Well folks, we’ve made it to the end of another year, and another decade on top of it. When I look back on this year, I’m very proud of all that we’ve accomplished here on TRN. The site launched in June, and has been on a steady rise ever since. We’ve launched new podcasts, featured a lot of great people’s writing and other creative projects, and we’ve made some awesome new friends too.
Here in this week’s Retro Ramblings column, I want to highlight some of the things I’m most proud of. As we add new people to our growing community everyday, there is a lot of fun stuff that they have probably missed, so some of this may be new to you. Or for the rest of you, it may be a chance to re-visit and enjoy all over again. First up, here are a few things that I’ve done that I’m very fond of from this past year:
Launching The Retro Network with Jason – Neither one of us took much convincing after we initially talked about the idea of creating a space for all of us retro-minded folks to work together and build a community. It all started with a throwaway line on an episode of his Rediscover the ’80s podcast that we were recording. From there, we had some conversations, and before long, TRN was a living, breathing, thing of beauty. I’m glad we both decided to pull the trigger on this, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be doing it with.
The TRN Podcast – And speaking of doing things with Jason, the TRN Podcast has been a blast thus far, and I can’t wait to get into all the Time Machine topics 2020 holds.
Wax Pack Flashback video series – This is a recently added weekly feature here on TRN, where I open old packs of trading cards and let you watch. I’m hoping you folks are enjoying it because I’ve got a lot more of them coming!
And a few features I wrote…
- The Glory Days of Pizza Hut
- Big Money No Whammies: The Scandal That Shook the Game Show World
- How I Fell In Love With Comic Books – A ’90s Tale
- Do You Remember Green Stamps
- Lawn Darts: The Most Dangerous Toy of All Time
- Spending Summer Vacation on Wagon Train
- A Festivus For the Rest of Us!
But overall, I’m most proud of the fact that we did it. In just six months, we’ve got a budding retro community filled with creators who have become friends, and fans and followers that have been wonderful getting to know. I think 2020 is going to see all of this expand so many times over, and I’m really looking forward to it. Happy New Year!
Things I Think I Think This Week
I think… that I waited too long to finally try the new Coca-Cola Cinnamon and Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry flavors. I bought them a while back and kept them put up until Christmas. I finally tried them and love them both. The problem with waiting so long is that they were for the holiday season and I won’t be able to run out and get more.
I think… that it’s a good thing that Syfy is once again running their Twighlight Zone Marathon on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day this year. It’s one of the best shows to ever be on television, and if you’re one of the few people to have never given it a chance, you should remedy that this year. Here is the complete lineup for this year.
I think… that everyone should enjoy a big bowl full of snack mix for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. If you’ve never made it before, it’s quite simple. Click here for the Chex Mix brand recipe, or you can get a little adventurous and try the Golden Grahams Party Mix version from the ’70s that Matt from DinosaurDracula.com found.
I think… it’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since the great Y2K scare. We know nothing actually happened, but it was kind of scary leading up to the new year in 2000 wondering if computers world wide would shut down or not. You can watch this fun video with Robert Stack that details everything that could go wrong when the new year hit.
I think… that since I’ve been suffering from the flu for a few days now, that this is all I feel like adding this week. Until next time, keep your eyes open for the debut of Wizards: The Podcast Guide to Comics that is debuting soon here on TRN!