Category Archives: Actor Spotlight

Neil Ross Podcast Update!

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My schedule never seems to slow down, so this is a bit delayed in announcing, but, Neil Ross has two new podcasts, and in both, he’s been talking about his book Vocal Recall, which I’m just starting to reread! [Photo above: Neil Ross, Myself and Gregg Berger during a charity party Wally Burr and I put together.]

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An insight into an amazing book… The book begins on March 23rd, 2003, just before the start of the 75th Annual Academy Awards from which Neil Ross was the co-announcer. In that first chapter, he reflects on his life, and how he got to this point. That first chapter is a foreshadowing of an amazing book!

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Growing Up G1… Flintstone, You’re Fired!

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A photo of myself with John Stephenson, during Botcon 2001.

These Transformer memories are going to be so random, and I blame that partly on these old photos I’ve been going through… Going through the 2001 photos, I’m reminded not only of the first convention Tony and I attended as a couple but also of the first time we met Michael Bell and Gregg Berger! It’s also a reminder of the first time we met John Stephenson, who was the voice of Huffer, Thundercracker and Kup in the G1 series!

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The actor panel that year, from left to right: Micheal Bell, Gregg Berger, and John Stephenson.

Voice over wise John was very active with Hanna-Barbera, and was the voice of Mr. Slate in the Flintstones! So upon meeting him during that, Botcon opening dinner, I started our conversation with the Flintstones. I was positive he would remember, Mr. Slate, and he did! Quoting Mr. Slate’s famous line, “Flintstone, you’re fired!” he smiled.

John had such a sweet personality, and I think he appreciated my mentioning the Flintstones! But soon we shifted towards Transformers, from which he admitted, he hadn’t remembered much about the characters. So Tony and I filled him in a little bit on his character Huffer. Telling John about the whiny character, saying such things as… ‘It’ll never work. Big waste of time.’ Well, he picked right up on it, and then the following day he mentioned us in the convention panel, which was thrilling!

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Tony with John, during the dinner.

During that weekend we did get his autograph on items, but I don’t think we really talk to him too much after that.

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I do have one other memory in regards to John Stephenson from 2012… I had a bunch of fans sign posters to give as gifts to our favorite talents, in the Transformers universe. Stephenson had already fallen ill, but I had spoken with Don Pitts, a wonderful man, that used to call me a Teeny Bopper, and he helped me to connect with Jean, John’s wife. I was able to send Jean that poster, and although John couldn’t remember Transformers by then, he loved the gift, and he loved the fan appreciation. 

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It was an honor to know him just a few days, and he will never be forgotten.

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I’ll have to share more memories soon! Lots of love for these amazing talents always! And if you’re going to TFCON LA, you’ll have a chance to meet some amazing G1 Talents!

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Note to my fellow fans and bloggers: I’ve been extremely busy of late, I know I’m always busy! So many things I want to do and never enough time to do it! But I’m still that loyal Blogger, and I still have so many things to share!

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And for those that know of this Blogger’s Retro Convention… I’m doing it again next year!

The Date Has Been Announced For Retro Con 2019!! Hope to see you there!

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Our 2019 Facebook Event Page:

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Charlie Adler a G1 Original Favorite!

Charlie_AdlerHaving recently watched the creation of the Aerialbots, I’ve been watching Season 2 Transformers of late, I can say Silverbolt is defiantly one of my favorites! But it’s not the only voiced character by Adler… The man has talent! Enjoy the video below, and enjoy this Retro Spotlight from my original site, honoring this amazing talent! 

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Frank Welker… Voice Actor Extraordinaire!

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I love this photo above, of Frank Welker & Peter Cullen from Hascon, Frank, of course, was Megatron in the 80’s Transformers cartoon, and Peter was Optimus Prime! Both are still very active in the Transformers community, but, I myself, am more of a G1 fan!

Editor’s Note: As Thanksgiving nears, and many of us are running about getting ready for the holidays, I thought I’d spotlight one of my favorite talents! I’ve only met Frank once, and that was during a Botcon convention… But I did get to talk to him a little as I sat in a green room, Sue Blu and  John Moschitta, Jr. At one point he barked like a dog, and I thought it was Sue’s dog. I also interviewed Frank several years back for a magazine, and he wrote me back making me an honorary Decepticon.

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Frank began his professional career as a comic in 1967 and went on to open for such musical acts as The Righteous Brothers… Sonny and Cher, and Diana Ross. He made his acting debut in the Elvis Presley film, Trouble With Girls. Welker was a regular in Knott’s weekly television series and later co-starred in the television series Laugh Trax with Howie Mandel and Jim Staahl. I also remember his appearing in ‘The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ one of my favorite Disney movies from 1969!

Then moving onto animation Frank not only was the voice of many of my favorite Transformer characters, but he was a huge part of my childhood as I watched Scooby-Doo and Jabberjaw most every school day! Then Saturday mornings it was..The Real Ghostbusters, from which Frank had a huge role as our favorite green ghost and RayStantz!

Frank has always been well known for his wonderful characters… Including that of the Transformer character’s Megatron and Soundwave!

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A Mike Nesmith Weekend!

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For those that have known me the longest, you probably know I’ve always loved The Monkees! It was a daily thing, coming home from school and watching the show! My uncle Joe once made me a mixed tape, that my Dad and I always sung to. So it was a thrill this weekend to sing ‘Papa Genes Blues’ with Micheal Nesmith, and a crowd of other devoted fans! Photo above by Troubadour! Follow Micheal Nesmith on Video Ranch!

Because I had so much fun, I had to share a couple videos, one from the original show! And one from the concert.

Papa Genes Blues sung on The Monkees!

 

Pretty much what we saw Saturday, but this was recorded [Live at the Troubadour]!

I also got an autographed album and a t-shirt from the event, along with a very cool fan pin!! I also got the chance to speak with Christian Nesmith a few minutes too, that’s Mike’s eldest son!

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Have you purchased your tickets, for Retro Con 2018? For more information go to retrocons.com!

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Neil Ross: A Life in Radio and Voiceovers

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Growing up Neil Ross was two of my favorite Voltron members, Keith and Pidge. Then as I started watching Transformers and G.I. Joe, I knew him as  Slag, Springer, Buzzer and Shipwreak. Of course I’m only naming a few of the characters he’s voiced! He has a long list of credits, that also include major films like Back to the Future 2!

Now fans can learn the story behind this incredible talent! Neil’s written a book, and I highly recommend it! Purchase a copy HERE! Above is a photo of Neil Ross, Corey Burton, Myself [I should have been wearing a transformer t-shirt at the time!], and Gregg Berger!

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Again purchase this amazing book at: www.neilbook.com

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Autobot City’s under attack in Transformers the movie! One of my favorite movie moments! Pictured above: HotRod, Arcee, Kup, and Springer.

 

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Have you purchased your tickets, for Retro Con 2018? For more information go to retrocons.com!

Meet Sgt. Slaughter at Retro Con 2018!

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One of my favorite moments in G.I. Joe the movie, was when Sargent Slaughter and his Marauders first appear, to train Lt.Falcon! So you can only imagine how excited I am, to see Sarge again at Retro Con 2018! If you haven’t purchased your TICKETS yet, why wait?! Join in the fun and do check out Saturday Night’s concert too!

 

A Sgt. Slaughter’s Marauders Toy Commercial, from the late eighties!

Straight from the Retro Con Page!

We welcome back to Retro Con a true living legend: The one and only Sgt. Slaughter!

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A wrestler for over 40 years, Sgt. Slaughter became a household name when he joined the WWF in the early 1980s with his signature “Cobra Clutch” move. Inspired by the Sarge’s drill instructor persona and wild popularity, Hasbro decided to incorporate the Sarge into their GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic, and animated series in 1985! Voicing himself, his cartoon debut was in the Season 2 Arise Serpentor Arise mini series, where we learn the Sarge is one of the GI Joe team’s greatest warriors and trainers. The character is easily a fan-favorite and is still regularly talked about by Joe fans to this day.

Sgt. Slaughter will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We’ll have his prices up on the website very soon. Come to Retro Con and meet one of the true icons of pop culture!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

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