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What guy doesn’t remember the rush of opening a pack of baseball cards and finding his favorite player? What girl didn’t look at Barbie and fantasize about her dream date? We hold a special place in our hearts for the great things of childhood.

Kid Stuff: Movie Candy

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Movie Candy

I've placed this post under "kid stuff," but we have to be honest here. Lots of adults prefer candy to popcorn (or nachos or any other current concession fads) as movie fare. For many of us, it allows us a (mostly) non-judgmental way to eat what we wouldn't otherwise buy out in public.

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Kid Stuff: Weekly Reader

Posted by on Jun 5, 2011 in Kids Stuff | 2 comments

Since 1928, kids have looked forward to the day each week when they’d get their copy of Weekly Reader. It was created by York, Pa....

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Kid Stuff: Archie Comics

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Archie Comics

  Though the publisher is also known as Archie Comics, I’m celebrating the comic books themselves. Archie, Betty, Veronica,...

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Kid Stuff: Barbie

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Barbie

She looks pretty good for 50, don’t you think? It’s rather amazing to see the impact a simple doll has had on American girls....

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Kid Stuff: Baseball Cards

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Americana, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Baseball Cards

  Don’t pay any attention to all those bandwagon jumpers who decided in the mid-80s that baseball cards were the investment of...

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Kid Stuff: Bridge to Terabithia

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Kids Stuff, The Arts | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Bridge to Terabithia

  I read lots of great children’s stories to my boys when they were growing up. Made up quite a few, too. I don’t know if...

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Kid Stuff: Dr. Seuss

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Dr. Seuss

  Interesting fact 1: The father and grandfather of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) were both brewmasters. You don’t think those fanciful...

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Kid Stuff: Bugs Bunny

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Bugs Bunny

  It was all there in his very first appearance, A Wild Hare, directed by the legendary Tex Avery and released in 1940. The...

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Kid Stuff: Peanuts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Peanuts

Charlie Brown will never get to kick that football. Lucy will always give out psychiatric help for five cents. Marcie will always call...

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Kid Stuff: Lionel Trains

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Holiday, Kids Stuff | 2 comments

For many families of the 1940s and 1950s, a Christmas tree wasn’t complete without a Lionel train set encircling it. This...

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