Updated 2017 Book List

Here is the updated list of books read for 2017:

Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

College Ministry 101: A Guide to Working with 18-25 Year Olds by Chuck Bomar

Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support by Brad House

Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary by Ernie Johnson Jr.

Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson

Plan B by Pete Wilson

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Comic Books

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games, movies, and TV shows in 1992. We now turn to the year in comics in 1992. There were several storylines and characters that made their debut that year.

On the Marvel front, the big crossover event was Infinity War.  It was a six issue miniseries which was a sequel to the previous year’s Infinity Gauntlet.  The storyline would also be dealt with in Captain America, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man and other comic series.  This comic event is going to be adapted for the big screen next year in The Avengers: Infinity War.

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On the DC front, there wasn’t a big huge crossover event.  There were several characters that made their debuts but we’ll get to that in a moment.

As far as debuts are concerned, the first to address is a new publishing company.  Image Comics made its debut in 1992.  Along with that saw the debut in May of Spawn, a character created by comic book artist Todd MacFarlane, who had previously drawn Spider-Man.

There were several characters that made their debut in 1992.  For Marvel, there was the debut of James Rhodes as War Machine in Iron Man #282.  For DC there were two characters related to the Batman franchise that debuted.  Detective Renee Montoya debuted in Batman #475 in March and Azrael debuted in the miniseries Batman: Sword of Azrael in October

There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1992. Is there an issue or character not listed that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Thanks for joining us this month during our trip down memory lane. We’ll be back next year around this time to look at the 25th anniversary of things that happened during 1993. Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: TV Shows

It’s time again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games and movies in 1992. We now turn to the TV shows of 1992.  Lots of pretty cool and memorable TV shows debuted in 1992 so let’s get right to it.

There were some great cartoons that debuted in 1992.  The two biggest debuted on FOX.  They were Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men.  Batman: The Animated Series premiered on September 5th and X-Men premiered on October 31st.  Other cartoons that debuted in 1992 were Goof Troop (September 5th) and Eek! The Cat (September 12th).

Nickelodeon debuted their Saturday night block SNICK on August 15th.  That night also saw the debut of  Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Some other big shows that debuted in 1992 included Dateline NBC (March 31st), Barney & Friends (April 6th), The Real World (May 21st), Melrose Place (July 8th), California Dreams (September 12th) and Mad About You (September 23rd).

There were two cable channels that debuted in 1992.  On September 24th the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) debuted and on October 1st the Cartoon Network debuted.
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Which of these TV shows listed was your favorite? Is there a TV show not listed that premiered in 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in comics in 1992. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic TV shows.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Movies

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music and video games in 1992. We now turn to the movies of 1992. This was another huge year at the box office. There were some pretty big landmark films that released in 1992. You remember them? Let’s check them out.

Of the top 10 movies of 1992, what was the highest grossing film that year? Both the domestic and worldwide number 1 film was Aladdin ($507 million worldwide).  It was released on November 25 and became the first full length animated film to gross $200+ million.  Interesting tidbit, it took the 5th weekend of its release before it was #1 at the box office.

What film was number 1 at the box office for the longest consecutive amount of weeks? It was actually a tie between The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (released on January 10th) and Wayne’s World (released on February 14th).  They both spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the box office.  Wayne’s World would go on to be #8 domestically & number #10 worldwide box office with $183 million.

What were the other top films in the top 5 worldwide released in 1991.  They were The Bodyguard (Released November 25th, 2nd worldwide with $411 million), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Released November 20th, 3rd worldwide with $358.9 million) Basic Instinct (Released March 20th, 4th worldwide with $352.9 million) and Lethal Weapon 3 (Released May 15th, 5th worldwide with $321.7 million).

The rest of the top 10 worldwide grossing films include Batman Returns (June 16th), A Few Good Men (December 9th), Sister Act (May 29th), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (November 13th) and Wayne’s World.

Other big films that released in 1992 were White Men Can’t Jump (March 27th), Patriot Games (June 5th), A League of Their Own (July 1st), Unforgiven (August 3rd), Sneakers (September 11th), The Last of the Mohicans  (September 25th), and Under Siege (October 9th).

Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1992. Is there a film not listed that came from 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1992. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.

Thursday Quote Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Video Games

Welcome back to the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we are highlighting the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992.

Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1992. On the hardware front, the big major release was the Sega CD in North America in October 15.  Released the previous December in Japan, the Sega CD was an add on to the Sega Genesis.  It was in some ways ahead of its time with using console games involving discs.  It also was among the first to use Full Motion Video (FMV) for console games.  There was some controversy involving the Sega CD with one of their games Night Trap.  In total about 2 million units were sold of the Sega CD.

When it comes to games, there were some huge games that came out in 1992.  Nintendo at this point was still releasing games for both the NES and the SNES.  On the NES front there were 2 Mega Man games.  Mega Man 4 released in the US on January 15th and Mega Man 5 released in Japan December 4th and later on December 31st in US.

The big video game to release for the SNES was Super Mario Kart.  Released on August 27th, Super Mario Kart was the first in what would become a big series for Nintendo with the go kart racing game.    The game would go on to sell over 9 million copies and would be third most selling game for the SNES.

For Sega, there were 2 big games to release on the Sega Genesis.  The first game was Ecco the Dolphin.  Released on July 29th, Ecco the Dolphin features a dolphin named Ecco who is protecting the oceans from aliens trying to destroy the ecosystem.  It was a game that was very different but it was well received.  The other big game to release on the Genesis that year was Sonic the Hedgehog 2.  Released on November 21st, Sonic 2 introduced Spin Dash action for Sonic as well as the character Miles “Tails” Prower.  It would go on to sell 6 million copies and helped Sega in the console war against Nintendo.

On the arcade front in 1992 there were 2 big debuts.  The first was Virtua Racing by Sega.  In October of ’92, it helped launch the craze of 3D racing games in arcades.  The other big arcade game to release in ’92 was Mortal Kombat by Midway.  Debuting on October 8th, Mortal Kombat was a fighting game that featured digitized characters as well as “fatalities” at the end of matches.  It would be so popular that there would be subsequent ports to consoles and would battle with Street Fighter as the fighting game franchise of the decade.

1992 was a pretty huge year when it comes to video games.  Is there a game that came out in 1992 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1992. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.