“Horse With No Name”: The Song That Brought America Fame

Music | May 20, 2022

The members of America met on a U.S. Air Force base outside London in the late 1960s, as their fathers were stationed there; after performing gigs around L...

The Behind The Scenes Stories Of "Bull Durham"

Entertainment | May 18, 2022

Kevin Costner playing catcher on a baseball team in a scene from the film 'Bull Durham', 1988. (Photo by The Mount Company/Getty Images) The debate for the greatest baseb...

The Smurftastic Beginnings Of The Smurfs

Entertainment | May 16, 2022

The smurfs (Photo by RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Pierre Culliford, a Belgian cartoonist writing under the pen name Peyo created the Smurfs in 1958. His creations debute...

The Best Behind The Scene Stories Of Tom Hanks' "Big"

Entertainment | May 13, 2022

Actor Tom Hanks shot in Los Angeles for the film Big with actress Elizabeth Perkins. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Getty Images) In 1988, “Big” starring Tom ...

Did Superman Kill George Reeves?

Entertainment | May 11, 2022

American actor George Reeves (1914 - 1959), as Superman, stands with Phyllis Coates, as Lois Lane, in a still from the television series, 'Adventures of Superman,' c. 1952. (Photo by Hul...

How A Ridiculous Music Video Made Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like A Wolf” A Hit

Music | May 9, 2022

Duran Duran in NYC, NYC, February 1982. (David Tan/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” epitomized the ‘80s t...

The Blob That Terrorized Small Town Pennsylvania

Entertainment | May 6, 2022

In 1958, The Blob was unleashed on the world. The film, which starred Steve McQueen as a teenager named Steve Andrews, was set in a small, rural Pennsylvania town in J...

The Magical Chemistry And Cast Of 1989's "Major League"

Entertainment | May 2, 2022

A lot of movies provide audiences with wish-fulfillment. However, 1989’s “Major League” went from fever dream to reality for writer-director David.S Ward. As he...

How Tom Cruise Made Cocktail A $100 Million Movie

Entertainment | April 28, 2022

In 1988, Tom Cruise’s “Cocktail” made its bid for “most ‘80s movie ever”. It grossed more than $170 million despite scathing reviews. Touchstone Pictures executives ...

Yetta Bronstein For President

Culture | April 26, 2022

There are things people may not know about the 1964 presidential election. Yes, it’s true that the two main candidates in the election were Lyndon Johnson and the Arizona Republican Sena...

The Story Of Led Zepplin's "Stairway To Heaven"

Music | April 24, 2022

By many measures, Led Zeppelin's “Stairway To Heaven” ranks as the most famous rock song in history. However, the slow-building anthem never charted since it was never ...

When We All Joined Max Where The Wild Things Are

Entertainment | April 22, 2022

In 1963, Maurice Sendak released Where the Wild Things Are. The writer and illustrator won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, and by 2009, the book had sold over 19 million ...

The Story Of Rick James' Super Freak

Music | April 20, 2022

In 1981, Rick James dropped the immortal “Super Freak,” a song that elicits a jovial reaction at a bowling alley or a Bat Mitzvah. The intervening years have managed to soften “Su...

The First Earth Day

Culture | April 20, 2022

Dennis Hayes, national coordinator of Earth Day, Larry Green, and crowd at Civic Center Plaza (Richard J Daley Center) for Earth Day, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, April 22, 1970. (Ph...

Flight Attendant Uniforms & The Groovy Era's Unique Influence

Fads | April 18, 2022

The uniforms of flight attendants have radically changed since the job’s inception in the 1930s. (Gone is the faux pas of “stewardesses.”) As air travel b...

Building The Berlin Wall

Culture | April 14, 2022

The building of the wall. A girl watches an East-German bricklayer working at the border. - August 1961 (Photo by Hyzdal von Miserony/ullstein bild via Getty Images) With the end of World War ...

The Unforgettable Earworm “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

Music | April 12, 2022

1982’s “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners bucked the trend of the ‘80s synthesizers while taking the #1 spot from Michael Jackson’s “Bi...

The Up Series: Documenting Lives Seven Years At A Time

Entertainment | April 11, 2022

In 1964, Seven Up! aired, the first film in what would become the Up series. Seven Up! was created as part of World in Action, a series for Granada Television. D...

The Unusual Genesis Of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing

Music | April 8, 2022

Marvin Gaye’s incomparable “Sexual Healing” burst onto the scene, thanks to strong pornography, writer David Ritz, and a coastal Belgium town called Ostend. The mas...

Soap: The Show And Its Controversy

Entertainment | April 6, 2022

Soap began its run on Tuesday, September 13, 1977, at 9:30 PM. Before it even aired, there were six months of protests. In March of that year, executives at the 195 affiliate statio...

Cyndi Lauper's Feminist Anthem Of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"

Music | April 4, 2022

The first kernel of an idea rarely finishes as the final product. Cyndi Lauper’s "Girls Just Want To Have Fun” exemplifies that construct. The song, wh...

Airplane!: The Unexpected Flight Of A Comedy Classic

Entertainment | April 2, 2022

While in college, David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams formed Kentucky Fried Theater, a comedy sketch troupe, and they performed around Madison, Wisconsin befor...

Clarence Williams III and His Barrier-Breaking “Mod Squad” Role

Entertainment | March 31, 2022

In the late 1960s, executive producer Aaron Spelling had a TV hit with The Mod Squad, a show that seemed to encapsulate the societal changes going o...

Carole King And James Taylor: A Friendship Created Through Music

Entertainment | March 29, 2022

In 1969, Carole King and James Taylor’s paths began to intertwine in California. The two would develop a relationship centered solely around music and ...

1968: The Black Power Olympic Protest

Culture | March 27, 2022

Today, seeing athletes making social or political gestures during sporting events is not unusual, but it certainly was in the 1960s. The groovy era was a tumultuous time in Ameri...

The Bugaloos: The Show About Musical Bugs From Britain In The 1970s

Entertainment | March 25, 2022

From 1970 to 1972, every Saturday morning, children could tune in to watch The Bugaloos, one of the shows produced by Sid and Marty Krofft as a foll...

"Seven Alone", 1974s Oregon Trail-Like Live-Action Movie

Entertainment | March 23, 2022

In 1974, the same year that the Oregon Trail computer game debuted, a film production company called Audio Service released a live-action family movie called S...

Taking A Fateful Trip To Gilligan’s Island

Entertainment | March 21, 2022

Gilligan’s Island got its start in a public speaking class at New York University. When the professor asked students to improvise a one-minute speech explaining what they ...

The Bewitching Agnes Moorehead's Long Pre-Sitcom Career

Entertainment | March 19, 2022

Agnes Moorehead as Endora in 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images) You probably remember her best as Samantha...

E.T.: Creating Movie Magic That’s Out Of This World

Entertainment | March 17, 2022

Drew Barrymore on the set of "E.T.". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) On June 11, 1982, E.T. stole viewers' hearts, becoming an immediate blockb...

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