Category Archives: Television

R.I.P. Benny’s (1924-2017)

Over the past couple of years, we have lost several ’80s icons. But, this one hits a lot more closer to home to me – literally. Benny’s, a Rhode Island institution, is closing its doors for good, by the end of the year, at all 31 of it’s locations. Today, the East Providence store is closing for the last time.

Benny’s sold everything from car parts, to electronics, to yardwork items, to sporting goods, and so much more. With 31 stores around the “Biggest Little State in the Union”, Benny’s was very convenient if you needed something in a pinch. If a garage told me that I needed new windshield wipers, and that they could install them for the price of a second mortgage, and the blood of your first born, I was happy to tell them to go take a hike. Then I would head over to Benny’s, buy my own windshield wipers for a decent price, and install them myself.

The family owned business is closing for a couple of reasons – the family’s desire to retire, and the direction that the retail business is headed.

My love of Benny’s began in the late ’70s/early ’80s. I would go there every year, just before baseball season, to go and pick out a new baseball glove. It brought me great joy, and for me, it was way better than buying clothes at the beginning of every school year.
There was also this memorable commercial from the ’80s:

To this day, whenever I go into a store and need help, and there is no one in sight, I say “Helllllooooo.” just like the guy in that commercial.

Also, in the ’80s, Rhode Island began an ad campaign called the “Biggest Little State in the Union”, which I referenced earlier. It had a very catchy song that sticks in your head. Recently, Benny’s brought that campaign back:

Benny’s you will be missed. Now, when you’re in Rhode Island, if you stop and ask for directions (I’m assuming your GPS is broken), we can say, go down this street, and take a left at the corner where Benny’s used to be.

If you’re from Southern New England, what are your memories of this store. If you are outside the area, do you have any iconic local stores that have closed?

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Quote of the Day: Knight Rider


Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

Happy 65th birthday to “The Hoff”, David Hasselhoff!!!

Quote of the Day: GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Jackie Stallone: My girls have the strength and speed, to wipe out all of Kitty’s breed! That’s right, and When we’re done, please don’t be bitter, because all that’s left is Kitty litter!

 

If you’d like to watch this original television show from the ’80s (not the current Netflix show) on Amazon, click on the poster below:

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

Weird Science

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

80s-crushes

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)