June 2011

Cookie Crisp Cereal

Although Cookie Crisp technically debuted in the late 1970s (1977 to be exact) it permeated 1980s kids' culture. Does it still do so today? I'm afraid I don't know, not being a kid, and not having any. I do know that Cookie Crisp is still on the shelves, because I bought a box on a whim a few months ago. It still tasted uncannily like cookies.

The Kodak Disc Camera

The Kodak Disc, introduced in 1982, is an excellent example of "style over substance." Looking back, it's hard to believe we ever fell for these things. But fall we did: I was desperately jealous of my friend who had one, and I know I'm not alone in that. It was one of the lust-worthy items of tech in the 1980s. (Talk about damning with faint praise!)

The Cordless Phone

The cordless phone was originally invented by a woman named Teri Pall in 1965. (Oh Wikipedia, what would we do without you?) But it took until the 1980s before the phone finally came to the consumer market.

These days if you say "phone," people assume you mean cordless. (Actually THESE days you would probably want to specify "landline phone" versus "cell phone". We had those in the 80s, too, although they weighed 50 pounds. But I digress.) A cordless phone is the default model. I'm not sure you can even BUY a corded phone anymore!