Retroist Fast Food Memories Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Fast Food Memories Podcast. This week I am joined by a large crew of folks who are here to share their memories about fast food. I hope you enjoy the show and that it triggers some positive memories about your favorite fast food restaurant or experience. I have a lot of people to thank for being in this episode, so let’s get to it.

Thanks to metagirl who is back on the show after some time away. If you have feedback for metagirl, you can email her at Rick Reynolds is an avid Intellivision fan and you can find out more about him and his passion at You can find Chris posts on the Retroist as drquest. You can follow him on twitter under the same name, drquest. Vinvectrex is a regular on the blog and podcast and you can find him on the site by searching his name, Vinvectrex. Thanks to Lo-Fi musician and original Vlogger, Weird Paul for his segment. Do yourself a favor and check out his wonderful videos from the 1980s at his YouTube channel and learn all about him at his website, Eric LeFeber is new to the podcast, he has his own Custom Action Figures Art Blog called Insidious Customs that you should check out.

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Vic Sage is an editor here on the Retroist, so you can find him dishing up stuff almost daily. In addition to the he is regular on the podcast and also contributes to on of Doug McCoy’s podcast’s or… McCoycasts. CT is from the Nerd Lunch blog and podcast and you can find out more about him and his high quality podcast at ( I have been on 2x!). You can find the prolific Rob O’Hara on the Retroist and the Retroist podcast. He also has his own podcasts, You Don’t Know Flack, which you can find at and throwback reviews at Finally thanks to Tom Berges for his great story, you can find Tom online at


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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Weird Paul

    I got that Star Trek wrist band in a happy meal, too. I still have it – but it’s broken in half and all the stickers are missing.

  2. The Retroist

    So you would have not abandoned the heartfelt gift the way Tom’s friend did?

  3. Weird Paul

    No way! But it probably would have ended up in the same condition as the one I have!

  4. plcary

    An entertaining episode! Listened to it on the way to work this morning and almost ran off the road laughing at VicSage’s fast food memory! I won’t spoil it for those of you who have not listened but it was very funny. I remember what a treat it was to go to McDonalds as a kid. Had to drive 90 minutes with my aunt and uncle to the nearest one so it was a big deal. Got a pair of hamsters at a pet shop on one trip and they chewed out of their box on the ride home. I quickly transferred them into my Big Mac container and named them “Big” and “Mac”.

  5. VicSage

    Glad you enjoyed the memory, Plcary! They tore down that McDonald’s a couple of years back…some say it was because of the incident. Loved your story as well about Big and Mac, my friend. 🙂

  6. VintageVolts

    Hmmm… seems I was too late in getting my entry ready for submission. Maybe I misread the original timeline. I was under the impression that it was going to be more toward mid-September release. I was preparing to record this Labor Day weekend.

  7. robotspjs

    I’m glad you made this podcast. I eat fast food in moderation. I think part of the reason why McDonald’s is so big is because it conjures up some nostalgic feelings.

    In fact, I remember eating my first BicMac. It was a milestone for me me. My aunt and uncle took me and their kids to the circus. For dinner we went to McDonalds and I wanted a Big Mac. My aunt looked at me like I was a crazy person, there was no way I would be able to eat such a large hamburger (I was a little kid). Well, I ate it. And people were suitably impressed. I feel like I grew up a little more that day.

  8. The Retroist

    A great memory. I remember my first “big boy” fast food burger. It was a whopper that we got with a 2 for 1 coupon. I did not think I could do it, but I gobbled it down quicker than anyone else at the table. It is strange, but just like at your experience, everyone was really impressed.

  9. Dar

    Really great episode, ans glad to have been intriducd to some of these other people.

    There is nothing in the world better than eating some re-heated McDonald’s in the middle of the night while watching late-night tv.

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