Five Things – 5.19.14

1.  Journeys From Beyond Earth – Before Ancient Aliens and the occasional lucky week on Unsolved Mysteries, there wasn’t really much regular attention given to UFOs and Extraterrestrial investigation on television.  The channel spectrum was so slim and the market for stuff like that had  yet to really reveal itself.  There were more popular, remembered ones like Chariot of the…

Five Things – 1.6.14

1.  Sierra 1988 Catalog – As a kid, Sierra’s adventure games were at the top of my list.  I was obsessed with King’s Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, Manhunter, Quest For Glory, and Leisure Suit Larry.  Each title was contained on anywhere from five to ten floppy disks, and you had to swap out disks…

Five Things – 12.02.13

1.  Pan Am Moon Reservations – Back when enthusiasm for our future in space was at its peak, Pan Am Airlines offered reservations for Moon flights.  Well, not specific reservations, but you could get on a waiting list. You basically called or wrote to Pan Am, gave them your information, and you were all set…

Five Things – 9.9.13

1.  The Fonz Video Game – I mean, it makes sense that a thing like this would exist, but the thing that exists makes no sense.  In 1976, Happy Days was such a hit that SEGA decided to rebrand their game Moto-Cross into “Fonz”, taking advantage of the popular character played by Henry Winkler who was always…

Five Things – 8.12.13

1. 1979 Sears Junior Fashions – Retrospace has the hottest Juniors fashions from Sears in 1979.  It almost looks like a parody of a Sears catalog.  Almost. First, from the “is it a robe or is it a fancy dress” category: Anyone who was hoping to make a splash in the lunchroom or the hallways…

Five Things – 6.10.13

1. Project Apollo View-Master – Over at View-Master World there’s a series about the Apollo space missions.  The cover art alone is something else: The series seems to be all puppets and no real photography, which makes sense in a bizarre way. Obviously they could create more exciting images than what they would have had to…

Five Things – 4.29.13

1.  Krull Video Game – One of my favorite places to go as a kid in the ’80s was the video store.  Video stores were a different thing before the Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos of the world homogenized the industry with their “sterile interiors” and “cleanliness”.  Before that, video stores were little holes in strip…

Five Things – 4.1.13

1.  Power Lords – Released by a toy model company called Revell in 1983, the Power Lords was a line of sci-fi action figures that look pretty awesome.  While it was obviously an attempt to cash in/compete with He-Man’s success, the Power Lords carried their own lore and had a pretty cool look.  Here’s an…

Five Things – 2.25.13

1.  Bear in Space – Dreams of Space shares an amazingly bizarre book from 1970 about a bear who fakes going to space and tricks all of his animal pals.  There’s really nothing about this book that’s not incredible . Here are some of my favorite pages: The Cover:     Party in space? Don’t…