He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium Encyclopedia Review

(08-22-2017) (Zones: Toys and Action Figures) When It Was Cool takes a look at a wonderful and massive new encyclopedia from Dark Horse Comics covering He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  Join us for a look at the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium. Read More.



DragonKing Dark - Episode 077 - Total Eclipse

(08-19-2017) (Zones:  DragonKing Dark Podcast) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark podcast, host Karl Stern takes a look at the upcoming total solar eclipse.  He talks his memories of the one he saw in 1979 then discusses what a solar eclipse is scientifically and historically plus how rare they are and when the next several will take place.  This weekend's episode is everything you need to know about the great American solar eclipse of 2017!  DragonKing Dark Podcast


When It Was Cool #RetroRewindHappy Days was a sitcom that aired from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984 on ABC, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning over eleven seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presented an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and starred Ron Howard as teenager Richie Cunningham, Henry Winkler as his friend Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli, and Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Richie's parents. The first two seasons of Happy Days focused on the experiences and dilemmas of "innocent teenager" Richie Cunningham, his family, and his high school friends, attempting to "honestly depict a wistful look back at adolescence". The series also spawned a number of spin-offs, including the hit shows Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Support When It Was Cool.


Unsung Horrors Book Review

(08-19-2017) (Zones: Horror) Joseph Perry reviews this wonderful book about the horror movie genre which is a collection of film reviews from the silent era to 1970s horror films.  No matter if you are new to the horror film genre or an old pro like Joseph, this book will be a great addition to your collection.  Read More.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children's toy dolls were representations of infants. Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. The doll was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model," with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers. Around 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production. Support When It Was Cool!


Uphill Both Ways - Episode 09 - Pro Wrestling Memories

(08-17-2017) Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back with the bi-weekly Uphill Both Ways podcast. On this edition topics discussed include their memories of growing up as pro wrestling fans.  Lots of memories about Mike and Joseph's time as wrestling fans starting out in the late 1970s and into the 1980s.  Thoughts about Bob Backlund, Roddy Piper, Peter Maivia, the Cow Palace, and much more! Uphill Both Ways Podcast 09


When It Was Cool #RetroRewindStar Wars: Jedi Arena was a 2D overhead shooter video game developed and published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for the Atari 2600. It is the first Star Wars video game to feature lightsaber action. The goal of the game was to take out the opponent with the Seeker ball while defending oneself from incoming laser blasts using one's lightsaber. Following the sales of their first Star Wars game of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Parker Brothers went on to continue developing Star Wars titles including Star Wars: Jedi Arena. Although the game's reception was mixed at the time of release, its legacy is largely negative, with several modern critics referring to the game as one of the worst Star Wars games of all time. Support When It Was Cool!


Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) Us and Them Tour Concert Review - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena.

(08-15-2017) (Zones: Music) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool travel to Nashville, TN to see legendary Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and his Us and Them tour playing songs from his solo career and numerous songs from the Pink Floyd catalog including The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon.  Roger Waters in concert.  Read More.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles.  The drive-in theater was patented in Camden, New Jersey by chemical company magnate Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. In 1932, Hollingshead conducted outdoor theater tests in his driveway at 212 Thomas Avenue in Riverton. After nailing a screen to trees in his backyard, he set a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car and put a radio behind the screen, testing different sound levels with his car windows down and up. Hollingshead applied for a patent of his invention on August 6, 1932, and he was given U.S. Patent 1,909,537 on May 16, 1933.  Support When It Was Cool


When It Was Cool Podcast - Death of Glen Campbell, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd in Concert, Masters of the Universe action figure collecting, and old time folk sayings and wisdom from old people

(08-15-2017) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com hosts Karl and Tonya take a look at four retro topics and discuss them.  On this episode they discuss the death of 1970s Country Music legend Glen Campbell, an upcoming Roger Waters of Pink Floyd concert, their new found love of collecting Masters of the Universe action figures, and then discuss old time sayings and what they mean. When It Was Cool Podcast Episode 30


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The Disco craze the 1970s led to an increase in the popularity of roller rinks. The end of the Disco Era and the advent of inline roller skates hit the roller rink industry hard, with many rinks closing. Roller derby, a professional sport of the 1950s and 1960s once considered virtually dead, has seen a grassroots rebirth in popularity in the early 21st century with amateur and semi-pro teams forming leagues nationwide. Many rink owners support this activity, along with roller hockey, speed skating, and roller figure skating contests. Support When It Was Cool.


The Transfiguration Film Review

(08-15-2017) (Zones: Horror) The Transfiguration is a new horror film with nods to classic and cult vampire movies and stories.  Joseph Perry brings us a review of this film and a look at the characters and story of this recent VOD movie thriller.  Read More.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The first diner was created in 1872 by Walter Scott, who sold food out of a horse-pulled wagon to employees of the Providence Journal, in Providence, Rhode Island. Scott's diner can be considered the first diner with "walk up" service, as it had windows on each side of the wagon. Commercial production of lunch wagons began in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1887, by Thomas Buckley. Charles Palmer received the first patent in 1893 for the diner, which he billed as a "Night-Lunch Wagon." He built his "fancy night cafes" and "night lunch wagons" in the Worcester area until 1901. Support When It Was Cool and visit Tonya's Diner.


The Highway 127 World's Longest Yard Sale

(08-09-2017) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Tonya & Karl from When It Was Cool visit the 30th annual World's Longest Yard Sale and visit yard sales in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.  Here is a look at some of the interesting things we saw and many tips for future marathon yard sellers, pickers, and collectors.  Read More.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Arcades catering for video games began to gain momentum in the late 1970s with games such as Space Invaders (1978) and Galaxian (1979) and became widespread in 1980 with Pac-Man, Centipede and others.  Support When It Was Cool.


Red Velvet Earthquake Cake

Tonya from When It Was Cool bakes up this interesting and amazing Red Velvet Earthquake Cake.  This is an interesting twist on the classic and traditional red velvet cake with a delicious variation. Get the recipe.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The Game of Cootie is a children's roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players. The object is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a "cootie" from a variety of plastic body parts. Created by William Schaper in 1948, the game sold millions in its first years. In 1973, Cootie was acquired by Tyco Toys, and, in 1986, by Hasbro subsidiary Milton Bradley. The game was given a new look and continued to enjoy commercial success. Support When It Was Cool


The LaPlace’s Demon (Fantasia) Film Review

(08-02-2017) (Zones: Horror) The LaPlace’s Demon screened at Fantasia International Film Festival, which ran July 13–August 2 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Joseph Perry brings us a review of this film which takes some old-school haunted house thrills and blends them with mystery elements along with film noir lighting and overtones.  Read More.


When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The history of stuffed toys. The first commercial company to create stuffed toys was the German Steiff company in 1880.  In 1892, the Ithaca Kitty became one of the first mass-produced stuffed animal toys in the United States. In 1903 Richard Steiff designed a soft bear that differed from earlier traditional rag dolls, because it was made of plush fabric. At the same time in the USA, Morris Michtom created the first teddy bear inspired by a drawing of Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.  Support When It Was Cool