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Backtrack: Pizza Arcades

About This Episode Video arcades did not suddenly spring up overnight. They started small, with a machine or two scattered here and there in pizza parlors, convenience stores, and gas stations. They grew into the full arcades and ultimately moved on to create places like Chuck E.Cheese’s and ShowBiz Pizza. In this episode, we talk […]

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 […]

Mister Rogers

About This Episode We remember a man who spent more than four decades creating quality children’s television programming and if you watched TV growing up as a GenX’er, he was probably one of your childhood friends. We are talking about the life, work, and legacy of Mister Rogers. Patreon » patreon.com/genxgrownupDiscord » GenXGrownUp.com/discordFacebook » fb.me/GenXGrownUpTwitter […]

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: GenX Kids’ Books

I didn’t ask for much as a kid but the exception was when the Scholastic Book Fair was coming to my school! They had so many books that it was difficult to choose! Many of us developed our love for reading back then, so join us as we look back at some of the book […]

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 […]