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.

TV Guide Fall Preview: 1984

 

The annual TV Guide Fall Preview issues always feature the shows that their writers and critics think may be big hits, and shows that the networks themselves have high hopes for.  As with anything else in life, there are usually more misses than hits.  I’ve always enjoyed pulling out old copies of these issues and stepping back in time to see what what shows were featured each year.  I’m scanning in my collection so you can join in and see what the experts and critics thought of the debuting shows each season.  This time, it’s 1984.  Enjoy!

 

TV Guide Fall Preview

 

Airwolf

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My Earliest Video Game Memories

 

When Christmas day rolled around, I felt this huge urge to hook up the old Super Nintendo and spend the day playing some of my old favorites like Super Mario World, Duck Dogers, Street Fighter II, and more.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to, but I did think back on some of my first memories of video games and shared them with the kids.

The very first memory would actually be about going to the Bristol Mall in Bristol TN and seeing the arcade there that was called The Gold Mine.  However, on that fateful trip, I didn’t get to step inside and relish in all the goodness it had to offer.  I simply got to walk by it and gaze in amazement at all the flashing lights and tingle with excitement from all the sounds coming from within.

 

 

So my actual first experiences with video games in any form would be when my cousin Tim first got his Nintendo.  Somehow, I had missed out on all of the marketing and talk surrounding the Nintendo when it was launched.  I had never seen nor heard of such a thing.  One day while visiting the grandparents, my uncle Ernest mentioned that he had gotten Tim a Nintendo Entertainment System, and that I should come over and play Super Mario Brothers.

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Retro Rambler’s Weekly Wrap Up for First Week of 2018

 

Welcome to 2018 everyone, and I hope it is a great year for you.  Hopefully even better than whatever your 2017 was like.  I had a good year here on the blog, but it could have been much better if I had just stuck with what I had originally intended this place to be.  I’m not going to go into any details about all of that here in the Wrap Up, but you can read all about it in my post from a few days ago here:  The Past, Present & Future of Retro Ramblings.

Anyway, moving on the Wrap Up…in case you don’t already know, the Weekly Wrap Up is where I go over some highlights from the past week, and share all kinds of cool links to other fun retro content I’ve found in the previous seven days while surfing the net.  First up, in case you were busy during the holiday season and missed any of my latest posts, here they are:

 

Did You Miss These?

Best of Retro Ramblings 2017 – A look back at what was statistically the top posts of the past year here on the blog.

He-Man Sweat Suits From 1984 – A scan I posted of a page from the 1984 Sears Wish Book featuring He-Man clothing.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Specials of the Past – 3 videos of old countdowns from the 80’s and 90’s.

Top 5 Tuesday:  Fads I Was Into – A quick look at the fads of the 80’s and 90’s that I was way into.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Supercards ’87 – Scans of all 19 pages of PWI’s great coverage of Wrestlemania 3 and other supercards that year.

The Buffalo Bills’ Dramatic History in the Playoffs – I look back at two of the most exciting games in NFL playoff history, both featuring the Buffalo Bills.

 

Recent Uploads To the Retro Ramblings YouTube Channel

1985 Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial with Hulk Hogan
Fox New Year’s Eve Live from 1992
MTV’s 1992 New Year’s Eve Special
MTV’s 1982 New Year’s Eve Rock and Roll Ball
Ghostbusters II Toys at Hardee’s Commercial from 1989

Other Great Retro Stuff From Around the Web

I spend a great deal of my time roaming around the vastness of the internet looking for cool retro content and nostalgic stuff, so I come across a lot of fun stuff worth sharing.  For one, it gives you a chance to discover something you may not have stumbled across yet, and two, it helps put the spotlight on the creators.  I can tell you from experience, that a lot of work goes into writing these things and curating all the great retro themed content these guys and gals produce.  So here is some of the best that I’ve come across in the last week:

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Supercards ’87

Growing up in the mid-late 80’s, one of my greatest joys would come when I would go to the grocery store with my Mom and be able to pick up a new wrestling magazine.  It never mattered to me which one I got as long as I got one.  If you know anything at all about the glory days of the Apter magazines, you know that the Cadillac of wrestling magazines was Pro Wrestling Illustrated.  One reason it was considered the best was because of it’s full-color coverage of various events.  One of the things I rally looked forward to each year was their coverage of the spring supercards like Wrestlemania.

Well I recently picked up some old wrestling magazines from ebay, and one of them was the Pro Wrestling Illustrated with coverage of Supercards ’87!  After salivating over the 19 pages of greatness multiple times, I thought I would share them with the world so others who used to enjoy this stuff could relive how great it was.  So what follows is all 19 pages of PWI’s coverage of Wrestlemania 3, Crockett Cup ’87, Parade of Champions ’87, and UWF Super Blast.  Enjoy!

 

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The Buffalo Bills’ Dramatic History in the Playoffs

 

 

This past Sunday evening, the Buffalo Bills qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1999.  The team doesn’t appear to be a real Superbowl contender on the surface, but then again, stranger things have happened.  Like back in 1993, twenty five years ago today on January 03, when they were a wildcard team and had to face the offensive powerhouse Houston Oilers.  And they had to do it without their starting quarterback Jim Kelly, their starting tailback Thurman Thomas, and one of their best linebackers, Cornelius Bennett.  At least they were getting to play in their home stadium though.

My old man and myself decided to watch the game that afternoon.  My Dad was just a casual football fan and rarely watched a game unless it was the Superbowl, and even then I think it was just because it was a national event, and not because he personally enjoyed it so much.  As for me, I was really getting into football at that point, and watched full games every week, and was excited for all the playoff match ups.  What we thought was going to be just an enjoyable playoff game, turned out to be one of the most exciting NFL games ever played, and featured the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history.

 

 

At halftime, with the score being 35 – 3 in favor of the Houston Oilers, my Dad decided he had seen enough, and changed the channel to some western movie most likely.  Even though the game was a blowout, I decided I wanted to keep watching it and headed off to my bedroom to see the rest of it.

As the Bills started their comeback and continued to rack up points, I tried to keep my Dad informed by yelling from the bedroom to the living room, “THE BILLS JUST GOT A TOUCHDOWN!  IT’S 35 – 10!”.  “THE BILLS GOT AN ONSIDE KICK!”.  “THE BILLS JUST GOT ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN!!!  IT’S 35- 17!!!”.  It wasn’t until they had come all the way back and took the lead that he became interested once again and changed the channel back to the game.  I rejoined him and we watched the closing moments of regulation where the Oilers tied the game with a field goal with just a few seconds left.

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Spend Your New Year’s Eve in the Past With These Countdown Specials From the 80’s and 90’s

2017 is about to come to an end, and 2018 is right around the corner.  If you’re like the majority of folks in this world, you’ll spend your New Year’s Eve watching a countdown show from Times Square.  But, if you’re like a select few of us, you’ll watch a countdown show from a year in the past!  To help you out with this, I’ve got three old specials uploaded to my Youtube channel for you to enjoy this New Year’s Eve.

First up, you can roll back the clock 35 years and watch MTV’s New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball from 1982!  It features Martha Quinn as the host, and has performances by Flock of Seagulls, The Producers, Duran Duran, and more!

 

Now we jump forward 10 years to 1992 and MTV’s New Year’s Eve Special with host Hammer, and featuring Bell Biv Devoe, EMF, Marky Mark and the Funk Bunch, Naughty by Nature, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns ‘n Roses, and a special appearance by Cindy Crawford!

 

And last but not least, it’s the Fox New Year’s Eve Live from 1992 that features Penn & Teller, Sam Kennison, and Guns ‘n Roses.

 

Well there you have 3 classic News Year’s Eve celebrations to choose from for your viewing pleasure.  But heck, why choose?  Just watch all three back to back and kill a few hours this New Year’s Eve and live it up, old school.

He-Man Sweat Suits from 1984

He-Man

I came across these in the 1984 Sears Wish Book catalog and instantly new I had to share them with the world.  Now I can’t remember for certain if I ever actually owned any of these, but my mind wants to say yes.  I know I sported SOME kind of He-Man themed sweat suit apparel when I was young, I’m just not sure if it was any of these featured here.

My Mom had this habit of buying me sweat suits to wear to school.  Instead of wearing whatever the latest fashion was, I was always stuck in boring old seat shirts and sweat pants.  Except when I wore my He-Man set.  I was a bad ass on those days.