Five Things – 09.01.14

1. LJN Roll and Rocker – This was the NES accessory that I wanted above all others.  This, to me, was the future of gaming.  About a year’s worth of requests fell upon deaf ears with my parents, and as an adult I can now look back and agree that they made the right decision…

Five Things – 4.21.14

1. MTV Spring Break – Apparently in some parts of the world MTV still does some level of Spring Break programming during the months of March or April, but I don’t know anything about that and I don’t care. The late ’80s and early ’90s, though, that was different.  Back then MTV owned Spring Break…

Five Things – 10.7.13

1.  Automan – In 1983 the adventures of a Nerd Cop and his computer hologram friend graced the ABC Network prime time schedule for twelve sweet episodes. Desi Arnaz, Jr (not pictured above) played a computer-hacking police officer who one day brought a computer program to life in the form of Automan.  Automan looked like…

Five Things – 6.24.13

1.  90210 Paper Dolls – I’m probably one of the biggest Beverly Hills, 90210 fans that you’ll meet.  Original series, not the new one.  We subscribed to DirecTV in the mid 2000’s mainly because they had Soapnet, which had 90210.  We set our DVR to record every episode and ‘keep until I delete’. We never delete. Other…

Five Things – 6.17.13

1.  Pocket Rockers – In 1988, Fisher Price decided that there weren’t enough weird formats of media around and introduced yet another one, targeted at kids.  The toy was called Pocket Rockers, and it was basically a little mini stereo with a tiny tape that held two songs on it – kind of like cassette…

Five Things – 4.29.13

1.  Krull Video Game – One of my favorite places to go as a kid in the ’80s was the video store.  Video stores were a different thing before the Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos of the world homogenized the industry with their “sterile interiors” and “cleanliness”.  Before that, video stores were little holes in strip…

Five Things – 4.22.13

1.  Mystery Science Theater Hour – You’re probably familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult show from the ’90s that featured a guy and his robots making fun of bad movies. I’ve posted about it several times, as I’m a pretty big fan.  Growing up with MST3k I was a little frustrated with the…