The Glory Days

Whatever happened to them?
May 04, 2007
I was so happy when I stumbled across this website earlier this week. I thought I was the only with with a severe case of nostalgia, but apparantly I'm not! I figure for my first article I'd do a good bit of reminiscing. Ahhhhh... good times.

Everything seems to be falling together somewhat coincidentally, as I've had tons of nostalgic reminders being presented to me over the past few weeks. What really set me off is that I've got a Nintendo Wii, and as you all may or may not know, they've got a Virtual Console function in it, where they've got emulators programmed into the software already for NES, Genesis, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Turbografx 16. As soon as I got my Wii and set it up, sure enough, right there waiting for me was Super Mario Bros! The quintessential video game. One of the craziest things I heard was that the SMB theme is one of the most recognized songs in the world, EVER! Nice work Nintendo! Since then I've expanded my collection of old classic games on my Wii to include SMB, The Legend of Zelda (first one on NES) and Link to the Past (on SNES), Contra 3, Donkey Kong Country, Super Ghouls n' Ghosts, Mario 64, Starfox 64, and several other classics. The two games I'm eagerly anticipating are Super Metroid, which has been mentioned several times on this site already, and a little known gem called EARTHBOUND. I know there's gotta be a lot of you that remember that classic! But more details on that in another article.

I'd like to copy and paste this bulletin I got on Myspace that helped to further push my nostalgic feelings as of late, and I know ya'll will be right there with me on this one!

Remember when beepers were the thing to have :]]

You're a 90's kid if:

You can finish this [ice ice _ _ _ _ ] *A defining song of the 80's I think.... along with "She Drives me Crazy!", "The Safety Dance", and.......... well nevermind there are too many to mention!

You remember watching:
-Ren & Stimpy
-Pinky and the Brain *Who could forget these shows? Toss some Rugrats in there too!
-AAAAAAAH Real Monsters!
-Rockos modern Life.

You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"

You just cant resist finishing this . . . "Iiiiiiin west philidelphia born and raised . . ."

You remember:
-Step by Step
-Family Matters
-Boy Meets World.

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school. *WOOHOO! Loved it!

You remember reading "Goosebumps"-Second only to Scary Stories for best reading material I feel.

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence . . . not

when everything was settled by:
-rock paper scissors or
-bubble gum bubble gum in a dish or
-daddy had a donkey inky binky bonky. *Don't remember those last two... our games in school were things like thumps, POGS!, and Pencil Break!

when cops and robbers was a daily activity.

when we played Hide and go seek until our legs grew numb. *It's so sad that kids today have to live in so much fear of doing anything outside... parents won't let em out because they're afraid of drive-bys, kidnappings, fights, drugs, etc etc. We had some carefree days!

when we used to obey our parents *Well.. about that........ hehe

You used to listen to the radio all day long just to record your FAVORITE song of ALL time. *Who didn't do this?! I had my radio playing with my TAPE in ready to record as soon as it came on!

"Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" was both a game and a TV game show. *Where, in the World, is, Carmen Sandiego? I LOVED IT! And we learned stuff form that show too! It had to have been a huge smash back then!

Captain Planet. He's a Hero.

You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green ranger, were meant to be together. *I was never much of a Power Rangers kid. When Power Rangers were big, I was playing with KEY FORCE! How many remember those?

You remember when Super Nintendos and Sega Genisis became popular.

You always wanted to send in a tape to America's Funniest Home Videos . . . but never taped anything funny. *Another great show of the 80's. Everybody can make fun of Bob Saget and his commentary just like with America's Funniest People with Joey (I think it was him) from Full House, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 , and 3 . . . and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders" *WHO DIDN'T HAVE OR DIDN'T WANT A TALKBOY?! I remember when I got that.. ahhhh.. sweet memories...

You remember watching:
-The Magic School Bus *Such a great show
-Wishbone *The coolest dog EVER!
-Reading Rainbow on PBS. * Butterfly in the sky..... I can go twice as high...

You remember when Yo-Yos were cool.

You remember those Where's Waldo books. *AND the multiple ripoffs. And one of my favorite somewhat similar things, were the Magic Eye pictures! I trained my eyes to look at those things and almost immediately see the pictures.

You remember eating Warheads. *Those Green Apple and Blueberry ones.. phew... but man were they good once you got to the chewy center!

You remember watching:
-the 1st Batman
-Aladdin *Some of Disney's best movies were made in the 80's.... This was one of my favs, along with The Lion King
-Ninja Turtles *I still have my collection. But I never got my technodrome :-(
-3 Ninjas movies.

You remember Ring Pops. * I used to bed my parents for these!

You remember drinking Surge, and Tang.

If you remember when every thing was "da BOMB!"

When they made the new lunchables so that you could make pizza AND tacos.

You remember boom boxes vs. cd players. *Took me a while, but I figured them out. And, I'd like to add, BREAKDANCING! A lost art. I recently watched that movie "Kickin it old School", and that further put me in my nostalgic mood. And although this is somewhat of an aside, one of the quotable quotes from it was, after waking up from a coma, "Mom, it says that this is supposed to be MTV but it's just a bunch of girls sitting around talking" Guess the music part of music television is gone..... another aside- anybody ever see Al TV? I loved it! Weird Al's own hour of music videos!

Making those little paper fortune cookie things, and then predicting your life with them. *And paper poppers.

You played and/or collected "Pogs" :) *YES! I remember getting ana wesome holgraphic slammer with a dinosaur on it and pushin pogs out of the back of Cookie Crisp cereal boxes... back when it was the dog and the robber.

You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet, or Nano and brought it everywhere.

. . . Furbies.
You haven't always had a computer, and it was cool to have the internet.

And Windows 95 was the best.

You watched the original cartoons of Rugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja Turtles.

Michael Jordan was a king. *I always wanted to be like Mike...

YIKES pencils and erasers were the stuff! *With the funky hair!

All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand. *This was more the girls I thought.

You remember when the new Beanie Babies and Talking Elmo were always sold out *Tickle Me Elmo........... aye.

You collected those Beanie Babies.

Carebears *Always was one of my favorite cartoons when i was younger. Such moral fiber.

Gak was the coolest stuff invented. *I remember getting it at the Nick studios in Universal Studios.

Lambchop's song never ended.

The old dollar bills.

Silver dollars, which were cool to have.

You remember a time before the WB.

You collected all the Troll dolls

If you even know what an original walkman is. *Predecessor to Ipod in spirit.

You remember wanting to sit on the orange Nickelodeon couch.

You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" *Right up there with Scary Stories and Goosebumps for freakin me out! They've now got it on DVD, and I need to start stocking up. Also, in the same vein, Tales from the Crypt!

You know the Macarena by heart.

"Talk to the hand" . . . enough said

You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"

You went to McDonald's to play in the playplace. *And keep the toys that they gave you. Although your parents made you eat your food before giving you the toy :-(

You remember playing on merry go rounds at the playground.

Before the MySpace frenzy . . .

Before the Internet & text messaging . . .

Before Sidekicks & iPods . . .

Before MIKE JONES . . .

Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX . . .

Before Spongebob . . . *UGH! The scourge of society!

Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you had every night.

When light up sneakers were cool. *LA Gear! I hadta have em when they first came out!

When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing. *And my parents said "Oh my god! Almost a dollar a gallon?!"

When we recorded stuff on VCRs. *I still have tons of tapes, and treasured jewels of mine were The Labyrinth, The Worst Witch, and the one movie that continues to elude me.. MR. BOOGEDY! If ANYBODY knows where I can find this video, PLEASE TELL ME!

When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off of our walkman.

When checking out drawing books and that one book about the rainbow fish from the library was THE cool thing to do.

You had slap braclets!

Way back.

Before we realized all this would eventually disappear.

Who would have thought you'd miss the 90's so much!!!!!

Yep, we had it good. This is just my first article, so I didn't go into much detail about a lot of the things, but, rest assured, I shall be revisiting all these things very shortly in vivid detail, with pictures. Until the next article, REMEMBER! And feel sorry for kids today......
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