Category Archives: Transformers

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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Roll For It!

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Today’s achievements include a Transformers 35th anniversary project I’m working on! Doing a workout while watching ‘Roll For It’… Yes, I’m just getting back to those workouts, wish me luck! And I grabbed some cool screen captures from that amazing episode while working on that 35th-anniversary project!

What was your favorite quote from the episode ‘Roll For It’?

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On a side note, before I go to work on my guitar… I recently picked up this cool Transformers Slumber Bag, while at a toy show last weekend! It’s mint in bag, never been opened, and I paid 20.00 dollars for it! 

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And it’s funny because, in the 1985 Sears Wishbook, it was priced at 22.99! So I got a discount!

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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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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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Buy a Weekend Ticket: retrocons.com/purchase-retro-con-tickets/

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Growing up G1… Just Getting Started!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Buy a Weekend Ticket: retrocons.com/purchase-retro-con-tickets/

CONTACT US Email: screamers@retroscreamers.com

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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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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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