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 […]

Quantum Link Update – Special Introductory Offer

I just wanted to add to my earlier Quantum Link for the Commodore 64 with this scan of the special introductory offer I just found. Felt I needed to post it for completeness sake. Don’t even try and use my special offer number or I will hunt you down like […]

5 Dubious Cartoons from the 1980s That I Still Love

To me the 1980s were a golden age for Saturday Morning Cartoons, especially the mid 70s to the early 80s. As America rode a wave of childhood consumerism the good folks in Saturday Morning Hollywood or “Wee’ Hollywood” were cranking out show after show. Every September I would scrape together […]