Greetings and Salutations!

Hello! My name is Rob “Flack” O’Hara, and I have been chosen by the Retroist as the latest guest blogger on Retroist.com. Hooray!

I was born in August of 1973, which makes me both a child of the 1980s and a Leo. As a kid I loved Star Wars, Legos, movies, music, television, cartoons, movie stunts and special effects, video games, arcade games, and computers. As an adult … well, I guess I still love all of those things, and more. Here is a picture of my bedroom, circa 1982.

Like I said I was a pretty big fan of Star Wars back in the day, although I was never afraid to mix and match worlds. Along with all the Hoth playsets, sharp-eyed viewers may spot a Draconian Marauder from Buck Rogers (top right), along with a Fisher Price camping van, ski boat, and kayak. (Apparently, even the Empire needed some down time.) And although I never owned a Rancor, I did have the 12″ Kraken from Clash of the Titans (bottom center). On second thought, maybe Luke should get that kayak back out of the water!

If you’re wondering what happened to most of those old toys … well, I still have them. Here’s a picture I took in my front yard this past winter:

Never feed a stray AT-AT. They just keep coming back!

My wife once referred to me as “a collector of collections”, a title I can’t disagree with. Along with Star Wars toys, video games, and old computers, several years ago I began collecting actual arcade games. The most I’ve owned at one time is 30, although currently I’m down to around 22 (I think). The shed in my backyard looks like a normal shed from the outside. On the inside, it looks like this:

Between all my quarter dropping, game playing, toy collecting and retro-shopping, I hope to squeeze in a few blog entries here as well. Thanks for having me — I’m looking forward to sharing my love of all things retro with the rest of you!

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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10 thoughts on “Greetings and Salutations!

  1. Oh man I love that personal arcade. I’d love to get something like that going, but I’m afraid that once I started, it would never stop.

  2. Welcome! Awesome pics!!!! Can’t wait to read your posts. Judging by the snow you don’t live anywhere near me, too bad, I could bring my AT-AT over and we could play.

  3. Thanks for the welcome, guys — I’m thrilled to be on board!

    @TexasDevin: You’re right — collecting arcade games is addictive. Once you get into the hobby, few people own just one (although most people don’t take it to the extreme I did). Do you know how embarrassing it is to explain to your realtor that you’re looking for a house with enough space to hold your arcade game collection?

    @Christopher Tupa: I live just outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (That picture was taken from this past winter.) We are currently setting records for the most days in a row over 100 degrees. Time to put away the AT-ATs and get out the Sandcrawler. Vroom, vroom!

    I’m looking forward to sharing my toys and stories with you guys. Thanks again for the warm welcome!

  4. vinvectrex says:

    Hi Flack! Great post – I love both the arcade and the fact that the AT-ATs are allowed outside for some real use. Am I right in thinking you wrote a book about arcade collecting? If so, you’re in good company. I know Doug is an author too.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I’m digging that Star Wars retro museum piece pic, Flack!
    I still have my figurines, but their cool transports have gone to another kid’s galaxy, a long, long time ago.
    So it’s heart-warming to see them again here, and the AT-AT out and about in today’s snow.

    And, yeah, I’ll get in line behind Vic for some arcade funtime.

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