Battletech Center - Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi Wants You To Report For Duty At The Battletech Center (1991)

I’ve mentioned before that in High School my group of school friends really got bit hard by the Battletech bug. In the library…when we should have been studying…and during our lunch period we would be taking on the role of a mech pilot, and with a little luck we would survive the constant battles.

Or earn the honor of ejecting out of a broken Battlemech into a cliff face…yeah…not my finest moment.

Battletech - pilot

Then we all started reading articles in various magazines of the day proclaiming the excitement and total immersion of the Battletech Centers. Places where a fan of the FASA created property could travel and know the joy of piloting a 75-ton harbinger of death.

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We tried to learn everything that we possibly could about these centers and continuously hatched plans on taking a road trip to visit them…but sadly that never came to be. With all of our knowledge of how the Battletech Centers worked I do not believe that we ever knew that Jim Belushi played a character in the attract videos to get players into the centers.

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It doesn’t look like the Battletech Centers have survived at least not as they were but I did find a website for MechCorps and it certainly seems they are keeping the game alive.

Image courtesy of MechCorps.

Image courtesy of MechCorps.

Retro Radio Memories ep 23

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 023 (Adventure Ahead)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week I am the sole host…again…on the show. I have picked an episode of the Adventure Ahead radio series entitled “A Tooth for Paul Revere, a wonderful adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benet’s short story.

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Ben Franklin of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

A big thanks again to the Digital Deli Too site for the background info on the Adventure Ahead radio series!

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Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – The Final Escape (1985)

Friends, this week the Projectionist is off and about in Haddonfield, for the 4th of July I suspect. Which to be honest is fine by me because earlier this week I was talking to Gary Burton, a good friend of the Retroist site and the Arkadia Retrocade as well. We happened to be chatting about a TV episode he remembered from his youth…it didn’t ring any bells for me but it kind of sounded like something one would catch on NBC’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

With a little help from the Projectionist and Daniel XIII I was able to locate the episode which is entitled “The Final Escape”, it originally aired back on October 27, 1985. It stars Season Hubley as Lena Trent, a woman sentenced for murder who hatches a plan to escape thanks to the elderly “Doc” played wonderfully by the late great Davis Roberts.

So turn out the lights and lean in closer to your screens as you join us on for Saturday Frights and learn the outcome of the Final Escape!

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (1985) – Final Escape by mrjackforrester

The Story of the Goonies

Retro Records: The Story Of The Goonies (1985)

Welcome back to another installment of Retro Records…or in this case, cassettes. For your listening and viewing pleasure this morning we have th 1985 Read-Along Book and Cassette adaptation for 1985’s The Goonies and as a bonus it certainly sounds to me like it’s narrated by Jeff Cohen (Chunk) himself.

I do recall seeing this at our local Wal-Mart back in the day but until this morning I never had the pleasure of listening to it for myself. It’s great to hear the adventure the Goonies went on through Chunk’s viewpoint.

So please grab your favorite beverage and snack and join us on Retro Records for the Story of Goonies as narrated by Chunk!

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What The Conan The Barbarian Poster Might Have Looked Like (1982)

I was checking out some reviews of the new Terminator film (Not seeing a lot of praise) and in the search an image happened to catch my eye. I followed the link and ended up at an auction page from 2011 featuring this mock up poster from the art department for the film, as you can see the artwork is by the legendary Boris Vallejo.

To be honest I actually prefer the theatrical one-sheet that I own.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.


I’ve mentioned this before but when my Father and I went to see Conan the Barbarian back in 1982…we also took along my Grandparents. When we left the theater my ten-year-old brain was swimming with the glories of the sword and sorcery genre. Sadly my Grandparents were less than thrilled by the film, they were absolutely stunned by the violence and amount of bloodshed they had just witnessed. So no ice cream on the way home that night, it was a very, very quiet car ride back.

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Thankfully my Father was just as impressed by the film as I was…which is why we went to the matinee to see it again the next day!

A big thanks to IMP Awards of the more common one-sheet but feel free to follow the link to Julien’s auction page for that item, you can also see some other cool Conan items that were available for purchase.

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Paul Williams Performs “The Hell Of It” On The Brady Bunch Hour (1977)

A couple of days ago while helping Daniel XIII down in the Retroist Vault we had a moment to sit and chat. He asked me if I had ever seen the talented Paul Williams perform “The Hell of It” from Phantom of the Paradise on the Brady Bunch Hour. I informed him that not only had I not seen this segment but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a segment from the Brady Bunch Hour.

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The Brady Bunch Hours was conceived by Sid and Marty Kroft (Land of the Lost) and changed the Brady’s from a simple suburban family to hosts of an ABC variety show starting in 1976 and lasting until 1977. All of the original actors returned except for Eve Plumb who backed out of the project because the Producers demanded she be in all episodes of the show when she felt she could only commit to five of them. So the Producers had a search for a replacement and settled on Geri Reischl…

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…or as Brady fans have nicknamed her “Fake Jan”.

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Beam Me Down A Second Helping, Scotty!

The other day while out and about in town I stopped by the local Vintage Stock, I try to drop in when I can and see if there is anything I need to add to my collection. The problem is I normally DO find things that would look good in my curio cabinets, like these 1979 Deka Star Trek: The Motion Picture bowl and plate.

Star Trek Bowl 1

Star Trek Bowl 5

Star Trek Bowl 2

Star Trek Bowl 3

Star Trek Bowl 4

Just a little research on line, it looks like there were a couple of different sets. My set seems to be missing the drinking tumbler and it appears there was another one that had a cereal bowl with two drinking cups. Still, I think they will look neat in one of the cabinets.

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out, my Father and I saw it at the Razorback Theater. I can still remember waiting in line to be let in and looking at all of the available merchandise on sale at the concession stand. They had sold out of the buttons for Scotty but I did walk away with a Captain Kirk pin, it is one of my two oldest movie pins still in my collection.

Captain Kirk Pin - Star Trek The Motion Picture