Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, and Trends of the 70s and 80s

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Penguin, Jun 7, 2011 - Reference - 240 pages
If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the '70s and '80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn't seem sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks was the epitome of candy science.

But what happened to the toys, tastes, and trends of our youth? Some vanished totally, like Freakies cereal. Some stayed around, but faded from the spotlight, like Sea-Monkeys and Shrinky Dinks. Some were yanked from the market, revised, and reintroduced...but you'll have to read the book to find out which ones.

So flip up the collar of that polo shirt and revisit with us the glory and the shame of those goofy decades only a native could love.

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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

A fun book for anyone who grew up in the 70's-80's, as we're reminded of all the crap we owned because it was so cool. Most of the things featured here- Dixie riddle cups, the plastic Halloween masks ... Read full review

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User Review  - snapsandreads - LibraryThing

Humorous book which listed “the lost tastes and trends of the 70’s and 80’s”. I just hope they would come out with the trends of the 90’s and 2000—my time. :) Read full review

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a journalist and author of the nationally recognized pop culture blog Pop Culture Junk Mail. Her published works include Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? and The Totally Sweet ‘90s. A native of the Twin Cities region, Fashingbauer Cooper now resides in Seattle with her family.

Previously a television reporter and producer, Brian Bellmont now runs a public relations agency. His published works include Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? and The Totally Sweet ‘90s. He has interviewed various pop culture icons including Adam West, Davy Jones, and Loni Anderson. Bellmont resides in the Twin Cities region with his family.

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