Monkey’s Emporium, London’s Number One Fun Shop!

 

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Arriving in London, I did lots of research for that perfect store that would have retro goodies and collectibles! I found such a place at the Monkey’s Emporium in the Camden market palace! The owner was so sweet, and closed the store twice just so we could take pictures and make videos from London! He was also excited about Retro Con, yes even over in London, we talk about our amazing convention! [My friends Rhonna and Meg joined us in the fun, and in the Tardis, part of the appeal while shopping in this amazing store!]

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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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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/

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Being Different…Makes you Super!

I’m shifting from my Retro Goodies, to spotlight a special book today. It’s about a Little Owl Autism… The book shows us that it’s okay to be different, rather it’s a child that suffers from a hearing loss, needs a wheelchair, or is blind, everyone has a special ability that makes us Super! I for one was picked on as a kid, for having thick glasses. What you look like shouldn’t matter, and this amazing book proves it! It’s a must own!

Age wise… I’d say this book’s geared more towards kids 7 and up, you adults might enjoy it too though, as I have!

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Lil Bro, the owl who has Autism becomes a Super Hero and saves the day! Follow the book on Facebook, for more details and to buy the book, go to www.superowl.org!

The story and art for the book is by Lester Jones.

The Collaborator of the book is my friend Steven Dodd!

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

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