Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?
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...more
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...more
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.”
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Check it out! "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops" is...more
If you ever drooled over the Sears Wish Book, lived for Love Boat and Fantasy Island, or spent hours playing with your Dawn Dolls, this mini-encyclopedia is for you. While it is not extensive, the volume covers lots of great lost stuff of the seventies and eighties, including Trapper Keepers, Laff-A-Lympics, a...more
Yes, some things from the 70s and 80s are gone for good. I don't have a need to relive my childhood, but there sure was a lot of kitschy crap, wasn't there?
Still, this encyclopedia-like look at lost consumer culture manages to hit some notes of nostalgia (Peanut Butter Koogle, anyone?) and mines some memories that, on the whole, might be better left forgotten.
I like how the author put some fun facts into the book at the end of each segment, and how his opinion and personality come through in the topics when he wrote about them.
So does anyone have any pudding pops or pop rocks handy?