Author: The Retro Rambler

I'm the Retro Rambler, and this is my online home where I relive all the stuff that made my childhood cool. I've never really grown up, and don't really want to either. Enjoy your stay here, and come back often to see the latest memories we're posting. Drop me a comment when something strikes you and we'll chat about it. Retro Ramblings....your childhood lives here.

Do You Remember the Cups That Came in Packages of Oatmeal?

Oatmeal Cups

So here is another from the “do you remember?” category….plastic cups that came in boxes of oatmeal.  For years upon years, I never knew this was a thing.  Mainly because I was never around when my Mom opened the new boxes of oatmeal, and also probably because we didn’t buy the brands of oatmeal that was still doing this in the 80’s.

But even though I was totally unaware of this being a thing, I knew all about the cups, and they were favorites of mine.  How is this possible you may be asking, but sit tight and I’ll tell you how I could be at both ends of the spectrum at the same time.

My grandmother on my Mom’s side had a lot of grandkids.  18 of us to be exact, and more times than not, there would be at least 5 or 6 at her house at any given time.  As kids do, one would get thirsty, and so that meant all of us were thirsty, because Lord forbid if one of us was getting something the others weren’t.  So off the kitchen we would go, and we all knew which glasses were for us grandkids to use.  The plastic tumblers in shades of blue, green, yellow, pink, and clear.

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Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day

For those of you residing here in the U.S.A. like myself, I’d just like to say have a happy and safe 4th of July.  Hopefully, you’ll be enjoying the day in some old fashioned way.  Perhaps you plan to play a spirited game of Lawn Darts, or maybe you’ll fire up the BBQ and then hit the pool before unleashing a barrage of dangerous and illegal fireworks!  For me and the little Ramblers here, we’re taking a page out of The Sandlot’s kids playbook, and will be enjoying a night baseball game.  We’ll be heading up the road to watch a minor league game while chowing down on some ballpark food fare like hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and ice cream.  But whatever you get into, stay safe and enjoy!

– Retro Rambler

Going on Wagon Train in the 1980’s

Wagon Train

As I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a lot of vacations.  Well, vacations may be the wrong word. Working vacations, road trips, or just getting away from home are all probably better labels for what we had.

Those of you who have read much of what I’ve written will remember that my Dad had a business that required a lot of travel.  We were fortunate in the fact that since he owned the business, he was free to take the family along on any trip he pleased. If he had a trip to make that would take him close by anything of significance, he would load the family up and take us along with him for a few days.

Now while this meant there were never any trips to places like Disney World or Six Flags, what it did mean was that I got to see a whole lot of this great country. The numerous trips also instilled in me a love for travel that has never died, and I eventually went on to take a job that required me to travel quite extensively for a decade myself, partly because of the nostalgia of all the trips from my youth.

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New Giveaway on Twitter!

Over on twitter, I’m running a giveaway where you can win the He-Man and Skeletor custom minifigure set pictured above.  It’s easy to enter….all you’ve got to do is follow me on twitter @yesterdayville, and retweet the contest tweet pinned at the top of my profile there.  Do that, and you’re in.  This contest ends Tuesday June 26, 2018.  Click here to go directly to the tweet that you need to retweet to enter.

If you don’t win this contest, don’t fret, you’ll have plenty more opportunities throughout the summer to win cool prizes.  I’m going to be running over 20 contests on my various social media channels over the rest of the summer, so check me out on each so you don’t miss the next chance to win.  Here’s where you can find me:

Twitter – @yesterdayville
Facebook – Retro Ramblings Page
YouTube – Retro Rambler’s Retro Rewind Show

Celebrating 40 Years of Garfield

A few days ago, one of our favorite felines turned 40 years old.  That’s right, Garfield debuted in 1978, and is still going strong today.  I just wanted to take a moment and wish Garfield a happy birthday, and congratulate Jim Davis on 40 years of phenomenal success with his creation.  In honor of our cat hero, here is one of my favorite specials he starred in, Garfield in Paradise.  Enjoy.

Popular Cartoons We All Miss

Popular Cartoons

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Let’s face it, life was much simpler when we were younger. I’m sure we can all remember waking up at the crack of dawn and making our way to the sofa to eat breakfast and watch some classic cartoons. We’ll never have enough time to go over every single show we all loved, but here are some that really pulled on our heartstrings and still fill us with nostalgia to this day.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dude! This iconic show was the pinnacle of cartoons for many of us. Not only this, but the Turtles also appeared in multiple other movies and shows, making for some of the best crossovers ever. This show was so popular that there are still series and movies made about them to this day. It’s even rumored that a new show, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will make its debut around September 2018. Hopefully it’s filled with even more pizza!

 

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Transformers

The Transformers

Who doesn’t love robot superheroes? This classic series first aired September of 1984, although movies are still being made about Transformers to this day. This show also gave birth to “transforming” toys, most of which were cars that turned into robots. Since this time, transformers have continued to remain popular, and will captivate the younger generation for years to come.

 

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Often considered one of the masterpieces of television animation, Dragon Ball was the introduction to anime for many people growing up. With the great array of characters, vivid and dreamy landscapes, and epic martial arts, there was truly never a dull moment. This show was later adapted into further series’ including Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Super – even more are sure to come!

 

Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters

Where do we even start with this one? There are so many awesome things about this show and movie that all of us can surely remember. The awesome tech and gadgets used throughout the series, the above-average animation, and all the goo and the slime you could ever dream of – this truly is peak nostalgia when it comes to Saturday morning cartoons. The movie, which came out in 1984, is also a must-have for your collection.

Of course, we can’t list all of the shows/movies on this list – there are hundreds of shows that we will never forget from our golden age. Wanna keep the nostalgia alive forever? It’s never been easier! Print some custom vinyl stickers or temporary tattoos of your favorite characters at StickerYou! With no minimums, it’s easy to create some awesome custom products, without breaking the bank.

Fall Preview Flash Back: Step by Step from 1991

Step by Step