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Monday, December 23 2013 22:29

Watch - Christmas 1983: The 30th Anniversary Special Edition!

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The most retro-awesome Christmas video you'll see this year!

For Christmas 2013, this very special footage has been unearthed to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Christmas 1983. Yes, it's The 30th Anniversary Special Edition of a Christmas from the year that brought us A CHRISTMAS STORY, RETURN OF THE JEDI, CABBAGE PATCH KIDS, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, the CARE BEARS, MY LITTLE PONY, the video debut of MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER and THE A-TEAM. It was a highly influential year for children like myself... kids that are now parents.

My sister and I...For my sister and I (in my days long, long before becoming THE ROCK FATHER), it was a Christmas that brought us toys like STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE's BIG BERRY TROLLEY, the AT-AT from Kenner's STAR WARS line (based on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) and THE MILLENIUM FALCON. It's also the year that the ATARI 2600 made it's way under our tree. Check out this footage that was captured on silent, Super 8mm film (shot by my Dad) and transferred to VHS by yours truly in the late 1990s. It was recently converted to DVD by my sister, and now I've brought it into the YouTube generation, complete with a new soundtrack, and some not-so-fancy graphics.

On a sidenote, the house featured in this video (in Park Forest, Illinois) is now a dump (like most of that town), but that's a blog for another day, and oh yes... it's coming.

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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