Electronic Games Magazine

This was the first dedicated video game magazine co-founded by Bill Kunkel, Joyce Worley, and Arnie Katz. The first issue was released in October of 1981 and ran until April 1985. They had met writing the “Arcade Alley” column, which ran from 1979 – 1984, in Video Magazine. This was the beginning of video game reviews and they gave them the depth

that had not been considered before. Electronic Games is notable for hosting the Arkie Awards, the first Game of the Year award for Video Games. Some notable winners were: Space Invaders – Arcade (1980), Asteroids – Arcade and Superman – Atari VCS (1981), Pac-Man – Arcade and Asteroids – Atari VCS (1982),

Tron – Arcade and Demon Attack – Atari VCS (1983), Pole Position – Arcade and Ms. Pac-Man – Atari 2600/Lady Bug – Colecovision (1984), Star Wars – Arcade and Space Shuttle – Atari 2600 (1985). Reader Polls let the fans pick their most popular games. Asteriods (May 1982), Pac-Man Sept 1982), Defender (Oct/Nov 1982), Pitfall! (Jan 1983), Donkey Kong (June 1983),

Donkey Kong Jr. (Sept 1983), Pitfall II (Nov 1984) to name a few. The magazine also let readers choose their Hall of Fame games: Pong (1972), Space Invaders (1978), Asteroids (1979), Star Raiders(1979), Defender (1980), Major League Baseball (1980), Pac-Man (1980), Donkey Kong (1981), Quest for the Rings (1981), Miner 2049er (1982), Zaxxon (1982 and Dragon’s Lair (1983).

The magazines pictured here are ones from my collection, I subscribed during Electronic Games run. For more complete information on all the awards given out, each of the years, check here at Wikipedia.

Candy Cigarettes

Back as far as 1888 ads can be found for Candy Cigarettes. Those were chocolate cylinders wrapped in cigarette type papers and sold in cigarette type boxes.

In the 1930’s, Cigarettes were not known to be negative and the sugary cigarettes were sold to kids without giving it a second thought. They would even put powdered sugar on the wrappings so you could simulate blowing smoke.

It was in the 1950’s and 1960’s that the health concerns of the real cigarettes became known worldwide but the yummy bubblegum cigarettes were sold in most places . I remember being able to buy them anytime I wanted when I was a kid.

After the 1970 bill consideration to ban them, the word cigarette was removed from most packages and replaced with “sticks”. A lot of countries, and some states, have banned the sale, so some children won’t be enticed to smoke, but you can still buy them today.

The Fox Theatre’s Mighty Mo

I read in the February 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Fox Theatre’s 90 year old Moller pipe organ was hauled to Lithonia, Georgia. The A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company will be doing the more than half a million dollar repair and restoration.

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