Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981

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 … Continue reading Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981

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“Want A Ride?”: The Time Chrysler and Montgomery Ward Made Creepy Ads of Old Dudes Cruising for Teenage Girls

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 … Continue reading “Want A Ride?”: The Time Chrysler and Montgomery Ward Made Creepy Ads of Old Dudes Cruising for Teenage Girls

ZAXXON RISING: One Man’s Quest To Save One of The Most Under-Appreciated Games in America

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 … Continue reading ZAXXON RISING: One Man’s Quest To Save One of The Most Under-Appreciated Games in America

A Blast of Christmas Past: 5 Decades of Retro Photos, Toys and Fashion

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 … Continue reading A Blast of Christmas Past: 5 Decades of Retro Photos, Toys and Fashion

And A Child Shall Lead Them: One Boy’s Dream of The White House Is Closer Than You Think

                                                                                       "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 … Continue reading And A Child Shall Lead Them: One Boy’s Dream of The White House Is Closer Than You Think

Merry KISSmas: Why Santa Really Needs a Brand New Bag

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 … Continue reading Merry KISSmas: Why Santa Really Needs a Brand New Bag