Honda Scooter Commercials of the 1980s

I have always wanted a motor scooter. I am sure I was never exposed to Italian movies as a kid and the town I grew up in was not what you would call a “scooter-friendly”. So where did my love of scooters come from? Back in the 1980s Honda used […]

Hai Karate

Hai Karate – The TAG Body Spray of the 1960s

I was watching this commercial for Hai Karate the other day and was amused at how similar the marketing concept was to the modern TAG Body Spray one. I guess some things are just timeless. However the Hai Karate campaigns differed in that they showed men aggressively trying to escape […]

Banana Cream Twinkies Are Back

Twinkies were created as a way to make use of shortcake pans during the strawberry down season. They cost 5 cents for a pair and, as many of you may already know, Twinkies used to be filled with banana cream. They only changed to vanilla cream due to bananas being […]

Mr. Wizard’s World

Baking soda and vinegar rocket? Check. Hot Air balloon made from sterno and a plastic bag? Check. Banana cut into pieces still in the peel? Check A little know fact about me, I went to college for biochemistry. Did I decide to study science because I had dreams of solving […]

You Can’t Do That on Television

Those of us lucky enough to have access to Nickelodeon in the early 80s saw the birth of the channel’s iconic green slime on the classic kid’s sketch comedy show, “You Can’t Do That on Television”. Not only did it launch the career of Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette, it made […]

The Mickey Mouse Phone – A Dream Deferred

When I was 8 years old I got a hand me down black and white television in my bedroom. I didn’t care that everyone in the world had a color TV. I was a TV addict and my black and white ran nearly 24/7. From early morning news right into […]

Swimwear! – Wendy’s Soviet Union Fashion Show

“Where’s the beef?” was one of the greatest catch phrases to come out of the 1980s, but like all good things it eventually has to run its course. Wendys fumbled around afterwards trying out different ad campaigns that would capture the same magic as the Clara Peller centric ads. Eventually […]

I Loved You Game Genie

Game Genies were addons for various gaming systems that allowed you to modify game data, behavior and of course cheat. It was a fantastic and often court contested addon that added legs to some of the most boring games. You would plug your cartridge into the Genie and then plug […]

Delicious Smurf Pasta

When you think of Saturday Morning Cartoon Characters that have made the jump to food product of course you always think of breakfast cereals right? It is of course the most natural jump. Morning food = Cereal Some characters become so popular that they actually transcend the morning food pigeonhole […]

Goldiggers Jeans for Young Girls

The 70s were an amazing time for toys, TV and even children’s fashions. Or so I thought. While I grew up wearing Garanimals and Wranglers, the children of the Disco Jet Set and Studio 54 crowd were wearing Goldiggers Jeans. Thats right… Goldiggers. I ask you, why encourage your little […]