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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

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

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Aimed at the generation who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" takes readers back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of their childhood, from Marathon candy bars to "Schoolhouse Rock."

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Aimed at the generation who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" takes readers back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of their childhood, from Marathon candy bars to "Schoolhouse Rock."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.


Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, Brian Bellmont
Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?
Publication Date
June, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.51 x 5.51 x 0.51 Inches

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Entertaining Book for Gen X

This book is written for people who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s; it's not heavy reading but entertaining, and Walmart offers it for a great price.

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Humorous book which li...

Humorous book which listed "the lost tastes and trends of the 70's and 80's". I just hope they would come out with the trends of the 90's and 2000-my time. :)

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Whatever Happened to P...

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops is a nostalgic look back at the popular culture of the 1970s and 1980s. Anybody who grew up during that era, or anybody who wants to examine the culture of the era will love this book.

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Are you a child of the...

Are you a child of the 70s and 80s? Do you remember After School Specials? Did Jaws keep you out of even the bath tub for a month? Can you remember when Sea-Monkeys were cool...ok, neither can I. But if you wondered what happened to a lot of the culture that our generation held near and dear, Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? might just be what you are looking for. Sure, you can look all this stuff up on the internet now, but Cooper and Bellmont spice things up by not just telling us where all our stuff went, but reminding us what those things felt like when we were just kids and it seemed like all of this would be around forever. From scratch-n-sniff stickers on our Trapper Keepers to the perils of lawn darts and metal playground equipment, there is more than enough to overload your memory banks. There were some things I had never heard of - Blythe dolls, Bar None candy bars, Spire Christian Comics. There were plenty of other that I very fondly remember - Mattel Electronic Football, MTV playing music, Connect Four, Choose Your Own Adventure books. And there were a few things I have desperately been trying to forget about - Scott Baio, Silver Spoons, hoopskirts, eight-tracks, Scott Baio. If your childhood didn't form in those formative years, this will at least clue you in to what we held near and dear. I would give this book three stars on those grounds. However, if you actually participated in this era, you may find yourself laughing out loud as often as I did as you pursue the anecdotes of each of these little gems. So for me, this was an entertaining trip down memory lane.


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