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Bob Ross The Joy of Painting (1983) Retro TV Review

Article & Podcast: (12-14-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) What a wonderful show this is. I review so much retro television that turns out to be worse than I remember and along comes Bob Ross to chill me out, paint some trees, and bring me back to center. So, grab some alizarin red and your almighty easel and let’s knock some happy little trees out of those paint brush bristles with Bob Ross. Read More.



When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 64 - Retro Pop Culture Quiz!

Podcast: (12-13-2018) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com hosts Karl and Tonya quiz each other on retro pop culture and force each other to make difficult choices in classic rock, toys, games, movies, and more! Will Karl give up Rush or ride in a car all day with Adam Sandler? Will Tonya give up Pink Floyd or have dinner with Willie Nelson? Who chooses Hungry Hungry Hippos over Monopoly? Are comic books more important to Karl than action figures? And poor Peter Cetera gets no love! It's a game show edition of When It Was Cool!

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1983 G.I. Joe Dragonfly Helicopter Review

Article: (12-13-2018) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures) For Christmas in 1983 I was lucky enough to get a G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter with Wild Bill action figure. Wow, did this toy ever have play value! It’s still one of my favorite toys from childhood and one of the best Hasbro vehicles ever made. Join Karl from When It Was Cool as he looks back at this exceptional G.I. Joe vehicle- the Dragonfly Copter and learn all about this exceptional toy from Christmas past! Read More.



Christmas From the Heart Series: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Article: (12-12-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture / Tonya’s Zone) Tonya from When It Was Cool takes a look back at Christmas in the past with a series of articles about some of her favorite Christmas cartoons, television shows, and movies from her childhood. On this newly updated and revised article, Tonya takes a look back at the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Read More.


Christmas From the Heart Series: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Article: (12-05-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture / Tonya’s Zone) Tonya from When It Was Cool takes a look back at Christmas in the past with a series of articles about some of her favorite Christmas cartoons, television shows, and movies from her childhood. On this newly updated and revised article, Tonya takes a look back at the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Read More.



Tonya’s Diner: Festive Peanut Butter Balls

Article: (12-10-2018) (Zones: Tonya’s Diner) A Christmas themed snack variation of an old time favorite. Chocolate covered peanut butter! Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? It’s a staple of snacking. In this entry into Tonya’s Diner, you will learn what you need to make this simple and fun snack. Get the recipe.

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All the Creatures Were Stirring and Slay Belles Film Reviews

Article: (12-05-2018) (Zones: Horror) Christmas season means traditions, and one cinematic tradition during the winter holidays is the release of new fright fare films. Joseph Perry brings When It Was Cool reviews of All the Creatures Were Stirring and Slay Belles, two horror movies released this week, and are well worth adding to your December watch list. Read More.



MASH (1972) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-28-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Out of all the television shows we have reviewed during our existence here at When It Was Cool, I believe that MASH impacted me more than any so far. I was only a year old when MASH began airing on television in the fall of 1972 and, while I was too young to remember most of the early original run episodes, the show lasted well into my childhood and replayed constantly and, as a kid, I hated it. When the drab and melancholy opening music came on I immediately turned off the television and found something else to do. But I was a kid. As an adult I had a completely different and more complex reaction. Read More.


BJ and the Bear (1979) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-23-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) The 1970s loved monkeys from some reason. I blame that one on Clint Eastwood and Every Which Way but Loose. The 1960s and 1970s also loved their television theme songs to tell you basically everything you need to know about the story. Add to that, anything to do with truckers and CB radios and, finally, the 1970s really loved an anti-hero running from the law. So, with all that established television trope from the 1970s, let me present to you what happens when the 1970s throw up all over a television show: BJ and the Bear. Read More.



Star Trek (1966) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-21-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) I make no apologies that I am a bigger Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan. However, I am part of a retro pop culture website so, by necessity, I need to visit the Star Trek world as well and what better place to do that than with season 1, episode 1 of the 1966 original Star Trek series titled “The Man Trap”. As it turns out, it was a pretty good show and makes me want to dive deeper into the Star Trek universe. Read More.


Goodbye Barbie… Hello Annabelle! The Age of the Creepy Doll is Here

Article: (11-16-2018) (Zones: Toys) This is the age of the “creepy” doll. These are not the type of dolls you give to children. Unlike Barbie they are not known for their beauty. They do not look like they welcome cuddles or love such as the faces of Cabbage Patch Kids nor do they come with swanky (most popular girl in school accessories) such as the American Girl dolls (unless by swanky you mean a murder weapon, a crucifix, or a tiny coffin). Read More.



Holmes and Yoyo (1976) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-16-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you win in losing. That is the case with Holmes and Yoyo, a wacky TV cop comedy from 1976. I was in kindergarten in 1976 and I thought this show was great! That goes to show you just how dumb of a kid I was. I remember running around the school playground with another dumb kid and he would be Yoyo and I would be his partner Holmes. Sounds like just two kids playing cops and robbers right? Well, after watching this abomination of a television show today as an adult… yeah… I was a pretty dumb kid. Read More.


Six Million Dollar Man (1973) TV Review

Article & Podcast: (11-14-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Steve Austin… a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. Better than he was before. Better, faster, stronger. The Six Million Dollar Man was an amazing fun television show during the 1970s and a favorite of When It Was Cool. Join us as we look back at this great retro tv series and discuss the bionic man. Read More.



Maskatron Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure From 1976 Review

Article: (11-03-2018) (Zones: Toys) The Six Million Dollar Man television show was very popular in the mid-1970s and spawned a toy line of action figures by Kenner. Near the end of that line, Kenner produced the Maskatron action figure- a character that never made it to the series as it was slated for season six and the Six Million Dollar Man television show ended with season five. In this popular expanded and updated article from When It Was Cool we take a look at this impressive action figure. Read More.


Best Ever Live Concert Moments

Article: (Zones: Music) Updated & Expanded: Sometimes everything just works magically.  There are times of perfect synergy, mood, and circumstance that make a musical performance unforgettable. It's like that time when Peter Cetera came back and performed with Chicago or Steve Perry returned to perform with Journey... except that never happened.  But these really awesome moments did. Read More.



The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time

Article: (Zones: Comics / The 100 Lists) When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists.  We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out!  Read More.

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Little Miss No Name Doll Review - A Hasbro Doll With a Unique Back Story

Article: (Zones: Toys) Expanded article with more photos: Join Tonya from When It Was Cool with a look back at a very oddly marked doll from the 1960’s. Called Little Miss No Name she was meant to appeal to little girls sense of compassion by presenting a doll that was completely different from the glamorous fashion dolls of the era. This doll had nothing. Dressed in rags with a tear running down her face the Little Miss No Name doll stands out as one of the most interesting dolls in history. Read More.



100 Greatest Rush Songs! A Super Fan’s List of the 100 Best Songs by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band Rush

Article: (Zones: Music) Karl from When It Was Cool is a huge Rush fan. Having been a Rush fan for almost forty years and living through multiple eras of Rush, Karl gives you his list of the 100 best Rush songs. Your list will certainly vary as the music of Rush speaks to different people in different ways but no matter if you agree or disagree with these being the 100 greatest Rush songs or not, you are sure to find a great song or two you might have forgotten. Read More.