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In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and bought the 12-inch version instead. This…

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty stiff competition but always remained true…

The 2-XL was a “robot with a personality” manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small ‘talking’ robot came complete with an 8-track cartridge and a voice that…

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the cinema to see such classic fare…

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is…. Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone around – But…

The Un-Cola. “You like it, it likes you” – It’s lemonade alright? It’s just lemonade (and nothing to do with Michael Apted).

ADIDAS Brand-name graffiti appearing primarily on running shoes, including a pair that glows in the dark. AGEISM Discrimination against the elderly for being old. AIR SUPPORT “It’s not bombing -…

“Skate or Die!” With its funky circular joystick and boom box cabinet, there was no mistaking 720° in your local arcade. Starring a brightly-attired slacker and his favourite board, the…

This was the first practical way to play recorded music in your car and was invented by Bill Lear and developed in the 1960s by a diverse consortium including RCA…

“Awesome” is equal to or slightly better than “Cool”, certainly better than “Bad” (or “Bitchin”) and about on a par with “Gnarly”, but definitely nowhere near as good as “Tubular”.…

The A-line was first introduced by Christian Dior in 1955, but the style was too extreme a departure from the tiny waist, full skirt dresses of the decade and the…

1 9 3 6 – 1 9 8 9 Abbott “Abbie” Hoffman was a US left-wing political activist, and founder of the Yippies (Youth International Party), a political offshoot of…

Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970s, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in the controversial TV series Number 96.…

During the 1950s and 1960s fascination with the Abominable Snowman (or Yeti) reached fever pitch. The Himalayan half man, half ape joined the Loch Ness Monster and the American northwest’s…

What??? A boy playing with a doll??? Are you insane? These weren’t dolls, they were ‘Action Figures’. There’s a big difference . . . Dolls are for girls, action figures…

The Mego company got its start as an importer of toys and household novelties but in the early 1970s, they began production on an action figure that was meant as…

Action Man was another product from America, where he was launched under the name GI Joe by Hasbro in 1964. The backlash against the Vietnam War at the end of…

The name Adidas actually came from the brand’s creator, Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler. Founded in 1920, Adidas revolutionised the lacklustre athletic performance shoe market, making an auspicious debut at the 1926…

Aerobics word association – Lycra, Spandex, headbands, striped outfits, jiggling flab, overenthusiastic instructors, Flashdance (1983), sports bras, bike shorts, bad music, Richard Simmons, and in 1982, Jane Fonda (pictured below left) topped the…

The Afghan Coat was a fur-lined and trimmed sheepskin or goatskin coat, sometimes with intricate embroidery decoration, but often crudely made. Particularly loved by hippies – and especially popular with…