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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: Looney Tunes

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Looney Tunes

It’s hard for me to imagine now, but Looney Tunes – and its sister Merrie Melodies – both originated because Warner Bros....

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Kid Stuff: Captain Kangaroo

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 2 comments

Kids growing up from the mid-50s until the mid-80s all had one thing in common – they could watch Bob Keeshan bring his warmth and...

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Kid Stuff: Pac-Man

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Pac-Man

Back when video games ranged from the ultra-primitive (Pong) to the still simple (Space Invaders), the introduction of Pac-Man was more...

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Kid Stuff: The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

The front covers will tell you the Hardy Boys books are written by Franklin W. Dixon and Nancy Drew is written by Carolyn Keene. No and no....

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Kid Stuff: Classic Toys

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Classic Toys

It was tempting to begin this post, “Kids today…” But it’s not that kids of this generation are any different than...

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TV Show: The Mickey Mouse Club

Posted by on Oct 23, 2009 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 2 comments

This listing is for the 1955-59 series, not its reincarnations. (Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears, and Christina Aguilera? Ack.) No, the...

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Kid Stuff: Wham-O Products

Posted by on Oct 4, 2009 in Americana, Kids Stuff | 1 comment

Wham-O is probably best known for a product called the Pluto Platter. “Huh?” you ask. “What’s that?”...

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Kid Stuff: Sesame Street

Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 3 comments

Educational! Enlightening! Entertaining! Today’s Great American Things post is brought to you by the letter E. You probably...

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Kid Stuff: Little League

Posted by on Jul 26, 2009 in Kids Stuff, Sports | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Little League

If you’re boy between nine and twelve, the most important place in the world isn’t Washington, DC. Or New York City. Disney...

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Kid Stuff: Popsicles

Posted by on Jul 1, 2009 in Food, Kids Stuff | 1 comment

According to official Popsicle lore, these frozen treats came into being by accident. A man left some soda water with a stirring stick in...

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