Amid all of the New Year’s tributes to those, who departed us in 2016, I find myself oddly eulogizing over a local family business that is no more. Cosmos Video, Kaysville’s own portal back in time (queue Huey Lewis and the News) closed its doors forever this past year – sending a ripple through the space-time continuum that would eventually become a tidal wave of nostalgia for everyone that visited it’s storied aisles one last time.
Those who made their final pilgrimage found themselves transported back to 1985 – a time when the thrill of watching a movie at home was still both novel and boast worthy. As such, Cosmos Video was the preeminent Museum of American Friday Nights in the 1980s. Much to the bewilderment of today’s youth, they still rented out VHS cassette tapes, and continued to use a card catalog to track whether customers had late fees to pay (Google Rolodex millennials).
Cosmos Video was more than just a throw-back to the 1980s, however; it was a true triumph for its owners, who not only staged, but ultimately won a protracted cold war with the true super-villain of the 1980s – Blockbuster Video.
For those feeling nostalgic, there does remain a piece of Cosmos Video that is alive and well – their website, which has been forever immortalized within the online vault of the Internet Archive. Just go to http://web.archive.org/web/20160110211535/http://cosmosvideoutah.com/ to check whether you have any late fees to pay. If you do, you’re gonna need a time machine to get your name off of the wall of shame now.