Brian Boone

21 posts
From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

Do you remember “Hello, Larry”?

I now know the truth about Hello, Larry. That it was a bomb among bombs during NBC’s time in the ratings cellar in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, as a particularly terrible sitcom in an era in which the consensus was that the traditional family sitcom itself was dying […]

Oregon Grinder Pizza

Growing up in the ’80s, Fridays were Pizza Night, as per Reagan Era law in the United States. Usually we got a carryout from one of the five local pizza places in one the five strip malls, all within a mile of home. My newly driver’s licensed brother was dispatched […]


One day in college, circa 1999, me and a friend got to discussing Shasta, the largely forgotten soda brand of the ’70s and ’80s. I remember liking it because they seemingly had a thousand flavors; my friend remembered not liking it because it was cheap and that’s what his family […]

“Who Is It” by Carlton the Doorman

Carlton the Doorman from Rhoda is one of the great unseen TV characters. Although we did hear him in almost every episode—and he sounded a heck of a lot like Garfield (both were voiced by Lorenzo Music, of course). The character was so popular that in 1975, this novelty single […]

Remembering The New Monkees

Inexplicably, the biggest band in pop music in 1986 was a band that hadn’t been relevant or even remembered much since 1966: the Monkees. As part of a low-key, 20th anniversary commemoration of the band’s first records and 1966 TV series The Monkees (which virtually invented rapid-cut editing and won […]