They came in droves during the Fall of 1981, players of all ages, filing into convention rooms across the country to compete in The Atari International Asteroids Tournament. Not much information remains on this nationwide event save for a tee shirt here, a small headline there. In fact, a lot of particulars have been lost [...]
Ah, the good old days, back when Easy Bake Ovens prepped little girls on how to bake a meal for the husband they'd serve one day and Dodge in conjunction with 'TEEN magazine and catalog retailer, Montgomery Ward, instructed teenage girls how to dress to get picked up by much older dudes in cars. I'm [...]
Aren't you more than just a little curious about the fantasy of being able to live forever in The 80s, back when the arcade raged and the music smiled?
For days it laid face down in the rain, kicked to the curb on a street in Albia, Iowa, a mere 22 miles from Walter Day's arcade-famous city of Ottumwa - that is, the very same arcade featured in many films and documentaries. A seemingly tragic end to a game that had once taken the [...]
I don't know about you but old photographs of the Christmas of yore are rather remarkable and fascinate me to no end. All those shiny aluminum trees dripping in tinsel, standing next to the most popular object in the room -the Television set- or if it's pre-1950, a Zenith or Imperial tube radio. It all [...]
"My name is Brody and one day I will become President of The United States of America." Those are strong words describing a mighty big dream of 11-year old Brody Patterson, a 5th grader from Denton, Texas with an unusual interest in politics and community activism. But then everything's bigger in Texas. While [...]
Every year it happens without fail: I’m standing in line somewhere, perhaps at the grocery store or one of those long, cramped lines in The Mall, and someone –almost always an uptight and anxiety-ridden woman with a horde of unruly kids- spies a seasonal promotional item near the checkout that reads “Happy Holidays” and goes [...]