A Trip Down A 1984 Cereal Aisle With Mr. Rogers
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood grocery store! In episode #1529 of PBS’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Mr. Rogers takes a trip to the supermarket. We get a glimpse of what a cereal aisle looked like in 1984. Fans of cereal might appreciate seeing some long-gone, discontinued friends of the breakfast table from 30 years ago.
See if you can identify the cereals that Fred passes by. After the screen shots, I’ll help you identify the discontinued and hard to find cereals you may not recognize or remember.
I’ll bet you identified most of the cereals that have remained big sellers since the mid-80s (like Life, Total, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, Golden Grahams and Fruit Loops). Here’s 10 of the cereals that may have been less familiar:
Halfsies – Quaker; Introduced in 1979.
Kaboom – General Mills; Introduced in 1960.
Bran Chex – Ralston Purina; Introduced in 1978.
Wheat & Raisin Chex – Ralston Purina; Introduced in 1980.
Buc Wheats – General Mills; Introduced in 1971.
Pac-Man Cereal – General Mills; Introduced in 1983.
Donkey Kong Cereal – Ralston Purina; Introduced in 1982.
Raisins Rice & Rye – Kellogg’s; Introduced in 1980.
Most Cereal – Kellogg’s; Introduced in 1979.
Marshmallow Krispies – Kellogg’s; Introduced in 1982.
Thinking about your favorite cereals from the past? Be sure to check out The Cereal Project on MrBreakfast.com to see nearly 1,500 classic and current cereals.
Mr. Rogers’ full name was Frederick McFeely Rogers. McFeely was the surname of Mr. Rogers’ maternal grandfather. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood featured a character named Mr. McFeely who was a delivery man. Today, people who engage in over-aggressive touching (particularly of the unpleasant sort) are sometimes called Mr. McFeely. The name can also be used derogatorily to describe people who are needy or otherwise show excessive emotion.