Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
After finding fame working for the good (and bubbly) doctor in the mid-to-late '70s, Naughton went on to star in "An American Werewolf in London," and then opposite Pam Dawber in "My Sister Sam."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Dear YouTube, thank you.
Love, everybody (except modern-day Jason Bateman and Alyssa Milano).
Got some memories of Ice Capades to share? We'd love to hear them!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The horror one includes some real exploitation flicks I've never even heard of, including 1980's "Humanoids from the Deep," where Creature from the Black Lagoon types rape all the women they can find, leading to some "Alien" like baby-bursting scenes. Uh, yuck. And "Abby," a blaxploitation-meets-"The Exorcist" type of movie. Oscar material for sure!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Man, what a trip back in time. Just scrolling down through his images, you'll see Pepsi Light, Susan Anton, the Bradys, Dynamite Magazine...pretty much half the content of our book right there. And his musings, while short, feel straight from the heart. Also, some awesome, and inspiring quotes.
--Dad's Dish Retro Blog
A dad of three and a Gen Xer to the core who shares some wonderful retro images. I remember going to Knotts Berry Farm and getting those same creepy postcards of the weird Old West scenes! Those mannequins looked so dead and gross, even for the time.
Adding both to our Links We Love page. Won't you check it out?
The news got us thinking about a long-gone Taco Bell delight from the '80s, the BellBeefer (originally called the Bell Burger). We like to think it was invented one day when a frantic franchise ran out of taco shells. Really, it was just the contents of a regular beef taco -- beef, sauce, onions, lettuce and cheese -- dumped onto a soft white hamburger bun, kinda like a Mexican sloppy Joe. But somehow the hot meat and fixings melted the wimpy bun into sheer junk-food perfection, the perfect cross-cultural marriage.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
You remember Farrell's, the ye olde fashioned ice-cream parlour, right? They had ginormous ice-cream sundae-type treats called The Zoo, The Trough, and other inedible item names. It was screaming booming birthday-party mania, wrapped in barbershop-quartet type design. And then they ... vanished.
But all is not lost! According to this site, there are four working Farrell's left in the U.S. One just opened, in Mission Viejo, California. And company founder Bob Farrell, who opened the first-ever Farrell's in Portland, Oregon in 1963, is planning a new location in the town where it all began.
Now I may be the only one, but I always cross-associate Farrell's with Shakey's Pizza. Come on! Both were everywhere chains, both were noisy as heck, both were beloved by kids for birthdays, and kind of tolerated by parents.
Apparently there are still 50+ Shakey's left in the U.S., with most of them in California. Fun fact: Wikipedia claims the name of the chain came from the malaria-caused nerve damage that gave the founder the nickname "Shakey." Well, way to turn a negative into a positive, no?
Since I liked ice cream better than pizza (still never quite took to pizza, I know, blasphemy!), I preferred Farrell's. But since I was kind of a nerdy kid who didn't really like BOOM BOOM POW loud places, I was not a giant fan of either.
What about you? Shakey's or Farrell's, what's your pleasure? Share any memories of both or either in the comments!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
How many bowls of SpaghettiOs do you think you ate as a kid? I'm guessing I downed about seven million, but that may be a little low.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
They do, it's called Monkey Goggles, and I liked this post, a straightforward musing on growing up in the 1980s.
Excerpt: "It’s not all that different today. We wore funny clothes in the 1980s, but they’re the same funny clothes teens wear now. (Thanks to Hot Topic and the like, they’re even easier to find.) We played games that required one central nerd and a guild of followers. Television shows were either brainless or brilliant, and the latter variety still got canceled more often than the former. We had a telegenic president who many people loved and an equal number of people despised. Our favorite pop divas wore little clothes and couldn’t really sing well. We were addicted to Atari, Intellivision, Nintendo, Commodore. People were discriminated against and wars were fought, and while some of us made up our minds to do something about it, most of us didn’t."
And I adore his ending: "When my friends get to talking about how freaking wonderful the 1980s were, I don’t get sentimental or sad or even annoyed. I simply say this: Yeah, I had fun then. And I have fun now."
Bravo, Geoff Carter. Bravo.
Of COURSE, Billy Zabka is #1. Um, spoiler?
Can't argue with much of the rest of the list, either. Steff from "Pretty in Pink," perfect. Ted McGinley's character from "Revenge of the Nerds." Principal Vernon from "Breakfast Club" (as opposed to hapless, wannabe bully Principal Rooney from "Ferris Bueller."
Anyone they missed? What about TV bullies? BUDDY HINTON, I'm looking at you (though he was '70s of course...)
Monday, January 11, 2010
You have to watch this Suzy Homemaker promo video, though, if only for the spooky looking guy who suddenly shows up and starts talking in a weird deep voice about a doll named "Smartypants." The doll is actually kind of cool, but the ad for her reminds me of a horror movie, what between the weird guy's head looming, the talking doll, and the whispering woman who shows up and hisses, "Smartypants...she's more than a doll...SHE'S YOUR FRIEND!"
Yeah lady, and so was Chucky, and we all know how that turned out.
Made by Topper Toys, who made the short-lived, much-loved DAWN DOLLS!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Get a 7-foot Frankenstein’s monster for $1! (It was a poster.) Torment your brother with Onion Gum, 20 cents! Learn to throw your voice with a 25 cent booklet! Try X-ray Specs, a hilarious optical illusion, just a buck! 100 toy soldiers for $1! (They were flat plastic, but yes, there were 100 of them.)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I don't think I'll let her see THIS movie, though... "Hit Girl," which is waaaay too mature for her, even if it does include a cool version of the "Banana Splits" theme song. Wonder why they picked it.
Update: Reader Michelle lets us know that the "Hit Girl" cover is from 1979 and it's by the punk band The Dickies. Thanks!
Here's a then-now version of Devo. Seriously, can anyone see those flowerpotty ziggurat-shaped things anywhere, being used for anything, and NOT think of Devo hats?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I loved, loved, loved, the Bugaloos, and wanted nothing more in the world than to be Joy, the lone girl, in her cute pink tutu with wings and ballet slippers.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
And our world is the richer for it.
Check out the full-body Pez dispensers that started it all...scroll down on this page.
What's the best Pez dispenser you ever bought? Or saw, and forever regretted not purchasing? Share in the comments.
*Title quote from "Stand By Me," of course.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Space Food Sticks played off that trend, even though they were pretty disgusting, from my memory.
This commercial is odd too because the voiceover guy sounds like he's lecturing you, not promoting a yummy product. Also, that spacecraft is made out of paper plates, and wiggles so much it makes you seriously fear for our astronauts.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!