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Happy Father’s Day! ’80s Sitcom Fathers

In honor of Father’s Day, here is a tribute to ’80s sitcom Fathers. These are listed in no particular order:

Howard Cunninghan – Happy Days

“Mr. C” had a lot to deal with. Not only did own a hardware store (Cunningham Hardware), but he had to deal with his bickering kids (Richie and Joanie), and his sometimes spacey wife, Marion. He also had to put up with Richie’s goofy friends, Potsie and Ralph Mouth, and he was also a father figure to Fonzie. Then later on, he had to deal with Fonzie’s nephew, Chachi, chasing after his daughter.
At least he got to let off steam at the Leopard Lodge or bowling for a team called the Ten Pins.

Edward Stratton III – Silver Spoons

Sure Edward Stratton may have been a bit of a man-child. But who would complain about a dad that has a train that runs through the house. And at the time, how many of us were jealous that Ricky had a full size arcade game in the house?!

Jason Seaver – Growing Pains

Dr. Jason Seaver was a psychiatrist who also taught lessons to his own kids. And how cool was he to score Springsteen tickets for his son, Mike?! Too bad Jason embarrased him on th on-street TV interview after the concert. Well, nobody’s perfect.

Steven Keaton – Family Ties


Steven was a public TV manager, and a proud former hippie, who raised four children – one of whom was a conservative free marketeer. The soft-spoken father was able to guide his family through som “very special episodes” and came through with flying colors.

Al Bundy – Married With Children

albundy2Al Bundy was the heart and soul of the Bundy family. He was cursed selling women’s shoes, and came home to a family that constantly mocked him. But he still enjoyed the simple things in life, such as sitting in front of the TV, and sticking his hand in his pants.

So who are some of your favorite sitcom dads? Mr. Drummond? The dads from My Two Dads? Tony from Who’s the Boss?

Give a shout out to your favorite dads, and Happy Father’s Day!

Episode 15: Thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history


Welcome to a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast! Paul’s partner-in-crime, Robert, is missing in action this episode as the soccer team he coaches is in a state tournament kicking ass and taking names. But, this is still a great episode. We welcome Scott Ryan to the show. He wrote thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history, which will be out on June 7. You can purchase the book at www.scottryanproductions.com. Even if you never watched the show, this is a great episode. [Note: I have never watched the show myself] We talk a little about the show, and Scott’s experience in writing the book. We also cover an arrangement of other ’80s topics. Play This, Not That features Billy Joel, and morphs into a great conversation about Billy Joel. We also have a new Remember That Song and ’80s Trivia. So, please check out this episode and let us know what you think. In addition to listening right here on the site, you can also listen on iTunes, or anywhere you get your podcasts from


Opening

– Paul, flying solo this episode, introduces author and podcaster, Scott Ryan

thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history

– Scott talks about how thirtysomething changed drama on television
– thirtysomething and the ’80s
– MAD Magazine editor Nick Meglin’s involvement
– Writers Scott interviewed
– 2 degrees of separation from Tom Cruise – Scott and Tom Cruise compete for Ed Zwick’s time
– thirtysomething and the Emmys
– Scott’s podcasts

  • Red Room podcast
  • how the thirtysomething podcast led to the book
  • Paul turns Return to the ’80s into The Chris Farley Show talking about Scott’s latest podcast episode with Ken Olin
  • Scott Luck Stories

R.I.P

– Paul’s mother-in-law
– Erin Moran (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017)

 

 

 

 

– Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

Photo by Paul Buck/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (7840912bo)

Play This, Not That

Instead of “Uptown Girl”

Play “Easy Money”

-More Billy Joel talk

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Africa” by Toto
Winner: Jim Vilk

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company

New Song:
We’ve always had time on our sides
But now it’s fading fast
Every second
Every moment
We’ve got to, we’ve gotta make it last

’80s Trivia

Last Question: What nickname did Warren Weber answer to on Happy Days?
Answer: Potsie
Winner: Jim Vilk

New Question: What was the name of the company Michael and Elliot owned in the first season?

’80s Potpourri

– TV shows
– Family Ties
– Reboots

Closing

You can contact Scott at the following places:

@30somethingpod
Facebook
www.scottryanproductions.com

@bluerosemag1
bluerosemag.com

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Episode 12: This Week in March 1984

Hey Everybody! Time for a new Return to the ’80s podcast episode! Today, Robert and Paul Return to the week ending March 10, 1984. We count down the top 10 hits from that week, as well as see what the top movies were at this time. And we take a look at what was on television this week too. We also pay tribute to Bill Paxton and Judge Wapner. There is also a new Play This, Not That. There were still no winners for Remember That Song, so it is still up for grabs. However, we had winners from ’80s Trivia, so we have a new question this week. Now, come with us, and Return to the week ending March 10, 1984.



Opening

– Talking up Schitt’s Creek
– Upcoming #80sMovieVillains event from The 80s League

Play This, Not That – Cutting Crew

Instead of “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight”

Play “One For the Mockingbird”

Shall We Play a Game

Remember That Song

No winners yet. To get the lyrics, listen around the 13:05 mark. You can email your answer to returnto80s@gmail.com.

’80s Trivia

Last Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?
Answer: E.F. Hutton
Great job Jim and @oldschool80s!!!

New Question: Start listening around the 15:10 mark. Again, if you know the answer, you can email it to us at returnto80s@gmail.com

R.I.P.

Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017)

Judge Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017)

Main Topic – This Week in 1984

10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

9. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins


Top 10 movies this week in 1984


8. “Here Comes the Rain Again” by the Eurythmics

7. “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News


TV lineup this week in 1984


6. “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon

5. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena

2. “Girls Just Want to Have” Fun by Cyndi Lauper

1. “Jump” by Van Halen

Closing

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Quotes of the Day: Weird Science and Rain Man

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Lisa: This is a nuclear missile!

Chet: I didn’t think it was a whale’s dick, honey!


Rain Man

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[Raymond blows their ruse to get into a farmhouse to watch The People’s Court]

Charlie: That’s it. You blew it. You don’t get to see your program. Finished.

Raymond: One minute to Wapner.

Charlie: Yes, one minute to Wapner. I had you in there, Ray! You were in there! The defendant, the plaintiff, you had it all. They are in there making legal history. *Legal history!*

 

R.I.P. Bill Paxton and Judge Wapner

 

Episode 10: ’80s Crushes

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It’s time for another 80s League event! This month, the 80s League, which consists of 80s Reboot Overdrive, Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemidget, and Killer Kitsch. As part of this crossover event, Return to the ’80s is dedicating a full episode on the topic instead of only a segment. Joining Robert and Paul is Marissa, a true lover of the greatest decade ever!

Not only do we talk about our celebrity crushes, but we talk about our real life crushes. We also have our regular segments of Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.

Also, I should mention that as I am fairly new at podcasting, I am still working out some of the technical kinks. So I apologize for some of the minor sound issues that occur this episode. Future episodes should be much better. I hope it’s not distracting. We had a lot of fun recording this, and I think you will have fun listening. And feel free to join in on the conversation by emailing us at returnto80s@gmail.com, and tell us about your 80s crushes, or love story.

Opening

– Welcome Marissa to the show

– New Def Leppard DVD/CD called And There Will Be a Next Time (unless it’s in Providence, apparently)
– New Night Ranger album – March 24 – Don’t Let Up
– Two Super Bowl Commercials with ‘80s music ties:

Wendy’s – “Cold as Ice”

Kia – Holding Out for a Hero

R.I.P.

– Mary Tyler Moore
– John Wetton
– Richard Hatch
– Sorry Al Jarreau. First, Paul didn’t know he died. Then our tribute to him somehow turns into a retrospective look at the career of Curtis “Booger” Armstrong.

Play This, Not That – Air Supply

Instead of playing “Lost in Love”

Play “I Can Wait Forever”

Remember That Song

Last Song:
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental

“Urgent” by Foreigner

Winner: Peter

New Song: I know what you’re thinking / Cause I’ve been there myself / I’ve been kicked so many times / I don’t know nothing else / Still I noticed your urgency / I recognized the flair / That you got from chasing all those East coast dares

80s Trivia

Last Question:
What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?

Answer: Sean Young

Winner: Jim Vilk

New Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?

Main Topic – ’80s Crushes

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– Crossover Event, featuring the following blogs/podcasts
80s Reboot Overdrive
Rediscover the ’80s
Weegiemidget
Killer Kitsch

– Listener Feedback
– Personal Stories
Marissa’s numerous crushes and obsession with swimmers
Robert meets his future wife in high school on a bus to a football game
Paul tells the story of his high school girlfriend and their serendipitous meeting 28 years later

– The gang talk about their celebrity crushes
Rick Springfield (Marissa)
Olivia Newton-John (Robert)
Catherine Bach (Paul)
John Taylor (Marissa)
Elisabeth Shue (Robert)
Erin Gray (Paul)
Richard Gere (Marissa)
Susanna Hoffs (Robert)
Alyssa Milano (Paul)
Mickey Rourke (Marissa)
Christie Brinkley (Robert)
Debbie Gibson (Paul)

Episode 9: Foreigner

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So far, 2017 has started off much better than 2016. For me, the year began with a tweet from Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner. Therefore, we could not resist cover one of the best rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s.

In addition, our ’80s crossover event – ’80s Innovations – is discussed. We also have a new Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.

Now, let’s take a look back at Lou Gramm and Foreigner.



Opening

– Return to the ’80s gets Tweeted at by Lou Gramm
– New One Day At a Time show on Netflix, based on the original series

Listen to This, Not That – Quarterflash

– Instead of this:
Harden Your Heart

– Play This:
Find Another Fool

80’s Blog and Podcast Extravaganza (Episode 3) – #80sInnovations

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Paul

  • Personal Computing – Commodore 64
  • Break Dancing
  • Over-the-top action stars

Robert

  •  Hair Bands
  • VCR
  • Cable

– Listener email – James requests that we discuss Miami Vice innovations

Also check out the following sites/podcasts participating:

80s Reboot Overdrive (Podcast and Blog)

Killer Kitsch

RealWeegieMidget

Rediscover the 80s

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Name the artist and song:
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental
You’re so extreme, you can be so temperamental

If you know the answer, please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com

80s Trivia

Last Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?
Answer: Red,white, blue, green,orange, yellow

Winner: Scott Compton

New Question [From Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit]: What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?

Once again, if you know the answer, please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com

Main Topic: Foreigner

Woman in Black (Robert)

In Pieces (Paul)

True Blue Love

Tooth and Nail (Robert)

Jukebox Hero (Paul)

Angel with a Dirty Face

Cold as Ice (Robert)

Heart Turns to Stone (Paul)

Just Between You and Me

Say You Will (Robert)

With Heaven On Our Side (Paul)

Ready or Not

Blue Morning Blue Day (Robert)

Long Long Way From Home (Paul)

Midnight Blue

Honorable mention – I Want to Know What Love is


We hope you enjoyed this episode. Please email us at returnto80s@gmail.com if you want to discuss Foreigner or anything ’80s.

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Three Innovations That Made the ‘80s for Me

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Welcome to another ’80s crossover event. Every month, we collaborate with some other ’80s blogs and podcasts, and discuss a specific topic. This month will be a fun one – ’80s innovations. We each picked 3 items to discuss. In addition to technology, there were several other awesome innovations in the ’80s. There were many toys, movies, fashion, and food created or came to prominence in the ’80s. My three choices are here. Return to the ’80s’ own Robert Mishou wrote this article, and mine will follow next week. In addition to our picks, be sure to check out these other participating sites:
’80s Reboot Overdrive Podcast and Blog
Rediscover the ’80s
Weegiemidget
Killer Kitsch

Here are Robert’s three picks:


Cable

Charter. Time Warner. Direct TV. Today, we take for granted the number of television stations available as well as the wide variety of programming we can watch. But it wasn’t always this way. Growing up most of us had three channels to choose from – ABC, NBC, and CBS (no one really wanted to watch PBS). In the late ‘70s I would toggle back and forth through these three networks looking for something to watch on my new portable black and white TV that my parents bought me for my tenth birthday. I found a few shows I liked, but never really spent too much time watching TV (this is probably why I started listening to music so much). All of this changed when cable showed up! There were only a few new stations that came with our newly acquired cable package when we lived at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in 1980, but I watched them constantly. By far, my favorite channel was MSG the Madison Square Garden network that showed sports from New York all of the time. I was on a hockey high having just watched the Miracle on Ice. Yes, I watched all of the U.S. hockey games live – even the victory over Russia which would be replayed later in prime time for to let all Americans bask in the glory of defeating the evil hockey giants from the U.S.S.R. At the time I could not get enough hockey and I watch every Rangers game that was on MSG.

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Adding to my burgeoning interest in sports, the cable company in San Antonio broadcast San Antonio Spurs games – the road games as least. Usually, the home games were blacked out so I stared at the THIS GAME IS UNAVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA screen in abject disappointment. This was a minor bump in my road to following the Iceman George Gervin in every other NBA city.
My love for cable TV came to an abrupt halt in 1981 when my U.S. Army father was rotated out of San Antonio and to Frankfurt, (West) Germany. I narrowly missed the debut of what would eventually become my most sought after station: MTV . . .

BUT . . .

the VCR

Yes, the Video Cassette Recorder saved me – it really saved me! I loved living in Germany – I was close to my grandparents who were Dutch and lived just a three hour drive from Frankfurt in a small town in Holland called Valkenburg a/d Guel. I also met my best friends LeRoyce and Marvin in Germany, and together we pined for the lack of cable and (based on what we heard and read) the amazingly awesome MTV. There was one American TV station that we had access to (American Forces Network) and it broadcast from six in the morning until midnight. It would show a sampling of programs from the three big networks, but they were always a season behind. To combat this lack of visual programming, nearly every American family overseas owned a VCR – we had to! There was so little on TV that you had to watch movies on the VCR to fill in the gaps.

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We went to almost every movie that showed in the American theaters. I have fond memories of watching Ghostbusters, E.T., and Beverly Hills Cop in theaters about seven months after each premiered in the U.S. Even though we were lucky enough to have access to these theaters, it did not really solve the problem of not much to watch at home.

This is where the VCR come in. Since nearly everyone owned a VCR, we were always trading video cassettes – dubbing movie after movie – renting from American video stores – very rarely purchasing a coveted movie (they were VERY expensive in the ‘80s) – all in the attempt to stay entertained. One summer I watched Superman II every single day in June and July! Classics like Stripes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Karate Kid, and 48 Hours made the rounds. If you got a hold of a new movie, you were obliged to put it in the rotation. All of your friends got to have it for a few days and then they passed it on to someone else. This is the reason why movies were dubbed all of the time. I had some very poor quality movies on video cassette that were dubbed and dubbed and dubbed – I did not care, I needed something to watch.

Wait. You say I started this VCR bit with a reference to MTV and I have made no connection to MTV at all! Ok, here it is. All of the teens who lived in Germany in the ‘80s knew about MTV. We read about it and we saw it on news reports – but we could not watch it. We had music videos on Video Jukeboxes that were in every American bowling alley. We loved this but could not watch music videos in the comfort of our own homes. Enter the VCR. Many Americans returned to the United States for the Christmas holidays. When any of these lucky people returned to Germany for the start of school, they would have with them a video cassette with hours of MTV! These tapes were lent, traded, stolen – whatever – we literally WANTED our MTV.

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I dubbed the crap out of these. I had five video cassettes – six hours each – full of music videos, MTV concerts, interviews – anything that was on MTV. I watched these again and again and again and . . . These tapes were my lifeline to American music and it solidified my love of music. I loved these tapes, but it did not fully quench my desire for MTV – I still had never seen it live. In 1987 I moved back to the United States – Kearney, Nebraska, specifically, for college. During my first weekend of school (the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before classes started) I watch MTV in the dorm lounge for about thirty-five hours! I marvelled wide eyed at what I was looking at. Cable TV had once again had a profound impact my life.

Hair Bands

“Come on feel the noise!” By far one of my favorite innovations from the ‘80s was the rise of the Hair Bands. I started the decade as a huge REO Speedwagon and Billy Joel fan and my musical love for them continued as I entered my teendom. I loved the sounds that emanated from the electric guitar and I found myself wanting more of this. I did not really feel the heavy stuff like Iron Maiden, frankly it made me a bit nervous. I wanted more guitars, but I did not want the overly savage, aggressive sound. The rise of the hair bands offered me what I was looking for: guitar driven rhythms, searing solos, and calmer lyrics. I loved the outfits, the overproduced rock sound, and the enjoy life sentiments. For a time, it did not matter who the band was – if they had big hair and guitars, I gave them a chance. Bands like Quiet Riot, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Warrant, Winger, Poison, Danger Danger, and Whitesnake all came into heavy rotation on my record player and tape deck. I completely bought into every aspect of what these bands had to offer. I stayed with them all the way through college, always on the lookout for another new rocking band. Once the grunge movement came, I knew that it would be the end of the prominence of my teased hair heroes. It would be the end of spandex laden women (and men); the end of big haired guitarist who could lay out a blistering solo with unexpected talent and verve; the end of sleek, alluring women with way too much make up. It would also be the end of monster ballads – easily my favorite thing about the genre. I am a complete sucker for songs like Skid Row’s “I Remember You”, Winger’s “Without the Nights”, Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You”, and Warrant’s “Heaven” – I still listen to them today – I cannot forget the first time I heard Poison’s “Every Rose Has a Thorn” – I was so overcome that I had to sit down.

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Thanks to XM radio, I am able to feed my fond memories of this music any day. There is not a Friday afternoon that passes without a little Hair Nation filling my car with the heavy beats, strong bass, and impassioned guitar solos of songs like “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, or “Cherry Pie.” I love my Hair Bands and I miss warm summer days driving with the windows down and my car cassette stereo blasting, “Bang, bang, what’s that sound / I gave you my love and you shot me down / Bang, bang you’re so cool / Playing the game someday you’re gonna lose!”


Thanks Robert!

Do you have any favorite innovations? Also, please check out the following blogs and podcasts:

’80s Reboot Overdrive Podcast and Blog
Rediscover the ’80s
Weegiemidget
Killer Kitsch

’80s Crossover Event #3 – ’80s Innovations

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Next week, Return to the ’80s is participating in the monthly ’80s Crossover Event. This time, we will be talking/blogging about ’80s innovations. The event is being organized by ’80s Reboot Overdrive, and other participants will be Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemdget, and Killer Kitsch. So look for this event next week.

Also please let us know if you have any innovations you’d like to discuss. In addition to technology, they can be toys, movies, fashion, or food as there could be some interesting items that you loved or hated back in the 80s that you want to talk about. Please leave a comment below, or email us at returnto80s@gmail.com. We will be recording a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast, and this will be a segment on that episode. So we would love to hear from you.