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Do YOU remember?

I was thinking today of all the stuff I remember that other people probably don't, or only people of a certain age can recall. Do you remember the things I've listed below? And feel free to add your own little throwbacks -- I'm curious to see how this dates some of us. ;)


...the Smurfs?
...the Snorks?
...Super Balls?
...Garbage Pail Kids?
...the pregnant Barbie with the removable stomach with a baby inside?
...Yard Jarts?
...Stretch Armstrong?
...The ORIGINAL Speed Racer?
...Rose Petal Place?
...Rainbow Brite?
...Trolls? (The ones with the poofy, spikey hair).
...He-Man and She-Ra?
...actual roller skates?
...Red Ryder wagons and BB Guns?
...Pick-up sticks (WITHOUT the "saftey balls" on the end)?
...tie-dyed shirts.
...puff paint?
...the original NES?
...Oregon Trail?
...Where in the World/United States/Europe/etc is Carmen Sandiego?
...Reading Rainbow?
...School House Rock?
...Fraggle Rock?
...Where's Waldo?
...the Gremlins?
...watching the news coverage of the Challenger explosion?
...Captain Planet?
...the Super Friends?
...the original Power Rangers?
..."I've fallen and I can't get up!"
...Marshall Bravestar? (I bet VERY few of you remember that one!)


...Punky Brewster?
...Neverending Story
...The Star wars Christmas special.. with the little wookie wife wearing pink apron and child playing with a toy wooden x wing while grandpa sat in a chair...
...All the Star Wars specials...

---Remember when Everlasting Gobstoppers actually WERE jawbreakers and were about twice and diameter and quadruple the taste of what they have now? (I can understand choking risk hazards, but this is taking it too far, in my opinion)
---Thundarr the Barbarian (before Conan movies, before He-Man!)
---Scrappy-Doo (thank God he went the way of "New Coke")
---Polyester baseball uniforms with double-knit buttonless pullovers, ugly color choices and tight beltless knee-breech pants? (Good examples: uniforms of San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox circa 1980).
---Remember when a D and D campaign consisted of books, modules, geomorphs, little pewter figuines, Dungeon Master Sceens, lined-paper character sheets in pencil, pizza and beer/soda, and Dragon Dice rolled ad nauseaum? No computer programs or cheesy cut-rate anime shit to spoil the experience! Imagination dictated nerdiness, not Internet connections.
---Remember when Ouija boards were marketed as a "game" by Parker Brothers?
---Remember when "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" was about the hippest, most happening name for a movie sequel?
---Remember when we were supposed to be excited about Eddie Murphy, Don Johnson and Mr. T embarking upon musical careers?
---Remember when our parents could get away with a zillion and one horrible/neglectful things, that, if we were to do this now (as parents, ourselves!) the state would take our kids away and we'd be thrown in jail.
---Remember when the Russians were always the bad guys?
---Remember when "Domo arigato Mister Roboto" was a brief catch-phrase?
---Remember when Ozzy Osbourne bleached his hair and sang a power-ballad with Lita Ford that completely out-cheesed the quintessential "cheesy power-ballads" by Heart?
----Remember when it was socially acceptable for guys to wear short-shorts and perm hair-do's, no matter how awful they might have looked?
---Remember when Michael Jackson's hair caught fire, and thinking it was the funniest thing since "Caddyshack"?
---Remember "Caddyshack 2"? The . . . horror!
-[Paul Doyle]

...Uno wasn't a board game
...The Last Unicorn
...The 70s Anime version of the Hobbit
...The "classic rock" station didn't play things like Oasis, Nirvana or Sublime
...The "oldies" station didn't play 80s hits
...Eureka's Castle
...Dark Crystal
...Chalk Boards ((i went to the store a few months back to buy skyler a chalk board --- and they DONT sell them?? are you kidding me??))
...The Soul-Train Barbie Dolls
...the Jem cartoon used to be illegal for 13 y/o to get piercings and tattoos
...scramming to buy one of the last vials of the Mt. Saint Helens ash (i still have mine - it's on the shelf)
...Scramming to buy one of the last pieces of the Berlin Wall. (i still have that one too - its on the to the ash :P)
...Poloroid Cameras
...the Ewok movies
...Eddie Murphey used to be a decent actor
...Bob Saget was not a creepy perverted stand-up comic
...the old Nickelodeon "Shorts" cartoons, including the dude cracking the hard boiled egg that ended up being the room he was sitting in, 'The Cat Came back' cartoon short, and the Neon Fish aquarium to the nitro-jazz music.

---Remember when Metallica and R.E.M. were making groundbreaking, exciting music that was (and is) infinitelly better than the stuff they've made since at least the mid-1990s?
---Remember when groups like The Cure, Echo + the Bunnymen, Sisters of Mercy, and Siouxie + the Banshees were making Goth-ish, gloomy music that was good, 15-20 years before the superficial Emos had to ruin it all?
---Remember watching "60 Minutes" in the 1980s and thinking, "Damn, is that Andy Rooney a cranky old coot." And then now, all these years later, still seeing the same old Andy Rooney on "60 Minutes", still being a cranky old coot.
---Remember all those wonderful 1980s B-movies with names like "Yor, the Hunter from the Future", "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" and "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama"?
---Remember the 1985 Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle"?
---Remember how flippin' awesome Ricardo Montalban used to be? Whether as Mr. Roarke, Khan or the dude from Chrysler Cordoba "Corinthian leather" commercials, that dude seriously rocked for a middle-aged upper-crust Mexican guy.
---Remembering which was a bigger travesty: the Howard the Duck movie being a travesty of the "Howard the Duck" comic book, or the "Howard-the-DUCK!!" song being a travesty of pop music in general.
[Paul Doyle]

...Pound Puppies
...Teddy Ruxpin
...Cabbage Patch Kids (I still have mine, btw)
...Touche' Turtle
...Super Chicken
...The original My Little Ponies (that were chubby, not sickly skinny)
...Weeble Wobbles
...Pacman Fever (the song and the game craze of course)
...Coleco Vision (with atari hookup!)
...Sergio Valente
...Shaun Cassidy
...Jellies (the craptastic, pretty shoes)
...The Love Boat
...Holly Hobby
...ALF (aka Gordon Shumway)
[Calico Tiger]

---Remember "Valley Girl" by Frank and Moon Zappa?
---Remember when the original "Miami Vice" car (the black one) got blown up?
---Remember not necessarily caring about who shot JR, but hearing about it anyhow?
---Remember when Bob Saget wasn't a foul-mouthed, perverted yet strangely funny stand-up comedian? (Maybe in retrospect it's better to forget his roles in "Full House" and "America's Funniest Videos".) [Sorry, [mordigen]!]
---Remember "The winds of War"? Or, better yet: "The Winds of Whoopie"?
---"Wax on, wax off Daniel-san!"
---Cheesy keyboard/synth-guitar solos from the mid-1980s which were briefly considered cooler than electric guitar solos?
---Remember how ugly KISS looked without the makeup?
---Remember when rap music was supposedly another fad that would come and go and be laughed at for years after, like disco?
---Grace Jones!!11eleven211!!
----Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips, and Mr. T as Clubber Lang?

---What about parachute pants? and those weird nylon jackets that also looked as if the wind would blow you away when you wore them...
---the BeeGees singing Sesame Street songs with Ernie and Bert
---Cable TV remotes actually attached to a 20 foot cable...with all of these manual buttons...
---TV shows when Nickelodeon first came out; like The Tomorrow People, The Third Eye, and You Can't Do That On Television(where the very first sliming took place), which was way different the first couple of years.
---Felix The Cat
---Baggy Pants and The Nitwits (Yes, it was really a cartoon!!)
---The Princess Leia doll that was bigger than Ken doll, and could whup his butt!
---REAL Little People, the ones made of wood that weren't all round and dorky looking. You know, the ones that were deemed a choking hazard and aren't made anymore, though none of us knows anyone who choked on them, at least I never did. 
---Chatty Cathy dolls and the pull the string and make it talk dolls that were out BEFORE Toy Story made them popular again...*grin*
---When what clothes you wore to school weren't nearly as important as how fast you could run to get away from the boys/girls who were chasing you, or how many times you could twirl the tire swing around without getting dizzy...
---really tall slides made of...(gasp) metal!!! I really do miss those. The dumb plastic ones just don't get you going as fast.
---going to the roller rink to see those other teeny bopper hotties!
---And I know someone said my other fav already, which was Thundar The Barbarian, but then there was that other one, Darkstar? Anyone remember that?
---Starman?  Xanadu? We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun...?
---Those were the days? When you couldn't picture the guy who played Archie Bunker being anything other than mean, nasty and prejudiced?

---Sock hops,
---Teen Town,
---Roller Skates that had a key!
---Drive-in Movies
---Car Hops!
---Sonic (the Last remaining Drive in eaterie with car hops!)
---Storybook Dolls
---Hula Hoops!
---Jacks! (the game)
---Pogo Sticks!
---The "Platters"
---Bobby Vinton
---The "Edsel"
---Archie , the comic book!
---Wonder Woman
If you remember any of these, welcome to Grandmothers world!

...Jams shorts
... Swatch watches
...1200 bps modems
... E.T.
... Thriller
... When Beastie Boys were drinking Brass Monkey instead of trying to Free Tibet.
... Back patches on your jean jacket.
... Metallica didn't suck.
...Paying for smokes with a dollar bill and getting change back (and not getting carded!)
... Cheap gas.
... Big shoulder pads.
... Bigger hair.
... You can never have too much blue eye shadow.
... Burger Chef fast-food chain.
... Bo Derrick with corn rows.
... Badly dubbed Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Hercules in New York"
... Manimal
... Beast Master
... "V" miniseries
... Monchichi
... Candy cigarettes
... The Connect Four commercial where you wanted to kick that smarmy sister's ass.
... When Cracker Jacks had cool toys.
... Datsun's
... Enjoli perfume
... "He likes it! Hey Mikey!"
... 7Up commerical with that dude from the "Annie" movie saying "Nevah had it, nevah will!"
... Real People and That's Incredible!
...Mad Magazine
... The Love Boat and Fantasy Island
..."Where's the beef?"

...rock star buttons on denim jackets
...neon colors and zebra stripes
...the pink and grey phenomenon
...Gummi Bears
...Captain N
...Ewoks Cartoon
...TV shows on the radio
...Fuzzy Friday night tv
...8 Track tapes
...Records, you know actual vinyl discs, lol
...Tandy 1000
...80's Internet
...Laser Tag
...Lip Sync (the show)
...Jem and the Holograms
...Stretch Armstrong
...Count Duckla and Monster Squad
...Rose Petal Place dolls and cartoons
...Being able to legally ride in the back of a pick up truck
...Eary 90's online Star Trek RPG
...not having to lock your doors at night
...Beta machines
...Gah...I could go on forever!!!

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2008-08-10 [Paul Doyle]: In the meantime, some Frank Zappa (with Moon, of course. That's Moon Zappa, not Keith Moon!) . . . it's not easy anymore, having some wonderfully explicit, naughty Frank Zappa CD's but hardly ever being able to play them because there's a growing boy in the house who can't hear that stuff till he's a teenager. Anyway . . . FZ didn't get huge amounts of commercial airplay, for obvious reasons, but as I remember this one was a hit, back in the day.

Frank zappa (lead guitar, vocals)
Steve vai (guitar)
Ray white (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Tommy mars (keyboards)
Bobby martin (keyboards, saxophone, vocals)
Ed mann (percussion)
Chad wackerman (drums)
Roy estrada (vocals)
Ike willis (vocals)
Bob harris (vocals)
Moon zappa (vocals)
Scott thunes (bass)
Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Okay, fine...
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a valley girl
In a clothing store
Okay, fine...
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a

Like, oh my god! (valley girl)
Like - totally (valley girl)
Encino is like so bitchen (valley girl)
Theres like the galleria (valley girl)
And like all these like really great shoe stores
I love going into like clothing stores and stuff
I like buy the neatest mini-skirts and stuff
Its like so bitchen cuz like everybodys like
Super-super nice...
Its like so bitchen...

On ventura, there she goes
She just bought some bitchen clothes
Tosses her head n flips her hair
She got a whole bunch of nothin in there

Anyway, he goes are you into s and m?
I go, oh right...
Could you like just picture me in like a leather teddy
Yeah right, hurt me, hurt me...
Im sure! no way!
He was like freaking me out...
He called me a beastie...
Thats cuz like he was totally blitzed
He goes like bag your face!
Im sure!

Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Okay, fine...
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a valley girl
So sweet n pure
Okay, fine...
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a
Its really sad (valley girl)
Like my english teacher
Hes like... (valley girl)
Hes like mr. bu-fu (valley girl)
Were talking lord God king bu-fu (valley girl)
I am so sure
Hes like so gross
He like sits there and like plays with all his rings
And he like flirts with all the guys in the class
Its like totally disgusting
Im like so sure
Its like barf me out...
Gag me with a spoon!

Last idea to cross her mind
Had something to do with where to find
A pair of jeans to fit her butt
And where to get her toenails cut

So like I go into this like salon place, yknow
And I wanted like to get my toenails done
And the lady like goes, oh my god, your toenails
Are like so grody
It was like really embarrassing
Shes like oh my god, like bag those toenails
Im like sure...
She goes, uh, I dont know if I can handle this, yknow...
I was like really embarrassed...

Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Valley girl
Shes a valley girl
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a valley girl
And there is no cure
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
Shes a valley girl
And there is no cure

Like my mother is like a total space cadet (valley girl)
She like makes me do the dishes and (valley girl)
Clean the cat box (valley girl)
I am sure
Thats like gross (valley girl)
Barf out! (valley girl)
Oh my God (valley girl)

Uh-huh... (valley girl)
My name?
My name is ondrya wolfson (valley girl)
Thats right, ondrya (valley girl)
I know
Its like... (valley girl)
I do not talk funny...
Im sure (valley girl)
Whatsa matter with the way I talk? (valley girl)
I am a val, I know (valley girl)
But I live like in a really good part of encino so its okay
(valley girl)
Uh-huh... (valley girl)
So like, I dont know (valley girl)
Im like freaking out totally (valley girl)
Oh my god! (valley girl)

Hi - I have to go to the orthodontist (valley girl)
Im getting my braces off, yknow (valley girl)
But I have to wear a retainer
Thats going to be really like a total bummer
Im freaking out
Im sure
Its like those things that like stick in your mouth
Theyre so gross...
You like get saliva all over them
But like, I dont know, its going to be cool, yknow
So you can see my smile
Itll be like really cool
Except my like my teeth are like too small
But no biggie...
Its so awesome
Its like tubular, yknow
Well, Im not like really ugly or anything
Its just like
I dont know
You know me, Im like into like the clean stuff
Like pac-man and like, I dont know
Like my mother like makes me do the dishes
Its like so gross...
Like all the stuff like sticks to the plates
And its like, its like somebody elses food, yknow
Its like grody...
Grody to the max
Im sure
Its like really nauseating
Like barf out
Gag me with a spoon
I am sure

2008-08-11 [Mortified Penguin]: Yes, I do remember Tommy, Jason, Billy, Zach, Trini, and Kimberly...

2008-08-11 [Lerune]: Oooh: "Where's the beef?"

The movie "Stand By Me?"


And for the record, I thought Tommy was cute. >_>

2008-08-11 [TheRogue]: MENUDO!!! New Kids On The Block!!! AAAAIIIIIIEIEEEEEEEEEE! Milli Vanilli (I just lip synced that name...LOL)

2008-08-11 [Lerune]: "Blame it on the rain, yeah, yeah..." XD

2008-08-11 [Calico Tiger]: Btw, Rogue! When I was still a little girl and in girl scouts, I went and saw a recording of Punky Brewster on a field trip to Hollywood (one of the joys of growing up in Southern Cali!)

And you know... I keep thinking about jacks. When I was in kindergarten and through first grade, we had the chinese jacks craze going on. And I can't really remember the rules XD I just remember throwing up my little stack of colored rings in the air and grabbing stuff. But I loved my little stack of plastic, colored rings XD

2008-08-11 [Lerune]: omg! Pound Puppies!

2008-08-11 [Paul Doyle]: Which oe was Milli, and which one was Vanilli? :P

2008-08-11 [TheRogue]: Who cares? LOL.. though sadly one of them eventually committed suicide.. might have been the shame of it all but I don't know..

2008-08-11 [Paul Doyle]: The Pound Puppies were depressing because the puppies always wound up going back to the pound in the end. (The only reason why I know this is because of hand-me-down VHS tapes given to my son, Patrick.)

2008-08-11 [Daisy_Sandybanks]: Awesome, awesome wiki! So many damn memories. I can't believe Im not the only one who remembers Popples! I always bring up 'Popples' with my friends, and they just think Im nuts. :/
And Care Bears! And Rainbow Brite! And Pound Puppies! And My Little Ponies! Everything! Whoo!
I've totally forgotten my childhood ... Thank you for the memories. :D

2008-08-11 [Mortified Penguin]: I wonder if anyone remembers Mystic Knights... or Beetleborgs... or even Masked Rider...? Maybe not, since I was a 90's kid... you all seem a bit older than me...

2008-08-12 [Grandamelf]: Who remembers 8-tracks! hula hoops! The green machine! and pogosticks! jacks, hop scotch, and Captain Kangaroo! Tee Hee, Grandma is so old!

2008-08-12 [Calico Tiger]: I was *just* thinking about pogo sticks XD I remember always falling off the darned thing. And Captain Kangaroo was a must watch! I mean, granted, I'd be horrified at how terrible it was if I watched it now, but as a kid, it was awesome, lol.

8-track players sucked, but they were better than my record player since I had a harder time making it skip just by bumping into it >_>

Let's not forget.... Sergio Valentes! And Sean Cassidy! And.... JELLIES! Omg, those things used to melt on the playground and give you blisters something fierce, lol! *goes to add that to the list*

2008-08-12 [Lord Dog]: Fraggle Rock & You Can't do that on Television (with an obnoxious but cute little girl named Alanis) on Nickololodeon, When MTV played mostly videos. Acid wash Two tone Jeans with bandanas attached on Leg. Fringe on Everything from jeans to leather coats

2008-08-12 [Lerune]: I loved my jellies. :O And [Mortified Penguin], I do remember Beetleborgs, but not so much the other two. =o)

2008-08-12 [Lord Dog]: I remember all three my nephews collected them

2008-08-12 [TheRogue]: remember MASK? The cartoon where cars changed into different vehicles.. little chinese dude with a big bulbuous mask that always said "lifter.. ON" and he could telekinetically move stuff! LOL

2008-08-12 [TheRogue]: remember MASK? The cartoon where cars changed into different vehicles.. little chinese dude with a big bulbuous mask that always said "lifter.. ON" and he could telekinetically move stuff! They were always fighting the evil VENOM guys LOL

2008-08-12 [Mordigen]: *snorts* So I'm not the only one creeped out by Bob Saget now XD 
good, good...

and yes! I loved my jellies too....they sell them at target now, but they are not the same - they are horrid, absolutely horrid. They ruined them, just like they ruined my lil ponies
i loved those pudgy ones :(

2008-08-12 [Mordigen]: ooooo --

Frogger! and the original Floppy Disks (not 3 1/2 floppy, the original floppies that were slightly bigger than CD cases, and actually FLOPPY)

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