Lauren Novak

I may have grown up in the ’90s, but I have a genuine love for each decade and its pop culture. Growing up, my pals were Scooby-Doo and the gang, Doug, and even Beetlejuice. I loved to play with Barbies, Polly Pockets and there wasn’t a memory game that I couldn’t ace. These days, writing about nostalgia brought me a love for icons such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Betty White. I currently live in Michigan with my husband and our beloved dogs.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 15: Singer Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before the Detroit Pistons take on the Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the 2004 NBA Finals on June 15, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement

Aretha Franklin’s Sons Find Handwritten Will in Couch Cushions

There has been some debate over the handling of Franklin’s assets.

The exterior of a McDonald's fast food restaurant, USA, August 1970. The location of the outlet is possibly on Interstate 90 in Rapid City, South Dakota

How McDonald’s New ’80s-Inspired Restaurant CosMc’s Compares to the Original

Check out a sneak peek of the new menu!

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Bonnie Tyler performs on stage during Music For The Marsden 2020 at The O2 Arena on March 03, 2020 in London, England

Bonnie Tyler Says “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Was Originally Written for an Odd Musical

The song could have a completely different meaning.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: Shannen Doherty poses for a portrait in the Getty Images & People Magazine Portrait Studio at Hallmark Channel and American Humanes 2019 Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hilton on October 05, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California

Shannen Doherty is Ready to Tell All Amid Cancer Battle in New Podcast

She plans to record around 3 podcasts per day.

NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Singer Shane Macgowan of The Pogues performs at Roseland Ballroom on March 13, 2009 in New York City

Shane MacGowan, Lead Singer of The Pogues Dies at 65

The Pogues are best known for their 1987 hit song, “Fairytale Of New York.”

PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), 1985

Sandra Oh and Awkwafina Discuss Working With Paul Reubens in Last Role Before His Death

He made a very sweet cameo in ‘Quiz Lady.’

ELF, Will Ferrell, 2003

Make Your Own ‘Spaghetti’ Just Like Buddy the Elf

HelloFresh is offering an ‘Elf’-inspired meal kit.

LOS ANGELES - 1978: Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait session dressed as a playboy bunny, 1978 in Los Angeles, California

Keanu Reeves Wore Dolly Parton’s Famous Playboy Bunny Costume

He decided to put it on for Halloween one year.

FAMILY FEUD, 1976-85, Richard Dawson, 1985.

Contestants Reportedly Had to Take Herpes Tests to Appear on Richard Dawson’s ‘Family Feud’

Remember how he was always kissing female contestants?!

16th August 1966: John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of the Beatles, after making a formal apology for his controversial statement that the group were 'more popular than Jesus'.

Apple TV+ Shares First Look at ‘John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial’

The new docuseries dives deep into Lennon’s killer’s motives.

WATERBOY, Henry Winkler, Adam Sandler, 1998, football team (image upgraded to 17.6 x 11.9 in)

Henry Winkler Credits Adam Sandler for Saving His Career

Winkler was being typecast as Fonzie before one role came along.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) USA Photo of Colonel Tom PARKER and Elvis PRESLEY, with manager Colonel Tom Parker - posed, c.1956/1967

Elvis Presley’s Manager Believed Gospel Music Could Cure His Addictions

Their relationship wasn’t always what it seemed.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, 1984

‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Sequel Coming in 2024 From Director Rob Reiner

Your favorite fictional rock band Spinal Tap is coming back!

CAT BALLOU, from left, director Elliot Silverstein, Nat 'King' Cole, on-set, 1965

Director Elliot Silverstein Who Worked on ‘The Twilight Zone’ Dies at 96

He was famous for directing the Oscar-award-winning film ‘Cat Ballou.’

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jean Knight

Grammy-Nominated Singer Jean Knight Dies at 80

She was known for her hit song “Mr. Big Stuff.”

CRY-BABY, Willem Dafoe, 1990

Willem Dafoe Announces Role in ‘Beetlejuice 2’

He finally explained what his role is in the sequel.

THE FALL FROM THE HOUSE OF USHER, Mark Hamill, 'A Midnight Dreary', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired Oct. 12, 2023)

Mark Hamill is Stepping Away From Another Iconic Role

It has been widely considered some of his best voice work.

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - 1938: Pop singer Frank Sinatra poses for a mug shot after being arrested and charged with

The Bizarre Story Behind Frank Sinatra’s Mugshot

You can no longer be arrested for the same crime in today’s times.

KNEBWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 2: Kevin Geordie Walker of English post-punk band Killing Joke, live on stage at Sonisphere Festival, August 2, 2009

Kevin ‘Geordie’ Walker, Guitarist from Killing Joke Dies at 64

He was known for his unorthodox sound.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: Puppeteer Marty Krofft arrives at Jimmy Buffett's

Marty Krofft, ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’ Producer Dies at 86

Marty and his brother Sid were iconic puppeteers and producers.

ELF, Will Ferrell, 2003

‘Elf’ Casting Director Shares Her Pick for the Star of a Possible Remake

Just like Will Ferrell, this star is also known for being an ‘SNL’ alum.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford attend Planet Omega Hosts Fashion Panel & Cocktail Reception at Chelsea Factory on November 14, 2023 in New York City

Cindy Crawford Won’t Give Her Daughter One Particular Family Heirloom

However, there is one item she would love to pass down.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Billy Joel performs onstage at the ASCAP Centennial Awards at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 17, 2014 in New York City

Billy Joel Will Continue Touring After Madison Square Garden Residency Ends

He’s not done yet.

Toy Story Woody Buzz Lightyear

Tim Allen Admits There Are Talks to Release ‘Toy Story 5’

Woody and Buzz Lightyear may be coming back…

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Santa Claus waves to the crowd at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

How a Man Named Charles W. Howard Inspired the Santa We Know and Love

He helped create the beloved image of Santa Claus.

SHOUT, John Travolta, 1991

John Travolta Turned Down ‘Forrest Gump’ & Other Stars Who Chose Not to Play Iconic Characters

Some movies could have turned out very differently.

A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE, scene from THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, from left: Darth Vader, Peter Mayhew, 1978, 2023

New Documentary Explores the Strange 1978 ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’

The documentary explores what went wrong with the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special.’

CRY MACHO, Clint Eastwood, 2021

93-Year-Old Clint Eastwood Spotted Directing ‘Juror No. 2’

He looked good on the set.


Meet the Woman Who Invented the Thanksgiving Classic Green Bean Casserole

Her name was Dorcas Reilly.

NEW YORK -JUNE 10: Inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates attend the 35th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Marriott Marquis June 10, 2004 in New York City.

Daryl Hall Files Restraining Order Against John Oates

Hall & Oates are duking it out in a legal battle.