Mon, 20 February 2017
With perhaps the most disjointed and cram-packed episode of TechnoRetro Dads ever, shazbazzar and JediShua apologize if you feel blindsided, upside-down, or threatened by enormous lizards with atomic breath as you start this work week. Corny jokes, news-ish stories, aftershocks, cartoons, video games, and fictional history are all stuffed into your audio toy box of nostalgia. Give us 77 minutes, and we’ll take of the “wait”.
In the NEWS…
Valentine’s Day in Colorado came with original V-Day “cards” (including spoons), stranger boxes, and lots of love. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is cast to take down an even bigger monster in 2019. The radio drama version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gets animated.
We Love our Cereal!
After talking about Girl Scout cereal for weeks, we dive into a bowl of Caramel Crunch with yummy, crunchy results. Samoas (Caramel deLites) get a tasty treatment that ranks rather high with each Oneida spoonful.
Aftershocks of 1977
“A shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner” has been the recipe for weight loss for millions for the past forty years. Slim Fast hit store shelves in 1977 and has continued to endure even while fad diets come and go. Catapulting baseball manager Tommy Lasorda into TechnoRetro fame, the commercials alone are permanently etched into GenX’s collective memory. Get ready to put away your fat pants and tighten your belt because this diet product really works!
EarBud Rory O’Toole suggests another theme song for the segment as the ‘Dads remember the voice of Jim Backus as Quincy Magoo, the doddering, legally blind cartoon who epitomizes the physical comedy that was popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s. So turn on the television of your minds and sit down for What’s New Mr. Magoo?.
Toys in the Attic
Shogun Warriors were popular in the mid-seventies (and have made a big comeback with kids of that era today), and one of their biggest hits was the towering, twenty-inch version of Godzilla by Mattel. JediShua and shazbazzar remember hours of destructive fun as they brought the gigantic lizard into their playtime with Star Wars figures and army men.
JediShua’s most recent trip to the Hyperspace Arcade brought him joyful memories of vector graphics and clever game play with Space Duel, an Atari release from 1982 that resembled asteroids with colorful, three-dimensional objects attacking a dual-ship controlled by one or two players. The only multi-player vector game by Atari was the company’s response to less-than-stellar sales of their Asteroids Deluxe video game. Space Duel earns its place in the TechnoRetro Arcade.
Since it’s Presidents’ Day, it’s only right to include some patriotic history from Independence Day: Resurgence as the ESD Moonbase opens in 2009. Plus, Scott Bakula leaps back to 1958 to sort out Marty Elroy’s family problems in Quantum Leap.
How can we bring you all this sweet TechnoRetro goodness in 77 minutes with no calories? The magic of nostalgia, that’s how. Of course, input from our EarBuds via Twitter @TechnoRetroDads or on Facebook help, too. So let us know what you’re thinking on social media, or you can give us your feedback and let us know what you think by calling our voice mail line at (209) 878-7323 or sending us an mp3 via electronic-M to podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com. Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes!
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