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Oh man, the 80's. The clothes! The hair! THE MALLS!
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 4th 2014 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
...and as luck would have it, the Trapper Keeper is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. A look back at the TK phenomenon.
By: dave
Friday, Sep 20th 2013 (4:10am) | Thanks: mefi
Know who just turned 50? THE LAVA LAMP! Far out, man.
By: dave
Friday, Aug 30th 2013 (1:10am)
With hundreds of drive-in theaters expected to close at the end of the year once studios stop distributing 35mm film prints, Honda is backing a national effort to save the screens built around car culture.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (12:08am)
Found this while trying to figure out when my memories included the actual year. I mean, I can remember seeing Star Wars IV in the theater, but the year was not part of the memory. Comment when your first memory+year was.
By: ZiB
Friday, Feb 1st 2013 (11:20pm)
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What would the googles have been like in the 80's? Try it and see.
By: dave
Friday, Dec 14th 2012 (4:46am)
A computer will win the Campbell & Hubbard Awards.

Close, Jeopardy is sorta the new Campbell & Hubbard Awards.
By: ZiB
Tuesday, Jul 24th 2012 (1:58pm) | Thanks: Mefi
Back in the 70's, Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo was all the rage, and now you can recapture your capricious youth... in odor form, anyway.
By: dave
Tuesday, Feb 28th 2012 (12:03am)
Stereo Stack: A kaleidoscopic-wonderland of hi-fidelity and dual-dynamic vibrancy!
By: dave
Monday, Nov 7th 2011 (4:58am) | Thanks: boingboing
... but is it just me, or are kids' imaginations more splendidly violent than 30 years ago?
By: batware
Thursday, Jul 21st 2011 (1:35pm)
Wait till you read this list. Might want to take a Geritol or three first, grandpa.
By: dave
Thursday, May 12th 2011 (5:58am) | Thanks: jai dubs
I got my first computer in the late 70's, when RAM was 10 bucks a kilobyte and 20 meg hard drives weighed 50 pounds and cost as much as a new car. These days you can wear comparable tech on your wrist for less than 50 bucks. The mind reels.
By: dave
Friday, Jan 21st 2011 (4:59am)
I spent my kid years in the 70's - a fantastic time to be a kid - and as the years pass, more and more nuances of grooviness from that era get pushed out of my brain to make room for stuff like mortgage payments, php functions, point spreads, and prescription refills. It's enough to make you consider buying a suit. Tragic.

Fortunately, we have the intarwebs. The web has become an archive of experience, and sites like Retrospace are an invaluable cultural reference. From ABBA to Zotz!, Retrospace's curator Gilligan digs forgotten nuggets from the cracks of memory with style.
By: dave
Wednesday, Jan 19th 2011 (12:01am)
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I know, Kodak ceased production of the best color film in history last year, but there were still remnant film and chemicals out in the wild as existing stock... until today. Today the last roll ever gets processed in Kansas. Truly the end of an era in personal photography, another cultural juggernaut falls to modern technology.
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 30th 2010 (1:04pm)
Time to feel old! Every year, the Beloit College compiles a list of what incoming college students have and have not known in their lifetime. F'rinstance:
Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
Czechoslovakia has never existed.
Pizza jockeys from Domino's have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.
Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
Fuckin' kids these days. GET OFF MY LAWN!
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 19th 2010 (12:08am) | Thanks: brady
If years of watching HGTV has taught me anything, it's that you have to stage your house properly to have any hope of selling it in today's market. And, with everyone staging their houses, you'll need something to separate your offering from the pack. Consider, then, a retro theme based upon the fabulous look of the 70's home. It'll get remembered, that's for sure.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 12th 2010 (4:55am)
azcrazeee:
I'll never forget my mother and I pulling a highchair with a 12 month old whose diarrhea diaper was dripping all over into the restroom at a roadside cafe on the way to Jerome, AZ. Three tables were occupied when we went in, empty when we came out. Hubby also puked in parking lot. This site may be a perfect argument for birth control.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 7th 2010 (12:06am) | Thanks: azcrazeee
I managed to buy a used pay phone a number of years ago, and have tried to buy old, unencumbered-by-a-phone booths from folks who have them on their property.
It's not gone well, except for the enclosure I salvaged from an old Grand Union.
(For some reason, Verizon wants them back and is piggy about it!)

It, and this CNN peice, got me thinking about making a booth, but all I found was this.
And I really don't want to buy one.
Craigs List? Just for sale, nothing free.
The Mojave? Nope.

The search goes on...
By: Mr._Dog
Saturday, Apr 3rd 2010 (7:17am)
He-Man and She-Ra want to talk with you about your body, and they won't take no for an answer no matter how awkward or uncomfortable you feel about receiving this information from a half-naked man and his lady friend.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 15th 2010 (9:28am) | Thanks: nag on the lake
Ladies! If you're having trouble getting that second date, perhaps history can provide you with some clues as to what you're doing wrong.
By: dave
Wednesday, Mar 10th 2010 (3:51am) | Thanks: look at this
I remember, as a kid, watching Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and being enthralled with Me Ol' Bamboo. Then the Child Catcher came on, and I was scared shitless.

I saw the movie again with my own kids 20-some years later, and thought the Child Catcher was pretty mild. (Though there have been movies that scared me crapless or wrenched my soul.)

Bottom line is this: If you're a kid, don't click on this. If you are an adult, don't click this!
By: Mr._Dog
Tuesday, Mar 9th 2010 (12:05am)
Being a modern parent myself, I can state with total certainty that our folks were way the hell cooler than today's parents.
By: dave
Thursday, Sep 24th 2009 (6:46am) | Thanks: daily what
Raves. Ptui. Back in the day, all you needed for a raging good time was a case of Schlitz, some crapass hairdos and clothes, and a camera.
By: dave
Wednesday, Sep 2nd 2009 (12:14am) | Thanks: hellvis
Quick, into the wayback machine! [time travel noises] Ok, you're 17 and have just snuck into your first strip club!
By: dave
Tuesday, Aug 4th 2009 (6:15am) | Thanks: digg
MightyGodKing got hisself ahold of a mess o' old IBM presentation slides from 1975. While I have fond memories of the dawn of personal computing, I don't remember them being quite this... dope.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jun 9th 2009 (12:24am)
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