Stroll Down Memory Lane


Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)


It’s Thursday night, December 6th, and I have a few minutes to kill before I head down the road to drive the Cool101.3 truck in the Georgetown Christmas parade, so in those few minutes I thought I would page through my kids Christmas wish lists and see what they want “Santa” to bring them this year. As I leaf through the papers stained with leftover Halloween candy and juice boxes, (kidding…maybe) I see request after request for electronics, accessories for those electronics, games for those electronics…you see where I’m going right…and I can’t help but think about how toys have changed over the years. I’m 57 years old, my 3 boys are between 9 and 15 years old, and their lists include things like XBOX, GTA, PS4, iPad…a little different from the wish list I gave my parents when I was their age….baseball glove, Hot Wheels, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Red Ryder BB gun. If you’re a child of the 60’s or 70’s, let’s take a short stroll down our toy “memory lane”.

Even though I wouldn’t discover them until the late 60’s, in 1964 Hasbro created the G.I. Joe action figures. They would become so popular, they were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003.



In 1970 Parker Brothers introduced us to the Nerf Ball! Finally a ball we could throw around in the house and not get yelled at by mom and dad! I’ll bet I had a dozen of these over the years. Nerf is still popular in my house today, only now in the form of Nerf guns.

One of my favorites was the NFL electronic football game…remember this? I spent HOURS playing this game with my friends. Most of the time was spent setting the players back up after you turned the game on and they fell over.

In 1968, Mattel would introduce a toy that would become, without question, the toy I loved the most as a kid, Hot Wheels. I had almost every car they made, but my favorites were “Snake” and “Mongoose”. Plus I had most of the accessories…Superchargers, loops, and what seemed (at least to my parents), miles of track.

Those are just a few of the toys that bring back great memories of being a kid for me, I’m sure you have yours too. I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year, and I invite you to check me out weekday mornings between 5:30 and 10 on Cool 101.3.


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