Barb Oates

As a child of the ’70s, my go-to toys were Mrs. Beasley and the Sunshine Family. I enjoyed pretending with my grade school classmates that we were the girls’ version of the Bay City Rollers, but the British rockers stood little ground against my love affair with Andy Gibb and Donny & Marie. As for TV and movies, don’t even get me started on Little House in the Prairie and The Outsiders. As for other things pop culture, I’m still trying to figure out the Rubik’s Cube, and I’m still hoping the Captain’s Steak Joynt and that fabulous cheese fondue will see their return. Hope the memories and stories we share bring you a smile and good laugh.

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Billy Joel and Sting

Sting & Jerry Seinfeld Are Surprise Guests at Billy Joel 100th Concert

Sting performed hits with Billy Joel, including “Big Man on Mulberry Street” and “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.”

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Billy Joel performs at Billy Joel In Concert - New York, New York at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Billy Joel Celebrates 100 at MSG Tonight! Where You Can Watch It!

There are three stars of the Billy Joel Show at Madison Square Garden: “There is obviously Billy, there is the Garden, and there is the audience. The three of them, the sum is greater than the parts.”

Laura Osnes, Just in Time, Great American Family

Remember When Families Were Rooted in Faith? Watch New Easter Film ‘Just in Time’ Starring Broadway’s Laura Osnes

“My family wasn’t perfect, but they instilled in me at a young age the importance of living with a love for Jesus and people.”

Karen Grassle, Little House on the Prairie, Season 1, 1874

Karen Grassle (Ma Ingalls) Reflects on ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ Her TV Kids, Her Mom & More

“When it was physical work, most of it I could do, but obviously I didn’t do it for 12 hours like Caroline Ingalls. I just did it long enough for the montage and then they sprayed the sweat on me, so I had it easy.”

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, ABC, 1976, John Travolta

1976’s ‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’ Makes Rare TV Premiere

Based on a true story, John Travolta starred in the lead role alongside ‘The Brady Bunch’s’ Robert Reed and ‘Eight Is Enough’s’ Diana Hyland.

Last Chance Garage on Motortrend, 1933 Ford Roadster

Classic Cars Get Restored on New Series ‘Last Chance Garage’

Delightful to see classic cars like a ’67 Mustang, ’69 Chevy Nova, 1933 Ford Cabriolet and so many more get restored to their original beauty.

OUTSIDERS, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C.Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise

‘The Outsiders’ 40 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?

On March 25, 1983 a relatively unknown cast came together to shoot Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Outsiders,’ all of them would go on to become enormous stars.

The Floor season finale had a contestant miss the Oscar winning film Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Can You Name This Film? ‘The Floor’ Season Finale Winner and Biggest Misses

One of greatest classic films in history was missed in ‘The Floor’ season finale!

Andrew Lincoln, The Rolling Stones

How The Rolling Stones Inspired Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Walking Dead’ Send-Off Party

The band’s hit song “Angie” takes on new meaning.

SHOGUN, Richard Chamberlain, 1980,

Where to Watch the Original ‘Shōgun’ (The 1980 Miniseries)

The five-night, 12-hour, award-winning historical romance isn’t very easy to find, but we found it!

SANTA BARBARA, (from left): Marcy Walker, A. Martinez, (1989), 1984-93.

‘Santa Barbara’ Star A Martinez Talks Cruz and Eden, Marcy Walker, Fans & More

Reminiscing on one of the hottest soap romances of all time.

Farrah Fawcett

Famous Hair: Could You Identify This Celebrity & Others on ‘The Floor’?

“That was so famous, I had that haircut once,” Rob Lowe shared.

Swans, writer taking notes

Who Can Eat a Swan? This Is One Wild Story

There are rules people, and chances are you don’t qualify to hunt or eat a swan, but find out who can.

Arm Candy: A Celebrity Escort's Tales from the Red Carpet, Julia Roberts, Chris Gaida

“I Was a Celebrity Escort”

A tell-all tale on escorting Hollywood’s most famous stars.

HAPPY DAYS, Henry Winkler, 1974-1984.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Happy Days’ Star Henry Winkler

‘Happy Days’ premiered 50 years ago on January 15, 1974, in honor check out some fascinating facts about The Fonz.

Cereal boxes without the logo on

‘The Floor’ Contestants Can’t Guess These Famous Bands & Cereals, But Could You?

Losing over Mueslix cereal is hard to digest, so is missing these bands.

Theresa Caputo: Raising Spirits, Natalie Wood inset

Medium Theresa Caputo Connects With Natalie Wood

“I was brought through a tragedy of a drowning in a boat.” The medium’s story and her new series ‘Raising Spirits.’

Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, cover of the book Decades: The Bee Gees in the 1970s

The Bee Gees: “They’re Beyond Underrated … Criminally Underrated At Points”

Three Bee Gee-ologists — Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters and Mark Crohan — took their collective knowledge of The Bee Gees and crafted a fascinating exploration into the brothers’ music and lives in the new book series “Decades: The Bee Gees.”

It's a Wonderful Life, British 2007 re-release posters, Larry Simms, Jimmy Hawkins, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Karolyn Grimes, 1946

6 Questions With ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’s’ Tommy Bailey

Jimmy Hawkins, now 82, still celebrates the film every year.

Barry Manilow, 2022 in New York City

Barry Manilow on His Favorite Song (You Won’t Guess It!) and More

The global music superstar shares his favorite song, the song he once stopped singing, his adoration for his Fanalows and more

BARRY MANILOW'S A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS -- Season: 2023 -- Pictured: Barry Manilow

Get in The Holiday Spirit With ‘Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas’

Music legend Barry Manilow and his band perform his greatest hits and holiday favorites in Las Vegas.

Ladies of the 80s: A Divas Christmas:

Ladies Of The ’80s Star in Lifetime Holiday Movie

Seasons Greetings from Nicollette Sheridan, Donna Mills, Travis Burns, Morgan Fairchild, Taylor Ann Thompson, Linda Gray and Loni Anderson in this original Lifetime movie.

Alison Arngrim and Jon Provost

Small Plates: TV’s Top Kid Stars Share Their Favorite Meals & Recipes

Exclusive interview with Hollywood historian & author Laurie Jacobson. Plus here famous hubbies pot roast recipe!

LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, 1976-1983.

So That’s What “Schlemiel!” “Schlimazel!” and “Hasenpfeffer” Actually Mean!

Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated! We all know the lyrics of “Laverne & Shirley’s” catchy theme song, but what in the world did that mean?

Strange Behavior (Dead Kids) and Next of Kin double feature at the Orpheum

Rare Slasher Flick ‘Strange Behavior’ (aka ‘Dead Kids’) Comes to the Big Screen

‘I Like It Spooky’ podcasters brings rare double feature to Galesburg, Illinois at the restored Orpheum Theater.

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, George Schlatter, 1968-73.

What Makes George Schlatter Television’s Best “Accident”?

Judy Garland tried to kill George Schlatter? Sammy Davis Jr. had George buy him a house? Cher walked out on him? George survived Frank Sinatra’s bad mood, and the stories go on about TV’s brilliant creator of ‘Laugh-In.’

American Top 40 Countdown! Casey Kasem’s First Show July 4, 1970

It’s the best-selling and most played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico on July 4, 1970.

‘Parent Trap’ & ‘Pollyanna’ Actress Hayley Mills Coming to Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Con

Hayley Mills was the original ‘Parent Trap’ teen queen starring as the tomboy Susan and the all-proper Sharon. The 77-year-old star, along with her older sister Juliet Mills, will be signing autographs and meeting fans at the convention.

“It’s 10pm. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

What do you remember about one of TV’s most memorable taglines?

Beanie Collector magazine

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Beanie Babies

Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies, was the Willy Wonka of the toy industry. Learn more about the mysterious man, the people behind the craze and where to get your Beanie Babies appraised now.