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Do YOU remember?

I was thinking today of all the stuff I remember that other people probably don't, or only people of a certain age can recall. Do you remember the things I've listed below? And feel free to add your own little throwbacks -- I'm curious to see how this dates some of us. ;)


...the Smurfs?
...the Snorks?
...Super Balls?
...Garbage Pail Kids?
...the pregnant Barbie with the removable stomach with a baby inside?
...Yard Jarts?
...Stretch Armstrong?
...The ORIGINAL Speed Racer?
...Rose Petal Place?
...Rainbow Brite?
...Trolls? (The ones with the poofy, spikey hair).
...He-Man and She-Ra?
...actual roller skates?
...Red Ryder wagons and BB Guns?
...Pick-up sticks (WITHOUT the "saftey balls" on the end)?
...tie-dyed shirts.
...puff paint?
...the original NES?
...Oregon Trail?
...Where in the World/United States/Europe/etc is Carmen Sandiego?
...Reading Rainbow?
...School House Rock?
...Fraggle Rock?
...Where's Waldo?
...the Gremlins?
...watching the news coverage of the Challenger explosion?
...Captain Planet?
...the Super Friends?
...the original Power Rangers?
..."I've fallen and I can't get up!"
...Marshall Bravestar? (I bet VERY few of you remember that one!)


...Punky Brewster?
...Neverending Story
...The Star wars Christmas special.. with the little wookie wife wearing pink apron and child playing with a toy wooden x wing while grandpa sat in a chair...
...All the Star Wars specials...

---Remember when Everlasting Gobstoppers actually WERE jawbreakers and were about twice and diameter and quadruple the taste of what they have now? (I can understand choking risk hazards, but this is taking it too far, in my opinion)
---Thundarr the Barbarian (before Conan movies, before He-Man!)
---Scrappy-Doo (thank God he went the way of "New Coke")
---Polyester baseball uniforms with double-knit buttonless pullovers, ugly color choices and tight beltless knee-breech pants? (Good examples: uniforms of San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox circa 1980).
---Remember when a D and D campaign consisted of books, modules, geomorphs, little pewter figuines, Dungeon Master Sceens, lined-paper character sheets in pencil, pizza and beer/soda, and Dragon Dice rolled ad nauseaum? No computer programs or cheesy cut-rate anime shit to spoil the experience! Imagination dictated nerdiness, not Internet connections.
---Remember when Ouija boards were marketed as a "game" by Parker Brothers?
---Remember when "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" was about the hippest, most happening name for a movie sequel?
---Remember when we were supposed to be excited about Eddie Murphy, Don Johnson and Mr. T embarking upon musical careers?
---Remember when our parents could get away with a zillion and one horrible/neglectful things, that, if we were to do this now (as parents, ourselves!) the state would take our kids away and we'd be thrown in jail.
---Remember when the Russians were always the bad guys?
---Remember when "Domo arigato Mister Roboto" was a brief catch-phrase?
---Remember when Ozzy Osbourne bleached his hair and sang a power-ballad with Lita Ford that completely out-cheesed the quintessential "cheesy power-ballads" by Heart?
----Remember when it was socially acceptable for guys to wear short-shorts and perm hair-do's, no matter how awful they might have looked?
---Remember when Michael Jackson's hair caught fire, and thinking it was the funniest thing since "Caddyshack"?
---Remember "Caddyshack 2"? The . . . horror!
-[Paul Doyle]

...Uno wasn't a board game
...The Last Unicorn
...The 70s Anime version of the Hobbit
...The "classic rock" station didn't play things like Oasis, Nirvana or Sublime
...The "oldies" station didn't play 80s hits
...Eureka's Castle
...Dark Crystal
...Chalk Boards ((i went to the store a few months back to buy skyler a chalk board --- and they DONT sell them?? are you kidding me??))
...The Soul-Train Barbie Dolls
...the Jem cartoon used to be illegal for 13 y/o to get piercings and tattoos
...scramming to buy one of the last vials of the Mt. Saint Helens ash (i still have mine - it's on the shelf)
...Scramming to buy one of the last pieces of the Berlin Wall. (i still have that one too - its on the to the ash :P)
...Poloroid Cameras
...the Ewok movies
...Eddie Murphey used to be a decent actor
...Bob Saget was not a creepy perverted stand-up comic
...the old Nickelodeon "Shorts" cartoons, including the dude cracking the hard boiled egg that ended up being the room he was sitting in, 'The Cat Came back' cartoon short, and the Neon Fish aquarium to the nitro-jazz music.

---Remember when Metallica and R.E.M. were making groundbreaking, exciting music that was (and is) infinitelly better than the stuff they've made since at least the mid-1990s?
---Remember when groups like The Cure, Echo + the Bunnymen, Sisters of Mercy, and Siouxie + the Banshees were making Goth-ish, gloomy music that was good, 15-20 years before the superficial Emos had to ruin it all?
---Remember watching "60 Minutes" in the 1980s and thinking, "Damn, is that Andy Rooney a cranky old coot." And then now, all these years later, still seeing the same old Andy Rooney on "60 Minutes", still being a cranky old coot.
---Remember all those wonderful 1980s B-movies with names like "Yor, the Hunter from the Future", "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" and "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama"?
---Remember the 1985 Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle"?
---Remember how flippin' awesome Ricardo Montalban used to be? Whether as Mr. Roarke, Khan or the dude from Chrysler Cordoba "Corinthian leather" commercials, that dude seriously rocked for a middle-aged upper-crust Mexican guy.
---Remembering which was a bigger travesty: the Howard the Duck movie being a travesty of the "Howard the Duck" comic book, or the "Howard-the-DUCK!!" song being a travesty of pop music in general.
[Paul Doyle]

...Pound Puppies
...Teddy Ruxpin
...Cabbage Patch Kids (I still have mine, btw)
...Touche' Turtle
...Super Chicken
...The original My Little Ponies (that were chubby, not sickly skinny)
...Weeble Wobbles
...Pacman Fever (the song and the game craze of course)
...Coleco Vision (with atari hookup!)
...Sergio Valente
...Shaun Cassidy
...Jellies (the craptastic, pretty shoes)
...The Love Boat
...Holly Hobby
...ALF (aka Gordon Shumway)
[Calico Tiger]

---Remember "Valley Girl" by Frank and Moon Zappa?
---Remember when the original "Miami Vice" car (the black one) got blown up?
---Remember not necessarily caring about who shot JR, but hearing about it anyhow?
---Remember when Bob Saget wasn't a foul-mouthed, perverted yet strangely funny stand-up comedian? (Maybe in retrospect it's better to forget his roles in "Full House" and "America's Funniest Videos".) [Sorry, [mordigen]!]
---Remember "The winds of War"? Or, better yet: "The Winds of Whoopie"?
---"Wax on, wax off Daniel-san!"
---Cheesy keyboard/synth-guitar solos from the mid-1980s which were briefly considered cooler than electric guitar solos?
---Remember how ugly KISS looked without the makeup?
---Remember when rap music was supposedly another fad that would come and go and be laughed at for years after, like disco?
---Grace Jones!!11eleven211!!
----Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips, and Mr. T as Clubber Lang?

---What about parachute pants? and those weird nylon jackets that also looked as if the wind would blow you away when you wore them...
---the BeeGees singing Sesame Street songs with Ernie and Bert
---Cable TV remotes actually attached to a 20 foot cable...with all of these manual buttons...
---TV shows when Nickelodeon first came out; like The Tomorrow People, The Third Eye, and You Can't Do That On Television(where the very first sliming took place), which was way different the first couple of years.
---Felix The Cat
---Baggy Pants and The Nitwits (Yes, it was really a cartoon!!)
---The Princess Leia doll that was bigger than Ken doll, and could whup his butt!
---REAL Little People, the ones made of wood that weren't all round and dorky looking. You know, the ones that were deemed a choking hazard and aren't made anymore, though none of us knows anyone who choked on them, at least I never did. 
---Chatty Cathy dolls and the pull the string and make it talk dolls that were out BEFORE Toy Story made them popular again...*grin*
---When what clothes you wore to school weren't nearly as important as how fast you could run to get away from the boys/girls who were chasing you, or how many times you could twirl the tire swing around without getting dizzy...
---really tall slides made of...(gasp) metal!!! I really do miss those. The dumb plastic ones just don't get you going as fast.
---going to the roller rink to see those other teeny bopper hotties!
---And I know someone said my other fav already, which was Thundar The Barbarian, but then there was that other one, Darkstar? Anyone remember that?
---Starman?  Xanadu? We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun...?
---Those were the days? When you couldn't picture the guy who played Archie Bunker being anything other than mean, nasty and prejudiced?

---Sock hops,
---Teen Town,
---Roller Skates that had a key!
---Drive-in Movies
---Car Hops!
---Sonic (the Last remaining Drive in eaterie with car hops!)
---Storybook Dolls
---Hula Hoops!
---Jacks! (the game)
---Pogo Sticks!
---The "Platters"
---Bobby Vinton
---The "Edsel"
---Archie , the comic book!
---Wonder Woman
If you remember any of these, welcome to Grandmothers world!

...Jams shorts
... Swatch watches
...1200 bps modems
... E.T.
... Thriller
... When Beastie Boys were drinking Brass Monkey instead of trying to Free Tibet.
... Back patches on your jean jacket.
... Metallica didn't suck.
...Paying for smokes with a dollar bill and getting change back (and not getting carded!)
... Cheap gas.
... Big shoulder pads.
... Bigger hair.
... You can never have too much blue eye shadow.
... Burger Chef fast-food chain.
... Bo Derrick with corn rows.
... Badly dubbed Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Hercules in New York"
... Manimal
... Beast Master
... "V" miniseries
... Monchichi
... Candy cigarettes
... The Connect Four commercial where you wanted to kick that smarmy sister's ass.
... When Cracker Jacks had cool toys.
... Datsun's
... Enjoli perfume
... "He likes it! Hey Mikey!"
... 7Up commerical with that dude from the "Annie" movie saying "Nevah had it, nevah will!"
... Real People and That's Incredible!
...Mad Magazine
... The Love Boat and Fantasy Island
..."Where's the beef?"

...rock star buttons on denim jackets
...neon colors and zebra stripes
...the pink and grey phenomenon
...Gummi Bears
...Captain N
...Ewoks Cartoon
...TV shows on the radio
...Fuzzy Friday night tv
...8 Track tapes
...Records, you know actual vinyl discs, lol
...Tandy 1000
...80's Internet
...Laser Tag
...Lip Sync (the show)
...Jem and the Holograms
...Stretch Armstrong
...Count Duckla and Monster Squad
...Rose Petal Place dolls and cartoons
...Being able to legally ride in the back of a pick up truck
...Eary 90's online Star Trek RPG
...not having to lock your doors at night
...Beta machines
...Gah...I could go on forever!!!

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2008-09-09 [Lothuriel]: schaweeet!!

2008-09-09 [Lord Dog]: Wasn't Star Search the politically correct version of the Gong show that was even more pasteurized into American Idol?

2008-09-09 [Lerune]: I thought of something while I was out tonight. Anyone else remember where the Semeniferous (sp?) Tubloidial Buttnoids came from?

2008-09-09 [Paul Doyle]: No idea, but it sounds like something from song lyrics by Captain Beefheart. (No, not a lame third-rate superhero . . . this guy, one of Frank Zappa's buddies: )

2008-09-09 [Lerune]: Nope. Beavis and Butthead. XD

2008-09-09 [TheRogue]: Now can you share the definition of this with the class? :)

2008-09-09 [Lothuriel]: I added Beta Machines...remember those?

2008-09-10 [Thistlewood]: How about reel to reels and 8 tracks?

2008-09-10 [Paul Doyle]: Coin-operated Biofeedback machines?

2008-09-10 [Lothuriel]: Cigarette machines

2008-09-10 [Lord Dog]: Being able to get your smokes and your Gas for the week with a $20

2008-09-10 [Lothuriel]: And have some left over...

2008-09-10 [Mordigen]: Hey, we still have cigarrette machines here >:)

2008-09-10 [Lothuriel]: No way??!!

2008-09-10 [Lerune]: When I was in high school, I remember gas being $0.98. I used to put like, not even $10 worth in the car and run forever. :O

2008-09-10 [Lothuriel]: Yep...When I was going to Morehead State, the local gas stations would have "Gas Wars" the first week of every semester.  $0.50 a gallon!!!!

2008-09-10 [Mordigen]: shit, I'm younger than both of you and *I* even remember shitting, and passing out when it hit 1.99 here after Katrina hit...........and then it just never stopped. -.-

and yes, we still have cig machines - it's a cross between those punch-button vending machines, and the new weed-venders California approved, where you have to scan a perscription code to get it........
similar concept.
You punch the buttons and get your cigs, but you have to scan your ID to use them.

2008-09-10 [Paul Doyle]: Anyone else remember table-top versions of "Joust" and "Donkey Kong" (and other classic video games) at Pizza Hut, back before Pizza Hut was bought out, and became cheap and anonymous? This was circa 1982, by the way. Pizza Hut was so much better than it is now (slower service, but vastly superior product).

2008-09-11 [Mordigen]: my grandma was a waitress at Pizza hut for 40 years :D

and I didn't like pizza hut.........I liked Franco's. Franco's was awesomenes. Though, they got bought out really really quickly.......

or hows about - Anyone remember when Mellow Mushroom wasn't a corporate chain?

2008-09-11 [Lothuriel]: Three words...

Nerf Ping Pong

Never heard of 'em. 

2008-09-11 [Paul Doyle]: Table-top Joust :)

Nerf Football was popular (though it sucked if the dog got to it and chewed it up) and there was a popular Saturday morning cartoon advertisement for it that was parodied by my brother (who heard it from someone else)

"Nerf Football---Rah-Rah-Rah.
Flush 'em down the toilet---Ha-Hah-Ha."

It's amazing how silly childhood memories are as vivid as the important ones. I do remember Nerf Ping Pong, and for a while there they Nerfed everything but Nerf Herders, so it would seem.

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