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Rediscovering the things we loved




I created Instantly Dated because I know there are a lot of people like me who enjoy eclectic, alternative media. When I say media, I mean, toys, movies, TV, YouTube channels, social media and more.


The purpose of my posts and videos are to make you feel good about the past and present. I love the video store. I can’t say that enough. When I’d go to the video store, I’d love watching obscure films. Forget that mainstream new releases stuff. I was never so happy when I watched films like Liquid Sky and Barbarella for the first time on VHS.


But my love for ways to watch movies extends to the drive-in too. My parents and I used to go to the drive-in all the time when I was growing up in the Midwest. I love the pre-movie countdown films, the intermission films and everything else about the drive-in experience. In my neighborhood, I spearhead movie nights, where we use a big, blow-up screen, show rad movies, and all hang out. It’s my homage to the drive-in. I make sure to play the drive-in countdown before the movie. You know, the one with the dancing hot dogs.


I love talking about old toys. The more I explore the toys and toy commercial, the more I’m amazed at how much there is to learn. The same goes for the video games we used to play. There’s so much nostalgia when it comes to them. From playing pong for the first time on my parent’s console, to renting NES games every weekend with my friends before our sleepovers began.


My favorite types of movies have always been sci-fi. And most of my favorite TV shows are too. I love the old set design in movies such as 2001 and Star Wars. And I love how that was carried over into shows like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Space: 1999. 


Being a second generation electronics geek, I love old electronic equipment. It’s always cool to check out a laserdisc player or old Grass Valley video switcher. 

Although I really like investigating the past, I am also nostalgic about the present. If we look at this very moment, as we would 20 years from now, you only feel the good things, lose all anxiety and  forget about the bumps in the road. And that’s what Instantly Dated is all about. It’s here to make you feel good about the past and present. Just as I type this to you, the second my fingers leave the keys, my words become instantly dated. And that’s an awesome thing!


I hope you take some time to reach out to me I hope you take a moment to reach out to me. I’m always interested in talking with and meeting people like you who are interested in this stuff. Below are the ways we can talk. In addition, if you are interested in an interview, having me at your speaking event, on your show or doing an interview, please email me at


– Christopher Michael McHugh

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