Tag: childhood

Remember Using Paper Maps?

Remember using paper maps to get places? I do. Today people have talking computers suctioned to their car windshields to guide them to places they’ve never been.  But when I was a kid we had only paper maps to scream at when we got lost.  And each other. The maps were a sagging bulge in…

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Remember Action Figures?

Remember action figures? I do. Like all my childhood desires for material things, my yearning for action figures began at another kid’s house.  One Sunday afternoon, my parents consulted the magic directory of boys my age who lived nearby, and conveyed me to a house I’d never before seen.  And as I entered the boy’s…

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Remember Choose Your Own Adventure Books?

Remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of books? I do. Choose Your Own Adventure was a novel series geared towards children and young adolescents.  These books were not like regular books.  First, the reader was the main character, which fancy people call the “second-person.”  An opening sentence would be something like: “You are a world famous scientist” “You find a…

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Remember Voltron?

Remember the 1980s cartoon Voltron? I do. Voltron was a cartoon about five robot lions that combined to form a giant robot humanoid warrior named Voltron. The lions were not self-animating but were each piloted by a human being. I did not really care about the human beings. I don’t profess to know the history of…

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Remember Garbage Pail Kids?

Remember Garbage Pail Kids? I do. In the beginning there were the Cabbage Patch Kids. Cabbage Patch Kids were dolls made to resemble human babies with fat faces and small eyes that stared straight out into the void. The dolls were immensely popular. Parents lined up for miles in an often vain attempt to secure…

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