Flashbacks
The History of Atari.

The History of Atari.

I’ve noticed within the past year that YouTube has virtually exploded with all kinds of rare footage, documentaries and other great geek fodder that seems to have been resurrected from wherever they were buried before. Today I unearthed the documentary above, simply named The History of Atari. Speaking of being unearthed, I know Atari made...
Where Are They Now? Notre Dame Academy First Communion 1978

Where Are They Now? Notre Dame Academy First Communion 1978

My folks came in last week to celebrate my son’s First Holy Communion this past Saturday. To further commemorate the event, my mom brought along with her my own class photograph taken almost exactly 37 years ago at my own First Communion at Notre Dame Academy Elementary School (2nd Grade) in 1978. I remember that...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Sunny '70s Simi Valley

Homemade Jump Ramps: Sunny ’70s Simi Valley

The photo above (and the ones below) are only a veritable “tip of the iceberg” of an awesome collection of photographs taken in Simi Valley in the early ’70s, which, as you SoCal ’70s kids would know, was the epic era of homemade jump ramps. Part of the collection of Roy Hooper at PBase.com, these...
Urban Waste.

Urban Waste.

I know, I know. It’s been ages. I’m still here, yet I’ve been doing nearly all my online interaction on Facebook, especially since I’ve been ramping up on my comics and participating in nearly every zine fest that’s been coming down the pipe in SoCal this past year. Anyways, I’ll try to pop in every...
Rediscovered: Vintage '70s NHRA Pillow Case

Rediscovered: Vintage ’70s NHRA Pillow Case

I hold onto a lot of things from my ’70s and ’80s childhood, simply because it was the best childhood ever. But there are a lot of things which I thought were gone forever, and that made me sad. But luckily, my parents held onto a lot of things from my childhood themselves, and recently...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Homemade Jump Ramps: Carrot Top is Toast.

Back in the day, homemade jump ramps were an instant social activity, a thousand times more interactive and exciting than anything Facebook and Twitter can offer today. Friends and neighborhood kids (whomever one was “cool” with) would come down, and they’d take turns getting air, or, as seen in the photo above, line up on...
Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Arcade Ambiance: The Electronic Babysitter.

Courtesy of jackonflickr (also featured rightfully so in Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989), here we have a mundane yet refreshing glimpse into the golden age of arcade gaming. The caption says it all: ELECTRONIC BABYSITTER—Video race entertains youngsters John McCarter (front) and Shawn Decicco while mother runs errands. That statement right there likely held true...