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Surf Music History: The So-Cal Sound Of Dick Dale's Instrumentals

Music | July 10, 2020

Left: Dick Dale. Right: The Ventures. Sources: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; merchbar.com The story of surf rock and surf guitar has one big hero...

The Ford Bronco Was The Sexy SUV Of '66

Culture | July 9, 2020

The 1966 Ford Bronco was a different kind of four-wheeler, a truck with off-road capability that had a sports car's style -- in fact, in early advertisements, Ford called it "a...

Every Man A Master Chef: How Grilling Conquered American Back Yards

Culture | July 8, 2020

The portable grill -- the Weber kettle-style grill in particular -- changed suburban culture in the '50s. Apron-clad husbands and dads were inspired...

Billy Preston: Stories And Life Of The (Almost) Fifth Beatle

Music | July 7, 2020

Billy Preston (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Billy Preston left his mark on the pop charts with the hits "Will It Go Round In Circles?," "Not...

Janet Leigh: Young 'Psycho' Victim And Jamie Lee Curtis' Mom

Entertainment | July 6, 2020

Janet Leigh on the set of Jet Pilot, directed by Josef von Sternberg. (Photo by R.K.O. Radio/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Janet Leigh's Psycho ...

Hula Hoop: When Wham-O Pulled Off The All-Time Toy Fad In 1958

Fads | July 5, 2020

Dick Clark watches a guest demonstrate the most popular toy in America on American Bandstand in 1958. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Phot...

A High School Kid Designed The American Flag And Got A B-minus On It

Culture | July 4, 2020

Do you dig the American flag? Thank Robert Heft. Through the years the American flag saw multiple variations as our great country added states to t...

Who's In The '27 Club'? List Of The Famous Who Died Young

Entertainment | July 3, 2020

Cool people like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison may be members, but the 27 Club is one of the few institutions of fame that no one in their right...

Larry Walters: 'Lawnchair Larry's Balloon Flight Made Him Icarus Of 1982

Culture | July 2, 2020

Larry Walters, or "Lawnchair Larry," took to the sky in 1982, ascending to a an altitude of over three miles in a chair lifted by helium-filled...

Karen Black, From 'Easy Rider' and 'Five Easy Pieces' To Cult Movie Siren

Entertainment | July 1, 2020

Karen Black and Kris Kristofferson in 'Cisco Pike,' 1971. (Photo by John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Fans of cult cinem...

Why Did Cher And Gregg Allman Get Married?

Icons | June 30, 2020

Cher with Gregg Allman circa 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Cher married Gregg Allman in 1975, and they stayed together through 1979. People forget that,...

Ray Harryhausen's Stop-Motion Animation: How He Made The Films We Loved

Entertainment | June 29, 2020

With Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, One Million B.C., and three Sinbad movies, stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen created fanta...

The Fondue Fad Was A Scam, And We Ate It Up In The Cheesy '70s

Culture | June 28, 2020

There's a fondue set, '60s or '70s vintage, in a frayed cardboard box, collecting dust in many an American attic or basement. And there's a reason for th...

Dark Shadows: Facts About The Soap Opera That Dared To Be Spooky

Entertainment | June 27, 2020

Jonathan Frid and Grayson Hall of 'Dark Shadows,' November 27, 1968. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Televisi...

Barbie: Doll Of Empowerment, Or Oppression? Biography And Facts

Fads | June 26, 2020

Barbie dolls dressed in a variety of costumes are part of the huge inventory at KittyÕs Collectables in Laguna Beach. Owner Kitty Stuart is one of the larg...

Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up:' Story And Facts About The Disco Hit He Didn't Want To Make

Music | June 25, 2020

Marvin Gaye live at Royal Albert Hall, London. 1979 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns) When Marvin Gaye recorded "Got To Give ...

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