Flintstone - Fred Flintstone

Yabba-Dabba-Don’t: Scandal Rocks The Flintstones!

Meet the Flintstones. Are they a modern Stone Age family or a family with a hidden past?

Flintstones - Betty and Barney Rubble

Neighbors Betty and Barney Rubble
“We thought they were so nice!”

Fred works at the local quarry and is a popular member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos. Other than occasionally being caught talking to an invisible friend Gazoo, Fred seems like an average Bedrock citizen.

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He was the star of a popular television series in the 1960s and is still a celebrity. It is impossible to waltz up and down the cereal isle without finding Fred on a cereal box. Unfortunately, it is all a sham. Karen Williams and a team of investigative reporters for The Retroist have uncovered undeniable evidence that Fred and Wilma have a sordid secret history that escaped the light of public knowledge.

When we first met the Flintstones, they were living under the assumed name the Flagstones. That should have been the first sign of a hidden secret. But shortly afterwards, Fred and Wilma’s hit TV series premiered and everyone forgot about their past.

What if they were living under a different name because they were trying to hide something? Or better yet…someone? Before we go any further, we should introduce the players in this unsolved mystery.

“Meet Fred Flintstone …
His boy Junior ….
Daughter Pebbles ….
Wilma his wife …..”

I know what most of you are thinking – who is Junior? What if cute little Pebbles wasn’t Fred and Wilma’s first child? What if they had a long forgotten son, Fred Flinstone, Junior? I know it sounds like the plot from an outlandish cartoon, but we have found undeniable proof.

Before September of 1960, when the Flintstones TV show premiered, Fred and Wilma were totally unknown, so William Hanna and Joseph Barbera began a publicity campaign. For adults, Fred and Barney promoted beer and cigarettes.

[Via] ToonORama

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For kids, there were Flintstone comic books and story books. And appropriately enough, that is where our story begins. These images come from the great site – Golden Gems.
Flintstones - Little Golden Book Cover

In 1961, Little Golden Books published their first book about the Flintstones.
Flinstones  - LBG Opening Shot

A few years before Pebbles was born, the Flintstones were Fred, Wilma, and Junior. While grilling, a little dinosaur snuck up and ate every hamburger that Fred had cooked. Fred was furious, but Junior thought the little dinosaur was adorable. After pleading with him, Fred gave in and let Junior keep the little dinosaur as a pet.
Flintstones - Junior and Harvey

Junior named him Harvey and built him a dinosaur house. Harvey was happy, but the more Junior fed him, the more Harvey grew.
Flintstones - Giant Harvey

Harvey grew so large that finally, Fred put his foot down and sent Harvey away. A few days later, Fred was fishing in a little row boat when a storm suddenly appeared and capsized his boat.
Flintstones - Fred's Boat Sinking

Harvey saw that Fred was in trouble and rescued him. After this, Fred decided that having a giant dinosaur for a pet wasn’t so bad after all.
Flintstones - Harvey the Dinosaur - Final page

And, they all lived happily ever after? Yeah, right! What do you think this is – a cartoon? While Fred and Wilma became famous, Junior and Harvey were never heard from again. Inquiring minds want to know – what happened to Junior and Harvey?
Flintstones - Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm

We interviewed Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, but they claimed that they’ve never heard of Junior or Harvey. I don’t trust any of the Flintstones, but Pebbles may be telling the truth since she wasn’t born until 1963.

We also interviewed Fred Flintstone, but he is old and unfortunately his memory is fading. So, he was no help.
Rip Van Flintstone

The mystery remains regarding The Flintstones – what happened to Fred Flintstone, Junior?


Flintstones - Junior Flintstone - Milk Carton

If you have any information about Junior’s final fate, please contact any of The Retroist staff.

Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff

Audible Presents The Right Stuff – Narrated By Dennis Quaid!

Dennis Quaid is an actor that I have longed admired. While in fact one of my favorite roles of his is 1987’s Innerspace. The often overlooked science fiction comedy by the legendary Joe Dante. It was 1984’s Dreamscape where I first was introduced to Dennis Quaid proper!

[Via] Scream Factory TV

In all honesty I had seen Dennis Quaid before thanks to catching 1979’s Breaking Away at our local drive-in. I of course just didn’t realize it was him at the time. The same is true for when docudrama of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff hit home video.
Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff Poster

Now I’ve certainly been a nut for space exploration ever since I was a little kid – thanks to Star Trek and of course Star Wars. But with 1983’s The Right Stuff I began to see how truly incredible the space race truly was. The men who would become heroes, who would of course prove they had the right stuff.

In the film, Dennis Quaid portrayed Gordon Cooper. Who would pilot the final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. Furthermore he was the first “American to sleep in space” during said 34-hour mission. As well as sitting in the command chair for the Gemini 5 in 1965.
Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper - NASA

In fact Dennis Quaid’s favorite of the Mercury Seven was indeed Gordon Cooper!

[Via] The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

So imagine my delight when Audible contacted us here at the Retroist Vault this afternoon. To let us know they were releasing The Right Stuff tomorrow, featuring narration by Dennis Quaid.

Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff - Audible
Here is the press release:
“Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the release of Tom Wolfe’s best-selling adventure story The Right Stuff, performed by dramatic and comedic actor Dennis Quaid, who also starred in the 1983 epic film adaptation. The Audible book, available for the first time in digital audio, can now be downloaded exclusively from Audible at www.audible.com/therightstuff.

The Right Stuff is a breathtaking space epic that explores the minds and courageous spirits of the first American astronauts to conquer space. In the National Book Award for Nonfiction winner, Wolfe channels the inner life of the astronauts with almost uncanny, empathetic powers that have generated critical acclaim since the book’s 1979 release.

“Recording The Right Stuff for Audible – my very first audiobook recording – was both a familiar and entirely new thing for me,” said Quaid. “I enjoyed revisiting the story after my role in the film, but reading it aloud by myself in a studio without the aid of costumes, props, or other actors to play off of was different than anything I had ever done before. It was a fun and challenging experience, and I think listeners will enjoy my interpretation.”

“Dennis Quaid’s indelible performance as Gordon Cooper in the film was an early landmark in a storied career, and his nuanced interpretation of each character in the Audible edition of The Right Stuff is just as rewarding,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Whether you’ve been a fan of the book for decades or an Audible connoisseur looking for your next great listen, this is title is an absolute must-have for your library.”

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of The Right Stuff, free.”

So hop on over to Audible to pre-order your copy today!

While you are waiting for The Right Stuff to be released. Why not watch one of the best moments from Dennis Quaid from the 1983 film?

[Via] CSHM

Disney Storytime Collection - No 1 - Snow White

Recall The Walt Disney Storytime Collection?

The other day I was doing a bit of research for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page. I was actually looking up some British gaming magazines, in particular a publication known as TV Gamer. That is of course when I stumbled on a most interesting advertisement indeed. An ad for the Walt Disney Storytime Collection – a magazine and cassette tape from 1984.
Disney Storytime Collection - Advertisement

As you can certainly read in that advertisement. The Walt Disney Storytime Collection offered fans all manner of Disney treats. Coloring pages as well as puzzles and it appears that stickers were included too. Add to that stories taken from different Disney shorts and movies in serialized form.

On top of everything of course you have the likes of Dame Penelope Keith, John Alderton, and Paul Daneman narrating said stories. This to say the very least was an incredible pool of actors. Dame Penelope Keith is best known for To the Manor Born as well as Good Neighbors. With John Alderton appearing in Zardoz and Upstairs, Downstairs. Paul Daneman was probably best known for his role in 1964’s Zulu with Michael Cane and Not in Front of the Children.

[Via] Readers Digest UK

Furthermore this naturally forced me to head to YouTube in the hopes of finding a video. Sadly those hopes were dashed but at the very least I was able to stumble on some images of the magazines itself.
Disney Storytime Collection - Mickey's Holiday

It probably goes without saying that the 24 issue run of the Walt Disney Storytime Collection was only published in the UK. The publisher appears to be Whinfrey Strachan and in addition they produced 2 specials.
Disney Storytime Collection - Page 1
Disney Storytime Collection - Mickey page 2

I know that it certainly isn’t part of the Walt Disney Storytime Collection…


But how about you take a few minutes to enjoy The Haunted House? From the Fisher-Price library of storytapes and books?

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H.P. Joelcraft - Billy Joel

Put Your Tentacles Together For H.P. Joelcraft!

Friends, the World can be a tough place. Certainly most of us are aware of this. Frequently unfair and mean as well as cynical. Granted when we step back and look at it logically. We know of course that we can count on friends and family to offset the woes we experience. To say nothing of the simple joys one might discover on the internet. Say like the merging of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and the musical skills of Billy Joel? Or as singer and song-writer, Julian Velard, so eloquently described it. H.P. Joelcraft…of course!

H.P. Joelcraft - H.P. Lovecraft
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

I’m not sure if H.P. Lovecraft would be as enamored with H.P. Joelcraft as I am. But I can at the very least say this mashup of Lovecraft’s Nemesis with Joel’s 1973 Piano Man is incredibly entertaining.
H.P. Joelcraft - Billy Joel - Piano Man

We have to thank Birth. Movies. Death. for the heads up on this delicious madness. Who in turn were surprised to find a tweet by Captain Video. Who posted a rather interesting discovery a few days back. The good Captain realized that Lovecraft’s 1917 poem Nemesis possessed the same meter as Joel’s Piano Man!
H.P. Joelcraft - Nemesis - Captain Video

Thanks once again to Birth. Movies. Death. the wheels were put into motion to have this actually put to music. Except to their surprise it had already been accomplished. Julian Velard had in fact just uploaded H.P. Joelcraft to SoundCloud. Just the other day, H.P. Joelcraft, was released on YouTube as well. While Julian Velard admits he had to trim a few lines of the poem to work – the spirit of the poem is still intact.

Now without further ado, my friends. Straight from his headlining performance for a third Eon in R’lyeh. Enjoy H.P. Joelcraft’s hit Nemesis!

[Via] Julian Velard

I hope the chanting has calmed down enough by now. So at the very least you might indeed listen to a reading of the original 1917 poem as well.

[Via] Gusburne2000

Ghost Stories - Cover

Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary – Volume II

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – Volume II is an upcoming graphic novel. An Adaptation of four of M.R. James’ supernatural tales of terror. By the way of Leah Moore and John Reppion, under Self Made Hero in fact but published by Abrams Books. M.R. James has been cited as being an influence on the works of both H.P. Lovecraft as well as Stephen King.

Ghost Stories - M.R. James

The esteemed M.R. James – medievalist scholar as well as writer of ghost stories!

With it being October of course, what better way to celebrate the season than with some of James’ stories? Because with the second volume of Ghost Stories of an An Antiquary you get a nice selection from the author’s work.

With Number 13, illustrated by George Kambadais. We are introduced to a young man named Mr. Anderson. Who has arrived at the Golden Lion inn in Viborg, Denmark. A researcher who certainly uncovers something startling. Whilst checking on his fellow lodgers he discovers there is no room numbered 13 listed in the available rooms. Except if that is the case…why does Mr. Anderson pass a room marked 13? As well as the mystery of the singing and laughing from behind a door to a room that isn’t supposed to exist?

Next up in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – Volume II is Count Magnus! Illustrated by Abigail Larson it is the tale of one Mister Wraxall. A travel guide writer. Mr. Wraxall is visiting Sweden for research on an upcoming book. However the man instead learns of the bloody handed legacy of the titular Count Magnus. A fearsome man who it was rumored was to be on a ‘Black Pilgrimage’. In addition to causing enough fear to warrant three large padlocks on his place of rest. What might happen if those padlocks were to be opened?

Ghost Stories - Count Magnus

Some doors are not meant to be open!

Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad is the third entry. In addition this is a story by M.R. James that I know well thanks to a television adaptation. This story which is illustrated by Al Davison concerns Professor Parkins, who is on holiday. While the Professor might intend to spend time playing rounds of golf, he uncovers an odd item located in a burial site. What was once a Templar preceptory hides a whistle. Being an educated man and scorning of what some might deem superstitious. Parkins blows the whistles. Twice. Being a ghost story it shouldn’t surprise you that something answers the call, right?

Ghost Stories - Oh Whistle

Professor Parkins is going to learn to keep an open mind!

The last story presented in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – Volume II is The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. Illustrated by Meghan Hetrick. In this tale we meet Antiquarian, Mr. Somerton, who follows the trail of a coded message. Which in fact is hidden within a stained glass window in the Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany. Furthermore the reason for this coded message is it is said to lead to a hidden treasure. Somerton and his trusted servant, Mr. Brown – are able to decipher the clues which lead to an abandoned well that once belonged to Abbot Thomas. A well that curiously indeed contains steps that lead down into the darkness…as well as a guardian.

It is the fourth tale that is very much like the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, friends. It is probably my favorite of them all. But each one does represent a wonderful type of ghost story by the way. If you find you need a little something to help you get into the spirit of the season. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – Volume II comes out this Tuesday. Or instead you can order a copy for yourself by following the link to Abrams books.

Now that you now what to expect from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. Why not watch the 1968 television adaptation for Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad?

[Via] Montague James