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Favorite Clubs from the 90's

MST 3K Info Club
If you watched MST3K as I did back in the nineties, the MST3K Info Club was a lot of fun to mail fan letters to. Often times there was a chance they’d read your letters on their show. After a few years watching MST3K on Comedy Central, I decided to mail them a fan letter with my own fan art attached. Sadly, the letter wasn't read on television, but they sent me back, uh—a two page catalogue of their (insanely expensive) merchandise that was incredibly expensive. But hey, at least they mailed me something back!

Mickey Mouse Club
I grew up during the nineties, so I was more about the Mickey Mouse Club that was rebooted with a cast of kids that would later become huge stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Keri Russell, and Ryan Gosling. I only ever saw three episodes of the new Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel in 1992, but I so wanted to be on this new group as a kid. I couldn’t dance, and I had no singing or acting ability, nor did I have any sports aptitude but—I had enthusiasm, so that counts… I guess.

Burger King Kids Club
I was never able to really join the BK Kids Club as I was always more of a McDonald’s kid, but the BK Kids Club had some neat (very underrated) toys, as well as a very entertaining and diverse cast of fast food mascots. Among the pack of broadly diverse children there was Kid Vid, Boomer, I.Q., Jaws, the dog J.D., Lingo, Snaps, and Wheels; he was disabled and they named him “wheels.” Fair enough. Of course Kid Vid was my favorite of the troop because his glasses/VR goggles/Goggles eye piece was awesome. The BK Kids Club allowed you the privilege of a toy, annual mailer that contained games, and a coupon for a free Kids' Meal. I don’t know if there was much else, but it seemed cool.

Fox Kids Club
Not to much a club as it was a communal experience for kids that was a major and very iconic programming block on the Fox Network, the Fox Kids Club was excellent. Around those days, the Fox Kids Club gave to some of the best animated series of the nineties including Tick, X-Men, Spider-Man, Eek! The Cat, et al. Here in New York, I’d wake up every single Saturday at 5am and lose myself in the Fox Kids Club until around 12pm, or whatever time I usually conked out.

Of course since the Fox Kid Club wasn’t an official club, there was Fox Kids Club “Totally Magazine,” which was kind of like joining a club. With “Totally” magazine, you’d drowned yourself in everything Fox Kids, with games, articles, puzzles, pull out posters, and coloring pages. And yes, if you wanted to get deeper, you could even collect the Fox Kids Club trading cards! I’m a proud owner of the complete set I bought on ebay.

Stephen King Library Collection
For a low fee, you could get Stephen King’s newest novel, and then be mailed one of his previous novels every month. You could cancel anytime, of course. The Stephen King Library was such a fun commercial when I was a kid, and only one person I knew subscribed to it. My uncle subbed to it and had just about every one of his novels from up to 1991.

I can still remember him reading “The Stand” and “The Langoliers,” the former of which included a message on the front cover about how George Romero was going to direct an upcoming movie of “The Stand” based on the book. Back in the day my mom deemed Stephen King too scary for me, but I was such a horror hound, and was so fascinated by him, I did everything I could to find one of his books and read them. Sadly, the public library in my city didn’t allow kids to read from the adult section.
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Vaporman87 Posted on Mar 26, 2019 at 09:00 PM

Looking back now, I wish I had signed up for the MST3K Info Club. I wonder what items one received from it? It would be cool to have some things from that club in a collection today.

OldSchool80s Posted on Mar 26, 2019 at 12:47 AM

Loved MST3K!!!

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