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New Coke Blunder: The Pepsi Clone People Liked But Didn...

April 28, 2021

In April 1985, Coca-Cola took a huge risk with the introduction of New Coke. It had a refreshing taste that was closer to that of cola juggernaut Pepsi -- an...

1964 World's Fair Pavilions: Where Are They Now?

April 22, 2021

New York State pavilion during the World's Fair, Queens, New York, April 1964 (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) The 1964 World's Fair,...

Klaatu: The Fake Beatles, History And Facts Of The Cana...

April 11, 2021

A sticker depicting Ringo Starr as the alien Klaatu that was released to promote his 1974 album 'Goodnight Vienna.' (Photo by Paul Chesne/Michael Ochs Archives/...

The Night David Copperfield Made The Statue Of Liberty ...

April 8, 2021

The greatest magic trick on TV? David Copperfield's disappearing Statue of Liberty, without a doubt. When Copperfield pulled off this vanishing act -- live -...

Clackers: The Toy That Was Banned Just Because It Injur...

April 4, 2021

The banned children's toys known as clackers were loud, but were they dangerous? If you played with them as a kid in the '60s or '70s, you remember the clack...

TV Guide: History Of The Most Popular Magazine Of The '...

April 3, 2021

TV Guide was the most popular magazine in America at the height of the Groovy Era. In today's world where everything is on-demand and available at your finge...

One-Eyed Jacks, The Only Film Marlon Brando Directed: F...

March 30, 2021

Director and star Marlon Brando on the set of 'One Eyed Jacks,' 1961. Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images In the Marlon Brando cano...

Astrud Gilberto, The 'Girl From Ipanema' Bossa Nova Sin...

March 29, 2021

Jazz singer Astrud Gilberto poses for a portrait backstage at Birdland on the day they recorded the live album Getz Au Go Go on August 19, 1964 in New York, New...

John Lennon And Yoko Ono's 'Bed-Ins:' What Was The Poin...

March 25, 2021

John Lennon and Yoko talking to Donald Zec about their seven day event at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. March 1969 Z03078-011 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpi...

Clutch Cargo: 'Syncro-Vox' Animation Was An Unlikely Hi...

February 15, 2021

Airing in 1959-60, Clutch Cargo was unlike any other cartoon, thanks to the miracle of "Syncro-Vox" animation. In Syncro-Vox, a human talking mouth is superi...

Vesna Vulovic: The Flight Attendant Who Fell 6 Miles An...

January 26, 2021

Vesna Vulovic, a flight attendant for JAT Yugoslav Airlines in 1972, set a Guinness world record when she fell some 33,000 feet and lived. Vulovic's odds-def...

The Batman TV Wannabes Of '67: Mr. Terrific Vs. Captain...

January 10, 2021

You remember Adam West's Batman from 1966, but what about Mr. Terrific and Captain Nice from 1967? These two superhero series, both launched on the same day,...

1969: Joe Namath Guarantees A Super Bowl Victory For Hi...

January 9, 2021

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath (12) looking on as he led the Jets to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III on 1/12/1969 at the Orange ...

What Was 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' And Why Was It S...

January 7, 2021

Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, published in 1970, was a novella -- about, yes, a seagull -- than became a bestseller and one of the defining boo...

1977: Elvis Costello Banned From Saturday Night Live Ov...

December 17, 2020

When Elvis Costello played "Radio, Radio" on Saturday Night Live in 1977, he cemented his status as an angry young man. Rather than playing "Less Than Zero,"...

Howdy Doody, 1960: Clarabell The Clown Ends It With Two...

September 24, 2020

On September 24, 1960, the children's TV institution Howdy Doody came to an end, and it was Clarabell the Clown who made sure we knew it was truly over. Clar...

1967: The Who's Keith Moon Blows Up The Smothers Brothe...

September 17, 2020

If any band was going to blow up on TV in 1967 -- literally explode -- it would be The Who, and particularly their loose cannon drummer Keith Moon. And that'...

The Richard Pryor Show, 1977: Four Episodes, Goodbye

September 14, 2020

The Richard Pryor Show on NBC is as unlikely as it sounds -- how could a network give the most outrageous standup comedian in the business his own comedy show in p...

Shields and Yarnell: Robot Mime Comedy At Its Finest

September 10, 2020

Shields and Yarnell -- the robot-imitating mime team of Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell -- pushed the boundaries of entertainment during the 1970s when goofy ske...

The Star Wars Toy Empire Launched With An Empty Box

September 2, 2020

New Star Wars toys, particularly action figures, are inevitable with the release of each film in the 40-plus year-old movie franchise. But when the very first Star ...

Easy Bake Oven: The Joy Of Cooking With A Light Bulb

August 5, 2020

In 1963, the light-bulb-powered Easy Bake Oven by Kenner arrived in stores, a thrilling development for young girls. The gender roles were set in stone, and the cu...

What Happened The Night Natalie Wood Died? Facts And Th...

July 20, 2020

Natalie Wood, star of Rebel Without A Cause, West Side Story, and Splendor In The Grass, died in the water off Catalina Island on November 29, 1981. But how,...

J Fred Muggs: The Chimp Who Boosted 'The Today Show's R...

July 19, 2020

NBC News' Dave Garroway, J. Fred Muggs the chimpanzee celebrate the 5th Anniversary of "TODAY" on January 14, 1957 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire The Today Sho...

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

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 Photo Ar...

Why Did Cher And Gregg Allman Get Married?

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,...

The Fondue Fad Was A Scam, And We Ate It Up In The Chee...

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 that. ...

South Of The Border: The Tourist Trap Your Parents Neve...

June 17, 2020

A jovial fiberglass Mexican laughs at South of the Border, a Mexican-themed amusement park, hotel, gift shop, adult toy store, and neon-heavy rest stop on the N...

Interracial Marriage Was Actually Illegal In 16 States ...

June 12, 2020

Married couple Mildred and Richard Loving (1933 - 1975) embracing at a press conference the day after the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in 'Loving v. Virgi...

Remember Sniglets? List Of Words That Should Have Been ...

June 10, 2020

Rich Hall. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) Comedian Rich Hall gave us the "sniglet" ...

When Everyone Was An Audiophile: Remember Your First St...

June 5, 2020

Debbie Harry, lead singer of the new wave group Blondie, sits in front of some stereo equipment, circa 1977. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Image...

1985: 'We Are The World' Hits #1 On The Charts As The W...

April 13, 2020

Just reading the title “We Are The World” puts the unforgettable chorus in your head. Sung by a bevy of stars at the height of their fame, the song came toge...

1988: Sonny Bono Elected Mayor Of Palm Springs, Califor...

April 12, 2020

Palms Springs Mayor Sonny Bono in 1991. Source: Paul Harris / Contributor / Getty Images As mayor of Palm Springs, Sonny Bono added a new chapter to a life th...

1986: Clint Eastwood Was Elected Mayor Of Carmel, Calif...

April 9, 2020

Clint Eastwood proudly holds up a t-shirt proclaiming him as the mayor of Carmel, California, during his acceptance speech on April 9, 1986. Source: Bettmann / ...

Burt Reynolds' Nude Cosmopolitan Spread: Photos And Why...

April 2, 2020

When Burt Reynolds posed for the centerfold of the April 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine, it was a risky move. He wasn't the legendary star we remember him as now...

Smell-O-Vision: Who Remembers It? History Of The April ...

April 1, 2020

Smell-O-Vision was a way to add smell to television -- so said the BBC in a 1965 April Fool's Day report. The broadcaster pranked television audiences in Eng...

Herbie 'The Love Bug' Behind-The-Scenes And How A Volks...

March 13, 2020

In 1969, Herbie the "Love Bug" became Hollywood's first four-wheeled movie star, and the Volkswagen Beetle's popularity persisted through three sequels and t...

Here's Everything That Happened At The First Ever Peopl...

March 3, 2020

The first annual People's Choice Awards, held in 1975 to honor fan-favorites in movies, TV, music and sports of 1974, is a time capsule. And often, a surpris...

'M*A*S*H' Finale: History-Making Series Ending That Cap...

February 28, 2020

Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, David Odgen, and Jaime Farr,and the Cast of M*A*S*H at the press conference for the show's final episode. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron ...

The Muppets' 'Mah Na Mah Na (Doot Doo-Doo Doot Doo)' Ca...

January 17, 2020

"Mah Na Mah Na" is one of the best-known gibberish songs in entertainment -- and not because of its original appearance in a smutty Swedish movie. "Mah Na Ma...

'Satanic Panic!' A Brief History Of How And Why The Who...

October 22, 2019

The "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s is one of those episodes of mass hysteria that leaves you wondering: How did this happen? Because even after it's explained,...

'Halloween Is Grinch Night': The 1977 Prequel To 'How T...

October 20, 2019

Is Halloween "Grinch Night?" When we think of the "Grinch," what comes to mind is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a classic children's book by Dr. Seuss that...

15 WTF Maidenform Bra Ads And What They Mean

October 7, 2019

The conical jut of Maidenform bras may no longer be in style, but the Maidenform bra ad will always be iconic. "I dreamed I _____ in my Maidenform bra" was the template of...

1967: When Computer Science Was 'Women's Work' Because ...

September 12, 2019

A woman working on a Honeywell tape drive computer, circa 1969. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) In the late 1960s, computers were hulking, unsexy m...

Cookie Monster Was First Created As A Promotion For 'Mu...

September 10, 2019

Sesame Street Muppet Cookie Monster poses for photographs during a press conference in January 2013. Photo by Georg Wendt/picture alliance via Getty Images If...

Why Was Mayonnaise Such A Staple Of The Groovy Era?

September 9, 2019

In Cold War America, "mayonnaise on everything" was the rule. We've seen the t-shirts and memes that advocate "sriracha on everything" -- imagine that sort of ever-...

Why Were Blacklight Posters So Popular In The '70s?

August 28, 2019

Few wall adornments are so quintessentially '70s as the blacklight poster, depicting Marvel superheroes, noble warriors, R. Crumb cartoons or drug imagery. Througho...

The 12 Most Fascinating Muppets Of The '70s

August 11, 2019

Left: The Swedish Chef. Right: Beaker. Sources: Jay David Buchsbaum/The Muppets Studio/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images; IMDB Jim Henson's puppet variety show, The Mu...

Remember Frank Sinatra's Weird Science Fiction Record?

August 10, 2019

In 1980, Frank Sinatra released Trilogy: Past Present Future, a triple album that got weird.  On the third LP, "The Future," Sinatra took us on a nutty trip arou...

Comic Book Rip-Off Ads: Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, And M...

July 1, 2019

Sea Monkeys were actual humanoids with tails and funny crowned heads that lived in a bowl. A pair of glasses enabled you to see through clothing. And a seven...

'Roots:' The Show About Race That United American Viewe...

June 27, 2019

Left: LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in 'Roots.' Right: Lloyd Bridges (as Evan Brent) and Georg Stanford Brown (as Tom Harvey). Source: IMDB; Walt Disney Televisio...

How 'Light My Fire' Got The Doors Banned From Ed Sulliv...

June 26, 2019

Left: Jim Morrison in an undated photo. Right: Morrison on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sources: Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Vimeo.com The Doors wer...

7 Failed Presidential Assassination Attempts Of The '60...

June 23, 2019

Left: Chaotic scene of the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. Press Secretary James Brady (in blue suit with two men over him) was cri...

Teen Magazines Of The '60s and '70s: Mad About The Boys...

June 7, 2019

Mickey Dolenz catches up on his reading with 'Tiger Beat's Official Monkee Spectacular' on the set of the television show 'The Monkees' in May 1967 in Los Angel...

The Collar Over The Lapel Was So '70s. What Was Up With...

June 4, 2019

It's the '70s men's fashion look that no one is talking about: the shirt collar worn over or outside the lapels of a jacket. Today we tackle this old style h...

'Keep On Truckin,'' The Hippie Slogan R. Crumb Regrets ...

May 30, 2019

Left: A 'Keep On Truckin' print currently available from crumbproducts.com. Right: Blind Boy Fuller. Sources: crumbproducts.com; public domain/Wikimedia Commons...

When 'Dallas' Left Us All Asking 'Who Shot JR?'

May 28, 2019

Left: Actor Larry Hagman on the set of the television soap opera 'Dallas', 18th July 1979. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images). Right: People magazine asks the quest...

NASCAR In The '60s & '70s: Fighters, Cheaters And Richa...

May 26, 2019

NASCAR drivers in the '60s and '70s were some of the most colorful pro athletes in sports. Racers like Richard Petty, Wendell Scott, David “Silver Fox” Pears...

The View-Master Slide Show: What 'Click To View' Used T...

May 18, 2019

With reels taken from Disney shows, TV series and locations around the world, the View-Master was a simple hand-held device for viewing 3-D scenes that becam...

Was Orson Welles Drunk On Paul Masson? These Outtakes W...

May 10, 2019

For TV viewers around the turn of the '80s, Orson Welles' Paul Masson wine commercials raised so many questions -- including "Who is Orson Welles?" and "Why ...

Rise Of The 'Moonies:' Is The Unification Church A Cult...

May 8, 2019

Right: Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon presiding over mass wedding ceremony in the early '80s. Left: Moon with President Nixon in 1974. Sources: Allan ...

The Sexy Stewardess Stories of 'Coffee, Tea Or Me?' Wou...

May 4, 2019

A book like Coffee, Tea or Me? could only happen in 1967. We've lost something in the evolution of the flight attendant, from the servile stewardess: sex app...

Vargas Girls: From WWII Cheesecake To The Cars' 'Candy-...

May 1, 2019

Early in the 20th century, an American visual style was invented by the Peruvian-born artist Alberto Vargas. The "Vargas Girls" he painted, as they were late...

Philippe Petit: High-Wire Walking Notre Dame And The Wo...

April 26, 2019

You've heard of the daredevil who walked a wire between the towers of New York's World Trade Center: Philippe Petit. But Notre Dame de Paris, the cathedral t...

The Waterbed Isn't Dead: Inventor Wants Us To Sleep Gro...

April 25, 2019

Invented by Charles Hall in 1967, the Summer of Love, the waterbed is making a comeback in the Millennial generation. Just when you thought nothing from the ...

What We Loved About Record Stores Back In The Day

April 24, 2019

Left: Shop founder Geoff Travis in the Rough Trade Shop, London, circa 1977. Source: (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty Images) Right: browsing in a record ...

How MAD Magazine Covered The '60s: What, Me Hippie?

April 23, 2019

In the ‘60s, MAD magazine covers grappled with issues of the day as much as any newspaper's editorial page. The images frequently played to both sides of an issue, ...

Vaughn Meader's 'First Family:' The JFK Comedy Album Th...

April 21, 2019

In 1962, comedian Vaughn Meader satirized John F. Kennedy on The First Family, a live comedy album that both lampooned and celebrated the Kennedy family. At ...

Your Dad Loved This Beer: Defunct And Zombie Brews Of T...

April 5, 2019

It is a sad lesson: the things we love will come and go, even beer. Defunct beer brands are plentiful, thanks to quirks of distribution systems and mergers. ...

The 1974 Oscars Streaker: Stealing The Show By Showing ...

March 10, 2019

The 1974 Academy Awards ceremony will always be remembered for its least expected performer -- the Oscar streaker. Robert Opel dashed across the stage in his...

Lyndon Johnson Had An Amphibious Car, Didn't You?

February 18, 2019

Do we need an amphibious car? Lyndon Johnson thought so. President Lyndon B. Johnson was one of a relatively few people who owned an Amphicar, a seaworthy automobile ...

7 Things That Didn't Fly In The 1960s But Seem Tame Now

February 12, 2019

Family Riding In Convertible, 1960s. A man, woman and three children smile from a convertible while driving on a family trip, 1960s. Source: (Lambert/Getty Images)...

LEGOs Came To The US In The '70s And Still Rule Our Liv...

February 8, 2019

The LEGO System -- or as most call them, LEGOs -- came to America in the 1970s but has been around in one form or another for over 60 years. And with the rel...

Woodstock Fashion: Photos Of Hippie Chicks And What The...

February 5, 2019

Left: A couple attending the Woodstock Music Festival smiles while standing outside the shelter they've built during the concert, Bethel, NY, August 1969. Sourc...

What Caused The Great Inflation Of The 1970s?

January 31, 2019

October 9, 1974: Close-up of President Gerald Ford during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. He is wearing a WIN ("Whip Inflation Now") button-a symbol of th...

'80s Workout Video Stars: Where Are They Now?

January 18, 2019

Raquel Welch released 'Total Beauty And Fitness' in 1984; Heather Lockler's 'Your Personal Workout' came out in 1990. Sources: Photo by Tony Kent/Sygma via Getty Images; eBa...

Battle Of The Network Stars: This Is Celebrity Sparta!

January 12, 2019

'Battle of the Network Stars' - 11/13/76 on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'. Source: (Photo by ABC via Getty Images) When fam...

History of Driver's Ed: Simulators and Scare Films

January 4, 2019

Though it has a longer history, driver's education since the '50s has two components nobody can forget: driving simulators and scare films. The simulators were contr...

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl From The Krofft Supershow: ...

January 1, 2019

'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl', starring Judy Strangis and Deidre Hall- Airdate September 11, 1976. Source: (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) In 1976, ...

TV Show Lunchboxes That All The Cool Kids Had

December 21, 2018

Child's lunchbox with painting of characters from the TV series 'Welcome Back Kotter' featuring Travolta, Hegyes, Palillo, Jacobs, & Kaplan. (Photo by Henry Groskinsky/The L...

Groovy Nuances From The Modern ‘70s Home

November 30, 2018

Cake Making - A woman baking cakes in a fitted kitchen, circa 1975. (Photo by f8 Imaging/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) For many Americans owning a home is all part of the Amer...