Category: Retro on the Web

Retro on the Web

Welcome to the first, yet latest edition of Retro on the Web.  I say that because this is the first installment to be labeled as “Retro on the Web”, but it’s just a fancy new title for my old Picks of the Week.  So anyway, this is where I turn you on to fun retro content from around the web that you may not have seen yet.  The majority of this post is links to other places, so as a disclaimer, let me remind you that the links to outside sites open in a new tab or window.  With all that said, let’s take a look at whats going on in the world of retro this week.

 

Rank Em

The Retro Rambler joins the Rediscover the 80’s Podcast to Talk About Our Favorite Television Shows That Debuted in 1988

So last week, I joined our good friend Jason Gross (@rd80s on Twitter) from Rediscover the 80’s on an episode of his podcast to go through our favorite television series that debuted in 1988.  Upon getting prepared to record the show, I found that 1988 was not the best year for new shows, but somehow we managed to each put a list of 5 together and turned out what I thought was a pretty fun show.  A lot of nostalgia shows through, and some shows we are actually quite passionate about.  You can check out the episode on your favorite podcast service, or you can go directly to it hereJason’s Rediscover the 80’s Podcast is always a good listen, and he has several themes that he rotates through including Rank ‘Em episodes, Memory Jogger, and his Rediscovered series.  I highly suggest subscribing to his podcast feed so you don’t miss anything.

It’s not the first time that Jason and I have collaborated on projects.  Last year, he and I each did a piece on our sites where we ranked our Five Favorite G.I. Joe Cartoon episodes.  You can check those out here:  Mine and his.  He has also been a regular guest on my Retro Round Table pieces, and you can read through them all at your leisure here.

And if hearing me guest star on podcasts gets your motor running, check out the show I did with Dave on the Banzai Retro Club podcast talking about old non-sports trading cards.  It’s a hoot.

 

Hoju Koolander Has an Awesome Time on a Classic 80’s Inspired Sleep Over

So my good friend from over at Retro-Daze, Hoju Koolander (@hojukoolander on Twitter) , recently traveled to the west coast for a rad retro weekend at an 80’s inspired sleepover with another fellow Retro-Daze alumni Jeff.  There was lots of pizza eating, Nintendo playing, cereal enjoyment, comic book talk, and late night movie fun to be had by all.  Read about the whole experience in Hoju’s great piece, Rad Retro Weekend.  Stay tuned, as there is a part 2 coming as well.

As you may already know, Hoju is also a regular participant in the Retro Round Tables, and he hosts one of the best podcasts on the market, SequelQuest Podcast, where he and his buddies conceive sequels to favorite movies that never had one.  He has also reviewed a couple of old wrestling flicks here at Retro Ramblings, and you should check those out as well:  Grunt! The Wrestling Movie Review  |  Body Slam is Rock and Roll Wrestling

 

It’s Masters of the Universe Month at HorrorMovie BBQ!

Everyone’s favorite fun retro horror writer Chad has turned his online home, Horror Movie BBQ, into Eternia for the month of August.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, he is focusing the entire month on things that revolve around The Masters of the Universe, and this year, he has a focus on the bad guys.  The MOTU universe is filled with iconic and interesting baddies, so there is a lot to work with.  He has already put out some great stuff that have brought a ton of memories flooding back as I’ve been reading.  Hit the links below to what he’s already dropped, and follow him on Twitter so you don’t miss anything else from this great month of content.

Welcome to MOTU Month 2018!
A Trip to the Slime Pit
Stinkor Smells Like a Winner
Mosquitor Doesn’t Suck

 

Summer Vacation Rolls On at The Rad Years

The Rad Years is a retro blog that I only discovered recently, and boy did I pick the right time to hit the place!  For over the last month, there have been articles galore dropping that all have summer vacation as the theme, and each one has been dripping with pure nostalgia.  I’ve read most of what has been put out thus far, and have identified with, and enjoyed all of it.  If you’ve not discovered this site yet, do yourself a favor and hit it up ASAP.  Here’s some links to some of the summer articles I’ve enjoyed the most thus far.  There are plenty more there to choose from though, and check them out on Twitter too.

Saturdays in the Summer
Summer Blockbusters:  My Obsession With Dick Tracy
Friday Nights
Comic Book Shopping

 

Press Your Luck Michael Larson

Big Money No Whammies!  The Michael Larson Story

This one is found right here at Retro Ramblings, and is my latest piece.  I tell the tale of Michael Larson, who in 1984 went on the game show Press Your Luck and turned their world upside down with the most amazing bit of game show play you will ever see.  It caused quite the scandal behind the scenes at CBS, and caused them to lock the episodes in their vault for almost 20 years.  You’ll also learn about the downward spiral of Michael Larson following his appearance on the show.  Read the whole thing here.

And since you are already here, you can check out some of my other recent hits:

Remembering Micro Machines
Opening a Pack of Jaws 3-D Trading Cards From 1983
Lawn Darts – One of the Most Dangerous Toys of All Time
Going on Wagon Train in the 1980’s
A Visual History of McDonald’s Clam Styrofoam Packaging

 

The Best of the Rest

There is a lot more great retro and nostalgiac content floating around the web, and here is the rest of what I’ve enjoyed recently.

8 Most Offensive Zero Heroes Trading Cards From 1983 – Rediscover the 80’s
Check Out Atari’s Video Games:  A Public Perspective From 1982 – Retroist
RoboCop is a Violent, Brilliant Thrill Ride – Retro Injection
Alf is Returning From Melmac in a Reboot – MeTV
Family Ties:  A Hit TV Show All On It’s Own – Click Americana
6 Candy Myths We All Foolishly Believed Growing Up – MeTV
The Pepsi ‘SEX’ Can From 1990 – Dinosaur Dracula
80’s Lessons We Should Take Note Of – Like Totally 80s
Leonardo DiCaprio is Set to Produce a New Reboot of The Facts of Life – MeTV
Target Has Released New Throwback Board Games – Do You Remember?
The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone – Flashbak
Little People Love – Plaid Stallions
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue – Saturday Mornings Forever
10 Colorful Facts About Munsters Go Home – MeTV
How Your Favorite Stores Got Their Interesting Names – Do You Remember?

And Since It’s “Back to School” Time In Most Places, Here Are Some School Days Classics

My High School Soundtrack – Rediscover the 80’s
Trapper Keeper: The Ultimate 80’s School Supply – Rediscover the 80’s
Retro School Supplies – Hoju Koolander
17 Vintage Back to School Ads You Would Never See Today – MeTV
19 Totally 80’s School Supplies That Will Take You Back to the Reagan Era – MeTV
15 Cartoon Lunch Boxes That Every Kid Brought to School Back in the Day – MeTV
Memory Lane:  Back to Grade School – Do You Remember

 

Well that’s it for this edition of Retro on the Web.  For next time, if you know of something you think I would enjoy and should highlight here, drop me a comment with the link, or hit me up on Twitter @yesterdayville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro on the Web: Christmas Edition

As you know, doing the Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Week is one of my favorite posts to do here on Retro Ramblings.  It gives me a chance to shine some light on the great retro themed articles I find around the ‘net, and share the fun of reliving various old memories.  But when it comes to Christmas, my favorite holiday, not any little old list of links will do.  Oh no, at this time of year, nothing short of a mega list will suffice.

So here today I proudly present to you The Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Christmas Season!  If you enjoy stepping back in time to days gone by, you’re sure to find plenty here to whet your whistle, and all of it revolves around Christmas.  So get yourself a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa, and click on some of these links and find yourself lost in nostalgia!  There may be too much here to digest in one sitting, so bookmark this page so you can keep coming back to it throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.

I’m breaking all these links down by category to make finding your favorites a little easier.  Here we go…..

Movies

25 Facts About Famous Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
10 Awesome Things About Home Alone – Dinosaur Dracula
25 Things To Look For While Watching the A Christmas Story Marathon – Mental Floss
25 Facts About It’s a Wonderful Life – Mental Floss
The Original Reviews of 10 Classic Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
25 Facts About Christmas Vacation – Mental Floss
21 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas – Mental Floss

Television

When Rudolph Mania Stared Running Wild – Retro Ramblings Patreon Exclusive
Remembering 11 Classic Holiday Commercials – Mental Floss
6 Long-Forgotten Local Christmas TV Specials That Should Be Remembered – MeTV
Commercials From He-Man Christmas Special – Dinosaur Dracula
The 80’s Christmas Specials You Just Have to Show Your Kids – Hollywood.com
The TV Specials of Christmas Past – Like Totally 80’s
Let’s Not Forget the Brady’s Reunited for a Christmas Special in the 80’s – MeTV
A Stocking Full of Your Favorite 80’s Christmas Specials – Rediscover the 80’s
Let’s Not Forget About ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas’ – MeTV
Classic Christmas Commercials Volume 9 – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Unforgettable Live-Action Christmas Specials of the 1970’s – MeTV
Ranking the Doctor Who Christmas Specials From Worst to Best – Robots Pajamas
34 Great Christmas Episodes From Classic TV Shows – MeTV
8 80’s Christmas Specials You Might Have Forgotten – Dinosaur Dracula
Power Rangers Had a Christmas Special:  It Was Cheap – Robots Pajamas
5 Classic Christmas Commercials – Retro Ramblings

Music

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ – Rediscover the 80’s
6 Controversial Christmas Carols – Mental Floss
12 Awesome Holiday Tunes! – Dinosaur Dracula
The Twelve 80’s Songs of Christmas – Like Totally 80’s
Retro Christmas Mixtape – Hoju Koolander
1976 Served Up the Strangest Batch of New Christmas Songs – MeTV
12 Forgotten Children’s Christmas Albums of the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s

Toys & Gifts

Retro Rambler’s Retro Gift Guide for 2017 – Retro Ramblings
1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
29 Real World Toys in ‘Jingle All the Way’ – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Strange Christmas Gifts From the 1970 Sears Wishbook You Won’t Find Today – MeTV
Making My Christmas List From the 1986 Sears Wish Book – Retro Ramblings
A Look at Rankin-Bass’ Santa Claus Trilogy – Cavalcade of Awesome
12 Fantastic Christmas Gifts We Found in a 1963 Spencer’s Gift Catalog – MeTV
1982 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Top Christmas Gifts We Received in the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s
10 Most Wanted Christmas Toys of the 1960’s – MeTV
1985 JC Penny Christmas Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula
1989 Sears Christmas Wishbook Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
11 Tiny Toys That Were Always Stuffed in Our Stockings Back in the Day – MeTV
The 1994 Toys “R” Us Big Toy Book – Dinosaur Dracula
Most Popular Christmas Toy from Christmas’ Past – Do You Remember
10 Totally Awesome Christmas Toys We Had to Have in the 80’s – MeTV
Highlights From the 1986 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Toys From the 1991 JC Penny Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula

Cartoons

13 Spirited Facts About How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Mental Floss
Identifying Garfield’s Christmas Presents – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Times That 80’s Cartoons Should’ve Left Christmas Alone – Rediscover the 80’s
9 Forgotten Cartoon Christmas Specials of the 70’s – MeTV
The 1987 Broadcast of a Charlie Brown Christmas – Dinosaur Dracula

Food

These Bizarre Vintage Holiday Recipes Are Best Left to the Ghosts of Christmas Past – MeTV
Ancient Christmas Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
More Ancient Holiday Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Ways McDonalds Made Us Love Christmas – Pop Rewind
10 Old-Fashioned Christmas Candies That Will Take You Back – MeTV
Five Cereal Boxes From Christmases Past – Dinosaur Dracula
80’s Christmas Movie Drinks to Go With Classic 80’s Films – Like Totally 80’s
Holiday Food Ads from 1983 – Dinosaur Dracula

Other

50 Vintage Christmas Cards From the New York Public Library Archives – Mental Floss
15 Vintage Christmas Ads You Would Never See Today – MeTV
How ‘A Christmas Story’ Kept Peter Billingsly Normal – BuzzFeed
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on Christmas Day – Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Energizer Bunny Ornaments from the 90’s – Dinosaur Dracula
How the Transformers Saved Christmas – Branded in the 80’s
How Christmas Trees Have Evolved in Our Lifetime – MeTV
5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80’s – Like Totally 80’s
80’s Christmas Ads From Woman’s Day – Dinosaur Dracula
The Origins of 12 Christmas Traditions – Mental Floss
20 Vintage Christmas Decorations That Are Making a Major Comeback – Do You Remember
Are These Christmas Photos From the 1960’s or 1970’s? – MeTV
Christmas Cards From the Soviet Union Space Race – Flashbak
6 Great Comic Book Christmas Adventures – Mental Floss
8 Retro Christmas Traditions From the 50’s and 60’s – MeTV

Videos

Watch These 80’s Home Movies of Kids Unwrapping Presents on Christmas Morning – Rediscover the 80’s
Silent Film Version of A Christmas Carol from 1901 – Retro Ramblings YouTube Channel
A Super Cut of 80’s Christmas Commercials – Rediscover the 80’s

For more videos, come back next Friday for the Retro Rambler’s Christmas Watch List!

Personal Memories & Stories

1986:  The Year Santa Became Real – Retro Ramblings
Christmas Yuleogy – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Holi-Daze:  Toys Unwrapped – Hoju Koolander
Yuletide Yakking – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Christmas, 1988.  A Photo Journal – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas 1985 Through My Gobots Camera Lense – SockofFleagulls at Retro-Daze
Christmas 1991:  The Year of the Tournament Table – Horror Movie BBQ
NLogan’s Retro Christmas – NLogan at Retro-Daze
vkimo’s Christmas Special – vkimo at Retro-Daze
A Very Lego Christmas – Garage Sale of Awesome
1990:  The Year Santa Died – Fuschnikt at Retro_Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Goodwill Hunting for Geeks
Stocking Stuffers – Hoju Koolander
Christmas Eve, 1986 – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas Conundrum – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Being Jacob Marley – Junk Fed
Perfect Game – kidcoffee at Retro-Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Adventures of a Geeky Vixen
Christmas at Grandma’s House – NLogan at Retro-Daze
The Santa Diaries – Hoju Koolander
Christmas, Crockett Style – Crockett Foundation
Christmas Memories:  Traditions Come and Gone – Fuschnikt at Retro-Daze
Christmas 64 – vkimo at Retro-Daze
That Dude’s Christmas Memories – TDitH at Retro-Daze
A Very Sega Christmas – massreality at Retro-Daze
The Worst Christmas School Production in the World – Pikachulover at Retro-Daze

 

Well, there it is.  That is one big list full of retro Christmas goodness to enjoy all month long in the lead-up to the big day.  If you know of something I’ve missed and myself and others might enjoy, drop the link in the comments.