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The Weekly Links: Pee-Wee's Funbook, Bon Jovi Re-Enters Charts, Voltron Turning 30

Happy Almost Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys a great meal with family and don't forget to be nice to your fellow nutjobs during the wee hours of Black Friday morn. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and since I'm in the giving spirit, here are a smorgasbord of links from this past week. Dig in!

Pee-wee Herman Funbook, An ‘Old School’ Interactive Book Filled With Stickers, Tattoos, & More - Laughing Squid
 - This book is definitely a trip back to my childhood. Sticker books were at their peak in the '80s (along with Pee-Wee's Playhouse) so this "funbook" is a match made in retro heaven.

He-Man and She-Ra Confuse Pat Sajak in the 1985 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - UnderScoopFire!
 - I love the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and this is an awesome snipit from 1985 when Masters of the Universe was on top of the cartoon world.

14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Dirty Dancing" - Buzzfeed
 - I knew exactly two of these facts, both about Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" song. Had no idea Val Kilmer was offered the role of Johnny.

Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On a Prayer' Re-Enters Hot 100 Due to Viral Revival - Billboard
 - That's right, due mainly in part to the viral video above, Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #15 last week!! I LOVE THE INTERNET!!

10 Movies That Prove Children’s Cinema Was Scarier in the ’80s - Flavorwire
 - I defintely buy that. Between Spike from Gremlins and the wolf from Neverending Story, I had plenty of nightmares.

Flashback: Ten 80s Classics you might not have known were covers - Metro Weekly
 - I can honestly say I knew half of these. "Bette Davis Eyes" suprised me 'cause it was a massive hit in 1981 (I think.)

'80s Hair That Is So Bad It's Good - Huff Post
 - Yes, some '80s hair was bad, but I think some of these in this list were more "big" than "bad."

The 11 Most Important Playsets Of The ’80s - BuzzFeed
 - This should have been designated as "girl" playsets, because leaving out the U.S.S. Flagg or Castle Greyskull would be a travesty.

23 Signs You Might Be Blanche Devereaux From "The Golden Girls" - BuzzFeed
 - If you ever thought you were the "cougar of the '80s," here are your warning signs.

The 30th Anniversary Voltron is the Defender Of Childhood Nostalgia - Gizmodo
 - You can now pre-order a special edition Voltron for the 30th anniversary. Comes with stand, lights, sound effects and...HOLY CRAP I want this! 

Back to the 80s: Interview with songwriter/composer Steve Dorff - Kickin' it Old School
 - Tim interviews the writer of The Growing Pains theme "As Long As We Got Each Other" and the themes for Spencer: For Hire and My Sister Sam among many others.

23 Reasons "Planes, Trains And Automobiles" Is The Best Thanksgiving Movie Ever - BuzzFeed
 - Had to end on a Thanksgiving note and this is probably the movie most associated with the holiday. I could probably come up with 23 more on top of this list. I'll leave you with the ending which is the best part...

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Jason! One thing I know I am thankful for is RD80s.

    1. Oh man, thanks! Feeling is definitely mutual. Happy Thanksgiving to you!


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