in season. With hints of strawberry and, of course, a crunchy exterior, it would almost seem you could live on the little pink fruit. And, in case you were wondering, there was a particular species of animal that thrived upon these berries for its daily nutritional needs - the Crunchberry Beast. Continue reading...

Rollen Stewart

Rollen Stewart

Few ever knew his real name. But millions who tuned into major sporting events in the late 70s and much of the 80s became accustomed to his smiling face – not to mention his hard-to-miss rainbow wig and religious message. His name was Rollen Stewart, but most remember him simply as Rainbow Guy. Continue reading...

Rodney Allen Rippy

Rodney Allen Rippy

Nothing says television commercial like a cute little kid with a grinning face and an infectious giggle. It was a formula that worked wonders for a little boy named Rodney Allen Rippy and helped put his mug all over the television set in the 70s. Continue reading...

Mr Zip

Mr. Zip

He was a tireless public servant, facing indifference and ignorance at every turn. And yet, with the monumental task he was given, he performed like a true hero and made sure that all correspondence was handled in the most efficient manner. He was Mr. Zip, “Zippy” to his friends, and he made the world a better place, five little numbers at a time. Continue reading...