TechnoRetro Dads (technoretro dads)

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The last Monday in January has come and this episode promises to be more than meets the eye (or ear, ear bud, or taste buds, for that matter).

When THE SPECIALIST showed up for this cold call episode of TechnoRetro Dads, he had no reason to suspect the inquisition JediShua and shazbazzar had for him.  Whether the topic was Froot Loops or a game console that predated him by years, CHRIS LUBY of SMORE GEEKS is up to the challenge and sticks with JediShua and shazbazzar for the entire podcast!

With News pertinent to the 70s, 80s, and today as well as History Lessons that continue to impact the world we live in today, no other podcast provides the scope and escape to nostalgia this week as this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.  Download, listen, subscribe, and settle in with your ear buds for another great start to your work week on January 27, 2014. 

Get on-the-line and send us an electronic-M with your thoughts and voice messages to, or you can call us at (209)TR-TRDad.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too!

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What is the big deal about Micronauts?  ARMANDO joins JediShua and shazbazzar to look back at these three inch predecessors to the ever-popular Transformers in this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.

Plus, find out where you can see Wilma Deering, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and the Incredible Hulk in upcoming programs.  In other news, Batman (the Adam West/Burt Ward version) is coming soon on DVD. 

Travel back in time to 1981 when the first Delorean DMC-12 rolls off the assembly line.  Discover how an Apple a day keeps 1984 at bay.  Find out why Templeton Peck has the wrong Face, man.  

Add in some speculations about Star Wars: The Clone Wars upcoming episodes (not spoilers, just speculations on rumored titles), and there is enough in this episode to keep you busy for...

...well, at least 77 minutes.


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Is JEK-14 more than a clone?  Does he remind anyone else of Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man?  With that arm, it just might be possible.

With Mike from Looking away to the Horizon and Chris from Star Wars Kidscast, JediShua and shazbazzar discuss the many finer points of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles.  What isn’t to love about these LEGO Star Wars specials?

Included in this suspiciously transhuman episode of TechnoRetro Dads is news from CES, an announcement about VSI, and the release of the new documentary, I Know that Voice!  Sit in front of the TV for some Saturday morning cartoons with Tom, Jerry, Muscles, Spike, Snap, Crackle, and Pop.  Discover reading (and even singing) computers way back in the 70s.  Revisit Jaime Sommers and Steve Austin in their iconic, bionic roles.  Plus Hungry, Hungry Hippos, a Tonka Jeep, and Eric Bauza as Chris Rock!

It’s a totally awesome overloaded episode of TechnoRetro Dads to get your work week off to a great start!

Tell us what you think about any part of the show by sending us an electronic-m to or calling us at (209)TR-TRDad.  Until then, enjoy stuff!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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The new year is well underway and we are launching Congressmen into space.  Well, we already did, it seems.  Tune in this week and you will be better prepared for that Jeopardy audition as well as a possible job of creative rearranging of words to force clever acronyms.  TechnoRetro Dads is more than just two guys waxing nostalgic week after week -- it is informative and thought provoking.  After all, before today, you did not know that C.H.A.M.P. stands for

But we do more than educate, we have fun this week, too.  From ice-skating in Mississippi to dismantling decorations in Denver, the topics flow from the King to the Fisher-Price Kingdom and every color crystal in between (even the Dark kind), JediShua and shazbazzar bring the 70s and 80s to today with an amusing mix of flashbacks and fast forwards that will keep your reel-to-reel working overtime.

So download early every Monday morning and listen to every juicy nugget of #TechnoRetro good times in a podcast where “B+” is just about the best thing that can be said about a person.  Get your work week started on the right foot (or the left, as long as it is the one you prefer) and be positive all week long!

Tell us what you think about any part of the show by sending us an electronic-m to or calling us at (209)TR-TRDad.  Until then, enjoy stuff!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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What did you get for Christmas?  We loaded up (like we do every year) and had lots of fun.  But not just at Christmas time -- we have had a great year in 2013.  We take some time to revisit what happened in 2013 and reveal some of our expectations for 2014, and while everything has not been all shiny this year, we have high hopes for the year to come.

We also talk about the upcoming Annie Awards and the categories and nominees in our News segment.  In the History Lesson, we turn back the clock to the week after Christmas in the 70s and 80s to see what was going on while we were playing with the Star Wars toys Santa brought us back then.

The final results of the first season of the TechnoRetro Bowl are in and we celebrate the lopsided victory of an undefeated team.  Congratulations to Craig!

As the little one with the great big ears would say in that famous Rankin/Bass special.... “Happy New Year!”

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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Quick -- before Christmas actually gets here and it seems like it may be kind of weird to watch it -- check out A Charlie Brown Christmas.  JediShua and shazbazzar sat down with their families to watch the special that started it all as they wrap up a three-month trilogy of Peanuts specials just in time for Christmas.

We also climb up in our attics to pull out some dusty memories of toys of Christmases past as well as delve into some newsy items dig up data from the 70s and 80s about  computers and even a look at the future from the perspective of the past (1974, to be precise).

With just over a week before 2013 concludes, you can still plug in your ear buds to TechnoRetro Dads.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Whether your weather is -10 or 101 (or even 40 or 60), you have a lot to do over the next nine days.  What better way to get started than with some TechnoRetro good times with your ear buds?  Join shazbazzar and JediShua for some Lazer Kicking action as Mr. Heatmiser and Mr. Snowmiser have a showdown for top song-and-dance man!

We watch The Year Without a Santa Claus with our families and realize the difference nearly forty years makes in Christmas TV specials.  Indiana Solo and the Python Adventure is in the news, and King Kong shows up on the Superstation via 8 inch floppy disks.

If that makes sense to you, you may very well be a TechnoRetro Dad.  Check out this episode for some bright points this week, both in the past and the present. 

If you like what you hear, be sure to leave us a good review on iTunes!

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Each year around this time, we used to sit around and dream about what we wanted for Christmas...

What I want is a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.  I think that everybody should have a Red Ryder BB gun. They're very good for Christmas. I don't think that a football's a very good Christmas present.

Whether you want a major award, a nightmarish pink bunny suit, a Chinese turkey from Bo Ling, or just want to finally win against Scud Farkis, this episode of TechnoRetro Dads will certainly satisfy your cravings.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get a mouthful of Lifebuoy.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:08am EDT

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Stuffed from Turkey?  Tuckered out from traveling?  JediShua and shazbazzar are starting to spread Christmas cheer now that the season has officially opened.  Beginning on Cyber Monday and continuing through the month of December, TechnoRetro Dads will focus on the fun times of this season remembering, reminiscing, and reliving the movies, music, and more from the 70s and 80s in December.

This week, we watch Miracle on 34th Street in the Family Circle, rediscover some Toys in the Attic from Christmas past, as well as keep track of News and History Lessons.  Grab your earbuds and join us for 80 minutes this week!

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Blunt the knives and bend the forks!
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!
Chip the glasses and crack the plates!
That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates...

Musical memories and more abound this week as Glen Nelson from High Adventure joins us to talk about the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated feature, The Hobbit.  Get your shortened work week started right with news from Mars, historical references to humpback whales, eager expectations of Thanksgiving traditions, and a flying squirrel and moose to boot!

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