TechnoRetro Dads’ Thanksgiving: Turkeys, Trains, and Television

by TechnoRetro Dads

Whether your Thanksgiving requires travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or you’re content to stay at home watching television for a few Happy Days, remember to enjoy the weekend.

JediShua and shazbazzar kick off Thanksgiving Week in hopes that this year will be your best Thanksgiving ever!

Thanksgiving is a time to remember and confess the things for which we are thankful, and thankfully, you’re still listening to TechnoRetro Dads even after this past Saturday’s Holiday Special!  Thanks for tuning in, EarBuds!  There’s enough in this episode for a full meal with leftovers to boot.

In the NEWS

It’s Thanksgiving week, so don’t forget to defrost that turkey NOW!  Laika discovers the Missing Link in an upcoming film (Hunter, one of JediShua’s former students, worked on this movie).  Fettmatic on Discord spotted the animated Dungeons & Dragons characters in maquette form through Iron Studios.  Jim Henson’s Christmas specials (Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock) are coming to theaters in December.

We Love Our Cereal…

…even if the Golden Girls cereals are never gold.  Funko announces more colors for their very popular offering coming soon.  The Roving Spoonster (Shane in GR) has more bowls of cereal news this week, too!

  • Weet-Bix turns 90
  • Mr. Kellogg’s home is for sale in Tampa.
  • Sour Patch Kids Cereal is real.

TechnoRetro Arcade

Hunters and gamers could find common ground on Thanksgiving in 1984 with Nintendo’s release of Duck Hunt in arcades and at home.  An effective light-sensing zapper allows players to shoot digital ducks and pixelated clay pigeons on CRT monitors in a fun (and sometimes frustrating) game that everyone can play.  However, the dog can be a jerk.

Thanksgiving Television

From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning to the holiday specials (nope, not that Holiday Special — see last Saturday for that one), while Gramma works in the kitchen, the kids and dads watch TV with traditional programming that marks the fourth Thursday in November.  Dallas and Detroit are sure to play and Bugs plays “Diet Doctor” in a Looney Tunes special.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, but when you’re out-of-town trying to get home to be with your loved ones and transportation problems threaten your relaxing holiday, you may have to team up with a stranger to make everything work out.  Steve Martin and John Candy star in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, a John Hughes film.  Everyone has met “that guy” — just a common, ordinary guy who doesn’t seem to have everything figured out as much as he thinks he does.  He means well and has a positive attitude, but his optimism doesn’t always work out.  Settle down for raucous laughter with family and friends for a gut-busting good time this weekend with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Thanksgiving

Thanks for tuning in to TechnoRetro Dads, EarBuds!  Be sure to subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts.  Don’t forget to rate and review TechnoRetro Dads on iTunes, share us and with us on social media, vote in the EarBuds Christmas bracket, get TechnoRetro merch at TeePublic, and join discussions on Discord about toys, cereal, games, movies and/or shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s by giving the ‘Dads your feedback via voice mail at (209) 878-7323 or sending us your mp3dback via electronic-M to

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Join shazbazzar 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 as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars, TRON, and (of course) Dungeons & Dragons. TechnoRetro Dads creates 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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