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.
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 here. Jason’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.
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.
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.