Zeitgeist Café

A couple old friends from Ontario get all nostalgic about growing up. We focus mostly on the town of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario through the late 70s and early 80s. Come have coffee with us, then connect on Twitter @zgcafe or by email at!
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Welcome to Zeitgeist Café! To all of you of a certain age, this will help you relive the glory days of growing up in the 70s and 80s. It's even better if your growing up happened to have occurred in the Twin Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario. To the rest of you, a fun romp through the history of culture from that era.

We try to publish fortnightly. We hope you'll subscribe and enjoy a cuppa and some laughs with us!

Contact us online at twitter @zgcafe or gmail

Jul 28, 2017

Erik and Martin try really hard to talk about animated features, but wind up going madly off in all directions instead.

Jun 1, 2017

Show notes forthcoming, maybe.

Mar 31, 2017

Show Notes


Gary Con


Sheldon goes to Gary Con


Erik's Gary Con photo album (a number of photos of things we can't show you through your ears, and there's even a video you can watch!)


Black mirror episode Fifteen Million Merits


Pre-movie Oh Canada


Many good reasons to quit Facebook


The Juiceman 



Feb 27, 2017

Erik and I spend some time teasing out memories from our time on playgrounds in primary school, and the things that went around it all. 

Feb 13, 2017

Get out your polyhedron dice! We talk about Erik's love for D&D, and my love for wanting to love D&D. :)

This week's show was a little chaotic. Time limits, people interrupting, FaceTime calls coming in, a dubious and questionable Skype connection, and even a few moments where Erik thought he'd lost his entire recording. There's also a slight, faint echo on my audio for reasons unknown--sorry about that. Still and all, we got it done! We're getting our chops, let me tell you.

Show Notes

Dungeons and Dragons

Gary Gygax

Macgregor's D&D Club '83-'84 and then '84 to '85. Note the decrease in size.

Martin's First D&D Kit

Mazes and Monsters

First Encounter magazine


Erik and Martin's Monster Manual (PDF--Complete with Asmodeus!)



Jan 31, 2017

Show Notes

Commander Tom Show

Davey and Goliath

Hilarious House of Freightenstien

Billy Van


Circle Square

Another One Bites The Crisp

Oh, Canada! (As shown before Movies in the 70s--I remember we even stood up for that, and we really still should)

The Mustang Drive In

Rocket Robin Hood

The Amazing Spider-Man

Looney Tunes

Bug's Bunny's Square Dance

Mr. Dressup

The Uncle Bobby Show

Bimbo The Birthday Clown

Original Hamburglar (on a promotional glass--seems it is extremely hard to find evidence of the original Hamburglar, given he was replaced before the advent of widespread internet and digital photography)

The Case of the Stuttering Pig - Scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.

Hyde and Go Tweet - Erik's Scary tweety bird cartoon. Someone else must have thought the very same as an amped-up terror mashup version exists on YouTube.

Space Ghost

Thundarr The Barbarian

ABC Saturday Morning Commercial Bumpers

NBC Show Bumpers

The Krofft Supershow



Fables of the Green Forest

Super Friends

H.R. Pufnstuf

Battle of the Planets

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Smurfs And the Black Smurf I had

Casey Kasem and his extensive voice work

Peter Cullen    

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