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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, and Trends of the 70s and 80s [Kindle Edition]

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper , Brian Bellmont
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the '70s and '80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn't seem sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks was the epitome of candy science.

But what happened to the toys, tastes, and trends of our youth? Some vanished totally, like Freakies cereal. Some stayed around, but faded from the spotlight, like Sea-Monkeys and Shrinky Dinks. Some were yanked from the market, revised, and reintroduced...but you'll have to read the book to find out which ones.

So flip up the collar of that polo shirt and revisit with us the glory and the shame of those goofy decades only a native could love.

Editorial Reviews


"A great nostalgia-inducing gift for fellow members of Generation X."
—Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch

"With entries like 'John Hughes Movies,' 'Judy Blume Books,' 'Love’s Baby Soft' and 'Pen Pals,' it’s hard not to go into a state of nostalgic euphoria while reading Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?"
—The Weekender, Wilkes-Barre, PA

"Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont are two people who obviously lived through and loved the '70s and '80s. They're funny and sharp, and their passion for pop jumps off the page."
—Whitney Matheson, USA Today Pop Candy

"A pop culture flashback"
—Jen Chaney, The Washington Post

"I was reading this book the other night and just howling at some of these entries."
—Rachel Martin, "All Things Considered," National Public Radio

"For those of us who think we're beyond the reach of pop culture, think again. It's hilarious to be reminded of how we were defined as a generation. I couldn't put Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? down and I couldn't stop laughing. As we used to say, 'Wow, what a trip.'"
— Pamela Sue Martin, author and actress, "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries"

"This book is one that I never knew I needed, but I soon realized that it's the book I've always wanted...if you're a pop-culture junkie, want to take a time machine back to your past, or just like reading humorous books, pick this one up for sure."
—Monique Jones, MoniqueBlog

“Some pages had me nodding my head in agreement while some pages were like one big blast of memories since forgotten. It's a total blast to read!"
—Culture Brats

"This thing is a box full of squeals of delight alternating with wistful oooohs of nostalgia."
—Lisa Parsons, The Hippo

"..anyone whose childhood included hours leafing through the Sears Christmas Wish Book and playing lawn darts should enjoy the book."
—Damian Penny,

"Every single page will remind you of something from your childhood. Sea Monkeys! That’s Incredible! Lik-M-Aid! What a fun way to revisit all of that stuff."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1552 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 039953671X
  • Publisher: Perigee (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Slice of Pop-Culture Heaven June 10, 2011
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Gael Cooper and Brian Bellmont hit a home run with this compulsively readable anthology of the great Gen X trends of the '70s and '80s. But pop culture fans of every age will love it and find themselves humming random TV theme songs and suddenly dying for the taste of Quisp. It's all here, from ABBA to "Zoom," and the great thing about it is that it triggered my own memories from the era -- enough to suggest the authors to do a followup book.

It's a great gift--ridiculously cheap--but you'll find yourself picking it up again and again. Even my kids have been holed up on the couch this afternoon reading passages out loud.

Thanks for the memories, Gael and Brian!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift - But You'll Want Your Own June 10, 2011
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I've already bought six copies to give to friends, and might have to get another, since I've been having a hard time prying mine out of my 13-year-old's hands. She loves it, and has been snorting with laughter over most of the entries. This book lends itself to multi-generational bonding; from my daughter's questions about George Clooney's mullet to my Mom's memories of mixing vats of Funny Face drink mix for the five of us each summer. The index alone is worth the price of the book - every word is a link to our generation's mutual survival of a couple of memorable decades.

The opening paragraphs of the entry on candy cigarettes immediately transported me back to my own chidhood; crazy eights, necco wafers, Laverne & Shirley, and all. It's not just a touching collection of memories, though, it's also a wonderfully written book full of hilarious commentary. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that you're still mad at your brother for marking up the cards on your Mystery Date game. It's a great book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put Down Your Smarty Phone.... June 11, 2011
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....turn off your computer, and take a walk down memory lane. You will not be disappointed. The writing is witty, sharp and fun. I love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny June 15, 2011
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I laughed all the way through Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops, especially at the breakfast cereal flashbacks. What WERE they thinking? So many entries are just laugh-out-loud funny; this is a wonderful summer read. Just ordered seven copies for my book club; we are all of this generation and I know they'll love it. Discussing this book just might be our best meeting ever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops June 13, 2011
By Nancy
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Wow, this book really took me back to my childhood! It was like a treasure chest of nostalgia, things I haven't thought about in ages - who still remembers Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces? Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont have really dug up toys and trends of the 70s and 80s. There was even an entry about Archie Comic's ill-fated foray into Christianity with Spiro Comics - doubly amusing now that the company has taken a liberal turn, introducing its first gay character in 2010. "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops" is written as a loving yet snarky encyclopedia, quipping that Jessica and Elizabeth of Sweet Valley High fame were the "Goofus and Gallant of 1980s teen books". I found the book to be a useful compendium of all things 70s and 80s. If you are a child of Generation X, then buy this book, flip through it at your leisure, and take a trip back in time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two bad places to read this book... June 13, 2011
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On the subway and in bed when your husband is trying to sleep! Every entry had me laughing out loud, wanting to say "I remember this, do you?", or both! Excellent book for anyone alive in the 70s or 80s - you'll have a great walk down Memory Lane and I can guarantee even if you didn't have all the items yourself, you knew someone who did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best time travel ride since "Back to the Future" June 16, 2011
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Don't miss this witty, warm-hearted archive of 1970s and 1980s pop culture treats, trends and guilty pleasures. The book offers an x-tinction rating for each entry along with lots of fun facts and tips on how to find or replicate some of these lost treasures. Buy copies for your best friends so you can laugh, reminisce and roll your eyes together!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this book! June 19, 2011
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Let me start by admitting that I'm not a big fan of reading books as I get bored easily, but what a wonderful book this was, and a pleasure to read. It was difficult to put down, but a man's gotta eat and take bathroom breaks-men are well known terrible multi-taskers! It was a quick read, and actually made me laugh out loud which is very difficult to do. It was an impulse buy, and I'm glad I took a chance. Born in '63 I was a child of the 70's, and this book brought back many good, and not so good, memories. So many things I had forgotten about, and in some cases with good reason. If you're a fan of pop culture and childhood memories as I am, you'll surely (don't call me Shirley!) dig this book. In fact, even if you were born before or after these decades you'll find something to enjoy.

The author's obviously share a GREAT love for the material, and are clearly in touch w/their inner-child. If I have any complaints (which are petty), it's that the book wasn't printed on higher quality paper stock, and didn't include more photographs, although I'm quite sure this was the publishers decision to keep costs down. My hope is that Cooper and Bellmont produce a follow-up that I will not hesitate to purchase. I've even recommended this AMAZING tome to several friends which will surely put another 25 bucks in the authors pockets! ;^)

GREAT job guys!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun nostalgia trip back to the 70's and 80's.
A fun nostalgia trip back to the 70's and 80's. Written with wit and sarcasm, I laughed out loud at at a few parts for sure. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Luis R. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun trip down memory lane
It was great reading this book and taking a trip down memory lane. The authors have great senses of humor - I enjoyed the writing. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Celeste
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too short!
Published 2 months ago by chloemom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by pmontella
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor printing quality...
Copies of the ads and articals of past issues. Poor printing quality seems they did not care about the end product.
I could have done better with my home printer!
Published 3 months ago by JeCr
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY 70's STUFF
Hiliarious and has many cool things I completely had forgotten about as a kid. I would recommend this to anyone. The individual writers have a tremendous sense of humor ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Choclodite Lensman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book.
If you were a kid in the 60's, 70's or 80's you should read this book. I had forgotten about many of the items featured. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Utah KISS Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed!
Another fun retro book! I gave this as a gift and my friend liked it so much she also bought as a gift.
Published 5 months ago by Michele Funnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny - took a trip down memory lane
This book brought back some great memories and the authors were so funny! Highly recommend if you were a 70s kid.
Published 5 months ago by skate_more_work_less
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast back to the past
This is a fun trip down memory lane to revisits various pop culture treats that are no longer available. Hmmm, the Vermont country store of the future?
Published 5 months ago by R. Parker
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