Do you remember Pop Rocks? In essence, they were an assortment of flavored candy, that really popped in your mouth when you ate them. To my understanding, the candy was first introduced in the 1970’s, however, I remembered them up until at least mid 80’s. My favorite was the grape as a kid. They felt like firecrackers popping in my mouth LOL. However, I did not eat a lot of them, because back then their were rumors that if you drank soda behind it you would die. The rumors got so bad that I remember either the company that made Pop Rocks, or the FDA created a special hotline for parents who were concerned about the exploding candy. Despite all the reassurance from the FDA, this was one rumor that got the best of the company. By the mid 1980’s, the once famed Pop Rocks disappeared just as fast as it was first introduced. I often wondered if Pop Rocks ever did come back, would the old rumors resurface? I’d be honest, although I knew they were rumors, it was enough to get me to stop eating them. Ahh, the power of belief systems..
Wow, I can’t believe I actually found an old AOL 2.0 floppy disk install! I don’t remember the year, but this had to have been between 20- 30 years ago. I know this company spent billions of dollars worth of marketing, cause their CD’s were EVERYWHERE! I even remember getting free trails in the mail every other week. They came with every 14.4 and 28.8 modems sold (I think USRobotics was the leading modem company at that time in the 80-90’s). Every single Compaq, Hewlett Packard, and IBM PC’s had A.O.L pre-installed on them. If a retail store did not have A.O.L. installed on any of their machines sold, it would be offered as a separate bonus package. There was a time were it seemed that every single person on the planet had an AOL email address or chat account. A.O.L. also had a separate online business called Compuserve, which had their own magazine at the time too (believe it or not). It was actually quite cool. Both Compuserve and A.O.L. were more like “Web Bulliten Boards”; all you had to do was enter a special “keyword” and you’d be taken to that “forum”, or “section” of internet service. Compuserve magazine was filled with all kinds of articles, from computers to Knitting, and at the end of each article, a keyword is given so you can find more information through Compuserve. Compuserve was soooo expensive, they charged you for EVERYTHING!! They even charged you for downloads per megabyte. And some wonder why they went out of business? Yeah…
Back in the day, I was with A.O.Hell for about 10 years till I woke up. I unsubscribed to A.O.L. shortly after 9.0 came out. By that time, I think they bought out Netscape (I think). I liked netscape so much better back then, but I had to log in to A.O.L. to get an internet connection, and between both Netscape and A.O.L. applications, the performance of my pc really suffered. Not to mention the fact that A.O.L. charged you so much money for their service, and had the nerve to throttle our connections… Grrrrr.
By the time I officially left A.O.Hell, I was inundated with spam mail, spammed chats, and spammed USNETS. Interesting how after all of that they still charged members the same price for services. Honestly, I think their great marketing was the only thing that kept them in business, because looking back, they had less than ideal service, and software that took up 50% of your resources.. LOL.. Ahh, those were the good old days, when it took about a full 15 hours just to download one movie! I can truly appreciate what our technology can do today.
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Do you remember “Shrinky Dinks? I do. Very cool concept, however, this was another one of those childhood gimmicks that never turned out well for me either. Shrinky Dinks were these transparent “cut-able” plastic sheets, that can be use to trace drawings and colored using special non-toxic marker pens. Once you’ve finished your drawing, you would then cut around your plastic drawing and place it in the oven. All your plastic drawings would shrink and turn in to hard pieces of plastic, that could be used for all kinds of jewelry, decals, key chains, and anything else imaginable.
Unfortunately, when I tried to put them in the oven as a kid (adult supervision of course), the plastic would always burn at the edges, or the finished product always wind up deformed. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was left feeling that I needed a special oven to use these “Shrinky Dinks”. Many, many, many years later, it’s maker developed a personal “child safe” oven you can use specifically for Shrinky Dinks”. You can even watch it through a class window as it hardens. Click here to see what the oven looks like on Amazon.
I was very shocked to find out that ALEX, the makers of Shrinky Dinks are still in business and making money. Today, I don’t see any advertisements for Shrinky Dinks anymore. There success must be due to all the parents that remember having them as a child. Shrinky Dinks used to, and still does come in various themes, such as haloween, xmas, thanksgiving, etc. They also used to have Television show themes, such as The Flinstones, A-Team, Superman, you name it. Click here for more Shrinky Dinks
When I was a young boy, Sea Monkey advertisements were in the back of practically every single comic book! I couldn’t remember one comic book that i’ve owned, at least up until late 1975ish didn’t have these ads. First off, I tried these things at least about 2 or three times, and they NEVER worked for me. Not sure why, maybe I just had bad luck and got bad batches? Not sure. However, one thing I do know, If I had seen how see monkeys REALLY looked, instead of the cartoon drawings in the back of these DC/Marvel comic books, I never would have been interested in getting them in the first place. Sea Monkeys are hideous!! Oh, my, they are so ugly ya’ll!! They look nothing like monkeys in my opinion (at least Sea Horses, resemble horses), in fact, many of them appeared to be more like baby Caterpillars if they were fish. Some looked like frayed pieces of white string with two big black eyeballs, while others look like the kinda food scavengers would eat.. Either way, they would have not been something I would have been interested in having as a pet. However, What I found interesting is that, I remembered the ads really emphasizing on how easy it was to grow them, but they never really talked about a safe way to clean the container you have them in. The plastic tank they gave you with the kit would always turn cloudy (I guess because of the monkey deposits), and of course there was no 800# available to ask questions. Sea Monkeys now appear to be a distant memory; we have transitioned from the wonderful world of Sea Monkeys to the awesome world of video games, and the Internet – a course of no return.
I’m sorry, I just could not resist. I had to put these two pictures together. Flavor Flav now looks exactly like “The Heat Miser” from the Xmas 1974 classic “A Year Without Santa Claus“. For those of you who are too young to remember, Flavor Flav was apart of a radicle 80’s rap group called “Public Enemy”, which hits include “Fight The Power“, and also “Don’t Believe The Hype“. Flavor Flav is the one that wears that HUMUNGOUS clock on his neck, large and loud sunglasses, and he is extremely flamboyant. From what I can tell, he still performs lyrics with the group. Recently, Flavor Flav was arrested for domestic abuse and erratic behavior. This is a perfect example of someone who enjoyed all the fame and fortune, yet, because he has nothing of value from within, it eventually manifests itself as people like him get older.
I know that some of you gonna pretend that you don’t remember these boots from the 80’s. I had a pair just like these in my 20’s. I used to call them Captain America boots, because they looked like all the boots that almost of the DC comic book characters wore. The funny part is I had a red pair. It’s crazy because, these boots were so hot in style back in the 80’s that, it was the only time guys were not made fun of for wearing colors outside the basic black, brown, and occasional white. Today you see guys wearing every color in the spectrum (with the exception of pink sneakers, those colors still remain to be exclusively a female color. Yet, how interesting that a number of men are rocking pink shirts though.. LOL).
Now, I know I’m not the only one who remembers this game! All the playing pieces looked like regular checkers, but how you play it seems more like Tic Tac Toe. If I remember correctly, the rules were to get either 4 of your checker across, diagonal, or vertical you win. Sounds easy? Na, I didn’t remember this game to be so easy when I was growing up. It seemed as though there were hardly any winners. I think this was because the base of the game had many rows ad columns. The only bad part I remembered about this game though, was the pieces were EVERYWHERE!! LOL. Thank goodness there were no babies around, otherwise this game would have been quite dangerous, despite how fun it looks.
The song called “Stormy Weather” was one of Lena Horne’s first recordings, and has made her an international success. The song still remains to be one of her most memorable recordings. It also happens to be one of my favorites songs from that era. Many of my blog members may not know that, a lot of African American people hated Lena early on in her career, because it was said she tried to pass as white, therefore her audience base was primarily Caucasian. Keep in mind in those days they still had “colored” bathroom signs, so it was quite a bit of tension between the obvious black people and the “passable coloreds”. The average person today can’t fathom the unbelievable amount of pressure, that African Americans of film had, to represent people of color as real human beings; beings with emotion, passion, whit, and true acting ability. People of color not only had to deal with levels of unconceivable racism outside television and theater, but also type casting within the theatre; to be seen more than just a maid, butler, slave, a shield, or a brainless dummy who can be used as bait. Listen to the original recording of “Stormy Weather” Taken from the titled movie “Stormy Weather (1943) Click Here. Enjoy.