With Christmas almost upon us it has been very easy to think back on some of those gifts we received as children that entertained us for hours and hours…mainly Hasbro’s Lite-Brite like Sjgeek89 shared with us a couple of months ago.
The real question though is did anyone ever order any of the picture packs or extra pegs that were offered on the order form include with their Lite-Brite?
For myself I can say that I certainly wanted to order a few replacement pegs after a couple of months of play but I ended up getting extras thanks to a local garage sale. Check out some of these picture packs though…who wouldn’t want to make the Wizard of Lite-Brite?
Or the Indian Chief?
Surely the Red Balloon isn’t based on the film, right?
Though I guess the Christmas Tree would be the most appropriate picture for this time of year.
In Dragon’s Lair, the 1983 arcade game from Cinematronics, players led Dirk the Daring on his quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the bowels of the evil dragon Singe’s castle. I was ten years old when I first saw the machine, and if I could have had my way I would have dropped out of school to play this new animated game all day, every day. Fortunately my parents did not let me have my way, but a nice compromise was getting a Dragon’s Lair lunchbox. This allowed me to both see pictures of Dirk the Daring every day while still staying in school and obtaining an education. Win/win, in my book.
My original Dragon’s Lair lunchbox is long gone, but thanks to the wonders of eBay and credit cards, once again I am able to bring my grilled cheese sandwiches to work. Unfortunately, every day when I open the lunchbox I find that my sandwiches have been burnt.
Not a fan of the Paul Lynde Beef Stew? Well how about something from the Master of Horror and fine cuisine, Vincent Price? Over at 1972: The Retro WW Experiment, they not only share the recipe which comes from an ad Vincent did for Angostura Aromatic Bitters in 1971, but they cook it up and document the process.
I heard that Price was quite the gourmet, so it does not surprise me at all that this would look and sound so good. For more details drop on by 1972: The Retro WW Experiment.
Want to eat like a celebrity in the 1970s? Poseidon’s Underworld has posted some wonderful recipes from a hardbound celebrity cookbook from 1978 that was published as a fund-raiser for a rehabilitation center in Hawaii called Habilitat (which still exists). This is a real gem of a cookbook with recipes from people like Burt Reynolds and Carol Burnett. My favorite though is from the always delightful Hollywood Square star, Paul Lynde, who shares his recipe for a tasty sounding Beef Stew. Check out the stew below then drop by Poseidon’s Underworld to see all the other great recipes.
My sister had a 45 of this song that she never listened to, which intrigued me (plus it had a purple label and a pumpkin on it). When I asked her about it, she told me to stop going through her records and gave it to me. I ran out with the promise of never returning. A promise both of us knew I would never keep.
When I played the record, I was enthralled. I understood the words, but the context was magically foreign. I pictured a magical valley of malls in California where the sun never set and the Orange Juliuses flowed like water.
In 1982, Moon Unit Zappa did a performance around her and her father’s song “Valley Girl” on the TV show Solid Gold. I think I saw this in some rebroadcast some time later and what was going on here only served to confuse my small brain even more. I would eventually make it to this mythical valley, but by the time I did, whatever magic had it in its grip when this song was written had passed.