One of the things I enjoy most about my job here is those occasions wherein I get to wax nostalgic, celebrating some facet of my childhood. One could argue that the whole gig is just that, as I grew up loving werewolves and vampires and monsters in general, and werewolf, vampire, and monster movies in general. There are times, though, when I focus more keenly on some treat from bygone days. On those occasions I really get to wallow in it, recalling those glorious days of my youth.
Along those lines, this week I celebrate the View-Master! Long before VHS, DVD, Youtube, and smartphones, the present day when we can watch anything we want at any time, the View-Master was a gateway into another world. It allowed kids of the 70s and 80s to relive the movies they saw in theaters, albeit in an altered format. You’d just pop one of those circular cardboard reels into the View-Master and press your eyes to the stereoscope device, and a scene in glorious 3-D would appear! One click of the lever and the scene would change to another! It was magical. Today View-Masters offer virtual reality viewing. It just isn’t the same.
I learned as an adult that there were Universal Monsters reels created for the View-Master. I lament that these never showed up on the aisles of the little mom-and-pop store where my parents bought my toys. The only thing that could have made my View-Master experience any better would’ve been the Universal Monsters!