The 80s Weekly - Issue 44
A Goodbye to Pee-Wee Herman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 Details, 'Shout at the Devil' 40th Anniversary, and a Dark Crystal Giveaway
The 80s Weekly is your source for the latest news, nostalgic headlines, and giveaways related to 1980s pop culture.
Editor’s Note: The big news this past week was the passing of Paul Reubens who many of us remember as Pee-Wee Herman. He decided to not let the public know that he was battling cancer. While it seems he robbed himself of his fans’ support, in a way, this was one last gift to remember him more as the host of the Saturday morning kids show.
I had a really weird experience when I heard the news. I was visiting another department in my office building and found the supervisor on his lunch break. He was watching Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday on his phone when I walked in his office. He asked me if I had seen it and indeed I had. He was chuckling at the part when Pee-Wee is at the diner making food. We exchanged our sentiments for Pee-Wee and I walked back to my office. About 10 minutes after this encounter, I see a message that Reubens had passed away. I texted my colleague immediately and told him that Pee-Wee had died. He couldn’t believe it and I told him to check the news. I walked back over later and we both marveled at the coincidence.
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and his movies (particularly Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) really had an impact on me as a kid. I remember renting Big Adventure often from the video store and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was typically the finale of my Saturday morning TV marathon. Pee-Wee was a fun-loving character that I think many of us wanted to be. Yet, with all the gadgets and fun at his fingertips, he never seemed like a person that wouldn’t be your best friend. So, for all the entertainment and laughs over the years I thank you, Mr. Reubens.
The Giveaway for Issue 44 features a great prize that has not quite been released yet! I had the opportunity this past week to review the brand new The Dark Crystal Tarot Deck and Guidebook from Insight Editons. You can pre-order now on Amazon and is set to be released on Aug 22. In the meantime, I’m giving away my advance copy to one lucky subscriber. Watch my review below and click the button to get your entries in the contest.
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