Category: Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

 

Another week has come to a close here at Retro Ramblings, and that means it’s time for the wrap-up.  The wrap-up is where I hit the highlights from the previous week, talk about some upcoming stuff on the site, and share some fun retro content I’ve found in my travels around the web that week.  Let’s get to it….

 

New Posts at Retro Ramblings This Week

My Earliest Video Game Memories – I took a trip back in time to when I first played Nintendo, and those first games that instantly hooked me on the system and video gaming in general.

Top 5 Tuesday:  Favorite Happy Meal Toys – I used this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post to look back at my favorite Happy Meal toys from McDonalds through the years.  Check it out and see if any of mine would make YOUR list of favorites.  Dave at Banzai Retro Club played along this week, and you can check out his Top 5 choices here.

TV Guide Fall Preview:  1984 – I uploaded full scans of every page of fall previews from the 1984 TV Guide Fall Preview issue.  There were a lot of iconic shows that debuted that year, and there are first looks at shows like Night Court, The Cosby Show, Airwolf, and more.  I’ll be adding more and more years in the coming weeks.

Do You Remember Morning Funnies Cereal? – A look back at the short lived Morning Funnies cereal that I enjoyed in the late 80’s.

Check Out This Cool Selection of Character Sleeping Bags From 1984 – Full scans of 3 pages from the 1984 Sears Wish Book featuring a ton of sleeping bags featuring properties like Knight Rider, Masters of the Universe, Cabbage Patch Kids and more.

 

Coming Up on Retro Ramblings

I’ve got some news that I’m very happy to announce, and that is Joel Geraghty is bringing his Chrononaut Chronicles, his old school wrestling reviews, to Retro Ramblings!  He does an awesome job at bringing these old wrestling shows we all loved back to life, and I’ve been a big fan of his for a while.  He is kicking things off here with his first post on Retro Ramblings by looking back at one of my favorite shows, Clash of the Champions 1 from 1988!  You can look for that to hit the site on Tuesday, but until then, you can check out some of his work at Scott’s Blog of Doom, and his own site at The Chrononaut Chronicles.

As for me, I’ve got some stuff lined up for this week including an installment of Retro Comic Book ads, where I go back through a random comic from the past and go through all the fun old ads.  This week’s Top 5 Tuesday post is on My Favorite Retro Modes of Transportation.  Then on Wednesday I’m looking back at a fun old featured of grocery stores everywhere, and to late in the week I’ll be remembering my favorite Nintendo game, since I spent so much space talking about Nintendo earlier this week.

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The Best of the Rest

I ran across a lot of cool retro stuff this week, so here are the links to what I dug the most.

Which Fast Food Chains Sold These Menu Items Quiz – MeTV
Action Figure Reclamation Project Phase 2 – Hoju Koolander
Tiny Tributes to Minor Monsters, #1 – Dinosaur Dracula
Nor’Easter With a Temper:  Remembering the Blizzard of 1996 – Retroist
In Defense of Fester’s Quest – Retrojunk
The Great Sci-Fi Toy Slump of 1979 – Plaid Stallions
41 Things You Definitely Had in Your Bedroom in the 90’s – BuzzFeed Rewind
80’s Show, Critters, is Making a Comeback – Like Totally 80’s
Kickstarter:  Toy Sales Add Up to Billions – Battlegrip
30 Awesome Record Ads From the 1970s – Flashbak
22 Wacky ‘As Seen on TV’ Products Sold By K-Tel in the 1970s – MeTV
Trading Card Treasures Volume 2 – Hoju Koolander
Five Retro TV Commercials Part 20 – Dinosaur Dracula
Do You Remember These 80’s Horror Novels? – Like Totally 80’s
The Joy of Lunchables – Retrojunk
The Secret Reason McDonald’s Cokes Taste Better Than All the Other Cokes – Do You Remember

 

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.

The Past, Present, & Future of Retro Ramblings – An admission of guilt on my part, and a promise to change things.

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

Voyagers! TV Show Intro
Knight Rider TV Show Intro
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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Weekly Wrap Up – Christmas ’17 Edition

Weekly Wrap Up

Well another week has gone by, and we’re now just a couple of days from the main event…Christmas!  I’ve had a busy couple of weeks here on the blog and at home as well trying to get everything done in time for the holiday.  I’ve not had the time to do a Weekly Wrap Up in a few weeks, so just consider this the monthly wrap up.  I’ve put up a lot of retro Christmas content this month, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  Just in case you’ve missed any of it, here is what you’ve missed this Christmas season on Retro Ramblings…..

Articles

The Retro Rambler’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017 – I tried to help folks find cool retro or retro themed gifts for everyone on their shopping list.

1986:  The Year Santa Became Real – Looking back at the most magical Christmas of my childhood.

The Mega Haul of Christmas 1986
– I go back to that magical Christmas, and this time look at just the toys I got that year.

How I Remember Christmas
– Looking at all the little things that I loved about the Christmas season when I was young.

5 Classic Christmas Commercials – My five favorite Christmas commercials from the 80’s and 90’s.

Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Christmas Season – A full round up of retro Christmas goodness from around the web.

Drink Dr Pepper for an Old School Holiday Treat – Ads and video for the strange tradition of drinking hot Dr Pepper at Christmas.

Christmas Mornings of the Past – Going through photos of kids on Christmas morning through the 80’s.

Classic Advertising: Christmas Edition – Some great ads from years gone by with Christmas themes.

The Hottest Christmas Toys Through the Decades:  The 1940’s – I took a look back at some of the most coveted toys of the ’40’s.

The Hottest Christmas Toys Through the Decades:  The 1950’s – I followed up the 1940’s with a look back at 1950’s toys.

The Golden Age of Department Stores at Christmas – I walked back in time to the magical era of department store Christmas window displays.

 

Scans

Vintage Holiday Recipes From 1967 – I scanned in a holiday recipe insert from 1967 featuring some weird recipes involving Spam, Bugles, and more.

Woolworth’s Christmas Book From 1954 – A complete scan of Woolworth’s Christmas toy catalog from 1954.

1993 Christmas Ad for Mario Paint – An extended 8-page advertisement for Mario Paint for the Christmas season.

Johnnie Walker Black label Scotch Christmas Ad from 1972

Coca-Cola Christmas Ad from 1962

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Christmas Ad from 1993

Retro Christmas Ad for Super Nintendo

Cool Like That Christmas Special from TV Guide 1993

1993 Broadcast of How the Grinch Stole Christmas – scanned article from 1993 TV Guide

How the Gridiron Stole Christmas from Frank Gifford – A short article from TV Guide in 1993.

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Christmas Episode from 1993 – from TV Guide

Ad for the World Premiere of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield – from TV Guide 1993

 

I only added one Christmas themed video to my YouTube channel this week, but you can find it at:  Burger King Christmas Commercial 1986

 

Before I go, I wanted to take a minute and announce a new feature coming to Retro Ramblings in the new year.  The current working title right now is Top 5 Tuesday.  I’ll take a different subject each week such as “What were your 5 favorite albums of the 1980’s”, and answer the question with pictures instead of a big write up.  I may add a sentence or two to each picture, but it will mostly just be a photo dump kind of thing.  I’d like to involve other people as well, so if you’d be interested in doing it on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page, let’s get in touch and we’ll all do the same subject each week.  Heck, I may even turn this into the Retro Revival Blog Challenge each week.  Give me some feedback on this new idea in the comments if you have a minute.

 

Well that does it for this wrap up.  Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to put more into this edition due to being extremely busy on the home front for Christmas.  When I’m short on time like this, most of what posting I get to do takes place on Twitter, so if you don’t already follow me, head on over and check me out.  You can also check out the Facebook page as well for short bursts of retro goodness.

 

With that, let me say that I appreciate you checking me out and supporting Retro Ramblings.  I hope you find reasons to keep coming back time and time again and relive old memories with me.  Merry Christmas to you and your family, wherever you may be.

 

 

 

Retro Rambler’s Weekly Wrap Up for Aug 25

Well another week has come and gone in the world of the Retro Rambler, and with it came some new experiences, and a few old ones as well.  First off, as I guess you can tell, Retro Ramblings is back up and running.  Hopefully, I can keep it on a regular basis again.  As for the new experiences, I got to enjoy my first eclipse this week like almost everyone else.  However, I do remember while in kindergarten all the way back in 1984, we were taken out on the playground to watch an eclipse of some kind.  I done a little research, and found this Wikipedia article about the annular eclipse of 1984.  So now I know, and knowing is half the battle!

One more bit from this week…we took our daughters out to eat at Pizza Hut before watching the eclipse on Monday, and I still get depressed every time I go into a Pizza Hut, because it’s just not the experience it used to be in the 80’s and early 90’s.  It got me to thinking and reflecting on how much it’s changed, so watch for an article about that sometime next week.

Before I get to the links this week, let me get a couple of plugs out of the way.  First off, my latest contribution at The Retroist went live on Monday, and features me looking back at some great toys in, Five Fun Matchbox Toys From Back in the Day.  Show me and The Retroist both some love by checking it out, and leave us a comment with your favorite Matchbox toy from back in the day.

The Retro Revival Blog Challenge will be returning starting next week, so if you are interested in participating, check back on Monday for the details for the first week’s topic!

I’ve added 30 new headers to the site, that’s right…30, so if you are interested in that sort of thing, keep refreshing the page to check them all out.  There’s a lot of retro goodness in all of them.

If you check out my author page here at Retro Ramblings, or over at The Retroist, or you see my new profile picture on Twitter and Facebook, you may ask yourself, where did he get that?  Well the cool Simpsons style rendering of your very own Retro Rambler came from a fantastic artist over on Fiverr named Sophia.  She can do one for you too for just five bucks, AND she gets it done and sent to you within 24 hours!  Now that’s service.  Check her out if you’re looking for a unique new avatar or profile picture.

With that, it’s time for the links!

For those of you who have been living under a rock, and don’t know what this is, this is the post I do each week highlighting the awesome retro themed content I’ve come across on the web in the last week.  There is always a lot of fun retro content that others are creating, and I like to show them love and recognition here for the hard work they put into their offerings that we all enjoy so much.

 

Back to School

Trapper Keeper:  The Ultimate 80’s School Supply – Rediscover the 80’s
Awesome School Assembly Memories – Hoju Koolander
11 School Games We Hope Children Still Play – MeTV
Novelty Toys Cleverly Disguised as School Supplies – Rediscover the 80’s
Retro School Supplies – Hoju Koolander
19 Totally 80’s School Supplies That Will Take You Back to the Reagan Era – MeTV
Memory Jogger Podcast Episode 7:  School Stories – Rediscover the 80’s
The Principal’s Office – Hoju Koolander
13 Attention Grabbing Titles of 1970’s and 80’s After School Specials – MeTV

Television

New Shows Coming to the 2017 MeTV Fall Schedule – MeTV
20 Facts From the Beverly Hillbillies You Probably Didn’t Know – Do You Remember
10 Things You Probably Never Knew About T.J. Hooker – MeTV
Do You Remember the TV Show Tag Team? – Retroist
Vin Diesel is Bringing Back Miami Vice – Like Totally 80’s
Seth Myers is Rebooting “The Munsters” as a Bunch of Brooklyn Hipsters – MeTV
Attack of the Saved by the Bell Clones – Retro-Daze

Movies

Adam West’s Final Batman Movie Now Has a Release Date and a New Trailer – MeTV
The Cast of Dirty Dancing 30 Years Later – Buzz Feed Rewind
The Lost Boys Cast – Where Are They Now – Do You Remember
Best Summer Films of the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s

Cartoons

Duck Tales Returns To Our Screens After 30 Years With a New Series – Do You Remember
Hero High – Saturday Mornings Forever
My Five All-Time Favorite Hanna Barbera Toons – Retro-Daze

Toys

G.I. Joe Accessories at Albertsons – Battle Grip
Five Fun Matchbox Toys From Back in the Day – Retroist
The Etch a Sketch Animator from Ohio Art (1986) – Toy Tales
Raiders of the Lost Toys – Hoju Koolander
The Incredible Miniature Worlds of View-Master – Flashbak
Super Friends Go All Galactic – Plaid Stallions
The Best of 80’s Toys – Like Totally 80’s
11 LEGO Moments That Defined LEGO Play We Know Today – The Brick Fan
Transformers TechnoBots Gift Set at Toys r Us in 1987 – Battle Grip

Wrestling

1985 Calling:  Tony Schiavone, George South, and One Magical Phone Call – Mid-Atlantic Gateway
The Big Bossman:  A Career Defined by Showing Up – Pro Wrestling Stories
Mid-South Wrestling December 16, 1982 – Blog of Doom
The “Terrible Andersons” – Mid-Atlantic Gateway
WWF Saturday Nights Main Event April 28, 1990 – Blog of Doom
The End of WCW and the Final Nitro – Pro Wrestling Stories

Everything Else

11 Iconic Product Mascots That Dramatically Changed Over Time – MeTV
49 Things That’ll Make Anyone Between the Ages of 32-39 Relive Their Childhood – Buzz Feed Rewind
80’s Fashion Lives on in 2017 – Like Totally 80’s
The 2017 General Mills Monster Cereals – Dinosaur Dracula
Pop Shoppe Memories – Pop Rewind
The U.K. Keeps Bringing the 80’s Back to Life – Like Totally 80’s
Old Fashioned Kitchen Tools That Kids Today Would be Puzzled By – Do You Remember
20 Totally Novelty Phones Worth Picking Up in the 80’s – MeTV
The Lost McMenu Items of the 1980’s – Like Totally 80’s

Stuff You May Have Missed From Retro Ramblings This Week

Vintage Ad for Remco’s Warlord Action Figures From 1985
Looking Back at Tales of the Gold Monkey
Did Anyone Ever Have a Rock Tumbler Like This?
Games I Wish Were Included on the SNES Classic
Fondly Remembering the Dark Crystal
1989 Commercial for Matchbox Connectables Cars
TV Guide Fall Preview Flashback:  Night Court from 1984

Well that does it for this week’s wrap up.  I hope you’ve found plenty you enjoyed on the link lists, and be back here next Friday for the next Weekly Wrap Up.