School Lunch and the Amazing Magical Slush Puppie Machine


The High School I went to did not have an open lunch program. That meant that you could not leave school grounds to eat and that the school cafeteria had a lock on lunches if you didn’t brown bag one. I was one of those that brought their lunch from home normally, but from time to time I would be in a rush and not get to make my sandwich before school and would be at the mercy of the school lunch program.

Now I remember hearing all sorts of stories about junk food in schools back then, a discussion that still rages today, but my school had very little in the way of proper junk food. We had no vending machines, no soft drinks, no candy bars. Nothing. The only treat you could get was the dessert option which was a tiny piece of cake or jello.

As a junk food junkie, I hated the school lunch. The best I could hope for was a pizza, which was always on Friday, so often instead of eating I just saved my money for video games.

That changed when on one magical Monday a murmur spread through the cafeteria. Something new had arrived. That something new was a Slush Puppie machine.

Needless to say it was a hug hit and the line slowed to a crawl as every kid wanted one. At the end of the first day they ran out of the syrup they use to make these cold tasty drinks and it would be week before they reactivated the machine.

From that day forward I would always try to have a few coins in my pocket at lunch to get a grape Slush Puppie as a dessert even when I brought my lunch from home. It might not have been a healthy addition to our lunch room, but unlike just about everything else they served, it had flavor, and my memories of enjoying a frosty cold drink before getting back to the tedium of my daily classes still sticks with me to this day.

Super Mario Reversible Backpack

Back to school time is approaching and I am sure everyone out there just has one thing on their mind. What backpack should I get? Sure you could go with a basic color or maybe be too cool for school and go backpackless, but to be really cool, you want to go old school That is why you should pick up one of these swell Super Mario Reversible Backpacks. Featuring level 1-1 and 8-4, each colorful side of the backpack will delight and attract attention, so don’t hesitate. Head over to 80sTees and have them inform you when they are back in stock (yes they are that popular).


[via] 80sTees

Enjoy this Anti-Hippie Filmstrip from 1967


I was in school well after the whole hippie thing had been played out in the country, but the board of education in my hometown did not see it that way and we saw many films and filmstrips like this in my school. Did I get the message? I am not sure, I was just so excited to be able to operate the film projector that I didn’t care what was on the screen. Instead, I would sit on the edge of my seat, anticipating the next beat and waiting to turn the knob and advance the strip.

We had these beautiful two-tone green filmstrip projectors that would get so warm that if you leaned over it for too long you might burn yourself. I would keep a comfortable distance and by the end of any film I was toasty as if I had sat by a fire. Boy, I miss those projectors.

Try and picture all that while watching this film. Maybe hang out over a running toaster to help complete the effect?

WARNING: Do not hang out over a toaster. You will burn yourself and ruin your toast (I learned that lesson the hard way).

The High Cost of Homecoming Mums (1989)


I did not always enjoy my High School experience, but my exposure to the outside world was limited back then and I had very little to compare it to. Maybe I ran in circles that didn’t care or was just unaware, but I do not think that my school had anything like the madness that was taking place at South Grand Prairie High School. There a simple flower tradition has gotten way out of hand and the hard-hitting school TV production class does a no holds barred piece on the subject. It is a fascinating look at a local school tradition.