Holiday Memories of YesterYear: New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Welcome back to the final Holiday Memories of Yesteryear for 2019!  As a reminder this is just a rambling stream of consciousness as I remember events and moments from holidays gone by.

New Years Eve was never a big event in my family growing up.  My parents often went to bed around 9pm on a regular night and maybe stayed up to 10pm on New Years Eve.  A few times we would go to my Dad's cousin house in New Jersey for dinner and then drive home about 8pm.  I remember being sleepy in the backseat as my Dad listened to the New York Ranger's game on WFAN the AM radio sports station in New York.

When I was in high school one of my best friends, and fellow goalie on the hockey team, invited the family over for a party.  We'd often stay till about 12:15 and then head home.  We went for a few years but stopped once we were in college.  I made a fool of myself singing karaoke a few times (the only and last time I've done that) and one year my brother had a little too much to drink and backed over their mailbox.

Of course, my senior year I had some of their finger foods... pigs in a blanket... and found myself throwing up all night long to the point that I slept until 8pm the next day.  I'm sure my parents thought I was drunk but I didn't even have anything to drink and it was really just the food.

Once I met my wife in college we spent every New Years Eve together.  We never went to a big party, just sat on the sofa, had some drinks and good food, and enjoyed each others company.  After I was furloughed from my first airline I was upset that I had to work my first New Years Eve at my new airline.  I was in Manchester, New Hampshire and I stayed up on the phone with her past midnight even though I had a 4am van to the airport for work the next morning.  I think I was more upset than she was.

One year while I was basically living in her parents basement between days away at work we joined her parents at the bowling alley where her Dad bowls in a league.  They had a big party with food and drinks, music, flashing party lights... the works.  It was a bit empty and we really enjoyed ourselves.  The following year the place was packed and had about half the food they provided the year earlier.  On top of that it was icy and freezing rain on the way home after midnight with all of the drunks on the road and we decided that even though we had a pretty good time together that was the end of that.

Since 2012 we've owned our own home and have spent every New Years Eve together on our own sofa.  We get Chinese food and watch TV... usually one of the many marathons on.  The past few years we've watched The Walking Dead (before it sucked) or the Breaking Bad marathons on AMC.  Around here in New York, WPIX always has the Honeymooners on after the ball drops.  We used to watch a few episodes before heading to bed but lately it's all we can do to stay awake!  You can read all about my favorite Honeymooners episodes on the blog here.   Of course the Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy is another required viewing, for a few episodes at least.  There will be a post about that soon, too!  Keep an eye out.

Like most of the holidays around the end of the year it's about the time spent with loved ones.  I honestly think New Year's Eve is my 2nd favorite holiday because my wife and I just hunker down in our warm house and spend the time together with our little tradition of Chinese food and TV.

With a little one on the way, what will next year bring? 

My Top 5 New Year's Honeymooners Marathon Episodes

Friday, December 27, 2019

With Christmas now in the rear view, it's time to look ahead to the next holiday... New Year's Eve!  Not quite the barn burner in my house, it's often a quiet night my wife and I look forward to eating Chinese take out and watching marathons on TV... and often going to bed at about 12:05AM.

One such marathon here in New York is the Jackie Gleason classic "The Honeymooners" on famed New York network WPIX (Channel 11).

WPIX will routinely air episodes late at night that I'll catch if I happen to be awake at 2 or 3 in the morning.  Sometimes they will also air mini-marathons on other holidays such as Thanksgiving.  However, as my wife said this past Thanksgiving... "The Honeymooners is for New Years."

Holiday Memories of YesterYear: Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2019

Welcome to the third post in a series of rambling stream-of-conscious articles related to holiday memories of the past.  With Christmas just days away, I sat down to reflect upon the Christmases of yesteryear.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.... It's cathartic in some way to go back and put this down in writing and hopefully it jogs a memory of some fun or heartfelt moments of your own.

24 Hours of A Christmas Story

Friday, December 20, 2019

Growing up there was not a Christmas movie I enjoyed more than "A Christmas Story."  I'll admit, I hadn't even heard of the film before TBS began it's annual marathon.  There was just something about the excitement of the marathon and the quest to watch the movie as often as I could in an entire day.

After widespread internet rumors in 2018 that TBS had cancelled the marathon, Turner Broadcasting, TNT, and TBS all had to issue statements stating that in fact, the marathon lives on.  You could understand, then, when TBS was very slow to publish the schedule for 2019, A Christmas Story fans were worried.

Fear not for TBS has confirmed that "24 hours of A Christmas Story" will continue in 2019!

Was that the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in Christmas Vacation?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Everyone knows National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Everyone who reads this blog knows it's my favorite Christmas movie of all time.  But did you know there is a bit of an online controversy surrounding a short 5 second scene halfway through the film?

About mid way through the movie there is a scene where the Grandmothers are watching a parade and decorating a gingerbread house while the Grandfathers take a nap in the living room.  The argument online is whether they are watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or not.

So today, I thought I'd settle the score once and for all.

Santa Claus, Christmas, and I Love Lucy

Monday, December 16, 2019

This blog may often be about 80's and 90's nostalgia... But for this one we're going WAY back.  Way back into YesterYear to 1956!

I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns on Nick-at-Nite with my Dad.  We'd sit and laugh together late into the night during summers when I was a kid.  When the Season 4 episodes centering around their road trip to California for and Hollywood came on, something struck a chord with my wanderlust bone and my love for old Hollywood that made me fall in love with that redhead and her hijinks.  I love 'Lucy' so much so that my wife and I have made 2 trips to Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York to visit the Lucy-Desi Museum.  There they have props and wardrobe from the show along with restorations of not just the set for their home in the Mertzes New York apartment building but the California hotel room set from the fictional Beverly Palms Hotel that I loved so much as a child.

McDonalds Bucks in My Christmas Stocking

Friday, December 13, 2019

My family was never really that big on Christmas stockings.  We didn't have a fireplace or a chimney so they just kind of rested on the back of the living room sofa.  I remember bugging my Dad one year when it dawned on me that while the house had a chimney outside... we didn't have a fireplace inside.  He tried to explain to my 6 year old brain that the chimney was attached to the furnace down in the basement but this really upset me because how would Santa get into the house and not get hurt?  He told me he'd enter through the window in my Parent's bedroom since it was next to the chimney.  I found that acceptable I guess.

Anyway, back to stockings... we had a basic red ones with white trim and our names were sewn on with green yarn.  My Mom would always make sure to buy some goodies and trinkets at the CVS or the Dollar Store and toss them in.  Chocolate gold coins, funny pencil erasers, gum, candy, maybe a koosh ball... but the ULTIMATE stocking stuffer gift back then was the McDonald's Gift Certificate coupon booklets! 

Today they come in credit card style gift cards or even online electronic gift certificates, but back then they were shaped like little dollar bills and so my Brother Matt and I called them "McDonald's Bucks!"

10 Times Christmas Collides with Pro Wrestling!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Much like Thanksgiving... Pro Wrestling and Christmas go hand in hand.  Over the years, wrestling promotions and wrestlers have celebrated (and exploited) the holiday season in many ways.  From holding events on Christmas day to wrestlers dressed up as Santa Claus, Christmas themed gimmick matches, or even a handful of wrestlers appearing in Christmas movies, these festive events celebrate the holiday season for children and adults alike.

I've looked around the internet and compiled a list in no particular order of some examples of when Christmas and Pro Wrestling COLLIDE!

A Cartoon Christmas: My Top 5 Christmas Cartoons

Monday, December 9, 2019

Nothing is more endearing (or enduring) as a Christmas cartoon.  I know it's sacrilege but I really don't like the "iconic" Christmas specials Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Maybe they were before my time, but, I just never dug those.  I think the claymation creeped me out and I hated the elves... but no holiday spawns more television specials to choose from than Christmas.

I know this may be just another "Top 5" article, but, I feel like those types of articles give me the ability to mention a bunch of different topics that may spark a memory or emotion in you (and myself!) as we all take a road trip down our memory highway into yesteryear.

The 1992 Sears Wish Book

Friday, December 6, 2019

One of the most exciting things during my otherwise normal day during my childhood was seeing the mailman walk up to the house.  Occasionally my Uncle would send a note packed with a few goodies.  Or maybe a NHL team would finally return an autograph that I had requested in spam-like fashion through multiple letters because of a book I had picked up at a school book fair (remember those?) that told you how to send away for autographs from sports teams or actors.  Other than that, I didn't get much mail but it was still exciting to see what would show up that day for Mom or Dad.  Junk mail.  Bills.  Letters.  Catalogs!

I'd often grab the catalogs and pour over them before turning them over to my folks.  It didn't matter the store.  It didn't matter what they sold... more often than not they had a toy section!  Most everyone back in the 80's and 90's, myself included, lived for the moment the Sears Wish Book arrived in late Summer or early Fall.  I remember as a kid these things were the size of small phone books and the smell of the ink and paper can take me back if I catch a whiff in a new circular today.

In an effort to do something special for this site and a chance to take another road trip into yesteryear... I picked up an edition of the 1992 annual Sears Wish Book for cheap on eBay and scanned in some pages for you to enjoy!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 30th Anniversary

Sunday, December 1, 2019

For most of us one of the best parts of Christmas is watching our favorite holiday movies over and over (and over) again.  In what I'd like to be the first in a series this coming year reviewing one of my favorite film franchises, the National Lampoon's 'Vacation' series, I'll be taking a look back at my all-time favorite Christmas movie as it turns 30 this year.

Christmas Vacation is an absolute must watch in my house every year immediately following Thanksgiving right through Christmas Day.  My wife and I often have the television on as we fall asleep at night and during the Christmas season we often drift off as the DVD for this film plays.  We even make sure to play Christmas Vacation after our Christmas dinner is over for those that have moved into the living room to loosen the belt buckle and relax.

December 1st, 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary for this film and what better way than to honor it with a look at how it reminds us of our own family get-togethers and the lighter sides of the holiday season.  This movie covers everything you could want in a Christmas movie:  comedy, drama, the value of family, the stress we all face, and the child like joy during the holidays.  The Griswold's are all of us as we attempt the picture perfect Christmas.

Black Friday Top Toys of the 80's and 90's

Friday, November 29, 2019

Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is widely known as "Black Friday."  This annual shopping day has earned it's colorful nickname because it represents the time of year when most retailers turn a profit and the accounting books move from "the red" to "the black."  Back in the day, shoppers would wake up at the crack of dawn for early doorbuster sales.  I remember as a kid when it was a big deal that stores would open at 4am.  As the years went on the stores opened earlier and earlier and now today we have people skipping out on Thanksgiving dinner as they head out in search of deep discounts, hard to find gifts, and credit card debt.  Of course, as most of us know, as the internet became more prevalent, this tradition of yesteryear has expanded into Cyber Monday and now we are at the point in 2019 that some companies began running "Black Friday" deals on November 1st.

Even though the tradition is not as fun as it once was, one thing has always been a big seller on Black Friday:  Toys.  People buy toys on Black Friday.  Hard to find, limited quantity, and high priced... it didn't matter.  Even before "going viral" was a thing, parents would literally get into fist fights to ensure that little Johnny had the hot toy for that year under the Christmas Tree.  Here's a look back at the top toys of the 80's and 90's that drove parents crazy!

Holiday Memories of YesterYear: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Welcome to the second post in a series of rambling stream-of-conscious articles related to holiday memories of the past.  With Thanksgiving just days away, I sat down to reflect upon Thanksgivings of yesteryear.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  It's cathartic in a way to go back and put this down in writing and hopefully it jogs your memory of some fun or heartfelt moments of your own.

When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Doesn't Go As Planned

Monday, November 25, 2019

Very few things can get millions of Americans to tune in to the same television channel at the same time anymore.  The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is still one of those things.  In my household, it's always playing in the background on Thanksgiving morning but the marching bands, lip synching, and Broadway dancing just aren't something we have interest in watching.  The larger than life balloons, however, are a favorite and still draw everyone's attention at my house.

Since 1924, the Thanksgiving Day Parade (originally the Macy's Christmas Parade) has entertained hundreds of millions.  Originally the parade featured employees in costumes and animals from the Central Park Zoo, including tigers and elephants.  In 1927, the game changed when Felix the Cat became the first iconic giant balloon.

5 Things I miss about Thanksgiving in the 90s

Friday, November 22, 2019

I've been reflecting a lot lately on my own childhood; both for this blog and the impending arrival of my own first child wondering what memories she'll have.  At the risk of sounding like a Buzzfeed clickbait listicle, I've decided to do a Top 5 list of things I miss about Thanksgiving from the 1990's.  I was born in 1984, a bit too late to have clear memories of the 80's but I definitely remember the holidays of the 1990's.

So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Things I Miss About Thanksgiving's of the 90's:

John Madden and Turducken

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

"It's a turkey... Stuffed with a duck... Stuffed with a chicken!  Then you throw it in a deep fryer.  Out comes Turducken!"  - NFL Hall of Famer, John Madden

One of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving football in years gone by was legendary NFL announcer John Madden's annual proclamation of his love for the fried goodness of Turducken.

I begged my parents for it year after year and actually to this day have never actually had Turducken on Thanksgiving day.  You may have never heard of Turkducken and thought "What is it?" or "Where did this thing ever come from?"

Garfield's Thanksgiving

Monday, November 18, 2019

As a young child my family would make the annual trek from our home just north of New York City to Syracuse to visit my Aunt and Uncle and their large family of 7 children.  I remember not really enjoying the long drive, the cold weather, and the loud crowd of nearly 50 people (most of whom I didn't even know) at Thanksgiving Dinner.  We stopped making the trip when I was 7 or 8 and to be honest I was so young I don't remember much about the trips we did make... but I do remember one important event.  On our last trip one of my many cousins allowed me to take home a book I had picked up from his bedroom to read while the adults talked.

It was Garfield's Thanksgiving.

Pro Wrestling on Thanksgiving: Starrcade vs Survivor Series

Friday, November 15, 2019

When one thinks of Thanksgiving most people think of pumpkin pie, turkey, football, or maybe even parade balloons.  As unlikely as it seems, though, to me pro wrestling and Thanksgiving go together like mashed potatoes and gravy.

Pro wrestling has deep traditions tied to Thanksgiving, going back to the territory days of yesteryear. Mid-South Wrestling frequently held Thanksgiving events in the SuperDome in New Orleans during the territory glory years.  The big two major promotions we all know, WWF and WCW, also have historical ties to the holiday as well.

How Football on Thanksgiving Became a "Thing"

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ask anyone to name three of their favorite things about Thanksgiving and I guarantee that most would include watching football.  Alongside stuffing ourselves full of turkey and sweet potatoes watching the NFL on Thanksgiving has become a cultural tradition that nearly all Americans share.

I've often wondered how this actually came to be and why it seems like the same teams always play on Thanksgiving.  If you've ever wondered this yourself, don't worry... I've done the research for you!

Survivor Series 1989 Review

Monday, November 11, 2019

Depending on which side of the isle you sit on in the WWF vs WCW war, the history behind the WWF Pay-Per-View event "Survivor Series" is either considered a dirty trick or just another step in Vince McMahon's plan for domination.  WWF's rival promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) had run a major event called Starrcade on Thanksgiving for nearly a decade before Vince McMahon decided to create Survivor Series.  Vince placed Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Day to compete directly against Starrcade and given the all around success of his major gamble on Wrestlemania, McMahon held all the cards against the cable providers and demanded they decide to either carry his show... or else.  All but a handful of providers chose Survivor Series and the very next year Starrcade was forced to move to December, ending the very quick "Thanksgiving Day War."

As a WCW/NWA fan I've always considered Starrcade a Thanksgiving show, even though it took place in December longer than it occurred on Thanksgiving, but WWF's Survivor Series is the true Thanksgiving show.  From 1987 to 1990, the show took place on Thanksgiving Day.  From 1991 to 1994, the WWF moved it to Thanksgiving Eve before being moved in 1995 to the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  

McDonald's 40th Anniversary Happy Meal Review

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Excited about the news of retro toys from our childhood, my wife and I made it a point to head out and get the limited time McDonald's 40th Anniversary Surprise Happy Meal.  Now, since at the moment we are a few (three) months away from our first child, the two of us haven't purchased a Happy Meal in probably 20 or 25 years. 

Boy, were we surprised how the Happy Meal has changed.  You can only order a Hamburger, a 4 piece, or a 6 piece chicken nugget meal.  Really?  A cheeseburger is unavailable for purchase.  Of all the things making children fat today... a slice of American cheese ain't it, folks.  

SBTB: The College Years Thanksgiving Special

Friday, November 8, 2019

When I think back to my childhood, holidays are often the fondest of my memories of yesteryear.  Nothing beats Christmas as a child but a close second was when the whole family got together at Thanksgiving and enjoyed good food and fellowship.  Before and after the meal we'd all gather around the TV watching many memorable events like the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and the often forgettable football games.  The Laurel and Hardy classic March of the Wooden Soldiers was (and still is) a holiday staple in my house.

Forgotten to many, though, is the Thanksgiving episode of Saved by the Bell: The College Years.  Many shows of yesteryear would celebrate the holidays with special episodes and it's something I feel is missing today.  However, this College Years episode is something that always sticks out in my mind when I think of Thanksgiving programming.

McDonald's Is Bringing Back Classic Happy Meal Toys

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Just a heads up to my fellow retro geeks:

McDonald's is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal by bringing back retro toys in a limited time offering of "Surprise Happy Meals."

You can only purchase these November 7th to November 11th, so get on this people!  It starts tomorrow (as of the time I post this) to Monday the 11th.

Starrcade 1989 Review

Professional Wrestling, and The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), once held a long standing tradition of running major events on Thanksgiving Day.  The NWA ran it's annual flagship event StarrCade from 1983 to 1990, when the event continued on under the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) banner until 2000.

Starrcade was a production of Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP); at that time the largest and most dominant "territory" in the NWA.  It would be a Thanksgiving Day tradition until 1987 when the WWF, led by Vince McMahon, scheduled a pay-per-view event of their own titled Survivor Series on Thanksgiving night.  McMahon, coming off the major success of Wrestlemania and his national expansion, demanded exclusivity from the cable providers on carrying his event.

It's Christmas Time At YRM!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Celebrate the Season at YRM!
The Hallmark Channel started their non-stop Christmas movies during the last week of October.  Here in New York, several radio stations have started their non-stop Christmas songs.  Heck, stores dumped Halloween for Christmas before Halloween even happened... some as early as October 10th.

In my house, Christmas starts the minute Thanksgiving ends!  It's become a bit of a tradition for me to use my time off work around Thanksgiving to hang the exterior Christmas lights (everything my Dad taught me about exterior illumination.)  After we do our online shopping, my wife and I will usually put the tree up and decorate the house on Black Friday.

RollerJam... Pro Wrestling on Wheels

Monday, November 4, 2019

Like everyone else in the late 90's I was hooked on professional wrestling.  I had been a fan going back to 1989 or '90 when I was 5 years old and had found WCW on Saturday evenings at my Grandparents' house.   Like many others though I was utterly OBSESSED during the wrestling boom of the "Monday Night War."

It was in my high school cafeteria one day when my friend Joe asked if I was going to watch "RollerJam"?  I asked what that was and he explained in colorful detail the new wrestling-on-roller blades commercial he saw during WWF's RAW. I must have been over on the other channel watching WCW's Nitro and missed it.  Our other wrestling friend Andrew then mentioned it was a new version of roller derby.

A Brief History on Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fall back, they said.  Set the clocks back, they said.  Get an extra hour of sleep, they said.

Well, "they" didn't tell my dogs.  They woke me up at their usual time this morning of 6am, except it was only 5am.  Since dogs can't tell time, they just woke with their natural body rhythm and the new found 5am morning sunlight and said "DAD!  TIME TO GET UP!"

So, as I sit here with my newfound hour of time that I was told would mean an extra hour of sleep, I thought I'd post a brief history on how and why we use Daylight Saving Time and why it just ended for this year.  By the way, most people call it "Savings" time, which is technically incorrect.  It's Saving, not Savings... but it doesn't matter.  Personally, I think the whole thing is silly and should be done away with...

Holiday Memories of YesterYear: Halloween

Monday, October 28, 2019

This is the first edition in a series in which I intend to relive and document holiday memories from my past in hopes they trigger a fond memory of your own.  What better way to start this off than with Halloween?  In this "Holiday Memories of YesterYear" series, I'll be posting a more stream-of-consciousness and haphazard style than my usual report type historical article.

Elvira's Haunted Hills

Monday, October 14, 2019

Many people know Elvira, be it from her cable show Elvira's Movie Macabre her or 1988 feature film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, but what most people aren't familiar with is her 2001 follow-up movie Elvira's Haunted Hills.  It's not quite a sequel but is loosely based on the Elvira character and the hopes most viewers have knowledge of Mistress of the Dark.

Elvira, real name Cassandra Peterson, got her start in entertainment with small parts as a show girl, go-go dancer, background singer, and model for men's magazines.  The Elvira character was born in 1981 when Los Angeles based weekend cable show Fright Nights auditioned for a new host to introduced B-rated horror movies.  Elvira quickly caught on with audiences with her "Valley-Girl" speech pattern and risqué and sarcastic commentary.  Personally, I don’t think her cleavage exposing tight fitting black dress didn’t hurt, but all joking aside, Elvira herself deserves the credit for her own success.  Her campy sense of humor teeming with double entendres and one-liners won over audiences both men and women alike.

Coca-Cola and the NFL's Monsters of the Grid Iron

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It was 1993 and I had just entered the 4th grade.  My parents were at work and I was home from school likely for Columbus Day in early October.  I remember it was a crisp Fall day outside and can still picture the bright orange and red maple leaves collecting in my Grandparent's lawn.  My Grandparents lived in the house next door to us and I was over there on this beautiful morning just watching TV killing time.  While they were busy doing whatever adults do, I snuck over to the telephone and dialed a 1-800 number I'd been waiting all morning for the opportunity to call.  I quickly punched in my entry code while my head was filled with crazy childish dreams of being the big winner!  After some spooky Halloween music, the next thing I knew NFL super star (and at the time home-town New York Jet) RONNIE "THE RATTLER" LOTT was yelling at me through the phone telling me that even though I lost this time, that I'm always a winner, with Coca-Cola's Monsters of the Grid Iron!  

The Coca-Cola Monster's of the Grid Iron promotion only ran for two years during the Halloween season in 1993 and '94.  The Grand Prize for this contest each year was a pair of Super Bowl tickets.  For reference, the 1993 winners would have seen the Dallas Cowboys destroy the Buffalo Bills for the 2nd time in a row while the Halloween 1994 winners would see the San Francisco 49'ers defeat the San Diego Chargers in Superbowl 29.  Other prizes included hats, t-shirts, free Coca-Cola products, and other little goodies.  To enter, you'd purchase specially branded Coca-Cola products and find a code inside, typically under the cap or inside the cardboard box of a 12 pack.  When you dialed the 1-800 number, you'd enter the 4 digit code and a random NFL superstar (via recording) would tell you if you had won the big prize... or not.

Looking Back at the 1990 Dick Tracy Playmates Toy Line

On October 14, 1931, the crime fighter Dick Tracy made his comic strip debut in the Detroit Mirror. Dick Tracy would entertain children and adults alike throughout the years and appear in comic strips and several shorts, serials, and long-form films throughout the 30’s, the ’40s, and ’50s. By the ’60s and ’70s however, the Dick Tracy character had begun to lose his appeal and mostly disappeared.

In the early 1980s, Universal Pictures began development of a Dick Tracy feature length film. Universal courted actor and lifelong Dick Tracy fan Warren Beatty for the titular role. It’s fun to consider the possibilities knowing that Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, and Harrison Ford were also under consideration. The film was shelved by Universal for several reasons, chief among them producer Walter Hill wanted to create a dark and violent version while Beatty wanted to present a colorful real-life version of the 1930’s comic he remembered from childhood. Once the movie was called off, Beatty himself acquired the rights to the character from Tribune Media Services for $3 million in hopes to bring the beloved good guy to the big screen with his vision of a real-life comic book movie.


Welcome to Yester-Year Retro Memories!  

I hope you join me on a road trip through memories of days gone by!  I started this blog to not only relive these memories but to help myself and others remember great things from our past.

I've been a fan of all things retro from a very early age.  My Dad got me very interested in old TV shows when I was 5 or 6 and as a 12 year old I fell in love with the TV show The Wonder Years.  It had already finished it's run when I turned 12, but, Nick at Nite had started to play it and I taped every episode on VHS (except that elusive Rolling Stones episode!)  My Uncle Bob and I found a complete list of every episode the show, which during the early days of the internet was very hard to come by, and we checked off every episode as we watched.  The previously mentioned Rolling Stones episode took years to find... But I digress.