Five Things – 7.6.15 – What’s a Yummie Bear?

1. Back to Next Saturday – NBC’s 1985 Saturday Morning Preview special, while not as ambitious as the Krofft spectacular I mentioned a few weeks ago, is pretty noteworthy in and of itself. The special stars Keshia Knight Pulliam as herself, who is put to sleep by her babysitter (Lisa Welchel from Facts of Life)…

Five Things – 05.25.15 – Knit Your Bit

1.  Propaganda Posters – In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite propaganda and recruitment posters from the wars of the Twentieth Century.  For various reasons these posters have caught my eye over the years and stuck in my memory. Usually it’s a design thing, a unique artistic approach, but some…

Five Things – 08.25.14

1.  Vectrex – The Vectrex was a little late to the gaming party, but at least it showed up with style. Released in November 1982 by a company called Greater Consumer Electronics and then later by Milton Bradley when they acquired GCE, the Vectrex boasted its own monitor which displayed vector graphics in a fashion…

Five Things – 08.18.14

1.  The Karate Kid Game – Developed by Atlus, published by LJN, enjoyed by few, 1987’s The Karate Kid NES game was a staple in most game collections. It was an obvious move, to create a game based on the mega-popular Karate Kid and moderately popular Karate Kid II movies, but the execution was a little lazy. The game…

Five Things – 06.23.14

1.  Kool-Aid Man Video Game – Putting your mascot in a video game can go either way; there are success stories like Yo, Noid! and there are less-than-success stories like M.C.Kids.  Unsurprisingly, it comes down to whether there’s a good game or not underneath the license when considering how these games are remembered.  Kool-Aid got a jump…

Five Things – 5.26.14

1. Disneyland Prospectus – Over at BoingBoing they’ve got a gem: a prospectus for the original Disneyland park in California.  For a Disney history nerd like me it’s great to be able to read through the details of the pitch that Roy and Walt Disney made to raise money to build the park. Something that’s…

Five Things – 4.28.14

1. Fallout Shelters – I like to think of myself as a pretty handy guy; I’m good in the yard, I fix things around the house, I even build a thing or two from scratch sometimes.  I feel like if I lived in the 1960s, the nuclear paranoia would have probably been enough to motivate me…

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 – 2.3.14

1. McDonaldland Video Game – Also known as M.C. Kids in the US, this game was released by Virgin in 1992 for the NES as well as for Amiga, Commodore 64, and PC. If that cover doesn’t promise an exciting rad time, I don’t know what does.  Some cool teens or preteens hanging out with Ronald,…