Introduced in 1988, the back of the Heartthrob box read: “On looks alone pick your “heartthrob” from three photo cards. Then guess which guys your friends will pick. If you’re correct, you could win this dreamy dating game. You could fall in love at first sight! But be careful! Personality cards will reveal more about the guys. Some of what you learn makes them more appealing, but other things are a real turn-off. You must decide if looks or personality are more important. Bet you didn’t realize that Johnny cracks his knuckles and bites his fingernails. Could you tell that Brad still sleeps with a Teddy Bear? And what about Greg! Did you know he eats bugs to gross out girls?”
Family Double Dare premiered on Fox on April 3, 1988, and aired on Saturday nights. The team size was increased to four as kids and their parents competed. This series was conducted with a much larger budget as the Obstacle Course total haul could exceed $30,000. The game was conducted in the exact same manner as regular versions of Double Dare, with different question and physical challenge values (see table at top of page). Family Double Dare only aired for thirteen weeks on Fox and ended due to actions taken by Viacom & Nickelodeon, who co-produced the series; Fox insisted on taking away the families and instead replacing them with celebrities, and both Viacom and Nickelodeon balked. Click here to read more and watch a clip »
Five Alive (currently stylized as 5 alive) is a line of fruit juice blends created by Minute Maid, a sub brand of The Coca-Cola Company. The name refers to the five fruit juices each variety contains. Five Alive’s slogan is currently “Feel Alive!”, and has the tag-line of “Come alive with 5 Alive” in the UK, and “Five Alive is a refreshing citrus beverage for families that contains the juice of five citrus fruits you can enjoy all day long” in the USA. Click here to watch a commercial from 1982 »
Classic pull-back cars from the 80s. They have a slot on their rear bumper which can hold a penny. This allows them to do wheelies and other tricks. They were rereleased in the early 90s under the label Turbo Tricksters. Click here to watch a commercial »
Muzzy in Gondoland (often shortened to simply Muzzy) is an animated film first created by the BBC in 1986 as a way of teaching English as a second language. Sometime afterwards, Early Advantage acquired the rights to Muzzy and translated it into Spanish, French, German, and Italian in order to teach these languages as seconds. The English version of Muzzy features the voices of Willie Rushton, Miriam Margolyes, Susan Sheridan, Derek Griffiths, Jack May and Benjamin Whitrow. It is unknown, however, who plays whom in the various dubbed versions of the film.
A sequel, Muzzy Comes Back was released in 1989. Click here to watch the commercial that I know you will recognize »
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