Slip N Fly

I dedicate this post to the wonderful children of the 1970's.

For those kids like me who designed their Slip N' Slides to drop them right in the pool (without remembering that the final 4 feet typically meant concrete and a pool ledge). This is for the kids who built poorly engineered bike ramps that encouraged broken bones and bloody cuts, because they watched their hero, Evel Knievel, jump anything and everything on his motorcycle.

This is for the kids who knew how to live on the edge by pouring Pop Rocks down their throat and immediately taking a swig of Coca-Cola right out of the bottle (just to test the theory). You are the ones who knew how to amp up your chemistry sets with the addition of a little lighter fluid or gasoline.

Your play time included an element of danger and typically included one of nature's elements (fire, water, earth or air). You know who you are. You stood in line for the original Star Wars release (and were subsequently scared to death by Darth Vader and the Sand People). Your heroes were Luke Skywalker, Evel Knievel and The Fonz (he jumped sharks!). 

I'm certain most of my posse from the seventies do not even hang around theMangoTimes. They will probably miss reading this one. But this goes out personally to Rusty Dobbs, Tom Slater, Brooke Kady, and my cousins Rob and Tim Pritts. This video is for all of us. Someone finally took the time to create what we all knew we wanted. Enjoy!

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Classic Repost: The Good Ol' Days - Cereal


A tribute to the good ol' days - which in my life was the 1970's...

I don't believe there were really 2 scoops of raisins in every box of Raisin Bran? But, as a kid growing up in the 70's , I believed that Kelloggs hired some employee to sit on an assembly line and pour exactly 2 scoops of raisins into each box. 

One of my favorite childhood cereals was "Fruity Pebbles." Multi-colored fruity flavored rice krispies and loaded with sugar - what's not to like about those? There is an interesting point to be made here - the whole concept of the "pebble" cereal they were trying to push. You can actually eat real tiny pebbles in the form of "Grape Nuts." Honestly...this stuff could easily have been marketed as "Gravel Nuts" since the inclusion of the word grape is totally confusing to little kids thinking they are going to get grape flavored purple cereal. And nothing tops off grape nuts better than little chunks of hay (aka Shredded wheat). Blech! Who eats this stuff?

I am really supportive of truth in adverstising. That's why I was frustrated with the Grape Nuts name and probably why I really liked "Sugar Smacks." You knew exactly what you were getting here - no hiding behind fancy names like "Apple Jacks" or "Fruit Loops." Right off the bat you knew the prime ingrediant was going to be sugar and it was going to be lip-smackin' good - plain and simple. (Note: This cereal has since been changed to Honey Smacks....yeah right). My runner-up in truthful name branding is "Cookie Crisp". Again, no question about what you're eating here....but, why not just recommend a bowl of Oreos in milk? Yes, I know they have a version of Oreo cereal, but that is not what I am recommending. I  mean the real oreos). The more I think about it, with any of these you could save the time and just have a bowl of sugar and milk.

"Cocoa Puffs" was/is also a really cool cereal. If you remember, when you were done you got chocolate milk. That was great - sugar cereal followed by a sugary chocolate drink. Brilliant cereal wizards at that factory!

Then there were "Alpha Bits. " The basic idea here was the opportunity to teach your kids how to spell at the breakfast table (yeah, that's what I like to do when I'm eating cereal). Why not teach your kids Latin with "Latin-Bits", or an entire math lesson with "Algebra-Bits"?  if you think about it, this is the type of cereal that homeschooling mothers would develop if they were given a chance to make cereal.

It goes without mention that I loved "Trix." But what was with the slogan? "Trix are for Kids!"  Right. Like we needed reminding that a multi-colored cereal being marketed by a cartoon rabbit was for kids. My all time favorite to this day is"Cap'n Crunch." Believe me when I say that it is good, but with the additions of Crunch Berries or peanut butter, it gets better. I'm not sure they really needed the abbreviation? Personally,I liked to mix it with Alpha Bits so i could learn to spell "captain" properly.

I have some ideas for new cereals : "Political Chex" (this comes in multiple flavors - but none of them really taste good, "Microsoft Flakes" (stale cereal that everyone eats, but wishes they could have MacFlakes instead), "Colorado Shredded Weed" (the cereal that keeps you hungry for more), "Special H" (strikingly similar to "Preparation H" so it will keep people wondering), and my personal favorite "Soggy Brown Rings" (dont' forget, I like truthful advertising).

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***Originally posted March 24th, 2006. This blog post needed some updating.

Space Sticks

I've mentioned it before...the seventies were the best decade on record (yes, I know that there were gas lines, crooked politicians, and disco...but there was also Scooby-Doo, Farrah Fawcett, and Evel Knievel...not to mention the really bad diet food). I loved the seventies!

The Space Race!
As the space race continued through the seventies, there were a variety of "space products" that came out for kids: I can remember drinking Tang and watching Steve Austin as The Six Million Dollar Man (Gentlemen...we can rebuild him...we have the technology).  One of those cool things that hit the local grocery store was a little snack we all enjoyed: Space Sticks!

Space Food Sticks
Astronaut Food

Do you remember these?  They were tube food that held a putty-like substance that tasted similar to peanut butter (I emphasize the point that they "tasted similar to").  The truth behind this treat was that we were so jazzed to pretend we were astronauts, we forgot the food tasted like flavorless paste. It's been so long, but if I remember correctly, they were a dough-like stick that resembled current processed string cheese.

Now they are wrapped in individual cubes. I ate one and gave one to each of the Mangokids...we each thought they tasted really really bad. It doesn't help that we don't have any popular astronauts anymore...bionics just aren't as cool as they once were. That would probably help us to enjoy these treats.

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Merry Christmas

Christmas 1972

From the editors desk here at theMangoTimes, I want to wish all my friends and relations around the world a very Merry Christmas. When the day slows down, I recommend filling yourselves up with a glass of eggnog, climbing into your favorite beanbag, grabbing a few of your closest friends and enjoying a good Christmas nap...

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Merry Christmas,


The Good Ol' Days - Shasta Cola

This may strictly be a West-Coast phenomenon, but when it came to drinking soda pop, Shasta Soda was at the top of the heap back in the 1970's.  In our home, this was a staple beverage for every summertime gathering.  It must have been because it was so cheap, but we drank this stuff like water.

My personal favorite was Shasta Cream soda, but close runners up include Shasta Black Cherry and Shasta Strawberry.  I don't think I attended a pool party back in the 70's that didn't include a couple cases of Shasta soda floating on ice.  And the best part was the pull tab that we used as mock wedding rings and necklaces (by the way, this worked it's way into a "parental myth" because my folks would tell us not to put the tab into the can for fear that we'd swallow it and "rip open our stomachs" like that kid from Iowa did).

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