The Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial

In 1988, commercials at the start of your VHS tapes was still a fairly new thing. Working in a video store, I was a captive audience for this new type of marketing and it has left its mark on me ever since.

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Petey (Pete the Pup) from “Our Gang” was one smart dog

If you watch "The Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" you probably have a favorite character. I liked Spanky and Alfalfa, but my favorite by far is Petey the dog. Here is a little video showing some behind the scenes work of the dog who would play Petey.

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ET the Extra-Terrestrial Teaser Trailer

Before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became an iconic mega-hit, it was just another big summer movie. That means a trailer. While many of us remember the more famous full trailer, another teaser trailer preceded it. It is very different from the final and is a relic of a different time in trailer production.

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Live-Action Donkey Kong Jr. Commercial

In 1983, this wonderful live-action commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. on the ColecoVision hit the airwaves. It is an earnest mix of live-action and gameplay footage that left me wanting more of both.

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Retroist Kodak Disc Podcast

The Kodak Disc was a technological marvel. It excelled at capturing the imagination and money of a whole lot of people. Sadly it didn't excel at taking photos. Nowadays people look back on it as an icon of the eighties, but many people might not realize what a costly failure it was for the company that made it.

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Dallas: The Television Role-Playing Game

In 1980, SPI released Dallas: The Television Role-Playing game. It might not be the best RPG, but it was the only one at its time that allowed my grandmother to connect her interests with mine.

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The Green Machine

As a kid, I wanted a Big Wheel. Then one Christmas this low to the ground wide wheeled contraption showed up under our Christmas tree. It wasn't at all what I wanted, but it would turn out to be one of the most memorable toys I would ever get.

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Which Jaws book cover was better?

For years I always thought the paperback cover art for Jaws by Robert Kastel was my favorite, but recently I picked up an original hardcover with art by Paul Bacon. Now I am not sure which is my favorite.

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The DC Comics Direct Currents Hot-Line

In 1976, DC Comics launched a toll-free hotline that crippled phone service and demonstrated the raw untapped power of comic book fandom to the world. Despite this (with some exceptions) It would take decades for the mainstream to realize the full commercial potential of comic books.

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