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This Month in YesterYear History - December

Monday, November 28, 2022

I can't believe it's time for December already!  Let's get on with another edition of  "This Month in YesterYear History!" 
In this series, we take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of popular culture from the past 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!   



Below, you'll find a little time capsule of what was significant in our lives during those days.  Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses of the past, you'll begin to remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time.  

That's why I post to this site, after all!

So, let's get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to Twenty, Twenty Five, and Thirty years ago!

This Month in YesterYear History - November

Monday, November 7, 2022

Halloween quickly came and went, and as we enter the post-holiday doldrums, I'll be taking most of the month off.  We have a big family vacation coming up to see Uncle Mickey and Aunt Minnie, so most of the month will be Retro RePosts of some fun Thanksgiving content.  I promise a new "Thanksgiving On..." classic sitcom article this year, though.  Be on the lookout for that, and if you would, please come back and check out the RePosts, too!


Let's review the Novembers of our past with another edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"  


Please CLICK HERE to read last month's feature if you missed it!


In this series, we take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of popular culture from the past 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!   



Below, you'll find a little time capsule of what was significant in our lives during those days.  Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses of the past, you'll begin to remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  

That's why I post to this site, after all!

So, let's get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to Twenty, Twenty Five, and Thirty years ago!

This Month In YesterYear History - October

Monday, September 26, 2022

October is finally upon us!  


Ok, I know I'm posting this at the end of September, but I need every available Monday and Friday for our Halloween 2022 content! On Monday, you'll find an original post or article, and on Friday, I'll be highlighting some past articles you may have missed, so please, check them out!  


By the way, if you use a desktop, you'll notice on the right side of the screen, I've added links to view this Halloween's T.V. Listings for AMC FrightFest, Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween, and a Streaming Sampler List. If you're using a phone or tablet, you'll have to scroll down to the bottom to find it.  


Let's review the Octobers of our past with another edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"  


Please CLICK HERE to read last month's feature if you missed it!


In this series, we take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of popular culture from the past 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!   



Below, you'll find a little time capsule of what was significant in our lives during those days.  Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses of the past, you'll begin to remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  

That's why I post to this site, after all!

So, let's get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back Twenty, Twenty Five, and Thirty years ago!

This Month in YesterYear History - September

Monday, September 5, 2022

Well, our YesterYear Summer of 2022 has come and gone, Labor Day has passed us by, and it's already September!  Where has the time gone?  Let's review the Septembers of our past with another new edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"   

In this series, we take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of popular culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    


Cobbling together information from various websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in our lives during those days.   Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  

That's why I post to this site, after all!

So, let's get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back Twenty, Twenty Five, and Thirty years ago!

This Month In YesterYear History - August

Monday, August 1, 2022

It's already August and a new month brings a new edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"   

Please CLICK HERE to read last month's feature if you missed it!  

In this series, we'll take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    



Using a conglomeration of websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.   

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!

This Month in YesterYear History - July

Monday, July 11, 2022

Welcome to July!  A new month brings a new edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"   

Please CLICK HERE to read last month's feature if you missed it!  

In this series, we'll take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    



Using film website Box Office Mojo, The Billboard Top 40 music list, and a conglomeration of television rating websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.   

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!

This Month In YesterYear History - June

Monday, June 6, 2022

Welcome to June!  A new month brings a new edition of "This Month in YesterYear History!"   

In this series, we'll take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    


Using film website Box Office Mojo, The Billboard Top 40 music list, and a conglomeration of television rating websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.   

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!

This Month In YesterYear History - May

Monday, May 2, 2022

Happy May!  A brand new month brings a brand new edition of This Month in YesterYear History!  Here's a fun new topic that I thought I'd try out last month and it seemed like it was well-received so I'll continue it for the foreseeable future!  Please CLICK HERE to read last month's feature in case you missed it!

Once we have a few months of these I'll create a section on the "Collections" page where you can access them all and go back in time at your leisure.

In this series, we'll take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    


Using film website Box Office Mojo, The Billboard Top 100 music list, and a conglomeration of television rating websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.   

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the who, when, and where of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!

This Month In YesterYear History

Monday, April 4, 2022

Here's a fun new topic that I thought I'd try out for the site.  Based on a suggestion I saw on social media, I've decided to take a brief look back at the "best" or "top" of pop culture from 20 (2002), 25 (1997), and 30 (1992) years ago!    


Using film website Box Office Mojo, The Billboard Top 100 music list, and a conglomeration of television rating websites, I've pieced together a little time capsule of what was significant in life during those days.  I'd be happy to run it monthly if you folks like this topic.  As you know, I enjoy researching the past!  

Hopefully, as you read these brief synopses from the past, you'll remember the whens, wheres, and who's of your memories from that time period.  That's what this site is all about, after all!

So, get into those time machines, my friends!  We're headed back to 20, 25, and 30 years ago!

5 Summer Music Memories

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I'm definitely not what I would call a "music person."  I've worked with some people that can spend hours telling me about their music collection, how they spent weeks perfecting their "playlist," or go deep into conversation about songs that never get air time on the radio.  I've had conversations about things like this with people about singers like Enya.  Yes, even that Enya.

That's just not my thing.  Sure, I can prattle off about pro wrestling lore or things from my childhood like Ghostbusters or Dick Tracy, and that probably bores the music folk just as much as their songs make my eyes roll.  I don't HATE music; I do have some songs I like, but that's about it.  I don't go "deep," as they say, and my taste is a pretty eclectic set of songs.  

The songs I really like tend to remind me of a moment in time from the past.  If I had to classify my favorite type of music, I guess it would be classic rock.  I'm not really sure.  Of course, being a Long Islander, it's basically required to like Billy Joel, and I do.  

In the car, I'd rather listen to my podcasts or talk radio.  I won't listen to the sports or politics kind of talk radio, but more the Opie and Anthony and Howard Stern "hot talk" format.  

That all said, I understand why most people prefer music.  For me, and I'm sure everyone else, hearing a certain song can instantly bring me back to a time and place, or even a specific scent sometimes, that I haven't thought of in years. 

The following 5 songs bring me right back to great memories of the summer times of my youth.  Hopefully, they spark a memory of your own!

Five Movie Theater Memories Summer of 2003

Monday, June 14, 2021

One thing that always makes me think of summer?  Going to a movie theater to see new movies! 

I love the entire experience.  The smells, sounds, excitement, and anticipation... even the funky black and neon carpet.


Growing up, we had a small 2 screen theater, but when I was in high school, they built what was at the time the second-largest mall on the East Coast only 15 minutes from my house.  On the 4th floor, there was a giant 25 or 30 screen Loews Cinema (at the time) but it is now an AMC.  It really was the first of its kind in our area with reclining seats, stadium seating, and a snack bar that was more than just popcorn and soda.  There was nothing available like the gourmet meals some places serve today, but a step up from just stale popcorn and flat soda at the other places.

Restaurants of YesterYear: Bennigan's

Friday, April 9, 2021

When my wife and I first started dating back in 2004, we would seek out places to spend some time together.  She lived at home with her parents, and I lived in a college dorm, and since we weren't the nightclub type, we'd often spend time in the afternoon and evening together walking around a store or mall.  Remember when you actually left your house to shop for things?  Quite often, we'd stop and have dinner at a restaurant rather than eat with her parents, or worse, the college cafeteria.  

We had several places we would frequent, but if you were to ask each of us separately what our favorite of that era was, the answer would be the same...


Bennigan's!

We must have gone to the Deer Park, New York location a hundred times.  When that closed and became a Buffalo Wild Wings, we started going to the Hauppauge franchise by the Long Island Expressway.  Unfortunately, a bad experience there with a manager who blamed us for his own staff's shortcomings caused us to never go back.  Shortly after, the location closed and became an Applebee's.  

As a young kid, I can vaguely remember my parents taking me to a Bennigan's, likely the one in New City, New York.  I remember it was a long drive (probably 20 minutes), and we had gone out for some other reason and stopped at the Bennigan's on the way home.  I remember it was cold and raining and I didn't feel well.  I didn't really want to be there, but I did go home with this great little promotional plastic Halloween witches cauldron.  I used that cauldron for years to hold candy and other knick-knacks. I also clearly remember the step up into the seating area and the brass and wood handrails. It's funny what sticks out in your mind all these years later, isn't it?  This had to be around 1991 or 92, and I would have been 7 or 8.  It's really the only time I can remember going to Bennigan's until college.  

So, with fond memories, let's take a deeper look as we start another journey into the history of another Restaraunt of YesterYear:  Bennigan's!  

A Brief History of the "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" Marathon on TBS and TNT

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This is sort of a "Retro RePost" from last year but has been modified and edited for 2020.  

Growing up, there was not a Christmas movie I enjoyed more than "A Christmas Story."  I'll admit, I had never even heard of the film before TBS began its annual 24-hour marathon in 1997.  It just wasn't something on my radar.  Having accidentally come across the film that first 24-hour marathon, I was sucked in by the excitement of the marathon itself and the quest to watch the movie as much as I could in an entire 24-hour period.  Then something amazing happened.  It turned out the movie was really good, too!


"A Christmas Story" was originally a small independent film made in 1983 that had very little fanfare for several years until it earned a "cult-classic" status and rabid fan following in the early 1990s.  Turner Broadcasting had maintained ownership of the film's broadcasting rights and, starting in 1991, began airing the film increasingly on its networks TBS, TNT, and TCM.  In 1995, it was aired over the 3 different channels a combined 6 times from December 24th to 26th.

Those 6 viewings were so successful that in 1996 Turner increased it to 8 separate broadcasts.

However, in 1997, due to the movie's ever-increasing popularity (and rising merchandise sales), TNT began airing a 24-hour marathon, officially titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story."  The marathon would begin either at 8pm Eastern on Christmas Eve and run for a total of 12 airings.  

In 2004, when TNT switch to a predominantly drama television format, TBS took over the marathon.  

It was estimated that in 2002 that 38.4 million people tuned in at one point or another.    In 2008 that estimate increased to 54.4 million.

The film was so popular that in 2014 and 2015, Turner decided to broadcast the marathons on BOTH TBS and TNT!  They staggered the showings one hour apart so that you wouldn't have the same exact scene on both channels and could pick up at any point on either network.  This was also done so that both channels were not in the commercial break at the same time.  

For whatever reason, the dual marathon was not run on both channels in 2016 and only aired on TBS.  It returned to TNT in 2017 and has been on both channels since.


After widespread internet rumors in 2018 claiming TBS canceled the marathon, Turner (and TBS/TNT) issued statements assuring fans that the marathon indeed lived on.  You could understand, then, when TBS was very slow to publish the schedule for 2019, "A Christmas Story" fans were worried once again.  This year, for 2020, the two networks published the marathon schedule in early November, assuring fans that the annual tradition would live on once again.

One of my favorite activities around Christmas growing up was this marathon.  After the first few years of trying to watch EVERY SINGLE showing, I was older, and life had gotten quite a bit busier for all of us.  My family adapted, and our goal switched from watching the full marathon to catching the entire movie once... but not in a full sitting.  It's a fun little game we still play, where we piece together a complete movie over the 24 hours by tuning in at different times.  It doesn't even need to be in order, as long as we don't miss anything.

You can catch 24 straight hours of this beloved Christmas movie starting 8:00 PM Eastern on December 24th on TBS.  The marathon runs through Christmas Day, and the final airing of "A Christmas Story" is 6:00PM Eastern on the 25th.  The marathon will start on TNT at 9:00 PM on December 24th, running through the final showing at 7pm on Christmas Day.


Be careful, or you'll shoot your eye out!

Nick at Nite's TV Land

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

By the mid-90s, Nick at Nite was reaching the height of its popularity, and its library of classic television expanded to the point where some of the older shows beloved by all were being pushed aside to make room for fresher content.  In response, executives at Nick at Nite's parent company Viacom decided to launch a 24-hour channel to air the classic programs that had grown stale on Nick at Nite.

When the new network was announced in 1995, I couldn't have been more excited.  If you've been reading my articles this week that honor the 35th Anniversary of Nick at Nite, you'll know I fell in love with classic television at a young age.  When I read there would be a new channel dedicated to 24 hours of classic TV, I was beyond elated.


Speaking of my week-long tribute to Nick at Nite, I'd like to thank you for reading YesterYear Retro this week.  I know my articles were a bit long and packed full of information, but Nick at Nite of the 90s means so much to me, and I wanted to make sure I paid my respects and did it justice.  I had to comb through hundreds of websites and old message boards to find some of the information that I provided this week, so, hopefully, someone else looking for Nick at Nite and TV Land information only has to come here to find it all.

I often consider that when TV Land shifted towards modern and original programming, it was also the beginning of the end for Nick at Nite, so it's quite fitting that TV Land bembe the subject of my final article for Nick at Nite Week on YRM.

A Look at 35 Years of Nick At Nite

Monday, June 22, 2020

This coming week Nick at Nite will celebrate it's 35th Anniversary as family-friendly programming during the evening hours on Nickelodeon.  On July 1, 1985, it launched with only a handful of shows and a small collection of movies.  Its library may have been small when it started, but since then, the network has added a vast array of properties and has gone through many different changes.

On the 10th Anniversary in 1995, they aired one episode of every series that had ever aired on the network over the past 10 years.  In 2005, they aired a 48-hour marathon on TV Land, the spin-off sister network, to celebrate the 20-year milestone.  Other than a few on-screen graphics, the network did not honor its 30th Anniversary in 2015.


It does not appear they plan on doing anything for the 35th this year.  So since Nick at Nite won't, I intend to mark the 35th Anniversary with a week-long retrospective of the first network for retro television here on YesterYear Retro Memories!

Many viewers have since grown disenfranchised with Nick at Nite, myself included, but there was a time for many of us that it was the only home for nostalgic television classics.

Retro Wrestlemania Moment: 2014's Wrestlemania 30

Monday, March 9, 2020

Long time readers of this site know my history with professional wrestling.  For those that aren't aware, here are the Cliffs Notes:  In 1990, at 5 years old, I became a fan when I found WCW Saturday Night on TBS.  I then became a HUGE fan during the Attitude Era but trailed off right around 2000 when I was wrapping up high school, and WCW became as enjoyable as a colonoscopy.  I had a resurgence in 2004, where I became a fan again after finding the Playstation game series "Raw vs. Smackdown," but by 2007, I had already stopped watching again.  In 2013, CM Punk's infamous Pipe Bomb promo brought me back into the fold with the initial intrigue of "Was that real?"

But, by the start of 2014, I was about ready to set fire to my TV and never watch WWE again.  The show was beyond repetitive, and seemingly every fan-favorite wrestler was losing every match. Daniel Bryan, who I remember watching back in his ROH days as The American Dragon, was on the rise and had overwhelming fan support but kept losing matches and being placed in low-level and unimportant feuds.  CM Punk still had a large fanbase from his Pipe Bomb, but like Bryan, it was clear to fans that he was being shoved aside.  The Shield, made of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, were fresh faces to the WWE and were young tough guys running rampant, but everyone felt it was a matter of time before Vince would "screw it up."  Then, at Royal Rumble 2014, it all fell apart.

Fans "Invade" RAW during the "Hijack RAW" movement

CM Punk walked out of the Royal Rumble and quit wrestling forever.  The fans had begun to revolt and booed anything the WWE did mercilessly.  Vince McMahon brought back the long-retired Dave Batista and placed him immediately in the top spot of the promotion.  The Road to Wrestlemania started to look a little bumpy.  After the way the year started, nobody would predict that WM30 would be one of the best Wrestlemania's in history.

Retro Wrestlemania Moment: 2004's WrestleMania 20

Monday, February 17, 2020

2004's Wrestlemania 20 was the first Pay-Per-View event I ever paid for with my own money.  My parents had mostly refused to pay the $40 price tag during the Attitude Era but would occasionally graciously agree to pay for the most significant events of the year.  I don't mean for that to come off as ungrateful, I have ZERO complaints about my childhood, and I was happy to be able to pay in 2004 for a PPV such as Wrestlemania myself.

Between 2000 and 2004, I had largely given up on wrestling.  During the boom period of the 90s, there was no bigger fan than myself, but by the time WCW began to die, I had nearly stopped watching altogether.  Things like graduating high school and just regular teenage life got in the way of watching shows that had stopped being good anyway.  By the start of 2004, though, I had gotten back into wrestling in a big way.  For whatever reason, I had seen an advertisement for the new RAW vs. Smackdown Playstation game, and something told me I had to have it.  So, one day after class, I took a ride to go buy it with my best friend and a girl that I had pretty much just met.  That girl became my wife years later!  Anyway, as far as the game goes... the guys in my dorm and I suddenly became big fans.  We played that game for hours and we eventually started watching wrestling again.


Wrestlemania 20 is probably most memorable to most fans for seeing the underdog finally get its day.  For many fans, seeing Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit finally get their moment in the sun was almost like Vince McMahon and the company not only acknowledged these two and their amazing ability... but they were acknowledging US for supporting them.

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!

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!