The Kwicky Koala Show

April 21, 2014

One of the cons of writing books is that you never fully accomplish what you wanted to accomplish.  I never do, anyway.  I wanted TV In My Time to mention every single TV show I could remember watching as a kid.  Until today, I thought it did.  And then I started humming this:

Though I don’t have very strong memories of Kwicky Koala (I can’t remember on which channel or at which time I watched him), I do remember his power (being able to move so fast that he literally disappeared only to reappear somewhere else) and his theme song.  If fact, his theme is possibly the one cartoon theme I remember more than any other.  I’ve been singing it for years.  I also think about Kwicky anytime I hear the term eucalyptus as I was introduced to that plant via that show.  I have slight memories of Krazy Klaws as well, but I don’t remember any of the other characters on the show.  Overall, I’m not sure how big a success Kwicky Koala was, but I’ve never forgotten him.  Sure, I forgot to put him in the book.  But I’ve never forgotten him completely.  And that should count for something!

If you like this post, you will want to check out my book TV In My Time. It is full of more of my memories about 80s television. You can get it at Amazon.com, Smashwords, and most other ebook retailers. Please give it a look!


Atari 2600 Manuals and Nintendo Club Magazines on Scribd

April 19, 2014

As a Smashwords contributor, I was recently given a free subscription to Scribd. I found a way to sideload the Scribd app on my Kindle and immediately searched for Atari and Nintendo stuff. I was very happy with what I found. There were several collections of Atari 2600 Manuals and several issues of both Nintendo Club and Nintendo Power magazine.



Access to these manuals and magazines is just more of my portable nostalgia. It is bits of my childhood that I can check out and spend a few minutes with anytime I want. If you ate similarly looking for portable nostalgia, I suggest you get the Scribd app and look around. Also, my books ANESthetized and Arcadian are there. Apparently you can get them there for free. If you do, please give me a good review at Amazon.com!


The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins

March 26, 2014

So all you know about Gary Coleman is Diff’rent Strokes and “What you talking about, Willis”? That’s too bad, because at the height of his Diff’rent Strokes fame, Coleman starred in several TV movies. These included The Kid From Left Field, The Kid With The Broken Halo, The Kid With The 200 I.Q., and, my favorite, The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins.


D.C. Collins was a 1984 TV movie which starred Coleman as a kid with a hyperactive imagination. As he goes through daily life, he encounters things that spark this imagination. The end result is a bunch of bits in which Coleman steps into the shows of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, a M*A*S*H doctor, and several others.

My clearest memory of this film is when Coleman, near the climax, has to work his way down a fire escape ladder. As he does so, he starts to imagine, then tells himself something to the effect of, “Sorry Spider-Man, it will have to wait.” I thought that was hilarious, but I also felt cheated out of whatever Spider-Man segment he could imagine.

If you like this post, you will want to check out my book TV In My Time. It is full of more of my memories about 80s television. You can get it at Amazon.com, Smashwords, and most other ebook retailers. Please give it a look!


TV In My Time is out!

March 24, 2014

My new book, TV In My Time, is now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords. Christopher Tupa once again did the excellent cover. Please give it a look and leave it a good review!



Game Pro TV

February 18, 2014

I’m finalizing my latest book, TV In My Time. It is about all the TV I watched in the 80s. As I was finalizing it, I remembered a show that times into my video game books: Game Pro TV.

Actually a show from the early 90s, Game Pro TV featured J.D. Roth (who would appear in a host of other youth-oriented shows) and Bren-nan (a Bill and Ted clone) talking about video games. The only clear memories of this show is a preview of Act Raiser for SNES and a clip that ran that was submitted by a viewer. This viewed explained that if you left one creature alive on any board of The Legend Of Zelda, the creatures would not be respawned. So if you left one creature on each board, you would easily be able to navigate Hyrule. I thought it was a lame tip, especially considering that The Legend of Zelda was an old game by that time. Still, I liked the show and am glad I remembered it.


Seaquest for Android

February 12, 2014

Activision’s Seaquest was one of my favorite Atari 2600 games. Activision games were always great, and I thought Seaquest was one of their greatest. I played it excessively. I even got a high enough score to get the mail-in patch (though, to my eternal regret, I never mailed-in for it).

Seaquest is featured on the Android Activision app from Google Play, but even after sideloading that on my Kindle Fire HD, I couldn’t get it to function. Fortunately, there is another way to play Seaquest on the Kindle. There is a Seaquest app on the Kindle store.
This app does not look like an official release, which makes me worry for its future a little bit, and it doesn’t come as part of a collection of games like the Google Play offering did. But it looks like it is a fairly faithful reproduction of the original (though it does have some additional navigation buttons).

Besides this version of Seaquest, there is another app called Seaquest. It looks a lot different, with a scrolling screen and updated graphics. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be a remake of the original, but it looks like it plays the same.

If you’d like to get the reproduction Seaquest, you can find it here for $1.99. You can get the updated version here.



February 10, 2014

I’m reading AtariInc: Business Is Fun. I haven’t finished it yet, but I came across this great prototype of a VCS that was produced by Atari shell company Kee games. It looks a lot better than the Woody to me! Screenshot_2014-02-09-21-14-26


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