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 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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