A Nerdy Chat About Game Shows

I recently had the pleasure of once again filling the fourth chair as I joined the Nerd Lunch crew for a chat about game shows.


In addition to our discussion of our favorite game shows and an intense round of Nerd Jeopardy, my cool crush on J.D. Roth was revealed yet again. Just a few days later, as I thumbed through an old issue of Teen Beat that I recently picked up, I was face to face with epitome of cool himself.


Thanks, as always, to the Nerd Lunch guys for allowing me to annoy their listeners. Check out Podcast 118 of Nerd Lunch for more!

Teen Beat: October 1986

In February of 2012, I embraced my past and revealed to the world that, yes, I once had a subscription to Teen Beat magazine. After spending many childhood hours flipping through my magazines, I've started picking up copies now and then when I see them on eBay for a reasonable price. Not too long ago, I picked up three more. Let's take a look at a few of the highlights from the first of those three -- this one from October 1986.


Before the days of DVD, Blu-Ray, and even the rack of VHS tapes at the store, a person couldn't just rush out and buy a copy of their favorite movie -- not at a decent price, at least. Options were limited to constantly renting the movie, maybe even hooking two VCRs together to dub your own copy, or dropping a ridiculous amount of cash for a personal copy of the film. For five lucky fans of Back to the Future, Teen Beat came to the rescue in 1986 with this "Foxy Giveaway."


Send a simple postcard and you were entered to win your very own copy of Back to the Future -- valued at $79.95! Yes, $79.95. I bought a copy at a garage sale last spring for a quarter.

Long before he was Michael Bluth, but not long after he was Derek Taylor, Jason Bateman was David Hogan. The popularity of the Hogan Family (aka Valerie's Family aka Valerie) left many young fans wondering one thing (according to Teen Beat, at least) -- what if Jason Bateman called me on the phone? Teen Beat provides the answer.


I love the caption connected with the color pin-up: "Here's how Jason would look chatting with you on the phone." There is no contest where the winner gets a personal call from Jason Bateman. But if you're curious, that's how he might look. Talking on the phone. Cuddling with an apple.

I once discussed my love for the New Monkees -- the mid-80s attempt to recreate a modern version of the original band from the 60s. Here in the news bits, we find that Columbia has plans in 1986 to "launch a nationwide talent search for four new moptops for a syndicated television show that'll get underway in 1987."


It would only be a matter of months before Larry, Dino, Marty, and Jared would taket he world by storm.
It was 1986 and one of the biggest events of the year was Hands Across America -- a May event intended to raise awareness of and benefit hunger. The idea was to have a chain of people stretched across the country holding hands -- hence, the name Hands Across America. Teen Beat shows us that this even was not just limited to the common man.


Now pardon me while I put on my Hands Across America button and listen to this song.


Everyone knows Take on Me by a-Ha -- probably one of the most popular songs to come from the 80s. In this issue of Teen Beat, the guys from a-Ha talk about each other's better qualities. Morten talks Pal and Mags. Pal talks Morten and Mags. Mags talks Pal and Morten.


This immediately reminded me of something else I had seen recently from another group of guys doing the same thing.


Yeah. That's from a One Direction CD that I may or may not have purchased a few weeks ago.

Um. I bought it for my kids.

Yeah! It's for my kids!

How about letters to Teen Beat from young readers? Specifically the one from Tammy who thought that Blair Underwood was Russell Simmons.


Krush Groove, folks. If you've never seen it, please fix this as soon as possible.
Last but not least is a pin-up of the Karate Kid and some guy with a beard. At least, that's how I saw this picture in 1986.


Today, of course, I recognize the face and name of Robert DeNiro who starred with Ralph Macchio in Cuba and His Teddy.

There's more Teen Beat goodness yet to come, but if you'd like to go back and revisit the issues I've previously covered, check out the links below.

Scientific Super Bowl XLVIII Predictions

I know approximately 822 people named Matt. Today, with Super Bowl XLVIII just hours away, one of these Matts and I took a few minutes from our afternoon to scientifically predict the outcome of today's big game.

Matt is a Packers fan and I am an Eagles fan so neither of us has any specific allegiance to the teams playing in today's game. We played a single round of Rock-Paper-Scissors and the winner picked which team he would represent -- the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks.

For the record, Matt won and chose the Broncos.

Round 1. Names in a hat.

Two pieces of paper were placed into a hat -- one for each team. One paper was drawn to reveal the predicted winner.


My wife pulled a paper from the hat predicting that Denver will win the Super Bowl.


Round 2. Electric football.

Plastic players representing each team were arranged on the field of my mid-80s electric football game (purchased on clearance at Wal-Mart for 8 dollars when I was a kid). I've often thought about getting rid of this game as it's large and not easy to store; however, the Super Bowl must be predicted accurately so year after year, it stays.


Since players just move randomly around the field when the game is turned on, the first player from either team to enter the correct end zone was declared the winner. Seattle was red. Denver was yellow.


Electric football predicted Denver will win.

Round 3. NES Tecmo Super Bowl.

A more accurate prediction of the big game could not come from any other method besides a four-quarter game of Tecmo Super Bowl.


After a solid fourth quarter effort by Denver that came up just short, Seattle won this contest.


So there you have it folks, the tests don't lie. Two of the three scientific predictors indicated that Denver will win this year's Super Bowl. Place your bets now that you have been properly informed.

Oh. And this guy will be the MVP.


Omaha.