Category Archives: Retro

A look back at the outdated styles, trends, people and kitch that defined past generations. Think “Fat Laces” and pinning your pants.

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

 

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

I remember watching this live in my 4th grade class. I recall the teacher quickly shutting off the TV as she started to cry. I knew a teacher named Christa McAuliffe was on board – the first civilian in to go to space in fact. We had drawn pictures of her and space shuttles that day in class. 

Challenger Crew

Challenger Crew Courtesy of NASA

Books about the Space Shuttle Challenger and NASA can be found here.

100 Years Ago Today

Look at the difference time makes. I wonder what it will be like 100 years from today? Click for larger view.

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Remember Y2K

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Did this really happen?

At the Canucks Fan Zone, blogger Derek Jory asks the questionwhether the following photo, ostensibly from 1984, is real:

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It’s a pre-game faceoff between Stan Smyl and Mario Lemieux, with Michael Jackson  doing the honors. Jory asserts that there is actually a confluence:

The Canucks hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pacific Coliseum on November 16, 1984 and beat them 7-6.
Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour stopped in Vancouver to play three shows on November 16, 17 & 18 at BC Place.

It’s possible this is the correct date. 1984 was Lemieux’s first season in the NHL, and (there is no C on his sweater) was not yet captain of the Penguins.

On the contradicting side, Jory also points out that there’s “no red carpet” as there is in this photo. However, if you look behind Michael Jackson, you’ll notice the penalty box. The red carpet typically extends from the players’ benches for these sorts of things, since the penalty boxes and scorekeeper’s bench do not have exits, and those benches are clearly behind the photographer. Furthermore, the photog is clearly standing on the ice, and for safety reasons would only be standing on carpet himself… so just because you don’t see the carpet doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Resposted from ianbell.com

The real answer is that it was a look-alike. See this story here.

Brit

britney spears

Britney Spears

NEEEERDS!!!!

Loved this movie.

2 Things From My Grade School Kids Today Will Never Know

When the teacher rolled on of these beasts in the room, you knew it was going to be a good day.

movie day at school

All fun and games until someone uses a permanent marker on the transparency sheets.

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Retro Henry Rollins

Retro Henry Rollins

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Retro Liv Tyler

Retro Liv Tyler

Cage and Depp

Cage and Depp

Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp from back in the day. Looking douchey.