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Fun 80’s Stuff!

From TATT to KITT to KARR: The Rise & Fall of Knight Rider…


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Date: March 10, 2021

01) LINK


“Knight Rider is an American action crime drama television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series originally rand for 90 episodes on NBC from 1982 to 1986.

Knight Rider stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech, modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent, self-aware, and nearly indestructible car.

Through the TV movies, spin-offs and sequels Knight Rider and KITT have endured to this day as a beloved icon of 80’s TV.

Knight Rider on NBC.com: https://www.nbc.com/knight-rider-classic​
Knight Rider Legacy: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1559491.Knight_Rider_Legacy

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Timeline: 1981 – What Happened In the Year 1981?…


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Date: August 10, 2020

01) Timeline: 1981 – What Happened In the Year 1981?


“Let’s look back at 1981 – In this video Weird History is going to talk about the news, culture, sports, and entertainment, and all that was weird in the year 1981. 1981 would be a year filled with deadly events, including attempts on Ronald Reagan as well as Pope John Paul II, we would also see high-profile marriages, Lady Di and Prince Charles as well as General Hospital’s Luke and Laura and the emergence of the video game with the debut of Donkey Kong.”

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Timeline: 1980 – A Look Back at the Year 1980…


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Date: July 19, 2020

01) Timeline: 1980 – A Look Back at the Year 1980


“1980. The start of the decade. It was a totally rad decade that was filled with many changes to our culture. From the rise of Ronald Reagan to the tragic ending of John Lennon, the year 1980 would see many new, cool, and totally weird changes. Weird History is taking a look back at the year 1980. Part 1 of 10 of the 1980s Timeline. “

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MB OMNI Entertainment System – The 1980s 8-Track games machine…


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Date: June 03, 2020

01) MB OMNI Entertainment System – The 1980s 8-Track games machine


“The Omni from Milton Bradley is a product that straddles 70s and 80s technologies. At it’s core, it’s a game, an electronic quiz machine. However if you examine the way it works, it could be described as an interactive computer that reads program data from tapes…. 8-track tapes. In the video above I demonstrate what it does and how it does it…but first I have to get it working.”

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The Crazy Bizarre History of Max Headroom: TV Star, Icon, Pitch Man, Pirate…


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Date: March 25, 2020

01) The Crazy Bizarre History of Max Headroom: TV Star, Icon, Pitch Man, Pirate


“On this episode we attempt to cover the crazy, bizarre history of Max Headroom.

For his conception as a character introducing music videos to his own TV movie, to Coca-Cola spokesperson to gone in just a few years.

His legacy as a instrument of political commentary may be more relevant than ever.”

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Pat Benatar – Behind the Music…


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Date: May 16, 2019

01) Pat Benatar – Behind the Music


I think the one sole thing about Pat which I had a harder time with…was the “Hell is for Children” thing…

I was still pretty young when it came out..It sounded fine…It just always went over like a thud, with me…It’s a dark, very emotionally suggestive song, incorporating your typical themes on child sexual abuse.

Why it stood out, is because nobody was doing this type of thing…introducing that sort of issue, with that sort of depiction and message…

As I got a bit older…I realized more deeply what the song was actually about…and for most of my life, “Hell is for Children” has stood out in my mind…as a pioneering effort to construct this really dark mental picture…of “what it means for children to be touched by sex”…

…I dislike this song, because of what it lyrically pushes…in a black and white sort of way.

It always seemed like it was setting there, “right at the beginning”, fanning the flames of hysteria.

At the same time…I do realize, that “Hell is for Children” does represent the lived experience of many children in this world.

I just think the song falls short, morally…in that it’s so narrow in view…

…There is no distinction…It’s all just, “You shouldn’t have to pay for your love, with your bones and your flesh”…as if there were no other option, than brutality and injury.

Given everything that falls under the umbrella of “child sexual abuse”…I find this to be a really wrong, honestly reprehensible, framing of the issue.

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The Rise And Fall of Scrappy Doo (Ep3) – Inside A Mind…


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Date: August 07, 2018

01) The Rise And Fall of Scrappy Doo (Ep3) – Inside A Mind


“Scooby Doo has been running strong for nearly 50 years! But, there was a time where they were almost cancelled and taken off the air for good. Scooby Doo could’ve been very different to what it is now, had it not got an extra 6 years on the TV back in the early 80’s. The introduction of Scrappy Doo saved the show, but if that’s the case… How has he become one of the most hated cartoon characters out there to date? Let’s take a look back into the history of Scooby Doo and find out where it all went wrong for this little puppy.”

I used to call him “Crappy”…which likely makes my side of this fence clear…

As a character…it was not only loud and obnoxious…but it completely changed the tone of this, previously wonderful, show.

Thing about the original Scooby Doo…is that it was filling a niche, and doing things you couldn’t find anywhere else in the cartoon world…It was a great kids show…Then it got turned on it’s head, and became something I could no longer stand to watch.

I couldn’t figure out, why they were intentionally destroying the show…

But I get it today, of course…with the original writers leaving…and nobody being able to successfully emulate what they’d done…they opted for a cheap, easy shift in direction…and started appealing to a different child audience…

…Those of us who [as kids] loved what the original series introduced and established, were abandoned by the series.

I guess…tapping into that audience, which liked the far less sophisticated Scooby Doo, helped save the franchise…

…Though, I’d argue…the franchise really did die, after the second season…What came after, was…

…not Scooby Doo.

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