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Put Another Token In The Nickelodeon...
Haleon
mudcub
As a teenager, I loved to visit my grandparents in Urbandale, Iowa. They had MTV! This was right when it came out... I think I saw the first few days it ever broadcast. I remember Hunters & Collectors "Talking To A Stranger", which I *think* was the second video MTV played right after The Buggle's "Video Killed The Radio Star", but I can't confirm that. My grandfather couldn't understand how I could sit in front of the TV and watch music videos for hours. But it was amazing... like history in the making. The pop culture and music that I loved was in visual form for the first time. It was like seeing a hidden side of my favorite artists, so I HAD to keep watching just in case I missed something.

But I also loved going down to the local video arcade. It was called the "Fun Factory". Sadly, it closed in the nineties. But here are some photos of Tokens, a different amusement arcade that I visted while I was in Des Moines, Iowa last weekend. It had a sad run-down vibe to it, like a low-rent Chuck E. Cheese. It made me long for "Showtime Pizza" - if you remember that place, then you were truly old school. Or rather you were old truant-from-school-because-you-were-too-busy-playing-Frogger-at-the-7-11 school.

Sign

Door

Command

Birthday

Dance

Lane

Balls

Bowling

Trucks

Neon

Prize

Smile

Golf

Hole

Ape

Monkey

Blacklight_Animals

Jaws

Moon_TV

Buzzer

Cars

Moon_Tables

Moon_Smile

Alien


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For many years my weekly allowance was four quarters. Me and my sister were also each given four glass baby-food jars to put them in. One quarter was for the church collection basket, one was for savings and would later be transferred into our passbook savings account, one was to buy presents for friends and family for their birthdays and at Christmas, and one could be spent on anything we wanted (mostly candy).

It took many years and a lot of pestering, arguments, reasoning, and whining to get our allowance raised to $2.


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