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Backtrack: Retired Advertising Icons

About This Episode Back in the 70s & 80s, nothing sold a product better than a great mascot or spokesperson. Everyone knew Mr. Wipple, Chalie the Tuna, and the Maytag repairman, and they became almost synonymous with the products they represented. We thought that they’d be around forever but times change and many of our […]

Backtrack: Battle of the Network Stars

About This Episode Back in the ’70s and ’80s, when you only had original programming on three¬†channels (PBS didn’t count), there was a dark thing called “reruns.” This was when all the new shows were just repeated week after week while we waited for the new season to arrive. But there was a bright light […]

Backtrack: Discontinued Snacks & Candy

About This Episode There are some snack foods in the world that will be there forever. Hershey’s bars, M & M’s, SweeTarts, Space Dust….. wait, Space Dust? “What the heck is that,” you ask? Not everything survives the forces of the free market and candy is no exception. In this episode we look back at […]

Backtrack: GenX Music Platforms

About This Episode As a GenX’er I still remember the thrill of buying a new record album, running home and carefully opening the record, putting it on the turntable, then listening to the entire album while looking through the album cover for behind-the-scenes pictures and lyrics. I’m not saying that this is better than CDs […]

Backtrack: Bulletin Board Systems

About This Episode There was once a time when it took hours to download a file, when you had to find out from friends and magazines the numbers to the best… well.. let’s call them “sites,” and when your home phone (no mobile back then) was the same line that you used to access remote […]

Backtrack: Celebrity Charity Events

About This Episode Back in the 80’s Bob Geldof, a singer and activist, started Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Whether it was intentional or not, that started a wave of celebrity activism which raised millions for various causes and created a few number one music hits as well. In this […]