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Remembering Jack Angel…

This fun picture was taken by yours truly of Jack Angel and Morgan Lofting.

I haven’t blogged on this site in ages, life has just kept me busy… Today though it was a must as I reflect and remember a great talent, Jack Angel. So many of my childhood memories surround this talented man, I can’t help but shed tears remembering the first time he and I spoke. I met him only once in person, but I had the opportunity of knowing him for many years through emails and online interactions. The great Wally Burr introduce me to Jack, something I’ll always remember.

For those that worked with Jack Angel personally, and to Jack’s family, I send nothing but love. The world has lost an amazing talent today, and it’s heartbreaking.

postYours truly surrounded by an amazing group of actors, Jack Angel was included in this amazing shot. Photo above includes: Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, Michael Bell, Jack Angel, Myself, Michael Horton, and  Alan Oppenheimer.
Jack was also good friends with Arthur Burghardt. I was lucky to get another photo with both actors, along with Arthur’s daughter.

Remembering a talented man…

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[This beautiful piece, honoring this talented actor, was written by my good friend Mark Shaffer… Thanks for sharing Mark.]

After speaking with Milt’s brother, it is with great sadness that we announce to the Transformers community that Milt Jamin “Milton James” passed away on January 1st, 2018 due to complications of a stroke. He was 78.

Milt was born on December 7th, 1939. He grew up in Jackson Heights, New York and attended Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY. After High school, Milt attended Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York public university system. Milt then went on to serve in the National Guard in 1958.

Milt’s passion as an actor gained him credits in film, anime, video games, and animation. His brother knows Milt would have loved to meet his fans. Ed told me that Milt was most fond of his role as Superman, that he was honored to voice in a commercial(s) years ago. Milt lived in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to New York to be closer to the family.

Ed was Milt’s sole sibling, to whom he was very close. Ed was a huge supporter of his brother and took great care of him throughout his final days. Ed wanted to say thank you to everyone who loved his brother’s work.

If any fan would like to write a letter of appreciation or send fan art of Milt’s characters to his brother, I will personally deliver them to him. Please email Mark Shaffer at for more information. Thank you.

Remembering Peter Tork…

Saddened by the news yesterday, of Peter Tork’s passing, I had searched for one of my old autographs, an autograph I had received from the actor/singer years ago. With no luck, I’m sure it’s somewhere buried in a safe place, I picked up one of my classic teen magazines instead, from 1967. It’s a magazine from which the Monkees were interviewed and in Peter’s interview, he talks about politics, and how he would like to get more involved in the political side of things. The interview also mentions his family. So in remembering Peter, I thought I’d share it.

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Growing Up G1… Flintstone, You’re Fired!


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!


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!


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.




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. 


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


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!


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!


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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Growing up G1… Just Getting Started!


Yours truly around 1987, pictured with my collection.

When starting something like this it’s always where to begin? For me, I should start things off around 1984… I was a 13 years old kid that had been bullied constantly since the fourth grade and would continue to be bullied until the 11th grade when I finally had enough of the torment and dropped out! I took a two-year break, worked a full-time job, found I wanted to go back to school, and eventually graduated at the age of 22.

Honestly, though, it was the torment in school that inspired my reading and collecting comics. It was my escape from reality, to believe in something else, to forget about those kids that bullied me so. Transformer wise, the toys and the animation would eventually follow that first comic I read, which was issue 19 of the Marvel Comics.


The Comics… For those that don’t know, issue 19 was the introduction to of Omega Supreme and Devastator or at least the first transformation of Devastator, there had been hints of the Constructicons beforehand. [For you long time Marvel fan’s Shockwave had enslaved a group of humans to design him a Decepticon army, the Constructicons had been designed during that time period, along with Jetfire]. On a side note, I wasn’t originally in there for a Transformer comic, I went to pick up a new Thundercat comic and it wasn’t in stock, so I bought the next best thing, something that would surpass my Thundercat collecting.

Animation Favorites… Of course, Transformers wasn’t my first experience in animation/cartoons, I was 14 years old and I had been watching cartoons most of that time! Animation wise my first love was Scooby Doo, along with The Flintstones! I also loved The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Heckel and Jekyll, and The Bugs Bunny show! I also watched some Strawberry Shortcake specials, the Charlie Brown specials, and I loved the Disney movies too! But since this is gearing more towards Transformers, I won’t drift far from the story at hand.

My first memory of watching Transformers was with More Than Meets Eye, I was flipping through the Saturday morning cartoons when I hit the tail end of the cartoon’s three-parter. Mirage had just landed in front of his fellow Autobots, after sabotaging the Decepticon’s liftoff, and the Autobots were cheering! I most likely was looking for something to watch, on a boring Saturday morning and turned to that channel, channel 43 in Cleveland, for you Akron/Cleveland Ohio fans. That first time I hadn’t paid the show much attention, it wasn’t until I read that first comic, that I revisited More Than Meets Eye, and by then it had been released on VHS and I could rent it.

Even though the cartoon hadn’t caught my interest at the time, it’s my first memory of it, and it would eventually be a huge part of my life, along with those wonderful talents involved with the series.


Image courtesy of a google search!

Collecting the toys… I wouldn’t have that first Transformer toy until May of 1986. I had been reading the comics religiously and had started watching the cartoons, but I was a bit slow on buying the toys. Again my parents were poor, and I was a teenager by then, so it wasn’t something I jumped right into. My first Transformer was Wildrider, my favorite Stunticon. Starscream would have been my first choice, he was my top favorite at the time, but the seeker jets were scarce, Hasbro was pushing the new toys. But my allegiance would soon turn towards the Autobots, as I would trade that Stunticon off to my best friend at the time, for a Sunstreaker who was no longer on the market, and harder to find. That Sunstreaker would be followed by the Autobot scientist Wheeljack.

More G1 memories later, I’m just getting started! Voice actor memories in the next blog, along with collecting and Christmas memories.

Sharing these G1 memories was inspired by a couple of my friends, Mark Bellomo included. Maybe someday I’ll make this into a book, for now, though I’ll share my stories here… These G1 memories are also for you Jesse and in memory of a supportive Dad.

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!


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!



Buy a Weekend Ticket:


Find Us On Facebook:

Our 2019 Facebook Event Page:




A G1 Holiday Treat!

Because I’ve been so extremely slow about posting anything of late, just working too much is to blame. I thought I would share something festive today, as a way of wishing all of you an amazing and Happy Holiday! I’ll start off with some of my favorite wishbooks photos, for those of you that grew up during the ’70s and ’80s, you’ll remember many of these photos, for my sister and I, it was a way of marking off what we wanted for Christmas. And because of the title above, I’ll focus mainly on Transformers, then I’ll share a Transformer fanfiction I recently read!

Wishbook fun from 1984…


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