Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, also known as GLOW or G.L.O.W., was a professional wrestling promotion for women, begun in 1986 (the pilot was filmed in December 1985) and continued in various forms after it left television. Colorful characters, beautiful women, and over-the-top comedy sketches were integral to the series’ success. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get in to show business through wrestling. Click here to watch the opening rap (be sure to turn down your volume first) »
Squeezit was a fruit-flavored soft drink made by General Mills and marketed from the mid-1980s until the middle of 2001. The drink came in a plastic bottle that the drinker had to squeeze in order to extract the beverage from its container, hence the name.
Each flavor had a different character intricately designed into the plastic bottle. It came in multiple flavors and editions, one of which contained “color pellets” that the drinker dropped into the bottle to change the color of the Squeezit. The Flavors included Chucklin’ Cherry, Berry B. Wild, Grumpy Grape (later changed to Gallopin’ Grape), Silly Billy Strawberry, Rockin’ Red Puncher, Mean Green Puncher, Smarty Arty Orange, and Troppi Tropical Punch. For a limited time there were mystery flavors in Black Bottles where you had to guess the flavor. Presumably, the flavor was Kiwi Strawberry. Also, there was Life Savers Squeezit, featuring flavors such as Wild Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, and Tropical Fruit. Surprisingly, Squeezit fruit drink appeared on the 4th of July 2011. Click here to watch a commercial »
Little Critter is an anthropomorphic animal character created by Mercer Mayer. According to the official website, his animal species is just a Little Critter even though he, some friends, family and others like him looked like hamster-guinea pig hybrids. Originally, his home area was going to be populated by others of his species but the author put other known species of animals like skunks, rabbits, raccoons, tigers, etc. Little Critter first appeared in the 1975 book Just for You. This book is sometimes mis-titled Just for Yu because of the childlike mistake on the front cover. Since Just For You Little Critter has been featured in over 200 books. Mercer Mayer is still releasing books, CD-Roms (including the Living Books series), toys, and more featuring Little Critter.
Gobots was a line of transforming robot toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, similar to Transformers. In 1991, the Gobots range was acquired from Tonka Inc. by Hasbro. Click here to watch a clip from Gobots »
Mac Tonight was a mascot introduced by McDonald’s restaurants in 1986. He was intended to advertise McDonald’s late night hours to adults. He had a crescent moon for a head, wore a suit and sunglasses, and was depicted as being a jazzy lounge singer. The name was a play on words of the song “Mack the Knife”, made popular in America by Bobby Darin. The song that played over the advertisements, called “It’s Mac Tonight”, was also a variant on that song, but with McDonald’s-themed lyrics, such as those featured in the original 1986 commercial:
“When the stars come out to play, babe
A twinkling show, ooh — dinner! — out of sight
Yeah, the night time is golden light time — big dipper!
At McDonald’s (showtime), it’s Mac Tonight!”
Mac Tonight is the only character in the McDonald’s world to not appear in the McDonaldland advertisements. Click here to watch a commercial with Mac Tonight »