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The Best of Retro Ramblings for 2018

Well, 2018 is on it’s last legs, and 2019 is almost upon us.  Being the end of the year and all, I wanted to take a minute to look back at the year that was here on RetroRamblings.com.  I mean, all the big stuff like Sportscenter, CNN, and Time Magazine do it, so why not me too?  Anyway, I pulled up the stats from the site over the last year and took a look at the most popular stuff that went up on the site in the past year.

The results weren’t really too surprising, but it’s always fun to look anyway.  So below you’ll find the five most popular features that dropped in the last 12 months.  Maybe you’ve already seen them multiple times and have no interest, but maybe you enjoyed them so much you want to revisit them.  Hell, you may be new around here and missed these nuggets of nostalgia.  Either way, check them out below, and we hope you have a Happy New Year!


Diablo Sandwich

#1:  Recreating and Reviewing the Diablo Sandwich from Smokey and the Bandit

Unfortunately, we lost the great Burt Reynolds this year, and the hole in my heart has yet to close.  Not too long before he passed, my youngest daughter joined me for a video on our food review channel on YouTube, Our Table, and we searched out how to recreate the sandwich from the iconic film.  Once we posted it on YouTube, I just couldn’t resist adding the video to Retro Ramblings as well.  Turns out, a lot of us old retro lovers are big fans of the film, and the post rocketed to the top of the charts, and has been getting steady views ever since.

I know it is a personal favorite of mine, and I’m glad so many of you have found enjoyment from it as well.  My favorite part of the video is the running gag where my daughter dressed up like a snowman instead of “The Snowman”.  She’s just too cute.

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#2:  Do You Remember Green Stamps?

There are few things in this world that can bring a ton of memories back to the surface like seeing old Green Stamps.  My mom was a disciple of these things, and I relate several stories based around these things in the post.

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#3:  Forgotten Food:  The Fast Food Edition

If you’ve spent any time on this site at all, you already know that old food holds a special place in my heart.  I’ve written several things in the past just gushing over food that is no longer available to us.  Well, in this piece, I rambled on about four old fast food items in particular….The McDLT, The SuperHero Burger, The New York Patty Melt, and the infamous Chilito.  This one is going to make your mouth water!

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Press Your Luck Michael Larson

#4:  Big Money No Whammies!  The Michael Larson Story

Michael Larson turned the game show world on it’s head when he made his infamous appearance on the Press Your Luck show.  No one contestant had ever went on the streak that he had, but when it came down to it, not everything was on the up and up.  This post is probably one of the most factual posts I’ve done all year.

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#5:  Retro Round Table:  Favorite Stores at the Mall

Early in the year, I started this little thing where I invited several of my favorite retro-minded friends from around the internet to join me in discussing a particular topic.  We had a lot of fun, and covered several subjects, but this one proved to be the most popular.  There were several good stores remembered in this one, and some I never had the joy of visiting.  Give it a look and then add your own memories in the comments.

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Do You Remember Green Stamps?

Raise your hand if you remember S&H Green Stamps.  For those of you without telepathy, my hand is high in the air.  That’s because I certainly remember Green Stamps.  Now, for those of you who don’t remember them, or aren’t old enough to know about them, let me give you a brief summary of what they were.

I guess the easiest way to explain them would be to say that they were like bonus points you get when you use your credit card, or frequent flyer miles that you can rack up with the airlines, but for everyday things.  The most common place you would get them were at grocery stores.  How much you spent on your grocery shopping trip determined how many green stamps you earned.  


Green Stamps


There was a little machine next to the register, and the cashier would dial-up how many stamps you had earned and it would spit them out.  The actual green stamps themselves were about the size of a postage stamp, and worked in much the same way, as you had to lick the back of them to stick them in the green stamp books.


Green Stamps


Now those books, once they were filled, could be used to buy all sorts of stuff from the Green Stamps Catalog.  It was usually the type of merchandise you would find at a Dollar General store, but they also carried some nicer items as well.  So for just doing what you normally would by doing your weekly grocery shopping, you earned some free shopping spree money!  These things were so popular, that the grocery stores used them as a way to bring in folks.  They would often run “double stamp day” promotions where you would earn double the amount of green stamps that you normally would.  This was a big deal in my house, and shopping day always lined up with double stamp day.

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