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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  382 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews

If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the '70s and '80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn't see

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Published June 7th 2011 by Perigee Trade (first published June 1st 2011)
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Melki
Jul 03, 2014 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to have this book after seeing the write-up on salon.com:

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/201...

I'm not ashamed to admit that almost every one of these products passed through my over-privileged, suburban, only-child youth at one time or another and it was great revisiting them.

I raced home from school to watch "Dark Shadows", and safely survived both lawn darts and trick-or-treating in a plastic mask with teeny-tiny eyeholes.

You may have been learing about love in the back of a Chevrole
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Scott Strumello
Jun 11, 2011 Scott Strumello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a remarkably short time, and I often struggle to read through books if the author's writing style doesn't facilitate the topic they write about. This book is written as a bunch of short (maybe 2 or 3 pages at most) vignettes on a whole bunch of topics that anyone who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's should be able to associate with, and they're written like People magazine, so no strange-but-seldom used terms or anything like that to worry about. With topics such as After Sch ...more
Sara
I felt I had to read this when I saw this phrase in the description - "If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars". Okay, maybe the Marathon candy bar didn't GIVE me cavities, but it was the best way to lose a loose tooth.

Loved this pop culture journey into my childhood! I'm gonna zoom, zoom zoomah zoom. . .Bazooka Joe, bicentennial mania, Crissy dolls, Dawn dolls, Dynamite magazine, The Electric Company. . .

I laughed so much at this. It was great.
Jennifer
Jul 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
If I could give this book ten stars, I would! By far my favorite read of the entire summer. This book is truly only for those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's. It is a total trip down memory lane. The authors write in a snarky voice that adds great hilarity to each vignette. I laughed so hard I could not even breathe. What was my favorite segment? McDonaldland? Dungeons and Dragons? The Official Preppy Handbook? It's so hard to choose just one!!
Brian
Jun 13, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me literally an hour to read. It featured products, TV shows and ideas from the 70's and 80's. It was very short, and a lot of the references had no meanin to me, however there were many that did. Pop rocks! Stretch Armstrong!!! If you were a child of the 80's like me, this book will bring back some nostalgia!
Brian
Aug 10, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Such a fun read....but after reading I was wondering....what about colorforms?
Chad Sayban
May 22, 2013 Chad Sayban rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-book, good, own
Are you a child of the 70s and 80s? Do you remember After School Specials? Did Jaws keep you out of even the bath tub for a month? Can you remember when Sea-Monkeys were cool…ok, neither can I. But if you wondered what happened to a lot of the culture that our generation held near and dear, Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? might just be what you are looking for.

Sure, you can look all this stuff up on the internet now, but Cooper and Bellmont spice things up by not just telling us where all ou
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Jason
Feb 01, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who was a kid between 1965-1985
Two things made this book an absolute winner for me: the impeccable choice of pop cultural touchstones and the way the authors were able to encapsulate so much of the flavor of the times in each commentary. This is "Beer Frame" meets À la recherche du temps perdu.
Aimee
I loved the eighties before it was even cool to love the eighties. So I was thrilled with this book. Oh how well I remember the Crissy doll with her long red braid! (Actually she had been my aunt's doll, more seventies than eighties, but no matter.) I remember Big Wheels, Pudding Pops, (which I didn't even like that much) smelly stickers, and Trapper Keepers so clearly. Too bad that when I was in elementary school I could never seem to find Trapper Keepers in any color except red or blue; if you ...more
Kendra
Jan 30, 2015 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Generation X-er who is tired of being surrounded by paeans to the childhood totems of baby boomers, I loved this!

And ever since I finished it, I can’t get the theme song to The Banana Splits out of my head: “One banana, two banana, three banana, four” – and, of course, the utter profundity of “Tra la la, la la la la, tra la la, la la la la.”
Jeff
Jun 13, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically just an alphabetical list of things that kids of the '70s and '80s will remember. A lot of the things in this book are still around (including Pudding Pops), but if you grew up during this era, you'll enjoy a few laughs of surprised recognition. A quick, inessential read.
Rebecca
Jun 13, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ‘70s and ‘80s” is truly that, a compendium of things that are apt to be forgotten. However, unintentionally, Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont, the editors, have touched upon another lost facet of the ‘70s: the encyclopedia. I think the authors summed up the problem with this book in the titular entry on encyclopedias: “the general idea lives on online, thanks to Wikipedia and other reference sites.” The book ...more
Dachokie
Feb 20, 2013 Dachokie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970s-nostalgia
Oh Where Oh Where Have Those 70s Gone …

As I experience news of economic, political and social chaos consuming almost every facet of life these days, I find myself wistfully looking back to those seemingly less complicated, carefree days of my 1970s childhood. The Greatest Generation had World War II … we Gen X’ers had the 1970s … yes, a ridiculous comparison, but growing up in the 70s had profound impact on many of us. But, while World War II is kept alive for subsequent generations with an endl
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Gina
Feb 06, 2012 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was what I intended it to be; a very quick read for a few laughs. I am, much like my friend who read and reviewed this book before me, about 4-5 years too young to truly appreciate this book. I was hoping for a better balance of 70's and 80's references, but felt the book was pretty 70's-centric overall. The only reason I got as many of the 70's references as I did is because I have 4 older siblings who passed down some of their 70's-tastic toys to me. There were a few nice moments tha ...more
Amy
I LOVED this book! It is great for people raised in the 70's and 80's (and remember this time). The subtitle is "The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the 70's and 80's" and as such covers a little bit of everything during this time period.

The book is arranged alphabetically by the item. There is then a brief description (4-5 small paragraphs) of the item, an "X-Tinction Rating" -- telling whether something is still going strong, revised & revived or gone for good -- sniff sniff. Sometimes the
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Sarah
Jul 29, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Pleasantly silly book featuring short "bios" on fads and products of the 70's and 80's. Chock full of the trivial things I wonder about from time to time. Fun coffee table idea for those of us who were not of the greatest generation. From the battle between Quisp and Quake to the emergence of video game arcades and such inspired literature as the Sweet Valley High and Choose Your Own Adventure series it's a romp down memory lane. For the record, pudding pops were awesome!
Noetic_Hatter
Fluff, but just the thing for bathroom reading -- and pop culture nostalgia is right up my alley. We get a page or two about various topics listed alphabetically ("After School Specials" to "ZOOM"). I learned about a few things I didn't know or remember, especially in candy and cereal. But most of this stuff is familiar from my childhood.

Loses a star because this material demands lots of lovely color photos. And all we get are sporadic tiny B&W pictures.
Nancy Kaplan
Jun 13, 2011 Nancy Kaplan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book really took me back to my childhood! It was like a treasure chest of nostalgia, things I haven’t thought about in ages – who still remembers Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces? Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont have really dug up toys and trends of the 70s and 80s. There was even an entry about Archie Comic’s ill-fated foray into Christianity with Spire Comics – doubly amusing now that the company has taken a liberal turn, introducing its first gay character in 2010. “Wha ...more
Caitie
I'm not sure if I'm slightly too young (born in 1977), slightly too Canadian, or if it's just that my parents didn't go in for super sugary snacks, but I only recognized about half the things in this book, and only a handful or so truly resonated with me. But hey! Now I know that Love's Baby Soft is not the same as Skin-So-Soft, and that Garanamals are not the same as Underoos. Educational!
Terrence
Jan 31, 2015 Terrence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-culture
A fun read about the crazy products, foods, and entertainment from growing up in the 70s & 80s. I would have liked the entries to have more info, photos, history. The book has the feel that these were once blog posts in a previous life. Wait! Looks like one of the authors does have a blog... www.popculturejunkmail.com
Borrow it from the library for a chuckle or two.
Victoria
Dec 08, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued with the title of this book. I use to LOVE pudding pops and then I remembered that one day there they were in the frozen foods aisle and the next, gone. So what did ever happen to those delicious pudding pops?

If you grew up in the late 60's, 70's and early 80's then this book is for you or for someone you know who grew up them. Items are listed alphabetically and are about a page long so this makes for a fast and fun read. Everything from After School Specials to Zoom with some J
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Chris N
Mar 23, 2015 Chris N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, fun quick read down memory lane for those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's. It brought back some things I had forgotten about. I laughed at some of the toys, movies and other things mentioned.... Especially the Halloween makes with no ventilation, that had me in tears remembering that.
Chris
Jan 14, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great walk down memory lane. Unlike other books and websites, this book contains a lot of seldom discussed products like Gee your Hair Smells Terrific. I love how the book also talks about whether the products are still around and where you can get them.
Chris
Aug 30, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it's not War and Peace, but it was delightful and utterly amusing, because it was so nostalgic and aimed exactly at my age group. Brought back memories of of a lot of things I had forgotten, and while those things were not crucial in my life, they were long-forgotten pieces of a happy childhood. Very strongly recommended for anyone in their 40s.
Kevin Muir
Apr 13, 2015 Kevin Muir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me back to my childhood.

Not for sure if it was just the kindle version or not, but pictures would have been nice. The version I read did not have them otherwise lots of good memories.
Du
Dec 30, 2011 Du rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
After reading the depressing book about the poverty industry (Broke, USA), I thought I'd go for something upbeat. This book has good elements, but overall is boring and missing too many would be fun things. How can you skip Garbage Pail Kids, or Cabbage Patch Kids, in a book looking at 70s and 80s nostalgia. Props for including Burger Chef. This book should have been in color with glossy paper to highlight the images included. Instead it doesn't really even function as a novelty book for the bat ...more
Sarah Wright
Jul 11, 2011 Sarah Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever wondered what happened to some of the toys, foods, and other things that children of the 70's and 80's grew up with? Want to take a trip down "memory lane" or be able to tell your children about some of the things you played with when you were a kid? Look no farther than this book!

The author has gathered information on items such as "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots" and bizarre candies that we Generation X kids grew up with and lets us, the reader, know if the item is still around or if it's gone
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Monica Willyard
Jan 14, 2015 Monica Willyard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshare
I spent a thoroughly delightfull journey wandering down Memory Lane while reading this book this afternoon. :)
Melody
Apr 10, 2012 Melody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little older than the Gen-X target demographic, but I remember many of the cultural touchstones presented herein. I wasn't particularly fond of the authors' bland assumption that all persons raised during this time frame felt the same as they did about all the products. And fatally, they misused flaunt. There were some reminders of things gone forever, like Lemon-Up, my favorite shampoo ever. And the roll-on flypaper lip gloss. And the wonderful, evanescent tiny Dawn dolls. But mostly this ...more
Lupe
Jun 19, 2016 Lupe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally awesome! I had so much fun reading this. A must for children of the 80's.
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