TechnoRetro Dads

Mysteries abound in this NON-LINEAR release of TechnoRetro Dads.  Loyal EarBud and SuperFriend, Chris Hamilton (Star Wars Kidscast) recently uncovered evidence that suggests the TechnoRetro Dads podcast is a knock-off of a 1930’s radio show entitled The Fathers of Henceforth and Whenceforth.  A record from 1932 reveals striking similarities to the ‘Dads’ program, including discussions of childhood toys, looking to the future, a freaky obsession with cereal, and perhaps most shocking of all…one of the hosts is named “Shua”!  Shenanigans!

But that’s not the only mystery afoot, EarBuds.  No!  JediShua and shazbazzar have gone missing and it’s up to the TechnoRetro Kids to find them.  In a nearly tragic turn of events, shazzyLuke (shazzy reptiles) and shAbbeyzzar accidentally take off for High Adventure and “Light the Sky on Fire” in the ‘Dads’ DeLorean and are joined by JediAri and Little A’s for a millennia-spanning adventure in just over fifteen minutes (no salamanders were harmed in the process).

Discover the truth behind the controversy in this SPECIAL BIRTHDAY EDITION of TechnoRetro Dads with special thanks to Chris Hamilton of Star Wars Kidscast, Glen Nelson, Brian Rabeuse, and Dave Connelly of High Adventure, and special vocal artist Rebecca Hofmann.  

We love to hear from our EarBuds! If you like what you hear, tweet all about it (#TechnoRetro), post on Facebook, and rate/review the show on iTunes and Stitcher.  You can even be like Chris and leave us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad (209)878-7323 or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to  

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Greetings, Programs!  

Wake up from your sugar rush slumber to some great news and other noise from TechnoRetro Dads.  JediShua is living large with his summer plans (in spite of having a snow day in the middle of Spring Break) while shazbazzar bemoans the popular squishy Easter treats: Peeps. So whether you’re losing your sweet tooth or overdoing the jelly beans this week, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving for fun with your EarBuds with TechnoRetro Dads. 

In the NEWS:  We get out the correction tape on The Tick, a Dad documents his family’s struggle with his son’s terminal cancer in a video game,  and casting continues for Ready Player One (for better or worse), and the writer of The Martian has a short story added to the official RP1 canon. 

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long experience the joys of home ownership and remodeling in the 1986 film, The Money Pit…and it isn’t as easy as HGTV makes it look week after week.  In the classic physical comedy stylings of Tom Hanks, this movie may not win a major award, but the fun memories flow freely as the ‘Dads remember this movie from thirty years ago.

But it goes back even further, as shazbazzar brings his… not-quite-a Mr. Microphone down from the attic to broadcast his voice on any FM radio.  The premise was better than the presentation for little shaz in 1979, though, when his generic wireless microphone failed to achieve the same effects (and results) of the Mr. Microphone advertised on television. 

And, with the release of Batman v Superman, we reveal the winner of the “Battle of the Bowls” in this month’s cereal challenge.  Our EarBuds’ taste buds were seriously challenged with the task of choosing one over the other in the categories of crunch, flavor, appearance, and more.  

We love to hear from our EarBuds! If you want to leave us a voicemail, be sure to call us at (209) TR-TRDad or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to  

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Greetings, Programs!  

Spring is here and the ‘Dads are a bit feverish to get outside and play in the warm sunshine.  Take a trip back to the carefree days of riding your bike with your friends from morning till night as shazbazzar and JediShua recall the bicycles of their youth.  Whether it was a Schwinn, Huffy, Murray, Free Spirit, or Kent, a bicycle was a two-wheeled ticket to freedom — even if you were restricted to simply riding around the block.  Bicycles could become anything you imagined, from horses to cars to X-Wings or TIE Fighters, and as we got older, our bikes carried us to friends houses, movie theaters, and even Carter Caves!  With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get out your bike and ride.

PLUS: Entertainment is the NEWS this week!  Indy 5 has been announced with an expected release date in 2019 (since Spielberg is tied up in the OASIS with a certain futuristic film at the moment), shazbazzar speculates on Tim Burton’s anticipated sequel to Beetlejuice, and JediShua reveals Amazon’s plan to resurrect The Tick with Patrick Warburton, whom shazbazzar somehow confused with that guy who played Brisco County, Jr. and starred in Army of Darkness

Astronaut Scott Kelly stars in the TechnoRetro Dads’ SCIENCE LESSON as we discover the effects a year in space has on the body, as well as the impact of returning to Earth after twelve months away from gravity.  One impressive fact: you’ll come home taller than you were when you left!

Be sure to participate in the Battle of the Cereals with Batman v Superman cereals in this month’s TechnoRetro Cereal challenge on our Facebook page.  And if you want to leave us a voicemail, be sure to call us at (209) TR-TRDad or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to  

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Greetings, Programs!  

Are you ready for an hour and pi minutes of great music to celebrate Pi Day on the 14th of March?  The choices on this very special episode will make you deliciously dizzy with some favorites, both old and new, informative and quirky.  Let’s go!  

From Archimedes to Einstein and beyond, the songs are spinning on our record players Monday with numbers that will go on and on and on and on in a most irrational way on this week’s TechnoRetro Dads.  If you want to get in on the fun and add the full versions (or official versions) of these songs to your TechnoRetro turntables (digitally, of course), you can click on the links below to purchase them on iTunes. 


"Pi Song" (Mr. R)

“Roundabout” (Yes)

“American Pie” (Don McLean)

“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” (Jay & The Techniques)

“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Dead or Alive)

“Round and Round” (RATT)
“Custard Pie” (Led Zeppelin)

"Pi" (Ari Zizzo)

“Circle of Life” (DConstructed)

“Circumference” (Breakage)

“Wild Honey Pie” (Beatles)

“Will It Go Round in Circles?” (Billy Preston)

“What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?” (Monkees)

“Circles” (Captain & Tennille)

“Pi Song” (Bryan Oden)

“Geometry” (PBS Kids)

“Circumference (It Just Makes Sense)” (Rhythm, Rhyme, Results)

“Circles” (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)

“The Circle Is Complete” (High Adventure)

Don’t forget to voice your opinion in the Battle of the Cereals with Batman v Superman cereals in this month’s TechnoRetro Cereal challenge on our Facebook page.  And if you want to leave us a voicemail, be sure to call us at (209) TR-TRDad or record a message on your computer or phone and send us an electronic-M to  

JediShua and shazbazzar will return next week with 77 minutes of NEWS, CEREAL, SCIENCE, and more next Monday.  Until then, plug in your EarBuds and sing along until you remember the first hundred or so digits of pi.

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Time passes by so quickly when you’re immortal.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the sword-clashing battle between Connor MacLeod and the Kurgan ended with Clancy Brown losing his head and Christopher Lambert winning the Prize.  Crowned with rock anthems and ballads by Queen, Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 classic stand-alone film ushered in decades of sequels, series, and controversies with Highlander, the story of a Scottish boy with a French accent who just wouldn’t die.  Instructed by Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, an Egyptian with a Scottish accent, Connor MacLeod squared off against the Kurgan, a Russian with an inexplicable American accent way back in the 16th Century.  It’s a tale that spans the centuries and continues to thrill fantasy fans today.

Michael Nipp from The Deucecast Movie Show joins shazbazzar and JediShua for a glimpse of the kind of magic that made Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, and Clancy Brown the Princes of the Universe in an imaginative game of life and death where the Prize is the ability to grow old and die. 

But that’s not all there is to this week’s TechnoRetro Dads!  Starlog Magazine makes the  NEWS with a complete digital collection of past issues online.  PLUS: JediShua shares a cereal recipe for National Cereal Day that’s sure to be an Escape that’s both cheerful and fruitilicious.  And don’t forget to join in the Battle of the Heroes in the Batman v Superman Cereal Challenge this month!

In the SCIENCE LESSON, a real-life Solar Sail is almost ready for it’s maiden voyage among the stars…or at least to the space surrounding our planet.  Find out how you can get involved in the next wave of space travel before it gets off the ground.

With musical memories and international versions of a cult classic, today’s TechnoRetro Dads is 77 minutes of energy that might make you lose your head…figuratively speaking, of course.

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What happens when mortal enemies are stranded alone in a life-threatening hostile environment?  Will they overcome their animosity towards each other in their efforts to survive?  Will they choose to take their chances on their own?  Will they continue their fight against one another in spite of their common plight?  Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. explore the possibilities in 1984’s Enemy Mine as a human and a Drac choose temporary tolerance over continued animosity in a story that shows how enemies can become true friends when they are put in a position in which they must rely on each other for survival.  More recently, a human and a Lasat explore the same story as Agent Kallus and Zeb from Star Wars Rebels forego their long-standing battle in order to survive being marooned on a Geonosian moon in last week’s, “The Honorable Ones”.  This week, shazbazzar and JediShua revisit the somewhat forgotten movie from their youth as well as take a brief look at its similarities with the latest episode of Rebels.

On this “Leap Day” episode of TechnoRetro Dads, the ‘Dads explore the solar reasons for having an extra day added to the calendar almost every four years, revealing some truths (and some possible “false facts”) about Leap Year that you may not know, making sure to provide all EarBuds with opportunities to wow their co-workers and friends with mostly unimpressive trivia.  (After all, most of us won’t be around to see the next time there isn’t a Leap Year on its regular 4-year schedule in 2100.)  

But there is some NEWS that may be significant to children of the 70s and 80s.  Funko makes a return to The Dark Crystal, Bill the Cat goes solo with his own picture book, Mondo makes Madballs, a young MacGyver is presented his first Erector Set, and Wade Watts is cast for Ready Player One.     

Most importantly, TechnoRetro Dads satisfy their sweet tooth cravings around the campfire with Kellogg’s SMORZ and Malt-O-Meal’s S’mores cereals.  Jeremy the Spider-Pan from The Neverland Podcast submits a guest review as Armando sends in a S’mores cheesecake recipe and several EarBuds send in their thoughts about the marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker tasting (?) cereal in this month’s cereal challenge.

Topped off with Doc Brown’s discovery of a ninth planet in our solar system (yep, the same Doc Brown that challenged the planetary status of the last ninth planet in our solar system, Pluto) in the SCIENCE LESSON, this episode is one that won’t be repeated for at least four years!

Don’t skip your 77-minute bowl of TechnoRetro goodness as you start your Leap Day.  It’s sure to get your extra day off on the right foot — or left foot — whichever you prefer.

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Hey, Hey, all you Monkees!  

It’s hard to believe, but The Monkees have been in our collective consciousness for fifty years!  Way, way back in 1966, a nifty comedy featuring four Ben Frank types trying to make their way in a world overpopulated by bands of all shapes, sizes, sounds, and silly names.  And even though TechnoRetro Dads shazbazzar and JediShua weren’t around when the show premiered in color on NBC, they remember The Monkees from their youth through records, reruns, and their very first rock concert (not The Monkees’ first concert, obviously, the ‘Dads’ first concert).

This week on TechnoRetro Dads, SuperFriend Richard Woloski (Skywalking through Neverland, Talking Apes TV) lends his expert opinions on the “Pre-Fab Four” for 77 minutes of going bananas with good times, trivia, and tunes as they gush in their fandom for the four musical primates as they celebrate the ingenuity of inventing a band for a TV show and ending up essentially launching a musical career that has spanned six decades with fans of all ages. 

But it’s not all talk.  JediShua and Richard get their chance to prove their expertise as shazbazzar quizzes them Jeopardy-style with Monkee-centric categories like “THAT GIRL”; “COLORS”; “EVERY ‘DAY’ IS GETTING BRIGHTER”; “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”; “STATUS SYMBOL LAND”; and “THEY’RE ANIMALS!” Find out who is the big winner in this less-than-impressive imitation of the game show where you ask the questions.  

What was your experience with The Monkees?  Did you have a favorite song or memorable episode?  Let us know by tweeting us @TechnoRetroDadds or sending us an electronic-M to PLUS: Don’t forget to chime in on our February Cereal Challenge by eating “SMORZ” cereal and reviewing it in our poll on Facebook.  We’ll be talking all about the chocolatey, marshmallowy, graham-cracker cereal next week on TechnoRetro Dads.   

Have a Pleasant Valley Monday with 77 minutes of fun with TechnoRetro Dads as you wake up and take on the day. We guarantee your smiles will be brighter and your Head will be filled with songs from a long time ago that are as good today as they were in the late ‘60s! Share and spread the love!

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Greetings, Programs!  

Hopefully you remembered to find a Valentine over the weekend, but today we change gears just a bit to cut loose with some Presidents to the tunes of Kenny Loggins with Footloose.  JediShua and shazbazzar take a TechnoRetro look at the dance movie that made Kevin Bacon in 1984.  While the ‘80s music and feel of the film are undeniably dated, the generation-gap, small town versus big city story is as real today as it was 32 years ago.  So kick off your Sunday shoes this Monday morning and turn up the fun with TechnoRetro Dads.

As always, though, there’s much more to this episode as the ‘Dads reveal upcoming releases: a new Monkees album, Armada makes its paperback debut, and more movie dates change — specifically, Ready Player One and The Flash.  Also in the NEWS, Voltron returns with a new series on NetFlix, and shazbazzar and JediShua make an appearance on Rebel Force Radio.

Kellogg’s makes an appearance in CEREAL NEWS with recipe ideas, specifically a tropical concoction we renamed “Krispies Colada”.  Don’t hesitate to send us your cereal recipes via electronic-M to    

In celebration of the end of football season, the ‘Dads pull out some bubble gum machine helmets from the ATTIC and reminisce about some favorite (and not-so-favorite) helmets they had.  One question lingers, though: Will these helmets fit 12” figures from the ‘70s and ‘80s?  

It’s a blend of new and old as the kids get a day off from school on this Presidents’ Day.  So sit back for a rousing round of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” with TechnoRetro Dads.

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With a brilliant victory over Cam Newton’s Panthers, Denver’s Broncos claim another SuperBowl championship for Peyton Manning and football lovers need to find another object for their affection.  No need to worry, EarBuds!  TechnoRetro Dads is here this week with some advice to ensure a lovely Valentine’s Day for you and your significant other in plenty of time for you to be a romantic love hero as February’s holiday approaches.  Feel like staying in next Sunday night?  We’ve got a few ‘80s romance movie suggestions for you to cuddle up with your cutie on the couch and watch together while snacking on some Valentine’s Day Chex Mix.

And for those who may be feeling a little lonely this February 14th, if you find yourself always nagging, bragging, complaining about things, take a good look at Kathleen Turner — now there’s one hekuva girl!  JediShua and shazbazzar take another look at 1984’s Robert Zemeckis film Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, and the always handsome and hilarious El Guapo.  If you’ve seen it before, it maintains all the charm and humor that you remember.  If you’ve never seen it — it’s well-worthy of a Valentine’s Day viewing.

IN CEREAL NEWS, General Mills gets real with an actual rabbit to support TRIX cereals.  Cinnabun wins Big G’s search for a live mascot to roll-out their growing line of naturally-colored cereals — not all of which are shades of brown!  PLUS: the latest craze in alcoholic beverages use used cereal milk as a mixer.     

Romance abounds in that galaxy far, far away with three couples in The Force Awakens discussion.  Discover the answers to these perplexing questions: Which of these couples have the best chance to find love?  Which couple will go down in history as icons of romance? And just when you thought you knew everything about Star Wars, TechnoRetro Dads uncover the in-universe origins of the Ewoks.  

This is an episode you can’t afford to miss — unless you want to be in the dog house next Monday morning.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:11am EST

Greetings, Programs!  

When Barbie was topping the toy charts, Hasbro decided to try out a “boy’s version” of the doll and G.I. Joe was born.  For over fifty years, G.I. Joe has occupied store shelves and toy boxes throughout the United States.  In the ‘70s, Joe evidently studied martial arts and earned his Kung-Fu Grip.  Once Kenner’s Star Wars line captured the market, Joe underwent major plastic surgery, shrinking him down to less than one third his size and giving him many more points of articulation.  Since then, G.I. Joe has demanded attention from kids and collectors with hundreds of figures, numerous vehicles, and not a small number of playsets.

But that’s not all!  G.I. Joe became A Real American Hero in 1983 with Sunbow’s five-part mini-series featuring the toys in animated form.  With another hit mini-series in 1984, G.I. Joe escalated to television stardom as fifty-five new episodes of the show released in 1985.  Since then, G.I. Joe has put his name on several iterations of animated television programming as well as a couple of live-action Hollywood features.  

IN THE NEWS, General Mills offers Star Wars fans a chance to attend Star Wars Celebration in London, any new Labyrinth movies will continue the story, not retell it, and new DeLoreans will soon be in production.  

JediShua and shazbazzar review Wheaties, a cereal that’s nearly a century old (the cereal itself, not the actual flakes they consumed over the past month).  Did Wheaties make them more athletic?  Will their faces grace future orange boxes on shelves in the cereal aisle in your local grocery store?  Discover the answers to other questions in the TechnoRetro Dads Cereal Challenge this week.

So pour yourself a bowl of Wheaties, get your toys down out of the attic, and turn on some classic G.I. Joe cartoons and celebrate G.I. Joe Day with shazbazzar and JediShua as your work week (and February) kick off!


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Greetings, Programs!  

Whether you want to bewitch the mind or ensnare the senses, bottle fame, brew glory, or even put a stopper in death, there’s only one potion master that will do: Severus Snape.  We remember some of our favorite roles of Alan Rickman, from Hans Gruber in Die Hard to the Sheriff of Nottingham, to his portrayal of an actor portraying an alien crew member of a very Trekkish television show, Alan Rickman delighted audiences for decades with his precision command of every aspect of himself on screen.

IN THE NEWS, J.J. Abram’s vision of WestWorld has been delayed, Darkwing Duck does not get a movie voiced and animated by Jim Cummings, but it looks like he will get a comic book.  Concept designer and animator of such visually mesmerizing projects as TRON: Uprising, Aeon Flux, Gorillaz, and The Beatles: RockBand, Robert Valley, provides fans with an opportunity to help him realize the transfer of a graphic novel to film through a Kickstarter for Pear Cider and Cigarettes

The bulk of this week’s show, however, is the discussion and debate about Rey’s heritage, spurred by a post by Joe Tavano at As Maz Kanata put it, “Who’s the girl?”  JediShua, shazbazzar, and Joey-Wan Kenobi put forward their best (and worst) thoughts for consideration, with reasons supporting or derailing some of the most common and most outlandish theories about Rey’s parents that they’ve heard.  Although the next saga installment of Star Wars has been pushed back to December 2018, these three throw out enough speculations (with or without evidence) to keep fans talking for 23 months.  PLUS: new questions arise, like “Is Kylo Ren a Star Wars version of TRON’s CLU?” and the identity and origin of Snoke.  There are many things about Star Wars we don’t know since this sequel trilogy started over a month ago, and speculation is a blast!

So sit down with your bowl of Wheaties, plug in your ear buds, EarBuds, and tune in for 77 minutes of family, friends, and fandom this Monday morning as you get ready to start another work week.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:11am EST

Greetings, Programs!  

Whether you’re off to the rodeo in the middle of winter or you’re watching a preschool neighborhood Mardi Gras parade, there’s always time to share some favorite memories with your EarBuds.  Join shazbazzar and JediShua as they take a mind trip to 1986 with memories of the Jim Henson/George Lucas collaboration, Labyrinth.  With the recent passing of David Bowie, it only seemed appropriate to talk about some of the more influential aspects of his work on the lives of the ‘Dads, and both agree that his portrayal of the Goblin King Jareth will always remain in the forefront of their minds.

But there’s more!  Cereal sales are down in the NEWS.  Is it because of increased droughts?  Is too much grain going into our gas tanks taking its toll on the breakfast food industry?  Or are the ‘Dads to blame because EarBuds are living vicariously through them and not consuming as much sugary-sweet, brightly colored cereals as they did before the CEREAL segment began?  But never fear, General Mills hasn’t been in business for a century and a half because it can’t endure an economic downturn from time-to-time. 

TechnoRetro Dads discover a new way to organize some of your favorite movies by watching them in alphabetical order.  Because, because, because, because, because JediShua finds Of Oz the Wizard online, he follows the Yellow Brick Road to Arst Arsw, enduring hours of oddly edited versions of the films according to alphabetically arranged dialogue.  Really, who thinks up these things?!

In the meantime, if you’re not already a member of Audible, you can get your 30-day free trial and a free download of an audio book of your choice through this #TechnoRetro link:  We suggest lazy reading the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as you continue to feel the awakening of the Dark Side and the Light.

So get up, put 2 Euros in the LEGO Cheerios cereal vending machine, and tune in to 77 minutes of delicious TechnoRetro crunchiness — it’s part of your balanced breakfast every Monday morning.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:33am EST

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Have you ever tried to have a discussion about a single topic with a friend and he keeps interrupting the flow of the conversation with movie quotes, song lyrics, or side-bars about odd words or names?  Did you find it frustrating?  Were you wondering if this only happens to you?  You’re not alone.  All the evidence you need is wrapped up in 77 silly minutes of this week’s technology-centric TechnoRetro Dads.  JediShua and shazbazzar prove their attention span stinks nearly as much as sulfur (soon-to-be known to all mankind as shazbazzarium) as their deficiency is paraded with pride for all the world to hear in this podcast filled with problematic prognostications and spurious speculations. 

But that’s not all!  Their disorderly conduct continues throughout the NEWS about Star Wars in concert, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in-universe books from the wide world of Ghostbusters, and newly discovered invented elements synthesized by chemists dedicated to completing each and every level of the Periodic Table of Elements.

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your appetite this Monday morning, sit down with Nephew Joe for a mixed bowl of cereal as JediShua hosts Sunday Cereal Bar Brunch for his extended family.  Listen in as the two of them (and others) make their plans for RetroFuture cereal restaurant that charges by the bowl instead of by the pound.  (POUND?  Just how much cereal does it take to fill Shua’s belly?!)

PLUS: shazbazzar unearths an eleventy-five year-old article by civil engineer John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. published in the December 1900 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.  The imaginative mind of yesteryear proves to be rather accurate in his predictions of the technology that would be familiar over the next century.  From wireless telephone networks spanning the globe to pre-packaged cooked meals delivered to the (evidently kitchenless) homes of our century, the pre-tech visionary had a firm grasp on the direction technology would take in the post-industrial age.

The questions that will plague EarBuds’ after tuning in this week are not limited to:

  1. How much cold medicine did shazbazzar take?
  2. Who is Solomon Grundy and why is JediShua’s dad eating him for breakfast?
  3. When will shazbazzar find the elusive multi-colored BB-8 droid viewer?
  4. What is a single-cell phone?
  5. Where exactly is a woman’s boudoir?

So listen in and listen again to this technically silly technological episode of TechnoRetro Dads and make your Monday a fun day.


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:56am EST

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Did the movie live up to the hype?  Did the hype affect your first screening?  your second?  How important is it to see Star Wars on opening night?  Of course we’re talking about The Force Awakens in this first episode of 2016.  Both shazbazzar and JediShua see the most highly anticipated movie in ten years with friends, family, and first-timers time and again in 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX and they begin their conversation with initial comments after a few times seeing a truly J.J. Abrams Star Wars movie.  SPOILER ALERT!  If, for some strange reason, you have not yet seen the newest addition to the galaxy far, far away, BEWARE!  This episode of TechnoRetro Dads contains spoilers, speculations, and surprises that may make your first viewing of The Force Awakens better or worse (depending on who you ask).

Might as well let you know now: Finn’s last name is Calrissian, Rey’s last name is Kenobi, and Kylo’s real name is Ben.  Or maybe not.  It’s a new movie.  We can’t reveal such things in a podcast blurb!  It would be a travesty.

But the new year brings more than expected!  After the “last call” at, TechnoRetro Dads have found a new home at with long-time SuperFriend Joey Tavano alongside other great podcasts like Brews and Blasters, The Collectors Hutt, Skywalking through Neverland, The Trade Federation, We Know Nothing, The Deucecast Movie Show, and more…

IN THE NEWS: Is Star Trek: Axanar getting the ax?  Independence Day makes a resurgence with Resurgence.  PLUS, X-Men, video games, Batman, Superman, Captain America, Star Trek, and Jungle Book trailers hit theaters before The Force Awakens.

TOYS IN THE ATTIC:  Christmas 2015 had some real hits, including a pie-in-the-face from 1964.

Wake up in a new year with 77 minutes of retrotastic technolove this Monday morning!  So pour yourself a bowl of Wheaties (since you’re still set on keeping those New Year’s resolutions), hop on the treadmill, and walk across the TechnoRetro bridge from the past to the future as the old joins the new at a very appropriate time of year.


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:52am EST

Greetings, Programs!  

’Tis the season of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and of course the ‘Dads seen it…once or twice.  But as soon as shazbazzar and JediShua hit the mall for a few final moments of holiday shopping, they’re drawn in again and get in line for J.J. Abrams’ vision of Star Wars.  Bumping into several SuperFriends along the way and hearing some classic Christmas MUZAK is all part of the in-line experience this Monday morning.

Reminisce about Christmases past with writer/producer Michael Price, cinematographer/cereal connoisseur Sheldon Norton, artist/designer Kevin Liell, author Michael Witwer, concept artist Paul Bateman, and trivia champion Jorbex.

With Star Wars in the air, it’s only fitting to hear some updated tunes from Christmas in the Stars from Pony1Kenobi, Tony Thaxton with Chris Farren,  and Jordan D. White.  PLUS: Animaniacs, KITT from Knight Rider, Chris Hardwick, National Lampoon, and even SPIKE TV join in with tidings appropriate for the season.  Add in some classics from The Beatles, The Drifters, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Ginny Simms as well as some newer tunes from John Anaelio, Justin Cole, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and High Adventure and you have a mix that will take the “BAH” out of anyone’s HUMBUG this week.

Merry Christmas, EarBuds!

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales


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In the months leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (are we allowed to call it Episode 7?), books, comics, toys, and television specials have added to the hype of the trailers, pics, and TV spots teasing us from every continent and country around the world.  This week, SuperFriend Michael Price, writer/producer of the LEGO Star Wars specials, joins shazbazzar and JediShua to talk about this expansive and inventive series that took us on a journey with C-3PO and R2-D2 (the LEGO versions, of course) through the saga up to this point.  Mike answers questions about the LEGO specials, but leaves us wanting more — as always.  Will we see more LEGO Star Wars specials that deal with the new movies and characters in that galaxy far, far away?


JediShua makes good on his promise to review several Christmas breakfast foods as he munches on Pop Tarts and slurps up bowls of cereals.

PLUS: The ‘Dads climb into the attics of our minds to recall toys of the past that would bring smiles to their faces this Christmas.


Enjoy (nearly) 77 minutes of TechnoRetro good times this morning on TechnoRetro Dads!

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What if Superman was a horror flick?  What would a Logan’s Run reboot look like in 2016?  What characters from the ‘70s and ‘80s deserve their own action figures?  What are those PEANUTS characters doing on stage, anyway?

These are the kind of questions that we’re asking in order to keep our minds occupied over the next twelve eleven days as we anxiously await the release of The Force Awakens.

In the meantime, Bill Murray stars in a movie about a Christmas television special (what a novel idea!), graham crackers stay crunchy in milk (but not for an entire minute), TOBOR changes direction at the sound of a clicker, Laser Force vehicles stand up to rough play, and Stretch Armstrong greets each day with open arms. 

Topped off with pieces of cardboard tucked away into the Star Wars Scrapbook, this first December episode of TechnoRetro Dads will keep your mind off the anxieties of waiting for The Force Awakens for 77 minutes, anyway.

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Did you search for TechnoRetro Dads on Google?  Did the screen look strange?  Are your YouTube videos sporting a lightsaber timeline?

Star Wars is everywhere, and we’re thrilled!  From trailers to TV spots to toys to clothes, cereal, and Cover Girl make-up, that galaxy far, far away is getting up close and personal wherever you go.


As we recover from a weekend of family, feasting, and (of course) Six Flags, we officially begin to talk about the next holiday season — and some Christmas toys, too.  SuperFriends Mike MacDonald and Chris Hamilton ride their mooses (meese? moosii?) down from the frigid tundras of Canadia to challenge American junk food cuisine and more.


So grab a box of Golden Grahams and plug in your ear buds, EarBuds.  It’s another TechnoRetro Monday!


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It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and the last Gen-Xer is…back!  SuperFriend and author Michael Witwer joins shazbazzar and JediShua to discuss his recent release, Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons.  Check it out online here.  Unlike any biography we’ve read before, this account of the life and times of E. Gary Gygax and his most well-known creation is a worthy tribute to the master gamer/storyteller.


Mike sticks around to discuss some TechnoRetro sequels we’re thankful for — in one way or another…


Get ready for your own feast (and don’t forget the cranberries) while listening to TechnoRetro Dads this week.


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What do you get when you mix an Art Director with a disagreeable feline actor for an all day shoot?  Great after-hours conversation about The Star Wars Holiday Special!  SuperFriend Paul Bateman of Rebel Force Radio’s Star Wars: Influences joins shazbazzar and JediShua for a discussion about “The Faithful Wookiee” segment of the Holiday Special as we continue our annual Life Day tradition this week.


With a focus on the animated stylings of Nelvana, in and out of the Star Wars universe, we lose focus multiple times throughout this bonus-sized episode as we highlight some of the most memorable moments of Star Wars animation throughout the past four decades.  In addition to that Galaxy Far, Far Away, we talk about A Cosmic Christmas, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, and Rock & Rule (which JediShua finally watched after three years of constant prodding from shazbazzar).  We even talk TRON and Planet of the Apes!


Enjoy Life Day with TechnoRetro Dads.


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Oh, no!

The show is a no go!

Maybe there will be more tomorrow.

Who knows?

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Will FOX actually reboot The Greatest American Hero?  If so, what will it look like?  We talk to SuperFriend Glen Nelson from High Adventure about the possibilities for the potential pilot. PLUS: High Five from High Adventure will soon be available to everyone.  Get a brief sample on TechnoRetro Dads with the song, “Captain.”


IN THE NEWS: Absolutely everything you wanted…Star Wars is only $11 at Wal*Mart.  Star Trek is coming back to television on CBS.  The Muppets’ reboot is about to reboot…again.  


TOYS IN THE ATTIC:  Play-Doh still appeals to the senses — most of them, anyway.


TECHNORETRO BOWL:  An overdue update on the status of the league as Week 9 continues.


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illing Time with Trailers


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Welcome to Standard Time.  Although our Daylight Saving plan failed to earn any interest to give us more than an hour in return, shazbazzar and JediShua make up for it by Killing Time this Monday Morning with a Howloween update, NEWS, and memories of trailers in the Star Wars Scrapbook.  


IN THE NEWS: Kickstart Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair movie. The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Volume 3 finally arrives.  Peanuts will be in theaters this week.  Hondo Ohnaka will be on Star Wars: Rebels this week.  And 5-25-77 will finally be released in theaters!


PLUS: We remember the Star Wars trailers of our youth and speculate on what the new trailer means in the Star Wars Scrapbook.


So kill some time with shazbazzar and JediShua on TechnoRetro Dads.  You know you have an extra hour today, anyway.

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Watch out for time-traveling witches and zombies in zombie costumes as we ramp up the excitement for this weekend of spooky-scariness.   


IN THE NEWS: H.R. PufNStuf returns in 2016, The Great Conjunction goes Indie Go-Go, Lucky Charms goes oatless, and Nikes get self-tightening laces.


PLUS: WolfToons from The Chipmunks and Scooby-Doo, another Scary Spooky Story from shazbazzar’s LP collection, a very special (and tasty) Monster Cereal sandwich, and a late-night call to the Cereal Connoisseur.


Top it all off with a peek back into the Star Wars Scrapbook with JediShua Luke and Ewok shazbazzar and it’s a party.  A TechnoRetro Dead (Man’s Party)!

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Doc Brown and Marty McFly are expected to arrive in two days, and the ‘Dads are preparing for their arrival from the past.  In the meantime, Richard and Sarah from Skywalking through Neverland come Trick-or-Treating just a bit early with a special treat for listeners.  

IN THE NEWS: More Back to the Future news with a Monopoly game, the 30th Anniversary BluRay collection, and the We’re Going Back con.

PLUS: We remember Fangface with another group of animated teenaged detectives and Boo Berry graces the JediShua home with breakfast.

Be sure to check out these great podcasts for your chance to win the Trick-or-Treat SPOOKTACULAR Podcast Crossover Contest:

Skywalking through Neverland

Muppet Cast

Assembly of Geeks

Coffee with Kenobi

Window to the Magic



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While shazbazzar recovers from a busy week, JediShua starts going through some…changes.  Still, TechnoRetro Dads have some ideas for Hollywood: Board Game Movies.  Tune in this Monday Morning for our bright ideas for box office bullseyes you’ll be sorry to miss.


IN THE NEWS: Back to the Future is back with Jaws 19, Pepsi Perfect, and LEGO Dimensions.


PLUS:  Teen Wolf gets animated, but where was James Arnold Taylor?  And the Star Wars Scrapbook gets Howl-o-weenie with a cute tree mounts…or something like that. 


And the week five update of the TechnoRetro Bowl.  


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It’s October, the weather has changed, so grab your parkas and set out on a cross-country hike with us as we stick to the roads and avoid the moors (just like they told us — we want to avoid any hairy manimalistic predators).  As mentioned earlier this year, we’re focusing on wolves this month, starting with a little-known ‘80s cartoon featuring Wolfman Jack: Wolf Rock TV.  Be sure to let us know your memories of animated wolves, werewolves, and wolfmen for future episodes as we draw closer to Hallowe’en.


IN THE NEWS: Michael Witwer’s Empire of Imagination comes out tomorrow.  The Muppets are back in show business.  Monster Cereals come alive through Blippar.  Buck Rogers…er…uh…Jake Rizzo reunites with Ernie Lee from SidekicksBack to the Future is back on your PlayStation or XBOX.  And, of course, Star Wars is everywhere!


PLUS:  Loads of feedback from our Ear Buds. 


And a four-week update on the current status of the TechnoRetro Bowl.  


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JediShua and shazbazzar return to the arcades of their youth with some tunes from the past and present in the third volume of Awesome Mix tapes from TechnoRetro Dads.

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The RedHot Super Summer concludes this week in red pajamas, curly blonde hair, and a pistol-packing partner with the FBI.  Surpassing the Number One Superguy, more heroic than Shazam, The Greatest American Hero was a weekly dose of superfun in the early eighties.  JediShua and shazbazzar have been waiting for the perfect time to gush about this favorite TV show from their childhood, and today is the day!


IN THE NEWS: A new book by Douglas Adams?  The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths pre-order.  Helium meets its heavier, darker nemesis, Sodium Hexafluoride.



PLUS:  Loads of feedback from our Ear Buds. 

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Although today marks the unofficial end of summer as pools and parks close for the season, there are still nearly two weeks of summer to go!  With that in mind, grab an Egg McMuffin, pull out your brand new Star Wars action figures, turn HBO on mute, and watch Big Bird and Oscar while listening to this week’s episode of TechnoRetro Dads!


With memories of Kenner toys from years gone by and the excitement of Midnight Madness on Force Friday, Star Wars is a big part of this show.  JediShua keeps Jimmy Mac and Jason informed of the goings-on in Denver while shazbazzar meets people in line in Dothan.


But that’s not all!  The RedHot Super Summer continues with the ORIGINAL Captain Marvel:  SHAZAM! 


And for owners and managers of teams in the TechnoRetro Bowl, don’t forget the draft tonight at 10:00 CDT.  


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It’s time to finish our discussion of Ernie Cline’s novel, ARMADA.  Join shazbazzar, JediShua, and JAMIE in this SPECIAL episode of TechnoRetro Dads: Lazy Book Club!



If you’re not already a member of Audible, you can get your 30-day free trial and a free download of an audio book of your choice through this #TechnoRetro link:

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You’ll have to wait a little longer for the second part of our LAZY BOOK CLUB discussion of Ernie Cline’s ARMADA, since our resident computer expert was busy all week shoring up the firewalls on the WOPR (or something like that).

But have no fear — Underdog is here!


JediShua and shazbazzar accept the double-dog-dare to find TWO RedHot Supers for this week, and what’s best of all, they’re both animated dogs making their ways in a very human world.  Reminisce about that ‘50s canine hero (no, not Rin-Tin-Tin), UNDERDOG and revisit one of our favorite short-lived Saturday morning cartoon, Hong Kong Phooey as the dog days of summer start to wind down.


PLUS: Iron Giant irony and a gigantic Lite Brite for the office or school make the headlines, Fizzgig makes it into the classifieds (sort of), board games are back, and you can pick up loads of Star Wars audio dramas while helping a great charity through  


Then, the ‘Dads dig into the Star Wars Scrapbook for some great school supplies from years gone by as well as what they’ve seen in stores this year.


Topped off with loads of FEEDBACK from EarBuds, this abridged episode of TechnoRetro Dads is just what you need to get your work week off on the right foot as you wake up on the last day of August 2015.  Share and enjoy!



If you’re not already a member of Audible, you can get your 30-day free trial and a free download of an audio book of your choice through this #TechnoRetro link:


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When the protagonist of the book explicitly states that the story is like TRON, WarGames, and The Last Starfighter, you know it’s going to be TechnoRetro-riffic!  JAMIE, from TRON: Decoding the Grid joins shazbazzar and JediShua in the Lazy Book Club to “read” Ernie Cline’s latest novel, Armada.  We get halfway through the book this week and will continue next week.


PLUS: JediShua reveals a secret NASA plot to probe Europa!  (Well, maybe it’s not that secret, but didn’t it make it sound more exciting that way?)




We need you to join the TRON ARMY in a massive mailing campaign to Disney in support of the TRON franchise.  Go to for details.

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In 1985, Michael J. Fox sold tons of tickets at the box office, not only with Back to the Future, but with the August 23rd release of Teen Wolf, his lesser-known flick of 1985.  He only starred in the sequels of one.  We’ll leave it to you to guess which.  This week, we remember the fun that was Teen Wolf.


Before barking at the moon, though, we took to the skies (and Skype) to discover Alpha Flight’s Guardian as we transcend the barriers of both space and time in our conversation with Mike and Ryan.


But there’s more…


Before talking to our Canadian and Australian SuperFriends about the RedHot Super Summer, we munch and crunch some Honey Nut Cheerios with BuzzBee — we call him “Buzz” for short.


The NEWS is filled with Midnight Madness, Monster Cereals, Mario (Jump Man), and more!


Make time this Monday Morning for 77 minutes of #TechnoRetro good times.


Don’t forget to review us on iTunes, send your JAWS Seaquels, ARMADA insights, or anything #TechnoRetro to us via electronic-M to  Leave us a voicemail by calling us at (209)TR-TRDad, that’s (209)878-7323.  It’s possible that shazbazzar won’t lose your message.


As for the joke…



It’s not right.

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Peter Weller and John Lithgow each made memorable movies in the ‘80s. Why was their comic book styled project in 1984 a bust at the box office?  JediShua and shazbazzar have a couple ideas after watching this cult-classic with their families this week.  In a truly #TechnoRetro treat, this movie emulates everything eighties while being markedly different from anything else at the time.   


Then the ‘Dads dare to dive into the sweltering summer heat in their attics to find a favorite musical toy — with some totally new additions.  


PLUS:  Batman on Amazon Prime, Lieutenant Uhura in space, Jim Henson makes the news in a Dark Crystal documentary and PBS special, Dune gets a deserved 3 hour fan edit, and holograms and hoverboards bring the future even closer to the present.


Don’t forget to send your JAWS Seaquels, ARMADA insights, Honey Nut Cheerios memories or anything #TechnoRetro to us via electronic-M to  Leave us a voicemail by calling us at (209)TR-TRDad, that’s (209)878-7323. 



Will we ever see Buckaroo Banzai vs The World Crime League?  The future is yet untold…

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This week is loaded with observable, testable, and verifiable scientific jargon and poppycock.  With theories of trans-dimensional effects and fuel-efficient microwave travel, this episode may be the strangest collection of firmly-asserted-yet-unproven-facts to date!


JediShua and shazbazzar watch My Science Project thirty years later — and one lingering question remains unanswered: How effective can a fallout shelter be if only 1/4 inch of plywood separates it from the nuclear blast and radiation?   


PLUS:  Reading Rainbow on Netflix, Dr. Seuss in stores, and the impossible EM-drive makes waves in space.


With science books in the Star Wars Scrapbook and FEEDBACK from Jorbex and an unlikely RedHot hero from Derek’s LOOTCRATE finishes off our 77 minutes this week.    


Send your JAWS Seaquels, ARMADA insights, or anything #TechnoRetro to us via electronic-M to  Leave us a voicemail by calling us at (209)TR-TRDad, that’s (209)878-7323.  Don’t forget to comment and rate Honey Nut Cheerios on our Facebook page, too.



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The Dutch Apple Pie is terrific, but with great power comes great responsibility.  Those are just a couple lessons learned by our Red Hot Super this week and Jeff Bridges’ alien incarnation.  Evidently, it’s not easy being RED — whether it’s in Spandex or flannel.


Starman (1984) was John Carpenter’s attempt to make something completely different than he had done before, and he succeeded with making an alien movie that was the same as other “visitation” movies, with some marked differences.  As kids, shazbazzar and JediShua both liked the movie — even though other kids weren’t as thrilled with it.


Jeremy from The Neverland Podcast joins in the Red Hot Super Summer for Spider-Man’s induction into the club.  The web-slinging teenager has been a favorite since 1962 through many iterations, remakes, reboots, and sequels.


Speaking of remakes, reboots, and sequels, JediShua and shazbazzar attempt to define these three common types of movies as they begin the discussion of Hollywood’s fascination with doing the same thing over and over and over again.  


PLUS: More Muppets news, a Star Trek crowdfunding possibility, NASA dubs a planed “Earth 2.0”, and Buck Rogers stands poised for another remake…reboot…something.     



Be share your comments with us about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads. 

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With temperatures rising and San Diego Comic Con having just passed, there is more NEWS in #TechnoRetro Land than you can shake a PIXIE STICK at!  From upcoming films in the Star Wars Anthology to rereleases of classics, the entertainment world is buzzing with possibilities.  Sid and Marty Croft talk Land of the Lost.  Netflix wants to serialize A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Jonathan Betuel finds a landing pad for his Starfighter.  And MORE!


PLUS: we break down our Ear Buds’ (and our own) appraisal of Star Wars cereal and have a bit of a debate about who should and should not be a Red Hot Super…       



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The Space Race may be over, but the excitement continues as New Horizons is only a day away from its incredibly close pass by the planet dwarf planet Pluto.  JediShua and shazbazzar discuss, debate, and celebrate the mass orbiting in the outer rim of our Solar System that shares its name with Mickey Mouse’s dog.  From the mysterious “Planet X” to the planetoid formerly known as a planet, PLUTO takes center stage in this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.


Enjoy musical tributes from many artists, including Dr. Planet, Tim Ophus & Chuck Crouse, Charlie Katt, Craig Werth & Christine Lavin, The Galaxy Girls Save Pluto, The B-52s, Neptune Project, Spaghetti Cake, Tom McFadden, 2 Skinnee J’s, Man or Astro-Man, Astroglass, Rhett & Link from “Good Mythical Morning”, and Vance Gilbert.       



Next week, we’ll be back with the Cereal Challenge, RedHot Super Summer, and more — so be sure to tell us about your favorite Super in red, share your opinions about the new Star Wars cereal, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads. 

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With anticipation building for the next Star Wars film coming in less than six months, the hype is on — and so is LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales — tonight!  


JediShua and shazbazzar welcome SuperFriend Michael Price, writer and producer of the LEGO Star Wars specials, to talk about the five episode series and how these Droid Tales will affect existing canon.      


PLUS: Back to the Future turns 30, so Doc and Marty are in the NEWS, Helium Balloon Theater, and this week’s Family Circle when the shazlings watch this classic movie for the very first time.  We get some feedback from our Ear Buds, along with another JAWS seaquel (really, it’s a prequel, but it counts)!  


Be sure to let the ‘Dads hear about your favorite Super in red, share your opinions about the new Star Wars cereal, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads. 


Live Tweet your #DroidTales comments to Michael Price @mikepriceinla. 



We’ve packed two hours worth of good times into 77 minutes for your enjoyment this Monday morning! 

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Electra-Woman and the Rats of NIMH


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Timothy is sick and he must not get out of bed for the next six weeks.  The frost is off the ground and the farmer has started his tractor.  Moving Day is here.  What will the Brisby family do?  Consult the Great Owl and take a trip under the rose bush to meet with the leader of the rats for the solution.


JediShua and shazbazzar dig up memories of The Secret of N.I.M.H. with their kids before retrieving dangerous yard Toys in the Attic this week.  Enjoy a dose of the 70s and 80s with opinions and commentary on TechnoRetro Dads this Monday morning.  


PLUS: Loads of NEWS, Red Hot Super Heroes (Heroines?), and Helium Balloon Theater.  Be sure to let the ‘Dads hear about your favorite Super in red, share your opinions about the new Star Wars cereal, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads.  



It’s 77 minutes of fun and fandom this Monday morning on TechnoRetro Dads!

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We hope that you had a great Father’s Day, celebrating your Dad or being celebrated as a Dad.  Now that summer has officially begun, and the longest day of the year is in the rear view mirror, shazbazzar and JediShua get in the TechnoRetroMobile and head out to the beach at Amity Island to enjoy a day of fun in the sun.  But who knows what may be lurking just below the surface…


Over the weekend, JAWS turned 40!  So the ‘Dads sat down with their kids and watched this classic film from 1975 with some surprising responses.  Maybe JAWS does hold up well over the years.   



PLUS: JediShua digs the old Slip ’N Slide out of the attic as shazbazzar eats yet another bowl of Cookie Crisp.  Be sure to let the ‘Dads hear about your favorite Super in red, share your opinions about the new Star Wars cereal, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads. 

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Summer has kicked off with loads of NEWS, some bad and some good, with memories of the past and some eggspectations about the future, shazbazzar and JediShua jump in with both feet!  


PLUS: Executive Chef and SuperFriend Armando speeds up the conversation with his RedHot Super Summer submission: The Flash.  He and JediShua reveal that there’s more to this 75 year-old speedster than is immediately apparent.  Don’t forget to let the ‘Dads hear about your favorite Super in red, share your taste in cereal with the Cookie Cop, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads.  



Top it off with jokes, science, and a Helium Balloon Theater tribute to Christopher Lee’s performance in The Last Unicorn, and you have 77 minutes of #TechnoRetro good times this Monday morning.

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RedHot Super Summer begins with the Dad of a whole family of Supers — Mr. Incredible!  Jorbex and Dave$ join shazbazzar and JediShua in a fitting tribute to the heroic TechnoRetro Dad of The Incredibles.  Find out why Bob Parr kicks off the summer as the first red-clad Superhero of the season.


But before trying on that old super suit that used to fit so well, sit down on the couch with D.A.R.Y.L. and enjoy a 30 year-old sci-fi classic about a boy who hits homers in Little League by day and flies an SR-71 by night.  He looks like he’s all boy, but he’s really a Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeforms — a human body with a computer for a brain (don’t ask… never ask in an ‘80s sci-fi flick).  JediShua’s and shazbazzar’s families provide their insights into Barret Oliver’s second-most well-known feature.



Let the ‘Dads hear about your favorite Super in red, share your taste in cereal with the Cookie Cop, submit your JAWS Seaquel, or just chime in about anything #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, posting on Facebook, or tweet @TechnoRetroDads.

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Can you believe it was 30 years ago when we first joined Mikey, Data, Mouth, and Chunk in their High Adventure to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure?  Yep.  It’s true.  The Goonies turns thirty this week with a story that never grows old (just like Goonies never really grow up)!  JediShua and shazbazzar welcome Glen Nelson and John Dotson to talk about Richard Donner’s classic misfits movie and share it with their families.


But our SuperFriends from High Adventure have more to share with the TechnoRetro Dads this week as they introduce their upcoming fifth album High Five.  This fan rock compilation will be their first to be recorded in a full-fledged studio, and you can help make it happen on  As of today, they are 15% funded towards their goal to get all eight members of the band into the studio to record more instant classics from the heart of fandom that will be released this fall.  PLUS you can get all kinds of bonuses by supporting this effort, like instant downloads, signed CDs, hand-written lyric sheets, personal band performances, and a TechnoRetro exclusive dog-walking by bassist and mixmaster John Dotson himself!  Click here to check out all the information on the new album and discover all the great bike-riding, golf-playing, costume-designing goodness available NOW!


With a plush Falcor in the NEWS, Bill Nye on Netflix, and a record-breaking hoverboard experience on a Canadian lake, this week is filled with misfit might for you to share and enjoy this Monday morning.   


There are lots of ways to play along with the ‘Dads through JAWS Seaquels, red-clad superheroes, cereal challenges, and more. You can be a part of all things #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, contacting us through Facebook or Twitter, and chiming in with your comments, questions, and ideas.


So get up on the right side of the work week with TechnoRetro Dads today!

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Although school isn’t quite out yet, both shazbazzar and JediShua have been to graduation ceremonies for the class of 2015.  And as summer begins (unofficially) this weekend, the ‘Dads remember lots of things that made growing up in the 70s and 80s kind of awesome.  Did your Mom ever tell you to make sure you had on clean underwear?  Was she willing to take it to the next logical step by getting you underwear that’s fun to wear?  Did you play the JAWS game from 1976 that featured a plastic shark with a mouth full of junk?  Did you know that you can still get that game under another moniker?  Did you even know what “moniker” meant before reading that line just now?


It’s Memorial Day, Geek Pride Day, Ye Ole Star Wars Day, and Towel Day — it’s a great Monday to go to the beach, grill out in the backyard, or order a pizza.  And while you’re doing any or all of those things, tune in to TechnoRetro Dads, where the past and future come together in the present.


Like in the NEWS where cheeseburger-shaped drones can follow you around like a flying bloodhound, or when a Pitch Perfect star goes grailing as Dr. Jones, or when the Last Starfighter becomes the Next-to-the-Last Straighter (didn’t see that coming, did ya?)… 


With lots of ways to play along with JAWS Seaquels, red-clad superheroes, cereal challenges, and more, you can be a part of all things #TechnoRetro by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, contacting us through Facebook or Twitter, and chiming in with your comments, questions, and ideas.



So plug in your earbuds, EarBuds, and tune in for over 40 years of fun in only 77 minutes.

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Karate tests, driving tests, graduation preparation, and trips to the zoo are just the beginning on today’s TechnoRetro Dads.  With summer on the horizon, shazbazzar and JediShua are busy during these final days before the kids are out for a couple of months (“Almost there.”)  Can you hear the anticipation building? 


IN THE NEWS: Kermit’s back this week — and coming back to TV with an announcement that a new Muppet Show is coming to ABC. Variety show?  Reality TV? Something else? We can hardly wait! Red Bull takes flight in a paper airplane contest. Brewster’s Millions (the version with Richard Pryor and John Candy) turns 30, and Disney’s latest attraction-styled-movie hits theaters this Friday.


JediShua tracks down the origins of 3D movies as shazbazzar recalls his introduction to the genre with a classic from 1954 and both the ‘Dads remember their first theatrical 3D experience: JAWS 3D


PLUS: Feedback from EarBuds P!inky from The Deucecast, Jamie Burns from the UK, David Marnderville from Florida, Kenny Kraly, Jr., T-Bird, Jorbex, and Jeffrey Fischbach.  You can be a part of the show by sending your voicemail to (209)TR-TRDad, (209)878-7323, recording a voice message and sending it via electronic-M to, contacting us through Facebook or Twitter, and chiming in with your taste buds’ reaction to Reese’s Puffs.



Just like a nutritious breakfast will get your day started off right, a heaping helping of TechnoRetro Dads will get you energized for the week ahead.  Share and Enjoy!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:51am EST

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One of our favorite things to do on TechnoRetro Dads is remembering the past.  Hopefully, you remembered Mom on Mother’s Day yesterday.  If not, we suggest you stop what you’re doing right now and go overboard trying to convince Mom that today is Mother’s Day (and make sure you “surprise” her with flowers, chocolates, and a cheerful willingness to fix anything she wants done around the house).  Good luck!  


For everyone else, enjoy memories of some of our favorite TV Moms from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s as we take a trip back to our youth and the many Moms that raised us.  


PLUS: We celebrate Kermit the Frog’s 60th Birthday with a surprise call-in from Chris Hamilton from Star Wars KidsCast.  


We want to hear from our EarBuds, too!  You can play along with us by submitting your JAWS seaquels, munch on some Reese’s Puffs, or simply send in your favorite #TechnoRetro stories via electronic-M to or leaving us a voice-mail at (209)878-7323, that’s (209) TR-TRDad.  


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The puns are present all day, Ear Buds, and we make no excuses for bringing up Star Wars yet again for a celebration of what has become the official holiday for everyone who loves that galaxy far, far away.  But we don’t limit our Fourth-sensitivity to one franchise this May 4th, there are a plethora of Fourth-Movies from a long time ago that are guaranteed to just might make your Monday morning brighter interesting. 


PLUS: TechnoRetro News, jokes, Fatherly advice, and a look at buttons and pins in our Star Wars Scrapbook.  


But don’t stop there!  You can play along with us by submitting your JAWS seaquels, munch on some Reese’s Puffs, or simply send in your favorite #TechnoRetro stories via electronic-M to or leaving us a voice-mail at (209)878-7323.  



We’re doing our part to make Mondays fun days!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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From the second teaser trailer from The Force Awakens to the closing ceremony and beyond, shazbazzar and JediShua recap their experiences at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with thousands of their friends.  From celebrities to costumes and panels to parties, the ‘Dads give their play-by-play of the biggest Star Wars Celebration, yet.  Huge surprises await as expectations soar in anticipation of what is yet to come this year in games, television, and the December release of the seventh episode in the Star Wars saga.  


PLUS: TechnoRetro News, jokes that will make you groan (or chuckle), and conversations with friends, both new and old.  Enjoy over 100 minutes of Star Wars and more as TechnoRetro Dads returns after a two-week break.



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Swashbuckling swordsmen, satanic sorcery, and lycanthropic lovers combined thirty years ago to bring us a tale of a Mouse, a wolf, and a hawk.  Join shazbazzar and JediShua as they remember the very 80s fantasy film, Ladyhawke, starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.  


But before they talk about the tragedy of Etienne and Isabeau, the ‘Dads sit down with SuperFriend Michael Witwer to talk about his upcoming book, Empire of Imagination, a chronicle of the life of Gary Gygax as the man who would revolutionize gaming through his creation, Dungeons and Dragons.  Discover the events and influences in this “emperor” of imagination’s life as Michael unearths the history of the game as well as the man who made it.  Coming this October from Bloomsbury.  


PLUS: Fatherly Advice from Mr. Mom, blank pages in the Star Wars Scrapbook, and NEWS about Coach Hayden Fox, Director Steven Spielberg, Billionaire Bruce Wayne, and his ward Dick Grayson as JediShua and shazbazzar tick back the clock with NEWS about some of our retro favorites.  



Welcome to Season Three of TechnoRetro Dads!


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This truly TechnoRetro episode takes the ‘Dads back and forth in time from 1942 to 2013 and more when JediShua tries out a new gadget he bought from some weird old guy on the street.  Join JediShua and shazbazzar for NEWS about the resurgence of video arcades, Fraggle Rock, and Mr. T interspersed with Mayor La Guardia’s speech from New York and a previously unheard Skype conversation from a living room in Denver.


Toys in the Attic features Fisher Price Adventure People with the Alpha Probe, Alpha Star, and more as shazbazzar digs into his bins in the attic searching for reminders of his past.


As Celebration Anaheim approaches, the ‘Dads look back into their collections of convention memorabilia from Celebrations past with an expectation of new memories to come in just a few weeks.



Thanks for tuning in to the 100th regular episode of TechnoRetro Dads as the second year of this silly little podcast comes to its improbable conclusion.

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Discover what spring really means. 
Find out other names for this amazing season.
Experience the joy of green grass, flowers, and allergies.
Learn about the latest technological advances in the realm of 3D printing.
Anticipate upcoming retro TV shows and movies.
Reminisce about a certain Cincinnati-based radio station (and toy manufacturer in the process).


Sit down with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and cue up a few episodes of Hanna Barbera’s Wacky Races with Gargamel and Lion-O for another TechnoRetro Cereal challenge.  Then run for the mailbox for some great Star Wars mail away offers from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and today.



All this and more as we approach the conclusion of the second season of TechnoRetro Dads as well as prepare for another Star Wars Celebration.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:30am EST

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Beware of long-lost uncles who work for megalomaniacal millionaires obsessed with psychic powers — that is, if you are an orphaned alien with unexplainable abilities.  Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of the Buena Vista production, Escape to Witch Mountain.  Remember Tony and Tia Malone Castaway’s quest to find their people with help from a hidden map, a grouchy old man from Green Acres, and a black cat that winks…a lot.


PLUS: JediShua and shazbazzar reminisce about some of the Star Wars crafts they made when they were kids (and the disappointing, sad stories that accompany them) in this week’s Star Wars Scrapbook.



With NEWS about cassette tapes, Turtle from North Shore, search the online database for Calvin & Hobbes strips, a Celebration Anaheim announcement, and spurious information about the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, this pre-green episode of TechnoRetro Dads goes perfectly with your morning bowl of Lucky Charms.


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:32am EST

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JediShua and shazbazzar remember some of Leonard Nimoy’s roles and discover some things they had never known about Earth’s favorite Vulcan.  From Star Trek to Fringe, punctuated by the documentary series In Search of…, Nimoy’s contributions to TV, film, and (of course) music, are recalled in this fun-filled tribute.


PLUS: As the first season of Star Wars Rebels concludes on Disney XD, shazbazzar and JediShua talk about what their families thought about the latest Star Wars venture, from beginning to end — with a healthy dose of “I told you so”!



Get ready for great memories, eager expectations, and a few canned laughs along the way in this week’s TechnoRetro Dads.  With music by Leonard Nimoy, himself, and a brand-new demo by High Adventure’s Glen Nelson, these 77 minutes will pass before you know it!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:59am EST

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JediShua and shazbazzar brave the elements to do a little pre-spring cleaning in the garage when they uncover a box of tapes and memories from 1985.  It’s a time-traveling trip to thirty years ago with memorable tunes from the movies.  Check it out! 


Back in Time — Huey Lewis and the News

(Goonies Are) Good Enough — Cyndi Lauper

Big Bad Wolf — Bunny and the Wolf Sisters

Tequila — The Champs

Pretty Woman — Van Halen

Weird Science — Oingo Boingo

My Science Project — The Tubes

Number One — Chaz Jankel

Hearts on Fire — John Cafferty

American Flyers — Glenn Shorrock

Lunatic Fringe — Red Rider

A View to a Kill — Duran Duran

Spies Like Us — Paul McCartney

A Letter to Doc Brown — High Adventure

Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News


You can find complete versions of most of these songs on iTunes or Amazon, or maybe at your local used music store.  We’ll be back next Monday with a regular episode.  Until then, enjoy the movies!

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Last night was a late one for the TechnoRetro Dads as they were selected as seat-fillers for the Academy Awards — or at least they were able to sneak in and get a glimpse of some famous Oscar nominees and winners.  Tune in for shazbazzar’s first ever viewing of the actual awards ceremony as JediShua gives the play-by-play of the event in their live coverage of the event.


PLUS:  Exciting literary NEWS, scientists at Auburn University pay a fishy tribute to Star Wars, you can make your own movie projector from a box and a magnifying glass, and the TechnoRetro families sit down for an unforgettable Claymation experience of The Adventures of Mark Twain from 1985.



Start off your work week on the right side of the bed with Monday’s TechnoRetro Dads!


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 1:42am EST

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Though many people have the day off to celebrate Presidents, shazbazzar and JediShua are busy with research and experiments for this year’s Science Fair.  Discover the steps involved in finishing a Science Fair project.  Understand the various aspects of scientific research.  Resist the urge to bite into the delicious Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.  


With amazing NEWS challenging the Big Bang theory, a Weird upcoming Henson project, the WOPR getting rebooted, and a Lantern City comic, you’re sure to be smarter (or at least appear that way) after listening to TechnoRetro Dads.


Pull out your Star Wars trading cards for the Star Wars Scrapbook as JediShua shows up shazbazzar with his formidable collection.  How does your stack measure up?  



All this and more in just 77 minutes on this beautiful Monday Morning.  Share and Enjoy!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:39am EST

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As sweethearts buy cards and flowers and such in preparation for the weekend ahead, shazbazzar eats NECCO Sweethearts in tribute to the upcoming Irish holiday and JediShua looks forward to a four-day weekend.  In case you had forgotten — Saturday is Valentine’s Day!


But that’s not the most exciting part of this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.  The Grand Opening of Neon Retro Arcade takes center stage with the ‘Dads as they talk to one of the owners of the brand new TechnoRetro gaming establishment in Old Town Pasadena.  SuperFriend Mark reveals his reasons for starting this fun-filled tribute to the gaming houses that punctuated our past.


In the NEWS, space entrepreneurs will soon be able to stake their claims on the MOON and a nine year-old is burdened with the ONE RING.


We open the Star Wars Scrapbook to remember our favorite classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s and introduce the newest addition to the Star Wars arcade family. 



Start your work week with laughs, memories and the musical stylings of artists like R. Cade & the Video Victims, High Adventure, Journey, and the Beepers.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:44am EST

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What does it say about a civilization when the citizens begin to rely on the shadowy visions of a prophetic rodent to determine what the weather patterns will entail over the next several weeks?  JediShua and shazbazzar are stuck in the same loop as the rest of America as they anticipate the revelation from Punxatawny Phil about the New Dawn of spring (and when it will arrive).


In the NEWS, the Twitterverse lights up with the incendiary news about Disney’s rumored choice for an actor to play the lead role in the continuing Indiana Jones series.  Though Paul Reubens, Bob Barker, and Clyde from Every Which Way But Loose were all confirmed in the past for the role of Indiana, reports also suggest that Duhr T. Knapken may seize the role from Star Lord.  Emma Watson rings the rumor Belle as well in the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast.


SuperFriends Jovial Jay Shepard and Aaron Goins come along for some fun with the Lazy Book Club as we talk about the first Star Wars novel accepted as official canon: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. 



For 77 minutes of ridiculous repetitiveness tossed in with a sizable portion of quality content (again, thanks to Aaron and Jay), this choir hits the high notes this week!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:30am EST

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Elephants on parallel bars?  Hippos vaulting horses?  The unexpected romance of a goat and lioness?  What else could it be but Steven Lisberger’s animated feature Animalympics?  JediShua and shazbazzar get together with their families (at least all who could make it) to watch the cancelled 1980 NBC special.  Download early and listen often to get your work week started off right.


PLUS: X-Files in the NEWS with a possible continuation of the series, Herbert and Agnes creep into the discussion, today’s kids get creeped out by a certain talking Teddy bear from 1985, and Doc 4 O’Clock reveals the dangers of the common cultural addiction to sitting.


Add one magical unicorn, several Sing-a-Ma-Jigs, melting styrofoam, some rotary cell phones, and feedback from our Ear Buds and you get a jumbled jungle of joviality.



Don’t miss today’s episode of TechnoRetro Dads!


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:30am EST

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Many schools, banks, and businesses are closed today for the holiday, but we are still here to bring you a nutritious, delicious bowl of the past in the present (while looking forward to the future).  Be sure not to miss your most important meal of the day — whether you eat it with a spoon or a fork.


Take time with shazbazzar and JediShua to taste the NEWS this week, featuring self-lacing Nike MAGS, a life-sized PAC MAN game, 3D printed prosthetics, an Ernie Cline sequel, puppets in Chicago and more!  Plus, JediShua gets into the Academy (Awards) and lets us in on what to expect from the Oscars next month.


Finally, the ‘Dads seek out the best way to eat Post Shredded Wheat with toppings, additives, and sauces to marinade this classic (?) cereal as shazbazzar takes his first bite of the big biscuits.


Don’t miss today’s episode of TechnoRetro Dads!



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Brrrr.  The frigid temperatures in the southeast have delayed the release of this week’s episode, but we’ve broken through the ice and got this issue out to you on this Monday night.


JediShua and shazbazzar brave the winter weather, frozen boogers, and a biting cold that will turn your hands blue to bring you a discussion about TWO Muppets sequels, The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014). 


PLUS: Neat NEWS, Star Wars Scrapbook, what NOT to do when your windshield is frozen, and much, much more.


Be sure to check out shazbazzar’s new blog about his Star Wars Scrapbook on The Star Wars Report.     



Don’t forget to listen to JediShua on Green Justice, Scarlet Velocity, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files.


And hear more about Jeff Bridges on TRON: Decoding the Grid.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

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After 26 years of anticipation, the wait is finally over.  The year of hoverboards, self-lacing shoes, flying car upgrades, and Jaws 19 has finally come!  The future is now.  It’s 2015, and TechnoRetro Dads will be tracking each fulfillment of the prophet Zemeckis from his 1989 documentary on the life and time-travels of Marty McFly.


Download this inspirational episode and plug in your ear buds for a trip back in time in the Star Wars Scrapbook, discover a family that is living like it is 1986 today, and muster your movie-making buddies to expedite the most anticipated movie of the year (nope, it’s not Star Wars) as the ‘Dads go “Fishing for Sequels”. 


PLUS: JediShua interviews his extended family’s perspectives on cereals.



It’s a randomized mixture of old and new with 77 minutes of past, present, and future in this first episode of 2015. 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:50am EST

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Wow!  With the hectic schedule of the holidays (and catching up on sleep on a brand new memory foam and cooling gel pillow), we almost forgot to record our End-of-Year episode — almost.  But late Sunday night, shazbazzar and JediShua took 77 minutes to remember some of the great things that made 2014 1984 a fantastic year.


Plug in your ear buds and tune in for some great memories of movies, toys, sports, and music from a great year of fun and fandom that will make you feel like a kid again.*  



*While the contents of this podcast have been known to cause some listeners to experience an emotional state of adolescence, your own personal reaction to this episode of TechnoRetro Dads is not guaranteed either explicitly or implicitly.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 4:16am EST

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On the last Monday before Christmas, there is no time to Monkee around — if you haven’t told Santa what you want this year, you need to get down to the mall before it’s too late.  (Oh, and you can get your shopping done, too.)  Too crowded, you say?  Plug in your ear buds, Ear Buds, and tune in to UNSCROOGED 2 to lighten the load — you’ll be smiling in no time!


With fun tunes, both old and new, JediShua and shazbazzar head down to the mall, braving frigid temperatures in the high forties to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they most want for Christmas this year.  On the way, they bump into the Cereal Connoisseur, Sheldon Norton, Richard and Sarah from Skywalking through Neverland, and even one of Santa’s helpers, Steve Glosson from Geek Out Loud



The TechnoRetro Dads are helping Mickey, Peter, Mike, and Davy spread the spirit of Christmas to quench the Grinch in the most Humbuggiest Scrooge you can imagine in this year’s magical, musical, madness on a Monday morning.  

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Muppets are always welcome — especially this close to Christmas.  JediShua and shazbazzar gather their families around the TV for Jim Henson’s interpretation of Russell Hoban’s children’s book penned in the tradition of Gift of the Magi, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  Cherished memories of Christmases continue as the ‘Dads reminisce about their favorite characters and songs from this clever musical featuring animals (both furry and scaly) living in a rural town alongside a river.  With definitive “good guys” and “bad guys”, one of the TechnoRetro Dads confesses his dark secret of favoring the Riverbottom Nightmare Band over the friendly, folksy harmonies of the Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band.


In the NEWS: movie releases coming out this week, TRON: Legacy turns four on Wednesday, Daniel LaRusso turns 46 on Thursday (when shazbazzar turns 42), a holographic Beatle sings of Hope for the Future in a video game, and Star Wars Celebration Anaheim reveals Rebels guests and a premier.  


JediShua and shazbazzar continue their discussion of retro toys which are available this season in stores near you.  This week: Smurfs, Fisher Price, Polly Pocket, Magna Doodle, Speak and Spell, and Lite Brite.  With only ten days until Christmas, pick a  #TechnoRetro gift for the younguns in your life.


Start your work week right with 77 minutes of fun with your Ear Buds this Monday morning!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 3:09am EST

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After T’day, we unbox the ornaments, set up the tree, unwind coils of lights, and tinsel-up the living room while the wives are away. December is a month for anticipation and expectations, and part of the hype is getting the house all decorated for the month.  Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they get the #TechnoRetro tree ready for this year’s excitement.



In the NEWS: Ernest Cline’s award-winning novel, Ready Player One is finally getting a director — we think.  Check out the latest list of potential directors and the ‘Dad’s opinions of each one (even if they don’t know them by name).  


Theme Park Summer is back — just in time for winter (Edgar Winter?) — as shazbazzar and the shazlings visit Six Flags over Georgia during their “Holiday in the Park” event over Thanksgiving break.  Goliath, Georgia Scorcher, and the Monster Mansion are just three of the attractions available this season.  PLUS: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck perform on stage all season long!



JediShua and shazbazzar continue their discussion of retro toys which are available this season in stores near you.  This week: Lincoln Logs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Holly Hobbie, and more!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:29am EST

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…or should we say, “Greetings Starfighter”?  


With rumored remakes, remasters, and fan-edited special editions of movies and shows we watched when we were young, the excitement surrounding the release of the new Star Wars teaser trailer last week has everyone trying to make the old things new.  (Is it unlikely that J.J. Abrams was referring to just this scenario by giving us 88 seconds of teasers to get our capacitors fluxing by generating 1.21 gigahits on and other websites?)


If you don’t want to hear about the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, feel free to stop this episode at the 77 minute mark.  But if you want to get some brief reactions to the event that made some sad losses in the world of football a whole lot better, keep listening to the end of yet another extended episode of TechnoRetro Dads -- 88 minutes this week!


In the NEWS: Theme Park awards, an amazing rendition of a scene from the original Battlestar Galactica (with a few words about both series from Captain Apollo, himself, Richard Hatch),  Westworld may become a series on HBO just in time for another movie about trouble at a theme park, and Dancing with the Stars plays Super Mario Bros.


Then JediShua uncovers a plot to rerelease some of our favorite Toys in the Attic just in time for the holidays (and shazbazzar gets the great idea of scrubbing the old ones and simply regifting). 


Be sure to post your 5-Star reviews of TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and send us your voicemails!  We want to know what movies you think need sequels, what Christmas catalogs you marked for “hints” to Santa’s helpers, and what you think about all things #TechnoRetro! 


Check out shazbazzar’s new blogs on The Star Wars Report.     



Listen to JediShua on Green Justice, Scarlet Velocity, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files

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

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As Thanksgiving looms on the horizon this week, TechnoRetro Dads look for creative culinary expressions with everything from turkeys to cranberries to cats.  Yes.  Cats.


Which leads us to Melmac, an egg-shaped world with big-nosed hairy creatures like Gordon, Rhonda, Skip, Rick, Seargeant Staff, and the evil Larcen Petty.  Yes.  ALF.  The animated series, that is.  And to talk about ALF with us, Deucecast cohost Michael Nipp comes on for the Cereal Challenge this week as we watch ‘80s cartoons with our kids while chowing down on the breakfast of champions — that’s a mouthful! 


Plus: News about Underoos!  Remembering R.A. Montgomery’s Choose Your Own Adventure books. New Peanuts images released. And a tribute to Glen A. Larson.


Before you fall into a tryptophanian coma Thursday afternoon, download and listen to the ‘Dads in this BONUS SIZED episode of TechnoRetro Dads. 

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A long time ago, in many places not far away, young Star Wars fans turned on CBS for a special event featuring their favorite fictional characters.  Some were thrilled, others nonplussed, and the history of The Star Wars Holiday Special began.  


Download and relive the fun and frustration of the Holiday Special as JediShua and shazbazzar invite SuperFriends Sheldon Norton, Mike Tarkin, Chris Hamilton, and JoeyWanKenobi to relive the magic of that notorious Friday in November 1978 (with special musical guest, High Adventure)!  


But that's not all!  This year's inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame are in the news, Etch A Sketch is retrieved from the Attic, a TechnoRetro Fantasy is explored, and we reveal the success and failure of shazbazzar's Monster Cereals cake from a couple weeks back.


Don’t forget the TechnoRetro Dads’ reviews of Star Wars: Rebels “Out of Darkness” on RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars: Rebels Declassified and Disney Vault Talk: Rebel Yell from last week!  


Check out shazbazzar’s new blogs on The Star Wars Report.     


Listen to JediShua on Green Justice, Scarlet Velocity, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files.     



Celebrate this day of peace by greeting your fellow sentients with the traditional, “Happy Life Day!” today.


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Because the 71st Annual National Peanut Festival is in full swing in L.A. (Lower Alabama) this week, JediShua talks about the surprising amount of Peanut Power that’s packed in those little shells.  In the meantime, shazbazzar remembers reading strangely horrific children’s books in his room under his bed.  (If you’ve ever seen A Puppet Storybook, you’ll completely understand.)


Favorite television shows are up for rebooting in the NEWS this week, from your friendly but strange witch neighbor to a family with a vacuum-tube-powered robot who can’t seem to find their way home, classic ideas are getting the green light for the 21st Century treatment.  Will they be dark and gritty like nearly every other remake we’ve seen lately?   


Check out shazbazzar on The Neverland Podcast and his new blogs on The Star Wars Report.   


Listen to JediShua on Green Justice, Scarlet Velocity, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files.   



Pick up your copy of High Adventure’s Into a Larger World album featuring “A Letter to Doc Brown” as heard this week.

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Enjoy the TechnoRetro Dads Spooktacular 2014 in the dark of night if you dare… (You can light a candle if you’re faint of heart.)


With classic tales from shazbazzar’s copy of Troll Records’ 1973 Scary Spooky Stories on vinyl (very retro) and songs from the past as JediShua and shaz go Trick-or-Treating with the next generation in this special edition of TechnoRetro Dads.


Including works by Lucasfilm, Andrew Gold, J. Geils Band, Sparks, Warren Zevon, Tim Curry, Chris Hamilton, Lawrence Grey, and Oingo Boingo.  With references and sounds from Fat Albert’s Halloween Special, Witch’s Night Out, Fright Night, The Worst Witch Ever, The Hobbit, and Groovie Ghoulies.



We dare you to listen at midnight.

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Hey, Hey, Hey!  It’s Halloween Week, and to start it off on this monstrous Monday, JediShua and shazbazzar share some Eggo waffles with their kids (willingly or unwillingly? You decide) while watching the Fat Albert Halloween Special.  As always, the Cosby Kids provide some laughs and a lesson for fun’ertainment.  


But the TechnoRetro Dads also turn the page in the Star Wars Scrapbook to see what costumes they wore for Halloween — homemade Star Wars costumes, specifically.  JediShua was a blonde back then, and shaz has evidently always had an affinity for being fuzzy, so you can probably guess who they might have been back then.  


PLUS: Shua the Mad Scientist comes up with intriguing experiments you can do in your home Halloween lab with some of the candy your little goblins bring home from their night of begging from the neighbors in disguise.  From Tootsie Roll Pops to marshmallows, C6H22O11 is on the menu and in the lab!  


IN THE NEWS:  Back to the Future is coming to the future…soon!  A beer brewery has managed a hostile takeover of Count Chocula.  Colorado welcomes Star Wars music at the symphony.  


It’s the last Daylight Saving Monday of TechnoRetro Dads in 2014.  Share and Enjoy!

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Greetings, Programs!  


When you combine a Drow, some dwarves, dragons, and dark magic in an October Lazy Book Club, it’s a LEGENDARY experience!  So grab your earbuds, Ear Buds, and tune in to TechnoRetro Dads…


Draco Malfoy



Zach from The Curse

Zany parody songwriter

Tallis from Dragon Age:Redemption  


PLUS:  The Power of the Dark Crystal may be back in play, you can soon play Star Wars in a whole new way at the arcade, Star Wars Reads Day 3, some favorite books, TechnoRetro Bowl updates, and FANTASTIC FRENCH FEEDBACK about spoilers.  



Check out Sticky Situations by Chris Hamilton, featured on this week’s TechnoRetro Dads!

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The great Saturday morning tradition of our generation may be over on the airwaves, but we can still pour a bowl of cereal and sit down to watch our favorite cartoons any time we want!  This week, shazbazzar and JediShua watch the Jetsons while enjoying some steaming Kellogg’s Pop Tarts.  Where is the cereal, you ask?  In the cake, of course.   


But this is just a taste of what’s up on Monday’s episode of TechnoRetro Dads…  


Fantasy Football. 

Star Wars Scrapbook. 

Atomic Science Lesson. 


77 minutes of TechnoRetro goodness!

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 7:28am EST

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JediShua and shazbazzar
climbed a ladder, but not too far,

to see what they might find.

They opened crates and found some toys

that reminded them of being boys,

and something blew their mind.

Lost in time for all these years

a Walkman — music to their ears —

and inside, a cassette.

Shua put in some double “A”s


to find out if this thing still plays…

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:04am EST

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Star Wars is everywhere!  Rebels begins this week (or, if you are one of the fortunate ones, it has already begun), The Clone Wars continues to release information and episodes, the Target toy aisle has some new offerings (and Toys ‘R’ Us even has an entire Star Wars aisle, again)!  With our favorite TechnoRetro franchise in high gear, we HAD to talk about it… a lot.


But that’s not all for this first Monday of fall!


Wasps invade a Colorado home.  Mac is back in L.A.  The Black Hole may or may not exist.  Uncertainty invades the realm of science like an improbability drive.  And we listen to our Ear Buds with some Scrapbook feedback and Jim’s frustration with the amount of SPOILERS on our show.



It’s a lot of fun this week on TechnoRetro Dads.

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As your body grows bigger, your mind must flower! It's great to learn, because TechnoRetro stuff is POWER!  This week we explore the top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs (according to ABC anyway) Plus, Shua continues to help Shaz through No-Computer-Therapy.  Doggone it, we'll get through this! And have you ever wanted to not be seen?  Our science lesson might just show you how. Hang out with your earbuds and get ready to enjoy stuff with Shaz, Shua, and Dave! Who? Dave!  Dave's not here...

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST


Greetings Starfighters!, I mean Programs!  Shua here! I'll be editing the show this week.  But Don't Panic! I know what I'm doing...I think.  But it'll all work out because we are talking Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase with Super Friend, Brother Matt!  Plus, we get Blue as we discuss those Smurfy Smurfos, The Smurfs, while we Smurf a Smurfy Smurf of Kix!  Plus, this week's Science Lesson discusses Squishy Robots.  So have a Smurfy Monday as you listen to TechnoRetro Dads!


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Greetings, Programs! 


Yes, we know it’s neither morning nor Monday -- but we needed to get this special update out to all our Ear Buds about ABC’s celebration of School House Rock this Sunday night at 7/6c.  Check it out, then send us a message with your thoughts, your favorites, and your memories of School House Rock for a later episode of TechnoRetro Dads to (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323 or send us an electronic-M to



There will be no regular episode this week due to USERS and PROGRAMS not feeling up to snuff last week.  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programs soon.

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

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This summer has been a wild ride (or, more literally, wild rides).  As Labor Day weekend symbolically closes the summer with one final weekend of theme park rides and water park slides, this episode marks the conclusion of our Theme Park Summer.  To wrap up the season, we invited Glen Nelson of High Adventure to join us for a last look at Theme Parks with a focus on Lake Compounce, the longest-running theme park in the nation.  He brings along a great theme song for all thrill ride lovers, “Rollercoaster”, written by Todd Howard and included on the first High Adventure album, Acoustic Prog Pop. In a bonus electronic-M, Geography expert (and Ear Bud) Greg Fields locates Holiday World and Indiana Beach.


PLUS: JediShua reveals controversy in the world of animated animals.  Audible offers a deal on R.A. Salvatore’s collection of Dungeons & Dragons stories, The Legend of Drizzt (FREE). Space travel may get a boost by the Quantum Vacuum Plasma Thruster (called “the impossible engine” by some; pronounced “pthhgt” by others).  



Leave us your voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323 or send us an electronic-M to, post on our Facebook, or tweet us on Twitter.  We will be closing out the summer season next week, so it’s time to let your amusement park memories be heard! 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:53am EST

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Evidently, we were long overdue for a full-fledged discussion on SPOILERS and our responsibility on podcasts and social media to refrain from AMBUSHING the unwitting with movie SECRETS.  Joining the TechnoRetro Dads for a lively roundtable discussion are a distinguished group of podcasters and movie lovers:  Sarah and Richard Woloski from Skywalking through Neverland, David Dollar (and Michael Nipp) from The Deucecast, Michael Falkner from Chronic Rift’s The Weekly Podioplex, and our own JAMIE from TRON: Decoding the Grid.


PLUS: Kenner’s Boba Fett gets the life-sized treatment.  Star Wars: Rebels gets a release date in early October.  The Theme Park Summer continues with the fifteen most anticipated “rides” for 2015.



Leave us your voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323 or send us an electronic-M to, post on our Facebook, or tweet us on Twitter.  We will be closing out the summer season next week, so it’s time to let your amusement park memories be heard! 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:30am EST

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Fly! Be free!  If you remember a short and fuzzy alien observer from Ork tossing a chicken egg in the air in a popular sit-com from the seventies, you can guess who is at the heart of this episode of TechnoRetro Dads.  JediShua and shazbazzar talk about some of their favorite memories of Robin Williams from Mork & Mindy to Dead Poets Society to Aladdin to Patch Adams and more.  Monday is the day to Seize the Teeth (Carpe Dentum) and tune in to TechnoRetro Dads.  


PLUS: The TechnoRetro Bowl returns this fall.  SyFy starts up a new reality program focusing on illusions and magic tricks, Wizard Wars this Tuesday.  Guardians of the Galaxy prove their soundtrack is an Awesome Mix.  Fox & Friends go bowling with food from our Ear Bud Armando.  And school supplies bring up memories of Pee Chee, Big Chief, Trapper Keepers, and NFL pencils.  


Let TechnoRetro Dads Jack up your Monday mornings by Awakenings up to some burning Flubber on your phone, mp3 player, or other means of listening to your favorite podcasts. While you’re listening, let us know your favorites from the past or how you share the fun and fandom of your youth with the next generation by leaving us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323.  You can send us an electronic-M to, post on our Facebook, or tweet us on Twitter.  

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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FEEDBACK!  Nope, not from rock guitars jamming in front of massive speakers, but voicemails, messages, and electronic-Ms from our Ear Buds.  This episode was largely orchestrated by you, the listeners.  Discussions range from TOYS to CEREAL to ROLLERCOASTERS to CONVENTION TIPS.    


PLUS: JediShua and shazbazzar go see Guardians of the Galaxy with their kids and talk about the latest installment in Disney’s MARVELous film series, the story of a group of misfits that get together to get an artifact that the bad guy wants so he can have ultimate power until they face certain death and the main guy seemingly sacrifices himself to save the day.  


Let us know your favorites from the past or how you share the fun and fandom of your youth with the next generation by leaving us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323.  You can send us an electronic-M to, post on our Facebook, or tweet us on Twitter.  

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:34am EST

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In this BONUS LENGTH EPISODE, JediShua and shazbazzar are joined by David Dollar of The Deucecast to reminisce about playing outdoors when we were kids.  From SPOTLIGHT to BIG WHEELS to INVISIBLE JETS, Dave, Shua, and shaz talk about their top five outdoor activities from their childhoods.  


PLUS: Comic Con NEWS, Hitch Hiking in the LAZY BOOK CLUB, light and sweet Corn Pops in the TECHNORETRO CHALLENGE while watching Dungeons & Dragons.



Let us know your favorites from the past or how you share the fun and fandom of your youth with the next generation by leaving us a voicemail at (209) TR-TRDad or (209) 878-7323.  You can send us an electronic-M to, post on our Facebook, or tweet us on Twitter

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:52am EST

Greetings, Programs!  


With JediShua at the slot machines and shazbazzar in white water, things were moving rather rapidly this past week.  In fact, even this episode will pass by quickly (after all the excitement, the Dads needed a breather).  But TechnoRetro Dads will return next week for a full 77 minute episode.  


In the meantime, check out the recent video buzz around the set of the next Star Wars movie and be sure to check out the newest Marvel feature, Guardians of the Galaxy.  (Maybe you will even want to research post modern abstract expressionism.  Or maybe not.)  


Be sure to lend your voice to the show. Give us a call at (209) TR-TRDad to participate in the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer.  Or record a voice message and send us an electronic-M at


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Time to RISE and shine, DAWN has already broken on this beautiful new day!  Get out from BENEATH the covers, sleepy head, today is your day of CONQUEST.  So ESCAPE your somber slumbers and BATTLE the temptation to grab more zzzzs.  TechnoRetro Dads are going bananas this Monday morning as we look back to the PLANET OF THE APES franchise from 1968 - 2014 with a new appreciation for the practical effects and sets from the classic series and eager anticipation for the return of CAESAR in another incarnation of this iconic tale.

PLUS: Animals in Theme Parks, South Korea is getting yet another great attraction (this time including APES), Marky Mark plays another crashed astronaut, shazbazzar talks CLONES at Alabama Phoenix Festival with the DEUCECAST, and a Weird ALbum enforces Mandatory Fun -- or so it says. 



Join us for 77 minutes of MONKEYING AROUND and then give us a call at (209) TR-TRDad to participate in the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer.  Or record a voice message and send us an electronic-M at

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

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Take a nostalgic trip to Saturday morning fun with Space Stars: Space Ghost, Teen Force, and the Herculoids.  Experience the nastalgic flavor of vitamin-rich, low-sugar King Vitaman cereal.  Then continue this Theme Park Summer as the Ninja is stopped by a tree, Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida in O’Lando, and the Verruckt is the most insane water slide ever! 

PLUS: Scotch tape may be an exciting solution to bone injuries Harry Potter NEWS, Star Wars benefits from OT experience in Brian Muir, and The Great Kingdom Kickstarter campaign for this documentary about Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson continues until July 20th, so you still have time to lend your support to this film!



Kick back and sip on some sweet and tart (mostly sweet) Kool-Aid Lemonade at JediShua’s stand, then give a call at (209) TR-TRDad to participate in the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer.  Or record a voice message and send us an electronic-M at just like Sheldon did. 

#TechnoRetro Show Notes:


Nostalgia - the fond memory of the past with longing sentiment

- the transcription of various memories upon each other until a false nostalgia is formed

Nastalgia -
the unfortunate present reality that something remembered fondly is actually horrendous


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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 3:30am EST


Greetings, Programs!

Role-playing games range from MMORPGs to imaginative home-spun creations by creative college students, but they all stem from the classic Dungeons and Dragons.  JediShua and shazbazzar recall their first exposure to the realm of D&D in elementary school to  some fond memories with favorite characters.  SuperFriends Andrew Pascal, Chris Haifley, and James Sprattley come along to talk about their love of the game as well as introduce their upcoming film documenting the rise and fall of the D&D empire of Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and the battle for control of TSR.  Their Kickstarter campaign for finishing funds continues until July 20th, so you can lend your support to this film!

PLUS: Check out some news (or rumors) about Carrie Fisher’s daughter, the Ralph McQuarrie Kickstarter, and the Ministry of Silly Walks before eating fried cuisine during the Theme Park Summer.



You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Do you remember what you were doing twenty-five years ago?  It was the Year of the Bat when Michael Keaton called into question the weight of Kim Basinger, Jack Nicholson agitated Jack Palance, Jek Porkins was a scoundrel, and Lando was the District Attorney.  (And Two-Face could have been a much smoother criminal....)  


JediShua and shazbazzar share BATMAN with their families, finding it just as relevant today as it was back in 1989.  The Dark Knight was darker then than in the 60s, but not nearly as dark as he has become in this century.  Take a trip back in time to relive the hype and hoopla of Tim Burton’s vision with the music of Danny Elfman and Prince.  

PLUS: News about some TechnoRetro favorites becoming movies, a Super 8 reel released, the BATMAN ride at Six Flags Over Georgia, and a SCIENCE LESSON from two moons!  



You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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As highly improbable as it is to have a show this magnanimously big, it is not, in fact, infinitely improbable and therefore you will not need any additional drives to your listening device.  However, should any problems arise, feel free to address your complaints to the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints Division, where your needs will be addressed promptly.


The Lazy Book Club is abuzz with excitement from various parts of the globe as Mark Newbold (a really hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is), Paul Bateman (who could be your plastic pal who is really fun to be with), and Dr. Jorbex (the second greatest computer in the universe of time and space) join shazbazzar and JediShua for a very worthwhile conversation about the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

PLUS: News, Feedback from our Ear Buds, and a few commercials as well.


You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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Happy Day After Father’s Day.  Hopefully your day was filled with memories of Dad, making memories with Dad, or being honored as Dad.  But every Monday is TechnoRetro Dads‘ Day -- with cereal, cartoons, news, and nostalgia to enjoy.



The TechnoRetro Dads Theme Park Summer continues as we take the plunge at the water parks of our past and present when we were kids and with our kids.  So get ready to ride the slides with shazbazzar and JediShua in wet and wild memories of Coney Island, Water World, and Six Flags - White Water.

You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges, or Theme Park Summer by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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This week we talk about Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  From 3D simulators to full-scale roller coasters, Universal Studios left the studios behind to become a full-fledged Theme Park (with E.T. and Mel’s Diner).  We bring out some toys from the midway games at the parks of our youth to talk about carnival games and their prizes.

PLUS: Experiences from the Alabama Phoenix Festival, news about guests at Pensacon 2015, JediShua trains karate padawans, and Star Wars gets some new female faces.

You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Cereal Challenges by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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School is out for Summer and there is no way the TechnoRetro Dads are going to take it lying down.  Lazy Days of Summer?  Not for us!  Grab your tickets, get your hands stamped, or pull out your season passes and go to your favorite theme parks with us as we begin our Theme Park Summer.  This week, JediShua remembers Elitch’s while shazbazzar relives company picnics at Camden Park.

PLUS: The first RebelForce Radio Star Wars Weekends meetup, SuperFriends Richard & Sarah join us from Skywalking through Neverland, Reading Rainbow gets Kickstarted, and more on this THRILLING episode of TechnoRetro Dads!

You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club, Science Projects, or anything #TechnoRetro you can remember or predict by contacting us via electronic-M at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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Memorial Day is about remembering those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  We hope you enjoy this day of remembrance with family and friends.  But in case you need a dose of #TechnoRetro ear buds, we wanted to give you this stuff to enjoy...

Last year, on Memorial Day weekend, shazbazzar went up to Birmingham for the Alabama Phoenix Festival to meet and speak to Gil Gerard.  We promised to air the Buck Rogers panel, and so here it is.  Gil provides some behind-the-scenes insights about the classic TV series and his thoughts about the past and future of Buck Rogers.  We hope you enjoy these tidbits from the past.

PLUS: Music by High Adventure written by shazbazzar and JediShua.  The military discusses potential for using Godzilla against enemies.  Michael Jackson performs at the Billboard Music Awards.  JediShua goes to Star Wars Weekends and shazbazzar is invited to talk Honor Among Thieves on Star Wars Bookworms.

You can participate in TechnoRetro Dads through the Lazy Book Club or you can contact us through email at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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Sometimes it seems like the next door neighbor has all the cool toys.  As long as they are willing to let us use their Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, we are happy to be their friend.  Fix yourself some shaved ice doused in your favorite Kool-Aid flavor and tune in for a mixed bag of TechnoRetro Dads.    

SuperFriend CHRIS LUBY joins JediShua and shazbazzar to discuss the newly published scientific abstract by SuperFriend SATKA compiling FROOT LOOPS data. Shakespeare’s Star Wars is the talk of the Lazy Book Club.  With musical interludes and some retroworthy reminders of days gone by, this episode is classic #TechnoRetro.

PLUS: Music by Chris Hamilton and Justin Roberts.  Really expensive stuff you would love to have in your collection.  The Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge finale.  Mars exists in Utah...sort of. And a brand-new electronic-B by Lost_Mario_Bro releases on May 25.

You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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Sweeter than Sugar Frosted Flakes and more lovable than the Muppet Babies, Moms deserve as much credit as they can get, so JediShua and shazbazzar revisit some of the things that made childhood special -- thanks to their Moms.  

SuperFriend MICHAEL PRICE talks about his latest addition to the LEGO Star Wars canon with the first episode of The New Yoda Chronicles as well as the shows and movies that inspired him in his retro days.  (And shaz still thinks that JEK-14 would make a great addition to the GRID.)

PLUS: Loads of talk on topics like Tony the Tiger, Skeeter the Muppet, Howie Mandel, Ray Harryhausen, NASA, and an update on the Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge.  You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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

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On Cinco de Mayo and the celebration has not yet begun to wane.  Download and listen early this Monday morning to take advantage of the news and deals still in action on the 5th of May (because tomorrow will feel like Revenge of the Sixth)!  

SuperFriend SHELDON comes back to pass judgment on Froot Loops in more than just a simple taste test, lending his expertise to the continuing Science Project relative to the different (or not-so-different) flavors of Froot Loops according to their colors.

PLUS: Because Kermmit asked, JediShua and shazbazzar provide a rundown of some of this past week’s news and even many of the things we saw or experienced on May the Fourth!  You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

(Be sure not to forget the Moms in your life -- Sunday is coming quickly!)

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Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Greetings, Programs!

Movin’ right along 
rememb’ring old times and new news,

With ear buds you can’t lose,

You know it won’t be boring!

Ev’ry Monday morning
you can download a new show,

Then get ready to go…

(Hey you! Get up, and stop that snoring!)


TechnoRetro Dads --

have fun with history.

Movies, games, and toys
we share with our families.

TechnoRetro Dads —

with friends both young and old, 

Mem’ries that are made with them
are worth more than gold.


Movin’ right along
when buddies seem more like brothers,

they’re joined by some others,

and form a Lazy Book Club.

Saturdays are great
while watching cartoons with cereal,

on a plane that’s ethereal,

be sure to save your pay stub.  
(Now you’re just trying to rhyme.)(Yep.)


TechnoRetro Dads —

‘Cause two’s just not enough —


Come along and join right in
if you enjoy stuff!   

E.T. is unearthed!  Flash Gordon is coming back!  Data’s cousin is rumored to be starring in a Goonies sequel!  There’s loads of news in this episode of TechnoRetro Dads!

PLUS: SuperFriend JORBEX joins JediShua and shazbazzar to talk about The Muppet Movie, Presto Magix, and Froot Loops.  You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Direct download: 04_TRDads_02.04.mp3
Category:TechnoRetro Dads -- posted at: 6:00am EST