As a child of the 1980's, a trip to SHOWBIZ PIZZA PLACE was an event - a momentous occasion that was saved for birthday celebrations and other rare gatherings that warranted more than a simple meal. The Matteson, Illinois, ShowBiz was the one that I'd occasionally be treated to (along with the short-lived, similarly-themed, CELEBRATION STATION in Park Forest, IL), and what made the trip even better was the fact that ShowBiz was conveniently located directly next door to TOYS R US.
It's funny how one thing leads to another, but as I was putting together some toys for my daughter during Christmas, I started to recall some stuff that I had as a kid that I hadn't really thought of in years. Case in point, the MATCHBOX Super Spin Car Wash. This thing was released many times from around 1982 onward, and I'm pretty sure that the version pictured here is the one I had in the mid 1980s. From what I can find online, it appears that the Super Spin Car Wash made it into the mid 90s. albeit with some different stickers and colors here and there. Because I've decided to feature this, I think it's time to start a ''Stuff I Had When I Was a Kid'' tag here on The Rock Father™.
In 1984, Parker Brothers Music released A CABBAGE PATCH CHRISTMAS, a follow-up to their best-selling CABBAGE PATCH DREAMS. My sister and I had both of these records (on vinyl), as we both had some CABBAGE PATCH KIDS (mine in a Chicago White Sox uniform) as well. I was around 8 at the time, and here I sit almost 30 years later and those songs are still floating around in my head.
THE MUPPETS are on the verge of hitting theater screens after a long absence, and if you've been keeping your eyes on the small screen, then you've already noticed Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang popping up for product tie-ins. THE MUPPETS have a long history of doing commercials, one that pre-dates Sesame Street and The Muppet Show by many years. While the folks over at Muppet Wiki have a shockingly extensive list of commercials that THE MUPPETS have been involved with, this one is a personal favorite, so I'm sharing it here on The Rock Father™.