Five Things – 09.01.14

1. LJN Roll and Rocker – This was the NES accessory that I wanted above all others.  This, to me, was the future of gaming.  About a year’s worth of requests fell upon deaf ears with my parents, and as an adult I can now look back and agree that they made the right decision…

Five Things – 08.04.14

1.  Can Animals Think – No question mark here! This 1950 educational film is bluntly titled “Can Animals Think” and spends about 10 minutes pondering this eternally obvious subject.  His running commentary is pretty great, though – it’s as if the narrator is seeing this film for the first time along with the rest of…

Five Things – 4.21.14

1. MTV Spring Break – Apparently in some parts of the world MTV still does some level of Spring Break programming during the months of March or April, but I don’t know anything about that and I don’t care. The late ’80s and early ’90s, though, that was different.  Back then MTV owned Spring Break…

Five Things – 3.17.14

1.  Shamrock Shake – It’s that time of year again, the time when McDonalds opens its Snack Vault and lets one of its temporary treats out to briefly stretch its legs before being locked away again for a year.  There’s a few items on the menu that suffer this fate, but one of the more…

Five Things – 12.30.13

1.  RoboCop Sells Out – RoboCop had a brief window of mega-popularity in the ’80s to make the most out of every marketing and licensing opportunity, and you better believe they did.  Sure, the franchise continued its popularity well into the ’90s, and with the upcoming reboot we can expect to see more product tie-ins,…

Five Things – 10.14.13

1.  Misfits of Science – In 1985 NBC put a wacky show about some super-powered humans and their 80’s lifestyles on their Friday night schedule. Misfits of Science was an attempt on NBC’s part to cash in on the success of Ghostbusters the year before – taking the supernatural angle of Ghostbusters and replacing it…

Five Things – 10.7.13

1.  Automan – In 1983 the adventures of a Nerd Cop and his computer hologram friend graced the ABC Network prime time schedule for twelve sweet episodes. Desi Arnaz, Jr (not pictured above) played a computer-hacking police officer who one day brought a computer program to life in the form of Automan.  Automan looked like…

Five Things – 6.17.13

1.  Pocket Rockers – In 1988, Fisher Price decided that there weren’t enough weird formats of media around and introduced yet another one, targeted at kids.  The toy was called Pocket Rockers, and it was basically a little mini stereo with a tiny tape that held two songs on it – kind of like cassette…

Five Things – 6.3.13

1.  Living Seas Pre-Show – The Living Seas pavilion was one of the last original pavilions to open at EPCOT, opening in 1986. It was a pretty sweet ‘trip’ through a Sealab-esque underwater laboratory where you could see all sorts of future tech for undersea exploration.  It also housed the largest aquarium at the time,…