Flashbacks
Rediscovered: '70s NHRA Pillow Case

Rediscovered: ’70s NHRA Pillow Case

I hold onto a lot of things from my ’70s and ’80s childhood, simply because it was the best childhood ever. But there are a lot of things which I thought were gone forever, and that made me sad. But luckily, my parents held onto a lot of things from my childhood themselves, and recently...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Back in the day, homemade jump ramps were an instant social activity, a thousand times more interactive and exciting than anything Facebook and Twitter can offer today. Friends and neighborhood kids (whomever one was “cool” with) would come down, and they’d take turns getting air, or, as seen in the photo above, line up on...
Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Courtesy of jackonflickr (also featured rightfully so in Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989), here we have a mundane yet refreshing glimpse into the golden age of arcade gaming. The caption says it all: ELECTRONIC BABYSITTER—Video race entertains youngsters John McCarter (front) and Shawn Decicco while mother runs errands. That statement right there likely held true...
Kids Playing Atari: Christian Bale (1987)

Kids Playing Atari: Christian Bale (1987)

For this episode of Kids Playing Atari, I present to you none other than Christian Bale, who is shown here in all his late ’80s glory—flipped up collar, gelled hair, hi-tops and acid-washed jeans. What makes this picture extra special, though, is the notable absence of any Atari console, much less the reputable 2600. In...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Getting Air in Antioch

Homemade Jump Ramps: Getting Air in Antioch

Great raw film footage of neighborhood kids in Antioch making the most out of their very own BMX track in a lot just off a sprawling suburb tract. Man, what I would’ve done to have a lot that big to ride my BMX bike on. So cool that someone took the time to preserve and...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

Ok—I was going to post this cool old pic I found, but then I discovered this whole batch of Amazing Old School BMX Photos posted on the defgrip.net blog. Once again folks, if pictures can say a thousand words, then this collection of photos could easily tell the story of many of us kids who...
Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Yes folks, there was a time when we were so proud of our toys that we would pose with them like they were trophies. Except for perhaps the privileged and well-to-do, Star Wars toys were a luxury usually received only for special occasions (birthdays, Christmas/Chanukah) or maybe as a prize for when one did really...