ALF Drops In

Retro Records: ALF Drops In – Book And Tape (1987)

What can make a morning better? ALF can do that very thing, of course! Now it’s no great secret that those of us here at The Retroist enjoy 1980’s ALF. We have been known to share once or twice…or more, our appreciation of everyone’s favorite Melmacian.

Having said that, I will have to admit I wasn’t aware that ALF had any Read-Along Books and Tapes back in the day. But lo and behold there were at least four of them produced. Besides ALF Drops In that we are sharing today. There was Super-ALF, ALF Plays Detective, and ALF Goes Wild as well.

I found it equally important that they were all released by Buena Vista. Indeed, the same company also known for book and record combos like last week’s The Black Hole!

In this instance, ALF Drops In retells how Gordon Shumway met the Tanner Family. In addition to some great artwork throughout the storybook. It appears that all of the cast provided their voices to their characters from the TV series. Either that or they took audio from various television episodes – but I highly doubt that was the case.
ALF Drops

The narrator for ALF Drops In is none other than William “Bill” Woodson. Who narrated a great deal of those books and records for Buena Vista. As well as providing all manner of voice work – which I might add included a very famous line from the Super Friends!

[Via] Brian Young

Seeing that this is in fact a book and cassette tape. I certainly hope you will forgive me for lumping it in the Retro Records category. So without further ado let us join ALF and the Tanners for ALF Drops In!

[Via] Cat Jay Bird

You enjoyed ALF Drops In but are needing more information?


I am very happy to inform you that you are in luck. As the Retroist himself has already recorded a podcast on ALF – which you can listen to below!
Retroist ALF Podcast

Knight Rider

Do You Remember This Knight Rider Kiddie Ride?

Considering the popularity of Knight Rider on NBC back in 1982. It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise to me that a kiddie ride was produced. Although I have to admit that I’ve not seen this early 80’s Knight Rider coin-op ride before today.
Knight Rider
Knight Rider - Kiddie Ride

While like many of you out there that visit The Retroist. I too have some rather strong memories of begging for a quarter from my Family. For a few minutes time to ride a galloping horse or even a rocket ship outside a local store.

Of course there were more varied options vying for that precious quarter.

While it is quite true that my Family didn’t tune in on a regular basis to catch the adventure of Michael Knight and KITT. I can truthfully say there were more than a few Summer nights when visiting my Grandparents where the neighborhood kids would gather to watch it at one of their houses.

Now I can’t pin down an exact date for when this Knight Rider kiddie ride was manufactured. Or I should add I’ve yet to find anything official in my research. The video below uploaded by GMS1975 is quite amazing nonetheless. Furthermore I have to add that I was shocked their was no theme song from the television show while the ride is operating.

However, thanks to the likes of Pinterest it would appear there are multiple versions. For example – check out this intact version of the kiddie ride.

But then we have this version of the Knight Rider coin-op ride. Notice the lack of a left-hand door. As well as the variation of control panel layout and style of steering wheel.

Perhaps the easiest answer is that FLAG just went into mass production with the Knight Industries Two Thousand model?

Now that you’ve taken a look at the Knight Rider coin-op ride. Why not take a moment to watch this 1996 home video from Universal Studios Hollywood?

[Via] Pippo 702

Are you still craving a little more about Knight Rider? Well – the Retroist has you covered with Episode 22 of the podcast!
Retroist Knight Rider Podcast

The Nerdy Blogger

What The Retroist Means To Me By The Nerdy Blogger

“Friendship…is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…” – C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Three years ago, I stumbled across the Retroist site via the facebook page. I’d not found another site filled with such glorious retro content. As a self-diagnosed retro junkie with few other friends that also enjoy geeking out over slightly old things, I’d found my people.

Retro video games, classic D&D, TV and films I only vaguely remember, as well as new-to-me films/shows to watch…it’s like being a kid in a candy store. I’ve discovered so many things that I love through The Retroist site–things I would have missed otherwise.

I’m also a podcast addict. The Retroist Podcast quickly shot through the roof to become my favorite podcast. Upon discovery, I binged the podcast catalog over the course of 2 months. The addiction is real, friends.

Aside from the podcast, I am constantly impressed with the amount and quality of content put forth by the Retroist team. I learn something new every time I stop by the site. However, I think the part I enjoy the most are the fun anecdotes recorded by the Retroist contributors. I often find myself reading along and saying, “Whoa, me too!” It’s nice to find other people who get you.

For this reason, I chose the opening quote from C. S. Lewis. In my adult life, I’ve met a few souls to which I could say, “What! You too?”. I’m happy to report that many of those people are here at The Retroist. There aren’t too many people I’ve met online that I would confidently say that I’d love to meet in person. I’d grab an Ecto Cooler with any of the fine folks I’ve encountered through the Retroist site.

[Via] RPGs For Raccoons

This New Year’s Eve, I raise my glass to everyone here at The Retroist site. You all are my people. Here’s to many more years of retro fun, quality writing, and a celebration of all things nostalgia.
The Nerdy Blogger - Glass Toast

The Dean Martin Show Featuring Frank Gorshin (1966)

Lou Rawls and Frank Gorshin - 1977

Lou Rawls and Frank Gorshin – 1977

As mentioned in the Retroist’s Batman TV Podcast, Frank Gorshin was known for more than his fantastic performance as the Riddler, he was also a very talented impressionist. In this clip you’ll also get to catch him trading riddles with Dean Martin and performing his “The Riddler” song that just happened to be composed and arranged by none other than Mel Torme!

Thanks to ToonORama’s YouTube Channel we can catch Frank doing impressions of various actors tackling the roles of Batman and Robin from this 1966 episode of the Dean Martin Show.

Ghouls’N Ghosts Arcade Flyer (1988)

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.


When doing research on Frank Cirocco for the Yars’ Revenge Podcast I stumbled across this wonderful looking flyer for Ghouls’n Ghosts, the sequel to Ghosts’n Goblins back in 1985. For some reason Capcom decided the first go around wasn’t quite hard enough to play.

[Via] Lowlife Lenny
Thanks as always to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned image you see above.