Mr. Dressup is a Canadian children’s television series produced by CBC Television that ran from 1967 to 1996.
The series starred Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup, a character who had started on the earlier series Butternut Square. The show aired every weekday morning, and each day Mr. Dressup would lead children through a series of songs, stories, arts, crafts and imagination games, with the help of his friends Casey and Finnegan, a child and a dog who lived in a treehouse in the back yard. Judith Lawrence was the puppeteer who brought Casey and Finnegan, along with other occasional puppet visitors like Alligator Al and Aunt Bird, to life. The set for the show included the inside of Mr. Dressup’s house, with scenes shot in the living room, kitchen, and a kind of play room that included the Tickle Trunk (where costumes used in make-believe skits were stored) and a long counter where Casey and Finnegan often appeared. Sometimes, the action moved outside to Casey and Finnegan’s treehouse. Click here to watch the intro to the show »
In conjunction with the 1999 marketing slogan “Make 7 Up Yours”, 7 Up distributed shirts that said “Make Seven” on the front and “Up Yours” on the back. Television and radio advertisements featured Orlando Jones walking down a street talking about 7 Up with people seemingly angry or shocked by the risqué phrase “up yours”. The ads and slogan quickly became popular, and the campaign lasted until 2005. Click here to watch the commercial »
Game & Watch is a line of handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock and an alarm (thus, “Game & Watch”). 43.4 million of those 59 games were sold worldwide. It was the earliest Nintendo product to garner major success. Click here to watch a video about Game & Watch »
The Cheddar Melt was a quarter pound beef patty covered with cheddar cheese sauce and grilled onions on a light rye bun. It was offered in 1988 and the 1990s. Click here to watch a commercial for it »
The O. J. Simpson murder case (officially called the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County, California Superior Court from January 29 to October 3, 1995. Former American football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder following the June 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history. Ultimately, Simpson was acquitted after a lengthy trial that lasted over nine months which was presided over by Judge Lance Ito. The trial was covered in 2,237 news segments from 1994 through 1997.