Thursday, October 31 2013 00:01

31 Days of Halloween: Throwback Thursday - HALLOWEEN 1983 #tbt

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Here we are... Day 31 of 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father - Halloween Day! There's a lot of "threes" involved in this one, with Halloween falling on the date of my third-ever Throwback Thursday since picking up that torch earlier this month. For the Grand Finale of 2013, I'm spinning things back three decades, to this exact date 30 years ago. October 31, 1983. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI had just been released the previous May, the third film in what would later become known as the original STAR WARS TRILOGY. It was that Halloween that I would first don my Ben Cooper Darth Vader Halloween Costume, taking to the streets as Lord Vader... wielding a green, Luke Skywalker lightsaber. Not film-accurate, but I worked with what I had.


Pictured: Left-to-Right - Neighbors Lesley and Frankie, my sister, Mandy as Strawberry Shortcake, and a pre-Rock Father me as Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!

That Vader costume would serve me well... eventually being worn for a few different Halloween events over the course of a couple of years. The cape would at one time get ripped by some little a-hole in our school gymnasium, the same little a-hole that would end up moving in across the street from us and become my friend, Jeff. It's interesting to think that in 1983 I was there... in 1993 I was there... and in 2013 I'm sitting here at Rock Father HQ raising two awesome little girls, both of whom are sleeping as I type this blog entry. Actually... since we're going by "threes," there's one decade missing... 2003. What was I doing on October 31, 2003? If you must know, this...

The Rock Father - Halloween 2003

I still have (and wear) that GI JOE jersey regularly. Difference is, I can't button it anymore since I've gained more that a few pounds. I need to fix that. Accenting the "costume" above is a long-sleeve CLUTCH shirt, and a BUCKETHEAD-style KFC bucket, complete with FUNERAL sticker. Who knew that six years after taking that photo, I'd become a Dad? Certainly not this guy.

Happy Halloween!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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