TechnoRetro Dads: A Bear, Some Books, & Summer Break

by TechnoRetro Dads

Technical difficulties continue to plague TechnoRetro Dads this week, but Chris Salton’s Teddy Ruxpin covered the co-host spot by reading Pete’s Dragon while JediShua reads along with The Star Wars Story from 1977.

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Who is your favorite reader of audio books?  Jim Dale?  We like him…a lot!  In fact, he played Terminus in Pete’s Dragon.  Sam Witwer?  He’s good too, but he has only read one full audio book — Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons — we want more!  What about someone who read books to you when you were younger?  In the ’80s and maybe even the ’90s? Nope, not Mom or Dad… Teddy Ruxpin!  He was everywhere reading to kids in their homes long before was even conceived.  A talking “teddy bear”.  What a novel idea!

Well, since JediShua’s computer has been a bit on the fritz lately, shazbazzar enlisted a guest co-host for the Lazy Book Club segment.  In fact, he’s the busiest member of the Lazy Book Club, because he always has to do the reading for other members.  Enter: Teddy Ruxpin, the bane of Brews & Blasters’ existence — a cuddly sweet Teddy from the ’80s that talks to you…as long as his gears are working well and batteries hold out.  Teddy Ruxpin reads a children’s story book from Pete’s Dragon called The Best of Friends.

PLUS: In the Star Wars Scrapbook, shazbazzar added his most recent collectible to his scrapbook with a recording of shazzyLuke’s 8th Grade Spring Concert while JediShua reads along with the Star Wars Read Along Book & Record.

If you like this brief glimpse into the magic of audio books, why not try out one for free through our magical podcast link:  You can get a free audio book to keep and a free one-month trial period to check out the site (which includes loads of other free features, by the way).  Then, if you choose to keep it, do nothing and your membership continues each month as you gain credits to use on books you would be buying anyway.  If you don’t want to continue your membership, simply cancel, keep your book, and you can still be friends with us and  We’re cool that way.

This week we even retro’d TechnoRetro Dads with an idea introduced three years ago this week on the show.  With Summer Vacation just around the corner, we want to hear what games our EarBuds played when they were kids and games they’re playing today.  Let us know!  With summer knocking at the door, TechnoRetro Dads are getting ready to let the sunshine in with loads of fun from the past, mountains of hope for the future, and plenty of laughs in the present.  You can be a part of TechnoRetro Dads by leaving a message at (209)TR-TRDAD or with an MP3 sent via electronic-M to

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About TechnoRetro Dads

Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the 70s and 80s as they share the fun and fandom of their youth with their families and friends. Topics include TV, film, music, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars and TRON. TechnoRetro Dads are a blend of new and old as stories are passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is for you!

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