Fast Food of YesterYear: Kenny Roger's Roasters

Monday, April 27, 2020

During the Corona Virus apocalypse, we all need a good laugh.  So when I saw a meme that made me laugh so hard, I stopped what I was doing and just HAD to show it to my wife.  Why show it to my wife?  My wife is a much larger country music fan than I am.  She grew up a fan of classic country and even enjoys the modern version that sounds more like dance club "auto-tune" pop music than country.  I only really know the biggest hits of the genre, and of course, that includes several from "The Gambler" himself, Mr. Kenny Rogers.

This meme (excuse the language, kids) inspired me to relive some memories and write this article.


Unfortunately, Kenny passed away recently on March 20, 2020.  I didn't want this to be one of the millions of articles that read like a biography for Kenny.  I'd rather it focus on something nearly all of us nostalgia nerds love... the fast-food restaurants of yesteryear.


So here is the story of Kenny Rogers' Roasters!

Retro Card Pack: I Love Lucy

Friday, April 17, 2020

I've mentioned before that I grew up a giant I Love Lucy fan, thanks to my Dad and Nick-At-Nite.  In fact, I'd consider it safely in my top 3 favorite shows of all time.  I was excited to get this old wax pack in the mail from Edward Bay and soak in it's Lucy glorious-ness.  Boy, was I not disappointed!  I was surprised, though, that this pack of cards was made in 1991 and not earlier.   Could this be because about the same time I, and many other children, were finding Lucy and the gang on Nick-at-Nite for the first time?  Probably!


I love these cards for many reasons.  One of them is the depiction on the wrapper and back of the cards of the 4 in Season 4, Episode 12 "California, Here We Come."  The California road trip and Hollywood episodes are my absolute favorites, and seeing this artwork reminds me of them setting out on their grand adventure.

Retro Card Pack: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 film

Friday, April 10, 2020

If I was a little more organized and had a little more free time, I would have gotten this post up on March 30th when we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.  But what can you do?

So, here on the 2nd post of our Retro Card Pack series is the old wax pack from 1990 featuring the "Deluxe Turtles" Movie Cards!

A massive fan of the cartoon series on Saturday mornings, an even bigger fan of the Playmates line of action figures, I was super excited for this movie!  I honestly can't remember if my Mom took me to the theater to see this, or I had to wait until it was available on VHS.  If I had to guess, I had to wait for VHS since my Mom is just not a fan of going to the theater, and the only movie I remember my Dad taking me to was Apollo 13 and the 90s era digital remake of Star Wars:  A New Hope.

Waiting for VHS had its perks, though.  Nothing was better than nearly every Saturday morning when my Mom would take me right at 10am to Dollar Video.  I'd spend time strolling through the rental store and find my treasured movie or video game.  Maybe even a pack of Big League Chew, if I had been good that week.  Those are the types of memories one cherishes as a child.  Or I do, anyway.


Back to TMNT, this film was the highest-grossing independent film of all time (until Blair Witch in 1999) and featured some of the last puppetry from Jim Henson.  This low budget film ($13.5 million) earned a whopping $202million in its first run in theaters worldwide.

Retro Card Pack: Nick Toons - Doug, Rugrats, and Ren & Stimpy

Monday, April 6, 2020

Next up on our Retro Scan list is a 1993 wax pack featuring Nickelodeon's three original Nick-Toons, Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and RugRats.  This is a mixed pack featuring trading cards, stickers, tattoos, and an activity card.

"Nick-Toons" is the name given to in-house animated creations of Nickelodeon kids channel.  They began in 1991 with these three original shows.  Ren and Stimpy have all but disappeared from television after ending its run in 1995.  Spike TV aired 3 episodes in 2003 before pulling it from its network.  Ren and Stimpy is available on DVD, and for a short time, was available on iTunes.

Retro Card Pack: Bill and Ted Bogus Adventure

Friday, April 3, 2020

Admittedly, I am not a fan of the Bill and Ted series.  However, this was the first pack I selected at random from the box of cards I purchased at auction and I'm excited to start posting retro scans for your enjoyment here at Yester Year Retro.

Bill and Ted's Bogus Adventure was a 1991 sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, starring Keannu Reeves and Alex Winter.  In August of 2020, a third movie, Bill and Ted Face The Music will be released.

The colors are visually appealing on this foil pack.  Perfectly 1990s.