Jun 1, 2024

Things That Turn 45 in 2024

Scribbles isn't the only thing that turns 45 this year. These iconic things do too...
Sony Walkman. They were the Smartphone of '79 - early 80's and if you didn't own an authentic Walkman, well that just wasn't cool.

The Dukes of Hazzard. Them good ol' boys Bo & Luke, their sister Daisy and Uncle Jesse spun their wheels and dusted up a storm in their car the 'General Lee', when they hit the airwaves on CBS in January 1979.

Happy Meal. Hard to believe McDonald's "kiddie meal" has been around for over four decades. Today, the Happy Meal offers some healthier options, but a hamburger and fries is still the main attraction.

The Muppet Movie. Wow...Kermit and his felt companions look pretty darn good for 45. With its inspiring message and rainbow connection, The Muppet Movie withstands the passage of time and is as incredible today as it was when Kermie, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo & pals bicycled their way into theatres in 1979.

Mandarin Restaurant. The popular all-you-can-eat Chinese food chain opened its first restaurant in Brampton, 45 years ago. 

The Facts of Life. This NBC hit was a spinoff from the series Diff'rent Strokes. It starred Charlotte Rae, who reprised her role of housekeeper Mrs. Garrett. Featuring a cast of young up-and-coming actors, The Facts of Life was one of the longest running sitcom series of the 80's.

Dustbuster. These handy, dandy portable vacuums have been sucking for four decades.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Attempting to cash in on the popularity of Star Trek & Star Wars, this NBC series received lackluster ratings when it first aired. Although it had only 2 seasons, the series went on to become a syndicated cult favourite.

Ringpop. Is it a ring? Is it a candy? Well actually it's both and we've been slipping them on our fingers and licking them for 45 years.

Knot's Landing. Set in a California cul-de-sac, Knot's Landing was a spinoff of the blockbuster prime time soap Dallas.

This Old House. Setting the tone for a multitude of similar themed series, This Old House followed participants as they repaired and renovated their homes.

Hubba Bubba. Created by the Wrigley Company, Hubba Bubba's original promotion was the fact it is less sticky than other gums making it is easier to peel off your skin after a bubble bursts.

Honey Nut Cheerios. Popular cereal Cheerios first hit store shelves in the US in 1941. In 1979 General Mills debuted Honey Nut Cheerios, a new flavour of the breakfast staple.

The Littlest Hobo. Canadian series The Littlest Hobo featured an owner-less German Shepard who wandered from town to town helping people in need. The tail wagging hit was actually a remake of the 1963 series and lasted for 6 seasons. It now airs in syndication around the world.