Monday Memory-gasm – The 1984 TV Guide

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on April 29, 2013

in Memorygasms

Welcome to the first installment of a new feature, the Monday Memory-gasm.


On no morning of the week is a burst of brain-warming nostalgia needed more than Mondays, and we’ll have you covered.

The first Memorygasm™ comes from our new contributor 2W2N, who runs 2 Warps to Neptune. 2W2N came of age in the same era as us, in a “continual fog of cigarette smoke and fantasy”.

Raised in a time of “arcades, roller skating parties, Big Wheels, sandboxes, rope swings, fan clubs, an actual middle class, and telephones that could be used as murder weapons”, 2W2N’s site is a catalog of those times and those things, and we’re honored to be able to share some of them here.

And now, your Monday Memorygasm:

A 1984 TV Guide ad for the movie Calendar Girl Murders. The movie premiered on April 8, and starred Tom Skerritt and The Greatest American Hero’s Robert Culp. Alan Thicke is in this movie as well. Miss (we can only assume by the layout) October in the bottom right? That’s Sharon Stone.

Apparently that layout is deceiving. According to the Wiki page, it turns out Sharon Stone (you know- the actress who would become synonymous with sex 8 years later) played a photographer, not a calendar girl, which is kind of  like casting John Lithgow to play a ditzy neighbor.

Check out 2W2N’s entire post, highlighting more TV Guide ads for TV movies, like 1983’s The Demon Murder Case starring Andy Griffith and “possessed killer” Kevin Bacon.

Like 2 Warps to Neptune’s Facebook page for updates, and follow him on Twitter @2WarpstoNeptune (you could be the first)!


OldSchool80s April 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thanks for introducing me to this new blog! Seems right up my alley and will visit often.

Howard Decker April 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

Awesome! Yeah I’ve had a great time checking it out since stumbling upon it.

2 Warps to Neptune April 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

Awesome feature, Howie. I was just able to see it through Sharon Stone’s hair.

It took me almost a year to figure out Facebook. Who knows when I’ll get to Twitter. It might be quicker if I send updates via floppy disk. You all still have your Commodore 64s, right?

And thanks for the kind plug!

Howard Decker April 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

We only accept floppy disks as a form of transmitting documents and files. Please continue to send your contributions this way! *Goes back to playing Lemonade Stand on my Apple //c

handsybroad April 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Love this idea, looking forward to future editions! Checking out the Neptune blog now!

ClarenceRHM April 30, 2013 at 2:48 am

Thanks for sharing! My 1990s TV Guides aren’t as cool.

Count Marzo April 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Love this kinda stuff. Right up my #Nostalgiaholic alley. You got me wanting to buy old TV Guides now. I just gotta find some from the right years and the few areas where they’d generate the best flashbacks.

USF got me wanting to buy a 1985 Wishbook for my bathroom reading material stack too. lol

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

hah nice. If you pull the trigger on buying any of those Tweet some pics! (they don’t have to be bathroom action shots)

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