Before Nationwide was on his side, before he hocked DirecTV and Oreos, and played pro football against his little brother, NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning was teaching kids about NUTRITION! You didn't see this coming, did you?
When you introduce a new product, you have to train on it, right? Of course you do! That's what Pepsi did in 1992, when they introduced...Crystal Pepsi!
Admit it, you remember the scene in "Dumb and Dumber" when Harry and Lloyd cry over a commercial. Now, find out the story behind that commercial - a "miniseries"-style advertising campaign for Pacific Bell called "The Rain Children"!
“The Home Row,” “ASDF,” timed typing, and words per minute were the standard terms heard in any late 1980s and 1990s keyboarding class. But there was one computer program we all heard of, and probably used, when learning to be future Retroist writers. That computer program was Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Did Mavis teach you?(more…)
SEGA of America’s attempts at keeping the Genesis alive by the mid-1990s (following the announcement in early 1995 that the Genesis would be discontinued) came on the heels of several different products. The SEGA Channel was offered beginning in 1994, but there were also two kid-friendly attempts to market the system to younger audiences. Do you remember SEGA Pico, and SEGA Club?(more…)
From the system that was forever trying to play "anything you can do, I can do better," with their rival Nintendo, comes the precursor to Mario Paint, but for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. They called it...Art Alive!
until this year, I didn't even know they recorded "Jingle Bell Rock" more than once! But yet, there it is, three versions!
When I floated the idea of writing something about the late President George H.W. Bush as a tribute, I wanted to tell a more personal story. I’m not one to write about politics – it isn’t one of my favorite topics, plus I don’t like to stir up controversy and cause arguments. The political climate (and the social climate) is such that I don’t enjoy ruffling feathers. So to write a tribute, I fear it being personal, but at the same time, I can’t think of anything parody-wise that would be more appropriate.