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The Defeat of Abraham Lincoln as a Wrestler and the Great Match of 1832

(05-19-2019) (Zones: Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling) Many people have asked the question over the years - Was Abraham Lincoln really a pro wrestler? The answer, as researched by pro wrestling historian Karl Stern is “Yes!”. At least in the sense of what wrestling was in the 1800. Many people know the story of the famous Jack Armstrong match but the legend grew that Lincoln was unbeaten, perhaps, unbeatable. But in this 1832 section of the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling we find out about the time Abraham Lincoln met his match, literally, in a wrestling contest. Read More.

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DragonKing Dark Podcast - Consider the Speckled Sea Louse - Episode 166

(05-19-2019) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) It's DragonKing Dark Podcast, hosted by Karl Stern of When It Was Cool and and on this episode we dive back into topics in the news.  A variety of dark themed topics pepper the news over the last few weeks mostly dealing with strange and amazing aspects of science.  On this episode we journey from the depths of the sea to the outer reaches of space to find out that reality is sometimes stranger than fantasy.  It's your weekly dose of the odd, strange, and unusual brought to you by and Karl Stern. Patreons get an ad free extended version of the show.

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Stuck in the Desert Audio Show - Episode 14 - Rat in Tunnels

(05-18-2019) (Zones: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) Join The Rat this week as he winds though the Creepy, and not so creepy caverns underneath the Desert Sands. Part 3 of the Summer Fun Mini Series. Contact The Rat : Stuck in the Desert page on Facebook. Wherever you are, I wish you joy. Stuck in the Desert Podcast 014 presents: Wrestling With the Dawg Podcast - Episode 123 - Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk - I Quit match - WCW Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout

(05-18-2019) (Zones: Wrestling With the Dawg Podcast) The When It Was Cool Podcast Network and presents the 123rd edition of Wrestling With the Dawg Podcast!  Robert from the Atomic Elbow joins the Dirty Dawg Darsie to discuss the Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk "I Quit" match from WCW Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout!  Robert and the Dawg talk about the Hulk Hogan classic No Holds Barred, Gary Hart in WCW, the Fabulous Freebirds, I Quit matches, 80s music, Ted Turner's influence on the wrestling business, and so much more on the 90 minute podcast!

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The Real McCoys (1957) Retro TV Review

(05-17-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) We go way back in the time machine today, back before my time, to a fun little show that launched in 1957 called The Real McCoys.  Tell me if this sounds familiar - a hillbilly family ends up with a huge estate in California and hijinx ensue. Well, the Real McCoys pre-date the Beverly Hillbillies by a few years and it turns out the show is actually pretty different. A grumpy grand-pa who has trouble adapting to this new fangled change, a boy that's a little goofy, and an otherwise normal family around him. A surprisingly fun show! The Real McCoys (1957) Retro TV Review

Uphill Both Ways - Episode 53 - Hit Me With Your Best Shot

(05-16-2019) (Zones: Uphill Both Ways Podcast) It's time for another episode of Uphill Both Ways and Mike and Joseph talk Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home and the nature of spoilers. They say goodbye to one feature, hello to another and then it's time for the main event as the guys reveal the format of, and the 128 participants in, the UBW Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale! Things are going to be interesting this Summer and it all starts here!

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Superboy the Series (1988) Retro TV Review - Mindscape!

(05-15-2019) (Zones: Superman Central / Patreon Content) Straight to you from the DC Universe app is a completely forgotten Superman related TV series from the 1980s. The very whacky and fun Superboy series. This series looks to have several episodes worth reviewing featuring classic comic book villains but the first one I have chosen is from Season 3 titled Mindscape featuring none other than pro wrestler Lex Luger as an alternate Superboy! Enjoy! Superboy the Series (1988) SE3 Mindscape

13 GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament: Terry Funk vs Daniel Bryan

(05-14-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content / Wrestling) One of the most interesting matches in round one of the Greatest Kayfabe Tournament takes place today and you the listeners have voted and picked a winner! On today's show, wrestling historian Karl Stern discusses the careers and history of former NWA and ECW World champion Terry Funk and his opponent, modern era star and one of the greatest mat wrestlers in history and multi-time WWE champion Daniel Bryan. Two of the greatest from two different eras collide today as we look at Terry Funk and Daniel Bryan! GKT - Terry Funk verses Daniel Bryan Podcast Special

DragonKing Dark Podcast - Oddities of California - Episode 165

(05-12-2019) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) On this episode of DragonKing Dark Podcast, host Karl Stern continues his state oddities series by taking a look at California! California has it all when it comes to landscapes.  Deserts, mountains, oceans, forests, California has all the bases covered.  So, you know a state as famously free thinking as California is going to have a few weird stops along the way.  From an articulated giant Paul Bunyan with his Ox side kick to an invisible column of free speech, they say that California is the place you ought to be!  Patreons get an ad free edition of the show with bonus content. 

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Batman (1966) Retro TV Review

(05-10-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) Today's When It Was Cool Patreon retro TV review looks back at one of the most iconic classic era TV shows of all time - Batman! We review season 1 episode 1 where we meet Batman and Robin for the first time but this is no origin story! Thankfully, we are dropped straight into a caper involving The Riddler and Batman fights crime with the famous Bat Dance! It's everything you love about the 1966 Batman series right out of the gate! Batman (1966) Retro TV Review

When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 74 - Nashville Craziness, Country Music Hall of Fame, Family Feud

(05-09-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) presents this week's When It Was Cool Podcast with Karl as he discusses a recent trip to Nashville where we encountered some strange folks in the big city, TARNATIONS! We also visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and discuss Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Buck Owens, the Smoky and the Bandit Trans-Am, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, I don't know what a Little Big Town is, and much more! Discussion of the 100 Greatest Comic books of all time list, Then the second half of the show is our look back at the iconic game show Family Feud that was previously available to our Patreons are premium content. It's retro pop culture fun!

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In the Heat of the Night (1988) Retro TV Review

(05-08-2019) (Zone: Patreon Content) Today on our retro TV review podcast Karl takes a look back to 1988 and the TV drama series In the Heat of the Night starring Carol O'Connor and set in a fictional town in rural Mississippi.  The show is fantastic and Karl examines it in light of his experiences over the last 25 years in policing small rural Alabama towns and contrasts the fact with the fiction and the two are closer than you could imagine. An interesting and thought provoking television series. In the Heat of the Night retro TV review. In the Heat of the Night (1988) Retro TV Review

DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast - Episode 09 - Fall Guys, SECW 1984, Terry Funk, NWA Jim Crockett Promotions 1985

(05-07-2019) (Zones: Wrestling / Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast) It's a new edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast. More from Fall Guys and Gold Dust Trio. Southeastern Championship Wrestling from 1984 and the first installment of 'Wisdom of Terry Funk'. Then the retro TV review this week comes from July 13, 1985 where the Rock and Roll Express defeat The Russians for the NWA World tag team titles, David Crockett loses his ever lovin' mind, and more! Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 09

DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 164 - Odd Coincidences - Patreon Edition

(05-05-2019) On this weeks DragonKing Dark Podcast host Karl Stern takes a look at a couple of Presidential coincidences and tries to determine if these are fact, fiction, or just fun? We take a look at the supposed connections between Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln which is one of the most popular stories and then we look at the lesser known but still strange story of the Baron Trump books from the 1800s which supposedly have time travel and synchronistic elements dealing with the current President. Patreons get an ad free version of the show with bonus content.

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Stuck in the Desert Audio Show - Episode 13 - Rat on a Sinking Raft

(05-03-2019) (Zone: Stuck in the Desert Podcast) In the Lucky 13 episode of Stuck In The Desert, The Rat takes a moment to honor the passing of cowboy historian Jinx Pyle. Later In the episode he discusses several options for white river rafting in the copper state, then winds up the episode in celebration of the 50th year celebration of the creation of Big Surf! This free podcast can currently only be accessed through the fantastic magical platform of! Contact The Rat @thedesertrat3 on Twitter,, or on the Facebook page Stuck In The Desert. Keep Cool, and Enjoy! Stuck in the Desert Podcast 13

Uphill Both Ways - Episode 52 - Heroes

(05-02-2019) (Zones: Uphill Both Ways Podcast) In Episode 52, Mike and Joseph talk about Mike's recent day trip to New York City, Joseph explains why it might take him nearly three weeks to see Avengers: Endgame and that leads to a discussion about favorite Avengers lineups and storylines from the comics. And of course there are the regular sidebars, ramblings and musings, and Retro Pop Culture Homework Assignments. All this in an episode we could only call "Comic Talk Part 2: Electric Boogaloo"! (Note: It is NOT called that. It's called "Heroes".)

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When It Was Cool Patreon Newsletter - Issue 1 - First Issue Free to Everyone!

(04-28-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content) When It Was Cool now has a monthly newsletter packed full of our research, reviews, and much more. The first issue is over 60 pages! It’s also free this month! Lots of pro wrestling history research, newly discovered match results, but also movie and concert reviews as well. Check it out! Read it online or download the nicely formatted .pdf to print out or read across most devices. Feel free to share this issue with friends, online, on social media, wherever to raise awareness of When It Was Cool! Free When It Was Cool Newsletter issue 1

Here is the audio podcast special to go along with issue 1 (also free this month) - here.

KISS Concert Review - End of the Road Tour 2019 - Birmingham, AL BJCC

Article: (04-14-2019) (Zones: Music) ALRIGHT PEOPLE! YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST! THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD - KISS! From that iconic introduction then blasted Detroit Rock City and one of the most incredible live acts in rock and roll history took the stage in Birmingham, Alabama for the last time - KISS! This wasn’t my first time seeing KISS but it has been over twenty years since I last saw them with the big mid-1990s reunion tour featuring all the original members. Original members who were fighting, obsessing, and generally not having much fun. This version of KISS seemed to be having a lot of fun and brought that energy to the crowd on April 13, 2019 at the Birmingham, AL BJCC arena. Read More.

Shazam! Movie Review - Captain Marvel - Shazam! Updated and Expanded Article Looking at the Classic Character

Article: (04-08-2018) Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at one of the most iconic characters in comics - Captain Marvel (Shazam).  Now with his own movie, Shazam is more in the pop culture spotlight than he has been in decades.  In this article we take a look at the various incarnations and live action appearances of one of the earliest and greatest superheroes- Captain Marvel - Shazam! and review the new hit movie Shazam! Read More.

The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time - The Most Popular Article at When It Was Cool

(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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