The Thighmaster is an exercise product designed to shape one’s thighs. The device is basically two pieces of metal tube bent in a loop and connected with a hinge. The intended use is to put the Thighmaster between the knees and squeeze them together. This exercises the hip adductors. The simple mechanism allows exercising any suitable muscle where a small angle can be created to press it, for example the biceps (elbow flexion) or the hamstrings (knee flexion).
As with most fitness products marketed to homes, advertisements often emphasized that the Thighmaster could be used while doing something else. The infomercials featured people watching television and exercising with the Thighmaster at the same time. It was mainly advertised in the 1990s by the actress Suzanne Somers. Click here to watch a commercial from 1991 »
Today’s Special is a Canadian children’s television show produced by Clive VanderBurgh at TVOntario from 1982 to 1987. It also ran on Nickelodeon and the Faith and Values Channel (now the Hallmark Channel) as well as many PBS stations throughout the United States. It was set in a department store, based on the flagship location of the now-defunct Simpson’s in Toronto. Many sequences for the show were shot at the Queen Street West and Yonge Street store after hours. Click here to see the intro for Today’s Special »
The Joy Of Painting was an American television show hosted by painter Bob Ross that taught its viewers basic techniques for landscape oil painting. Although Bob Ross could complete a painting in half an hour, the intent of the show was not to teach viewers speed painting. Rather, he intended for viewers to learn certain techniques within the amount of time that the show was allowed. The show lasted until 1994, a year before Ross’s death.
The show continues to be broadcast in syndication on public television stations, and continues a multi-million dollar spin-off business bearing Ross’s name that sells art accessories related to the show. Click here to see a clip from the show »
Push Pop is a brand of lollipops that come in a variety of fruit flavors. They are manufactured by Topps, and come in original, triple power, and push pump spray varieties. Push Pops continue to be sold throughout the world as far Indonesia where David Hasslehoff still fronts the south east Asia promotional campaigns. Click here to watch an old commercial »