Bud Man is an advertising character for Budweiser beer. He is a superhero and appears on many products aimed at coeds on University campuses. He also inspired Duffman, a character on The Simpsons. Click here to see the Bud Man costume in person »
Sweet Valley High is a novel series created by Francine Pascal, who presided over a team of ghostwriters for the duration of the series’ creation. The series began in 1983 and ceased publication twenty years later with over 152 books to its name. Over the years, the books were written by many ghostwriters (including Emmy-award winning screenwriter Rodney Vaccaro), and revolved around the lives of teenagers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, twins who live in Sweet Valley, California. The series quickly gained popularity and spawned several spin-off series. The books are generally classified as young-adult or kids’ fiction. The novel Sweet Valley Confidential, which follows the characters as adults, was released in 2011.
Small Wonder is an American science fiction sitcom that aired in first-run syndication from September 7, 1985 to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who, after he secretly creates a robot modeled after a real human girl, tries to pass it off as their daughter. Although the show was created under Metromedia Productions, the rights to the show were acquired by 20th Century Fox Television in 1986. Click here to watch the intro »
Slim Goodbody (“the Superhero of Health”) is a fictional character created and performed by John Burstein. Slim is a human adult who wears a flesh-colored unitard with various tissues, organs and organ systems painted on the front in biologically-accurate locations and sizes. Burstein created the character in 1975. At that time, Burstein was working at The Floating Hospital in New York City. He began writing songs and skits to entertain the children there and to teach them about anatomy and the workings of the human body. He eventually added an organ-painted body suit to the design, dubbing his alter-ego “Slim Goodbody”.
Burstein soon took his character outside the hospital. In his earliest days, he mainly did personal appearances and guest spots on shows such as The Today Show and Good Morning America. His skits also focused on exercise, personal hygiene, and nutrition.
Slim Goodbody eventually received his own television series in 1980, Inside Story on PBS. The program mainly consisted of Burstein’s live-show Slim Goodbody sketches, though other children’s show celebrities such as Captain Kangaroo would sometimes make guest appearances. The show soon became the station’s second-highest rated program, and Burstein landed roles on other stations, including Nickelodeon. Since then, Slim Goodbody has featured in several other series, as well. At one point Slim Goodbody began making educational shorts on such subjects as the fear of visiting a hospital, amongst others. One of these shorts featured Burstein’s son, Devin, as a child learning about hospitals as he overcomes his fears of an upcoming operation.
It’s the one toy that kids could write on without getting into trouble…GENIUS! Click here to watch the commercial »