Friday, December 21, 2012

Old School Lane celebrates its 1 year anniversary

1 year ago today, two skeptical best friends wanted to talk about their favorite old and new movies, video games, TV shows, and everything else in between. They didn’t know how far they would go or if they would even get recognized. Nonetheless, they decided to try it anyway and the little blog Old School Lane was born.  It started off as a tiny blog on tumblr posting simple things like “The Top 5 Video Games that made a Comeback” and our first interview from Kevin talking about an upcoming movie project called The Collector. But then one post gave Patricia the assurance and confidence that she and Kevin were going to do great things: around New Year’s Eve in 2011, Patricia posted “The 10 Pee-wee Herman Moments of 2011” and it was garnered by a small group of fans. Even Paul Reubens himself liked it so much that he posted it on his Twitter and Facebook page with a big thanks. 4 months later, one of the people who worked for Reubens posted a reply to Patricia saying that he thought it was very thoughtful and that he was smiling while reading it. That boosted her confidence long enough to know that she wanted to continue blogging.

While Kevin was having struggles with getting his movie made, Patricia signed on the TGWTG forums in late January to bring out her work for more people. While the members enjoyed their First Impressions and Kevin’s Top 100 Animated Shows of All Time, it was a book review of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon that had gotten some recognition. One person in particular changed her life forever: Positive Troll. One month later, he invited her to this unknown website called Manic Expression and became the 50th member of the site. At that point, Positive Troll became simply known as Les. In this new site, Patricia and Kevin met wonderful people at the site such as James Walsh, Moviefan12, SOJA*88, BigBlackHatMan,  Jason on the House, Timdiana, Decker Shado, the guys at Comic Book Cast, The Fanfic Critic, jashykins, James Bevan, Whyboy, Brekclub85, and so much more. While posting on Manic Expression, they came up with an idea to make summer a very special time: dedicate a few months to Nickelodeon. Six months later, the Nickelodeon tribute started and it was bigger than they ever anticipated. Not only did they review the shows and movies, but they had gotten interviews from their childhood icons such as Marc Summers, Moira Quirk, Marc Weiner, Fred Seibert, Cheryl Blaylock, Noel MacNeal, D.J. McHale, and more. It brought in a sense of nostalgia and closure to the people who read it and it gave Patricia and Kevin a warmth that make them feel satisfied.

Their newest podcast Casual Chats has started off well with talks of Nickelodeon, Wreck-It-Ralph, the Sly Cooper series, and the Sandy Hook shooting. There will be many more to come such as TMNT, the Tony Hawk franchise, Weinerville, and their first year anniversary. Also look out for more upcoming projects such as a new podcast play, a new Manic Expression variety show, a new music podcast called Nick Jukebox, and much more. They want to thank you so much for all the love and support from the past year and we hope to grow and prosper for your enjoyment. Let us have many more years. Take care!

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