HTP Episode 133 – Dan Decker Returns!

Dan Decker (last seen in Episode 60) comes back to swap some ideas about why fandom affects different people in different ways– starting with very young kids and up through all stages of life.  He and I pull from examples such as Ghostbusters, Star Wars: Episode I, Transformers, and of course, Star Trek.

If you’d like the full context for this conversation, here are the earlier installments:

You can follow Dan on Twitter, both on his personal account as well as his Podcast’s account.  Be sure to listen to Shall We Digress!

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HTP Episode 043 – Jean-Pierre Giagnoli

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Jean-Pierre Giagnoli is an actor, comedian, and paranormal investigator… not to mention an really fun guy and one of the biggest Ghostbusters fans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet! He and I get into discussing Ghostbusters trivia, as well as how the franchise reflects real-life paranormal investigations.

You can follow him on Twitter, and imdb.
His paranormal research group is

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Ghostbusters, Whadaya Want?

My love of costuming goes way back.  In fact, it’s only now I’m starting to connect the dots and realize just how seriously I took it even as a kid.  Yeah, I was “that kid”, who asked why his plastic K-Mart Halloween costume didn’t look exactly like Optimus Prime.

Case in point, my love of Ghostbusters.  There were few franchises that held more of a fascination for me as a kid, and I spent an absurd amount of time not only playing with the toys, but trying to create my own ghostbusting headquarters and car.  I poured through the catalog, checking out the amazing life-size roleplay toys that would let me pretend to be a Ghostbuster with “real” equipment.  Kenner, who made the toys, should be commended,  because they made reasonably-accurate proton packs, ghost traps, and PKE meters.  There was one thing, however, that stuck out at me every time I opened a catalog.


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Yeah, I’m looking at you, you happy little shit.  Not only do you have the official pack, blaster, PKE Meter, and armband… which is awesome… but you actually get this awesome KID-SIZED GHOSTBUSTER JUMPSUIT!!!   A jumpsuit that was, in fact, not actually for sale in any way, shape, or form.  Kenner made kid-sized replicas of all the Ghostbusters’ equipment… except the jumpsuit.  That was apparently made just for the kid in the catalog. That bastard.  Probably the photographer’s nephew or something.

I could never figure out if Kenner just didn’t think it was economical to sell kid jumpsuits, or if they just never realized what a gold mine they were sitting on.  Or if I was just a really, really weird kid.  However, when I see people at conventions with fully screen-accurate costumes, I have extra respect for their hard work.