1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Happy Meal. Hard to believe McDonald's "kiddie meal" has been around for four decades. Today, the Happy Meal offers some healthier options, but a hamburger and fries is still the main attraction.
4. Kate Hudson. The bubbly actress is the famous daughter of Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson of The Hudson Brothers. She won a Golden Globe in 2000 for her role in Almost Famous. Hudson co-founded the fitness brand Fabletics, operated by JustFab in 2016, Hudson - whose birthday is April 19 - released her first book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, and in 2017, she released her second book, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition.
5. The Muppet Movie. Wow...Kermit and his felt companions look pretty darn good for 40. 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.
6. Benson. Originally, Benson was the butler on the soap opera parody Soap. In 1979, ABC gave the character (played by Robert Guillaume) his own series which took on a more traditional sitcom format.
7. P!nk. The rockin' pop diva shows no signs of slowing down as she celebrates her 40th birthday on September 8, making her 7 days younger than Scribbles.
8. Mandarin Restaurant. The popular all-you-can-eat Chinese food chain opened its first restaurant in Brampton, 40 years ago. Today there's 29 locations across Ontario.
9. Jennifer Love Hewitt. Jennifer first gained popularity with her role on the FOX series Party of Five in 1995. She has gone on to star in I Know What You Did Last Summer (and its sequel), Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and most recently 9-1-1. Love Hewitt's 40th birthday was February 21.
11. Dustbuster. These handy, dandy portable vacuums have been sucking for four decades.
12. Chris Pratt. Pratt's first TV series was NBC's Parks & Recreation, which garnered him a Critic's Choice Award nomination for his role of Andy Dwyer. He went on to star in big screen hits Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World and The Lego Movie. Pratt celebrated his 40th birthday on June 21st.
13. Hart to Hart. Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers played Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who lead a glamorous jetset lifestyle and solved mysteries.
14. Flo Rida. Born September 17, Tramar Lacel Dillard gained popularity under the name Flo Rida with his 2007 rap hit Low.
15. 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.
16. 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 40 years.
17. Sunkist. This is a popular US carbonated orange beverage whose kick comes not from the vitamins in oranges but from the caffeine it contains.
18. Kevin Hart. Hart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1979. He is a popular stand up comic who has starred in films that include The Secret Life of Pets, Little Fockers, Scary Movie 3, Get Hard and About Last Night.
19. Knot's Landing. Set in a California cul-de-sac, Knot's Landing was a spinoff of the blockbuster prime time soap Dallas.
20. 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.
22. Ne-Yo. R&B singer, songwriter and producer, Ne-Yo's most recent appearances have been as a judge on NBC's World of Dance. He was born October 18, 1979.
23. Archie Bunker's Place. All in the Family ended because producer Norman Lear wanted it to end while it was still popular. CBS and Carroll O'Connor (Bunker) however wanted more and convinced Lear to do a spinoff called Archie Bunker's Place. With Archie becoming a co-owner of a bar, the show lasted 4 seasons.
24. Jason Momoa. Muscular, long-haired & bearded star Jason Momoa was born on August 1, 1979. He is best known for his roles on Conan the Barbarian, Aquaman and the phenomenal HBO series Game of Thrones.
25. 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.
26. 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.
In addition to the above people, places, TV series and consumer products, a lot of very popular songs also celebrate their 40th birthday in 2019. Can you believe we've been listening to these iconic tunes for four decades?
27. Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
28. My Sharona - The Knack
29. Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
30. Don't Bring Me Down - ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
31. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
32. The Logical Song -Supertramp
33. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
34. Message in a Bottle - The Police
35. Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) - Rupert Holmes
36. I Was Made For Lovin' You - Kiss
37. Cars - Gary Numan
38. I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick (why did I think it was released earlier than 1979? Hmmmm.)
39. I Don't Like Mondays -The Boomtown Rats
And number 40... last but not least, as you may have heard. It's also Scribbles 40th anniversary. September 1st is the actual day we turn 40 but we're celebrated on Scribbles throughout 2019.
Hope you enjoyed our Special 40 Feature.