Tag: 1980s

Vintage 1983 Radio Shack Burger King AM Radio

Vintage 1983 Radio Shack Burger King AM Radio

Auction Finds
With the recent news of venerable electronics retailer Radio Shack's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing -- and likely demise -- I was inspired to hit the usual auction sites to see what kind of Radio Shack branded stuff I could find. I was not disappointed with the results, which include this great AM radio with headphones that was made by Radio Shack and distributed at Burger King outlets in 1983. As you can see this radio was really a promotional item for the Whopper, and features Burger King's "Aren't You Hungry?" slogan from the early-to-mid 1980s. The back of the packaging features a detailed breakdown of the Whopper, as well as a nice black and white illustration of the standard BK franchise design that lasted through the decade at least. What isn't immediately visible fro...
The Ultimate Hit Collection Spotify Playlists

The Ultimate Hit Collection Spotify Playlists

Music
Because I can't get enough of Spotify playlists or of gathering things into lists, I have undertaken what I think you'll agree is a great public service that combines those two loves. I am in the process of creating playlists -- which I've helpfully dubbed "Ultimate Hit Collection" -- that gather together every song to chart in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 U.S. singles chart. These aren't your typical hits playlists, in that I'm not curating but collecting. That means if a song ever got into the top 10 and it's on Spotify, it goes into the playlist. So you get to hear some all-time classics and some head-scratching dross. Thus far I've completed my playlists for the 1980s, am almost halfway through the '70s, and have just started the '60s. I may one day get to the 1990s but that...
Rebuilding My Vintage G.I. Joe Action Figure Collection: Introduction

Rebuilding My Vintage G.I. Joe Action Figure Collection: Introduction

Games & Toys
This is the first in a series of posts wherein I document the rebuilding of my vintage G.I. Joe collection one figure and vehicle at a time. But first a bit of background. You may not know it by reading this site, but I am a child of the 1980s. And like any red-blooded American child growing up in the '80s, I took pride in my toy collection. And while I dabbled in He-Man figures and even had a decent M.A.S.K. collection, for me it was all about Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Recently I decided that with my son on the cusp of prime toy-playing age, it was time to restore one of my old collections to something approaching its former glory. I picked up a few Transformers G1 minibots and a few M.A.S.K., vehicles, and that was fun enough. But I don't think rebuil
Airline Memories #2: Braniff International Collection Catalog

Airline Memories #2: Braniff International Collection Catalog

Ephemera
In Airline Memories, I share aviation items and curiosities from the long history of commercial flight. You’ll see everything from ephemera to souvenirs and other branded items from various U.S. airlines. If you have a request or anything else to share, leave a comment or contact me directly. Starting in the late 1960s, the late Braniff International Airways had a well-earned reputation for being one of the more colorful passenger carriers around. I think that's well represented in pages of Braniff's in-house product catalog, the Braniff International Collection. Here is the cover to one of those great catalogs, and one of the merchandise pages. Based on the products shown here, I'd peg this for some time in the late 1970s, possibly early '80s. Of particular interest to me is
Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

TV & Radio
I've been clean for several years, but at one time I was a hardcore Weather Channel junkie. From the late '80s through about the mid-1990s, I watched the Weather Channel more in one week than I watched most other channels in a year. And so it makes me just a little bit sad to see what has become of my once-favorite TV destination. Instead of the sober, lo-tech and slightly geeky take on weather that the network used to specialize, we now have a cesspool of lame reality programming and ugly public disputes with cable providers. But it was not always so. When it was launched in May 1982, the Weather Channel had one mission and one mission only -- to broadcast the weather. Sounds so simple, how could it possibly work? Because the internet is so awesome, we have footage from TWC's first...
Pop Culture Capsule — January 1-7, 1984

Pop Culture Capsule — January 1-7, 1984

Capsules, History
It's a brand new year, so what better time to look to the past, right? Well anyway, I'm going to do it and I hope you'll join me for yet another pop culture capsule. To start off this year's capsules, I'm taking us back 30 years and putting us knee-deep in the 1980s. By this point in American popular culture, the last vestiges of the '70s have been shed and we're smack dab in the middle of the Reagan Era. For those of you on Spotify, a lot of the tunes listed here are included on some of my Ultimate '80s Hit Collection playlists. Specifically, the ones for 1983 and 1984. Top 10 Movies 1. Terms of Endearment ($11.5 million) 2. Sudden Impact ($9.6 million) 3. Scarface ($5.6 million) 4. Yentl ($5.5 million) 5. Uncommon Valor ($5.2 million) 6. Two of a Kind ($5 million) 7. Th...
Here’s a Set of Neat Halloween III: Season of the Witch Lobby Cards

Here’s a Set of Neat Halloween III: Season of the Witch Lobby Cards

Ephemera, Movies
When Halloween III: Season of the Witch was released in October 1982, fans of the horror series were no doubt surprised at the total lack of Michael Myers. That and anything resembling a good story. But all you needed to do was look at any of these lobby cards for the film to know that this would be very much unlike the first two Halloween flicks. Turns out that masks, old men, and dudes in business suits aren't the crucial ingredients for a classic horror movie. Who knew? Still, that Silver Shamrock tune is so very catchy.
Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Football Friday, Sports
And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present a random assortment of vintage color slides depicting NFL game action. In addition to some of these shots being quite nice, it gives me yet another excuse to look at old NFL logos and uniforms. Enjoy! Some of the dates may be off, so if you have any corrections please let me know in the comments section. Click on any image for the full-size version. Credit: Lee Balterman San Francisco 49ers RB/KR Doug Cunningham (#42) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, 1967. Joe Ferguson (#12) of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Denver Broncos, 1981. Buffalo Bills RB O.J. Simpson (#32) runs through the middle of the field against the Denver Broncos in an AFL contest, 1969. Baltimore Colts QB Marty Do...
20 Vintage Pro Wrestling Magazine Covers

20 Vintage Pro Wrestling Magazine Covers

Featured Posts, Sports
You might not guess it to know me, but I was a huge pro wrestling fan back in the day. And by "the day" I mean the mid to late 1980s, what I consider to be the Golden Age of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was fun, it was exciting, it was everything a pre-teen boy could want to watch. Those days are long behind me now, but every once in awhile I pine for the salad days watching strong but pasty guys like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Big John Studd, Andre the Giant, and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff compete in the squared circle. Oh yeah, not to mention less pasty guys like Hulk Hogan, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the Junkyard Dog, and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. To help remember those wrestling titans of days gone by -- as well as some before my time -- here's a gallery of 20 vintage pro...