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Get Ready For The “Box Office Jocks” Blog-A-Thon!

Time for another Blog-a-Thon! This should be a fun one. Return to the 80s is teaming up with Dubsism for the Box Office Jocks Blog-a-Thon. It will be taking place Super Bowl Weekend, February 2nd and 3rd, 2019. If you would like to submit an article or podcast about an athlete who starred in a movie/television show, or a movie about an athlete, please comment below, or email me at returntothe80s@gmail.com.

Dubsism

If you aren’t familiar with Dubsism, it’s a combination of two things which usually don’t go together; rabid enthusiasm for all things sport, and an infatuation with classic cinema.  I think that came about the first time I got a John Wayne western in lieu of a rained-out baseball game. Thus began the double-helixing of sports and movies in my oft-concussed brain.

To make the proverbial long story short, I discovered blogging, and then I discovered the classic film blog-a-thon.  I dipped my toe into that world by offering some episodes of my series “Sports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies.” The classic film blogging community has given me such a positive response that I’m jumping in with both feet by hosting my first blog-a-thon! Since it’s my first time, Paul S. from Return to the 80’s was gracious enough to join me to make sure I don’t bump into…

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Remember That Song – 9/25/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Everybody’s always talkin’ ’bout who’s on top
Don’t cross our path ’cause you’re gonna get stomped


Last Song: “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls from the album A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

Great job Melanie (@melanieofoz)!!!

A cloud appears above your head
A beam of light comes shining down on you

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: Better Off Dead

[Lane waves to two tree trimmers from the cargo hold of a garbage truck]

Tree Trimmer: [to fellow tree trimmer] Now that’s a real shame when folks be throwin’ away a perfectly good white boy like that.

Better Off Dead was released in theaters on this day, 33 years ago (August 23, 1985)

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’80s Back to School Accessories

Here is an article I wrote a few years ago. I try to repost it at this time every year. There are many new readers since I last posted this. I had a lot of fun writing this, so I would like to share it again. Enjoy!

Well, it’s getting to be the time of year most of us used to dread – Back to School season! It’s not such a big deal now. Actually, for those of you who are parents of school-age children, it’s probably the most wonderful time of year! So, now it’s safe to reminisce about the accessories that we had to start the new school year.

The Multi-colored pen by Bic

Amazing! You had 4 different colors in 1 pen! Teachers usually made you write in black or blue ink. You didn’t need different pens to do this now! And you could be a rebel and use red or green. And how many of you tried to squeeze as many colors out of the tip as you could, and try to write that way?! And of those people, how many of us used to have to unscrew the pen to get the tips unstuck? Maybe that’s why my grades weren’t so good.

Metal TV or Movie Lunchboxes

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I’m sure we have all rocked the metal lunchboxes that usually had a TV show or movie theme at one time before we became to old for it and started brown-bagging it. There were usually scenes from the show all around the lunch box, and even on the sites and the bottom.

And don’t forget the thermos! It was awesome to have one that had even more scenes all around it instead to the cheesy ones that only had a picture on one side. My favorites were the Six Million Dollar Man and Star Wars. I can’t remember off the top of my head what other ones I had.

Digital Watch (with Calculator)

I probably could have used one of these. Before there were cell phones with calculators, and now iPhones, there was the digital watch with the calculator built in. Not only was it awesome for somebody to have a digital watch, but it was even better if it included the calculator. I’m sure that if the teachers were smart, they would make those people take off their watches before a math test.

Paper Bag Book Cover

cca24acd882d898f4dc7dc0514053508One of the most annoying parts of going back to school – making your book covers! Some kids had theirs nice and tight. But, kids like me had theirs covered so that the bag went way too far past the book. And then you would have to fold the loose ends back over. I know there’s some people who know what I mean! The best part about these, though, was that you could draw your favorite rock band logo. I used to love drawing the V and H for the Van Halen logo, or the ZZ Top logo, or the symbols for Led Zeppelin. OK, maybe messing around with the multi-colored pen wasn’t the only reason why I didn’t have better grades in school!

The Trapper Keeper

And the Granddaddy of them all – The Trapper Keeper! Oh, the Trapper Keeper and I had such high hopes at the beginning of the school year. I could keep all my subjects organized into their own folders. There was even a pad in the back. You could use the binder to put in your loose leaf paper. Then by the end of the first quarter of school, some of the folders would be bulging and bursting. The paper on the pad in the back of the Trapper Keeper would be gone because each top piece would rip out each time I closed the folder. The Trapper Keeper would be bulging, and the Velcro would wear out or rip off. Ah, those were the days! Here’s the Trapper Keeper commercial that I remember:

So, do you have any favorite memories/headaches from Back to School accessories?

Remember That Song – 7/6/18

Can you name the artist and song:

All those who remember the war
They won’t forget what they’ve seen
Destruction of men in their prime


Last Song: “Foolish Beat” by Debbie Gibson from the album Out of the Blue (1988)

Great job Bryan (@BryanBoo29)!!!

But now is a new time
There is a new place
Where dreams just can’t come true
It started the day when I left you

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: The Goonies

Chunk: Hey, mister? Are you hungry? I got a Baby Ruth.

Sloth: Ruth! Ruth! Baby! Ruth!

Chunk: Here you go.

[Chunk tosses the candy bar to Sloth and it hits him in the head. Both scream]

Chunk: I’m sorry, mister! I’m sorry!

[Sloth rips his chains out of the wall and goes to pick up the candy bar. Then, he realizes he’s free]

Chunk: Gee, mister. You’re even hungrier than I am.

Happy 44th birthday to Jeff Cohen (Chunk)!!!

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Quote of the Day: Grease 2

Reproduction, reproduction!
Put your pollen tube to work.
Reproduction, reproduction!
Make my stamen go berserk.
Reproduction!
I don’t think they even know what a pistil is!
I got your pistil right here…
Where does the pollen go?

Grease 2 was released on this day 36 years ago – June 11, 1982

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Remember That Song – 6/6/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Something had a hold on me
When angel passed close by


Last Song: “Material Girl” by Madonna from the album Like A Virgin (1985)

Great job sweetpurplejune, Sharon (@SharonK00453169), and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Experience has made me rich
And now they’re after me

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Remember That Song – 6/1/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Remember that special night
When all of the stars were shining bright
We made our first endeavor to stay together


Last Song: “Lovesong” by The Cure from the album Disintegration (1989)

Great job David and TKO (@tkosportstalk1)!!!

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: Fletch

Dr. Joseph Dolan: So where do you know Alan from?

Fletch: We play tennis at the club.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: Really? California Racquet Club?

Fletch: Right.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s my club too. I don’t remember seeing you there.

Fletch: Well, I haven’t been playing in a while because of these kidney pains.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: Right. Now, how long have you had these pains, Mr. Barber?

Fletch: No, that’s “Babar”.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: Two B’s?

Fletch: One B. B-A-B-A-R.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s two.

Fletch: Yeah, but not right next to each other. I thought that’s what you meant.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: Arnold Babar. Isn’t there a children’s book about an elephant named Babar?

Fletch: I don’t know. I don’t have any.

Dr. Joseph Dolan: No children?

Fletch: No elephant books.

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