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Generation X. If you grew up in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, you know just how cool it was to be a kid back then. We had the greatest music, movies, games, technology, and pop culture of any generation, and though we've grown older, we have refused to outgrow our love of everything GenX. GenXGrownUp looks at yesterday and today through the eyes of Generation X'ers who have refused to grow up!

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    • 4.8 • 80 Ratings

Generation X. If you grew up in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, you know just how cool it was to be a kid back then. We had the greatest music, movies, games, technology, and pop culture of any generation, and though we've grown older, we have refused to outgrow our love of everything GenX. GenXGrownUp looks at yesterday and today through the eyes of Generation X'ers who have refused to grow up!

    TV Game Shows

    TV Game Shows

    Before the days of media streaming & binging, we were often glued to our sets to watch contestants compete for cash and prizes! From quizzes, to puzzles, to trivia and more, game shows both entertain and allow us to play along at home. So, hands on your buzzers: it’s time to look back at some of our favorite GenX-era TV game shows!
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    Show Notes

    Game Shows – Pioneers of Television » to.pbs.org/49ES1Qa


    10 of the Oldest Game Shows in America » bit.ly/3UO0SLb


    From ‘Jeopardy’ to ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Archive Will Preserve Game Show History » bit.ly/42OiQzd


    12 Longest Running Game Shows In Television History » bit.ly/3T3KuoD


    14 Best TV Game Shows of All Time » bit.ly/3UKvwF9


    The Rigged Quiz Shows That Gave Birth to ‘Jeopardy!’ » bit.ly/4bLByeJ


    Museum to Create a National Archives of Game Show History » nyti.ms/48moj1f


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Beekeeper, Shower Power, & qomp2

    Beekeeper, Shower Power, & qomp2

    We head to the movies to see Jason Statham’s latest film where he’s a one-man vengeance machine, check out some innovative and entertaining tech designed to be used in the shower, and play a brand new game that evolves the classic, Pong, into a methodical action adventure!
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    The Beekeeper » youtu.be/SzINZZ6iqxY?si=lAvaI0dah4A8r-7i


    Who Let the Dogs Out? » www.imdb.com/title/tt9617782/


    American Fiction » youtu.be/i0MbLCpYJPA?si=Qj8nz3TeBw1ARJz0


    TCL 55″ Class S Class 4K UHD HDR LED Smart TV with Google TV » amz.run/8cc7 (affiliated)

    Ampere Shower Power » ampere.shop/products/shower-power-the-hydropower-shower-speaker?variant=35012412539014


    Atari Gamestation Pro Community Firmware » youtu.be/eOJjCMKuK0Y


    SNL Dune Popcorn Tin Skit » youtu.be/Rl_Xhvgkxrk?si=-XKWXygwwP01-_Zf


    Left 4 Dead » store.steampowered.com/app/500/Left_4_Dead/


    qomp2 » atari.com/products/qomp2


    Watch Jon’s Live Stream of qomp2 » youtube.com/live/MqFewzmGAfI


    The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live » youtu.be/vn1iu73g6Zs?si=xXMcPR2UfLzCO60u


    THE400 Mini » atari.com/products/atari-400-mini-1


    Dune 2 » youtu.be/VC7-OcFvVEw?si=IqHtSaEeoSv_F4Wv


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    REWIND: Radio Shack

    REWIND: Radio Shack

    “Breaker, breaker 1-9, I just eyeballed a bear trap with a bunch of Evel Knievels about 10 miles past the coop. So if you don’t want a bear bite back it down.”
    Huh?
    That was just some CB talk in honor of this week’s Backtrack Topic all about Radio Shack! Any GenX’er who was into anything electronic will have a story about visiting a Radio Shack. They were the place to go when you needed a hard to find part or when you wanted to speak with some knowledgeable people about CB radios, computers or anything that used electricity. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep up with the times and made some bad turns that led to a few bankruptcies and its eventual downfall.
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    Show Notes

    A brief history » bit.ly/2y697Go


    Archive of Radio Shack Catalogs » www.radioshackcatalogs.com/history.html


    Realistic brand products on Amazon » amzn.to/2xRa1aJ


    The Tandy Leather Company » en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_Leather_Factory


    The TRS-80 » oldcomputers.net/trs80iii.html


    CB Radio History » www.mortaljourney.com/2010/10/1970-trends/cb-radio


    CB Radio slang » www.wearecb.com/cb-radio-lingo.html


    A History of Misses » nyti.ms/2P35KY2


    The Hobby Town partnership » bit.ly/2uMN0TK


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    • 47 min
    REWIND: Long Car Rides

    REWIND: Long Car Rides

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How many times have we spoken those words to our parents on those long car trips? How in the world did we survive those trips without DVD players, phones and Game Boys? Well, in this episode we look at the things that helped keep our parents from killing us. Stop touching me!
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    Rumble seats remembered! » goo.gl/kkUFM7


    Car games » goo.gl/iwqjwn


    More car games » goo.gl/vf4x4R


    Forced perspective car photography » goo.gl/wAfEie


    Water toys on Amazon » amzn.to/2n1T2wL


    Toy army men on Amazon » amzn.to/2n0TZ8I


    MadLibs » www.madlibs.com


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    Invisible ink Yes and Know books on Amazon » amzn.to/2mYAmOz


    Merlin TV Commercial » goo.gl/kUMgGE


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    • 27 min
    GenX Required Reading in School

    GenX Required Reading in School

    We likely all remember that moment in school when our English teacher passed out that first novel to the class. Whether you reacted with joy or terror, assigned material no doubt had an impact on your attitude and enjoyment of reading. So, in this Backtrack, we’re remembering and discussing the shared GenX experience of required reading in school.
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    Show Notes

    Quora What books did GenX read when they were teens? » bit.ly/3ScYFWQ


    reddit r/AskOldPeople » bit.ly/3vKz9AL


    20 Indispensable High School Reads » edut.to/4baEOju


    17 Required reading we ended up loving » bit.ly/4b7zBZS


    50 Classics From (almost) Everyone’s High School Reading List » bit.ly/493XNdT


    80s and 90s Middle Grade Books » bit.ly/3SdAqrg


    Retro 80s Flashback: 14 Books I Read As A Middle-Grader and Their Modern-Day Equivalents » bit.ly/3UdVdh8


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ted, eXoDOS 6, & Steam Link

    Ted, eXoDOS 6, & Steam Link

    We find out if Seth Macfarlane’s teddy bear films have enough stuffing to fill out a tv series, take a legendary arcade classic on-the-go with a new handheld gadget, and revisit the world of Portal with a new mod that breathes fresh life into Aperture Labs!
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    Show Notes

    The Brothers Sun » youtu.be/oU8f8QrUCOM?si=11yIERK7r7hqMyEm


    ted » youtu.be/aq2Vt7OvQG0?si=Ev4cKQbWXx8TrESw


    Next Goal Wins » youtu.be/pRH5u5lpArQ?si=R-pSVf3CGkc5977J


    My Arcade Galaga Pocket Player Pro » amz.run/7jUg (affiliated)

    eXoDOS 6 » www.retro-exo.com/exodos.html


    Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown » www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/prince-of-persia/the-lost-crown


    Steam Link » store.steampowered.com/app/353380/Steam_Link/


    Portal Revolution » www.portalrevolution.com/


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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Wahhhhh. ,

Rad!

Great podcast, great content. Totally scratches the 80s nostalgia itch while mixing in related content if today. These guys really dig what they do, and it shows. These guys rock! 🤘🏻

AlpacaLips ,

Heavy on laughter, light on humor.

Right out of the gate: This is not a glowing podcast review, but please check out Jon’s great GenXGrownUp YouTube channel if you’re interested in 80s video games and tech toys.

The podcast on the other hand… Great subject matter, decent insights sometimes, extremely well produced. I especially appreciate the consistently panned mic audio, which helps differentiate the three speakers based on their placement within the stereo sound stage. The high production values are likely owed to Jon’s experience in broadcast TV production. Unfortunately that experience is also evident in the constant schmoozy banter, which sounds like it’s straight out of a local TV morning news/variety show. The amount of laughter far exceeds the amount of humor. I can’t tell if they’re acting badly or drinking well, but either way, after listening to dozens of episodes (new and old) I’m tired of it.

ThaExO ,

GenXgrownup! Great content wherever you consume

These gents have a real love for the source material, mostly because they’re a part of the living history being captured right here on Apple Podcasts (Et. AL) I truly believe these fellas have the deepest respect for what they do, and I’m proud to call myself a Gen X Grown up. And your dinner can be French fries, if you add the meal stuff on top! It’s called loaded fries!

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