— Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter will greet fans and co-host NostalgiaCon’s two major music nights —

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 8, 2019 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Organizers of NostalgiaCon’s inaugural ‘80’s pop culture convention (www.NostalgiaCon80s.com) September 28 and 29 at the Anaheim Convention Center announced today that Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter, three of the iconic, original MTV VJs are joining the show for a weekend reunion that will also include them hosting the event’s two major music night concerts.

Goodman, Blackwood, and Hunter are pop culture royalty to legions of ‘80s kids who saw the world of music, fashion and sometimes film through the tastes, news updates and/or interviews of the MTV VJs. Last week MTV celebrated its 38th anniversary and Goodman himself is the answer to the trivia question everyone has in mind: Who was the first VJ to appear on MTV?

As part of a multi-faceted engagement at NostalgiaCon, the VJs will participate in a retrospective panel about MTV, sign autographs and take pictures with fans, as well as host the two nights of music concerts set for NostalgiaCon: Saturday’s New Wave Night and Sunday’s ‘80s Mixed Tape Night. This year the concerts are part of the all-inclusive one and two-day passes of NostalgiaCon. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nostalgiacon-2019-tickets-63482801769.

About NostalgiaCon
With offices in downtown Miami, NostalgiaCon (www.NostalgiaCon80s.com) is a global fan conventions company wholly focused on celebrating the pop culture icons, influencers, music, newsmakers, entertainers, shows, films, sports, fads, toys, foods and more, that fans feel the most fond of. NostalgiaCon is the first platform ever created to fully scale and monetize the decades both in the United States and internationally through conventions, concerts, events, privately licensed entertainment, social media, and more. On September 28 and 29, the Anaheim Convention Center will host NostalgiaCon, where the 1980’s will be captured in its full glory, capitalizing on the powerful force of nostalgia via the people, trends and moments that define entire generations.

NostalgiaCon is the brainchild of serial entrepreneurs Manny Ruiz, creator and producer of the nationally renowned Hispanicize event and the Mixed Reality Marketing Summit, and Sean Wolfington, Chairman and CEO of The Wolfington Companies and Chairman and CEO of CarSaver, Walmart’s exclusive auto buying platform.


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By Manny Ruiz

In the pantheon of my ’80s teen girlfriends, Alicia stood out like the Jolly Green Giant because despite being two grades younger than me, she was six inches taller than me.  In middle school, that height discrepancy made for uncomfortable jokes at school with people calling her Giraffe and even she nicknaming me her Teddy Bear.

Like all of my 80s teen romances, ours was a totally innocent and short lasting relationship.   I had my first (or second real kiss) with her cousin Ana María before our relationship started but I don’t think the two of us did anything more than probably “pop kiss.”

My diary shows that we dated for just 21 days but what makes Alicia forever special are the origami-styled 80s Love Letters that she once slipped to me during school breaks via her cousin Giselle, (aka “Chewy”).   Given how much this tween girl of roughly 11 “adored” me, you might not be so surprised by the ending.

Enjoy the first of my various 80s love letters, and as Alicia would say, “don’t tell anyone…”

P.S. Below some of these letters are my actual diary entries about what I felt was going on in the relationship.  In these first two, I actually thought someone was playing a joke on me that this very tall, beautiful girl was interested in me.