TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley You Can’t Be Evel Knievel

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TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop eating cereal. 40 years ago one of the funniest movies of all time was unleashed. Airplane! flew over Macho Grande and into our funny bones. We stay a mile high as we look back at memorable airplane video games and Evel Knievel teaches us new ways to land.

Look! Up in the sky! Airplanes, video games, and Evel Knievel!

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Let’s All Go to the Movies – Airplane!

In 1980, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker spoofed the forgettable movie Zero Hour! to create the comedy classic Airplane! It starred Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, plus a collection of classically serious actors like Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, and of course Leslie Nielsen. We look back at the quotes, the jokes, and all the fun that inspired a whole new genre of comedy.

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

TechnoRetro Arcade – Airplane games

 How many airplane video games do you remember? We start in the early days of gaming all the way back in 1970 with the first flying game ever, Jet Rocket. As the years went on, we saw graphics change but our joy of flying never dwindled. As long as we dream of soaring, they’ll keep simulating it.

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

Jet Rocket was the first video game featuring airplanes way back in 1970

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

Did you play as the bomber or the 3 scorpions?

Toys in the Attic – Evel Knievel

If you’re like us, you probably used your bikes for some pretty crazy stunts when you were little. You may have been inspired by the motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel. We look at his life and the cool toys that he inspired. Don’t try this at home, kids!

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

Sweet Threads dude!

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

Evel was an expert “crash-man”

TechnoRetro Dads: Shirley you can’t be Evel Knievel

The Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle toy let you crash without the pesky broken pelvis and concussion.


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Join Jovial Jay and JediShua each week for a look back at the ’70s and ’80s as they share the fun and also fandom of their youth with their families, friends, and EarBuds. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s like Atari, Nintendo, Sega, and arcade games as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, especially Star Wars, Tron, and Back to the Future. The TechnoRetro Dads create new stories as old legends are passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just appreciate the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is definitely for you!

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