April 20, 2019

Best of Retro Ramblings 2017

Another year has passed here at Retro Ramblings, and what a fun year it has been.  I’ve personally had a lot of fun putting together the articles that have been published here this year, and loads of fun going through old magazines and catalogs looking for great old ads to share with everyone.  I’ve had a LOT of new visitors who seem to have enjoyed a lot of what we’ve done as well.  I thought during this slow week of the year between Christmas and the new year, I’d stop for a moment to reflect on all the new content that has went up, and see what what was read and shared the most.  Maybe you somehow missed these popular posts, so here is your chance to check them out if you haven’t already done so, or maybe you will just want to check them out again.  So here are the top five posts from the year that was 2017 on Retro Ramblings.



Pizza Hut Interior

01.  Back When Pizza Hut Was An Experience

For a long time, I had thought back to the glory days of my childhood and how much I missed the experience that was a trip to our local Pizza Hut with the family.  I sat down and put all those memories together for this article, and it turned into the longest piece I have done on the site.  Once it went live, it took off and went viral.  As it turns out, many people besides myself also lament the good old days of Pizza Hut.


Wendy's Superbar

02.  Why Wendy’s Ain’t Like It Used To Be

Following on the heels of the article, Back When Pizza Hut Was An Experience, I looked back on another fast food establishment that I used to love visiting with the family when I was a kid.  So much has changed about Wendy’s through the years that it is almost a completely different place today.


03.  Vintage Holiday Recipes From 1967

While browsing through an old issue of McCall’s magazine from 1967, I came across this wonderful insert of recipes featuring popular brands of the day.  I scanned in all the pages, and added comments to each picture, and it turned out that a lot of folks loved seeing these old recipes.  Even though this post went live in the last month of the year, it skyrocketed to the top of the charts here on the site.  The power of sharing of Facebook is amazing.


04.  What You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite 80’s Cartoons

I sat down and did some research into cartoons of the 80’s, and was finding all kinds of little known info, so I put all those tidbits together and came up with 30 things you may not have known about your favorite one.  Like, did you know that in early concept designs, He-Man and She-Ra were written as lovers instead of siblings?  Crazy, I know.


05.  My Five Favorite G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Episodes

Back in the spring, Jason Gross from Rediscover the 80’s and myself partnered up to look at our ten favorite episodes of the series, with each of us posting about five episodes on each of our sites in a special crossover event.  The results were great, as a lot of people bounced back and forth between our two sites to check out each list.  G.I. Joe was one of my favorite cartoons, so it was a blast putting the list together, and I love Jason’s work, so it was a win all the way around.


According to the statistics, there is the best Retro Ramblings had to offer this year.  Stats aren’t always everything, so I’d love to hear from you as well.  What was your favorite thing we put up on the site this year?  Or what did you think was the best?  Let me know in the comments below.

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