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Halloween, 1983: Tron

Halloween Tron 1983

The place is Charlotte, North Carolina. The kid with impeccable taste is Bryan Bowden, who very kindly gave me the background on the photo:

I had never seen the movie Tron, but I had all of those promotional read-along books that kids could get at Burger King or McDonald’s (I forget which). So my knowledge of the movie was based off of the abridged, kid-afied version of Tron. I just loved the idea of being a computer person who threw a frisbee weapon and rode cool laser motorcycles.

[…] ROTJ costumes cost money, and my mom never spent money on costumes because she was smart. Tron was my second choice. I found the mask first. It was at a dollar store and was just a simple shiny blue “robot” mask. I told my mom I wanted to be Tron. She had no idea what that was but used the pictures from the books to sew together a costume. The costume is a sleeveless vest she made and some Dallas Cowboys pants with reflective tape down the side. For good measure, she wrote “Tron” on the chest with the reflective tape, and put more reflective tape on the back in an angular pattern. She wanted me to be super reflective because 5-year-olds used to go trick or treating at night.

I was obsessed with sci-fi, robots, space, NASA, computers, etc. My family encouraged it, but they did not understand technology so we didn’t have a computer till the late ’80s and it was a used Apple IIe.

All of this tech love didn’t manifest itself in my future career. Currently, I’m a teacher and a comedian. I teach comedy at The Second City Training Center to ages 11 – adult. High School did an amazing job in killing my love of science. However, my demand for tech stuff in our luddite household encouraged my brother to explore and interact with newer technology. He’s now an engineer for HP (Hewlett Packard, not Lovecraft).

Ben Cooper did release a Tron costume in 1981, but I’ve never seen it outside of the box. It doesn’t matter. This one is better.

Thanks again, Bryan.

Tomorrowland Concept Art: The Black Hole Ride That Never Was

Black Hole Ride

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From Michael at Progress City, U.S.A., who got it from a presentation by Disney Imagineer Dave Fisher in 2010:

Expecting the movie to become a big hit, WED [Walt Disney Imagineering] designed this ride-through shooting gallery based on the robots from the film. When The Black Hole flopped, the idea was adapted for another upcoming sci-fi film, TRON. When that didn’t become a hit either, the concept lay dormant until it was revived as Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

I guess WED didn’t have any art to refer to, because the robots don’t look anything like the robots in the movie. It doesn’t matter. I’ll still be twice as upset every time I get on the crappy Buzz Lightyear ride that my wife always beats me at. Tron did get a piece of a ride that I loved, the PeopleMover, in 1982. The PeopleMover closed in 1995 and was eventually replaced by the short-lived Rocket Rods.

Check out Michael’s full post for many more ride concepts, including a Uranium mine attraction, with visitors using Geiger counters to locate the radioactive stuff.

(All images vie Progress City, U.S.A.)

Tron `Yori’ Shirt (Pilgrim for Girls, 1982)

Tron Yori 1982

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Just a Tron Yori shirt I thought was pretty awesome.

(Via Circa Classic Vintage)

Disney Read-Along #384: Tron

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See great scans of the the whole book at Vintage Disneyland Tickets, where I got the images above. Video is via bettyboo705/YouTube.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Tron (1982)

Crank it up, nerds!

Many thanks to Ubuntu Vinyls for the playlist.

Arcade Zen (1983)

July 17, 1983. (Photo: R. Sennott)

(Source: Lexibell Vintage Photos)

Warning: You Have Invaded the Electronic Realm of the Master Computer Program

“Prepare for the game grid of Tron.”

The only reason to get on the Peoplemover, really. Pertinent audio starts at 6:28, but the rest is pretty cool, too.

And shouldn’t it be Master Control Program?


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