Friends, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of reading Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont’s humorous look back at “The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s”. Their book is out now from Perigee Books so you should have no problem picking it up at major bookstores. You should make a point to do so, because if you are visiting this site you are absolutely the perfect demographic for this.
The book is alphabetical and while Gael and Brian may not spend more than just a paragraph on a toy, TV Show, restaurant, etc. they do supply a very humorous look at it all. Subject matter from Ants in the Pants to Zoom get covered in this 230 page tome of the past. I was laughing out loud more than once and they’ve done something kind of neat with supplying an X-Tinction Rating, then a Replaced By Rating, and finally a Fun Fact for each entry. I was impressed by not only some of the great memories they brought up but for giving me the heads up on some of the things that I missed. Like the Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces “Toy” or as Gael and Brian rightfully call it, “Part Billy Barty, part Lon Chaney Jr., and all creepy, Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces, has to be one of the single most terrifying toys ever created.”.
Another great example is that for the longest time I’ve been trying to remember the name of a line of Hamburger chains, one that was in my neck of the woods back in my youth and thanks to this book, on page 24…the mystery was solved. Burger Chef! Which by the way had the Fun Meal…which was later “adopted” by another Burger Empire.
So if you want to spend a day curled up in your favorite reading spot and have an immensely wonderful and humorous stroll down memory lane, you owe it to yourself to pick up Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?, because as you can see in the photo below, Gael and Brian are one of us!