1980 was also the year the largest balloon in Macy's history (at least up to that time), the Superman balloon, made its debut. It was created by Goodyear and made out of tire rubber. How did it play out? What did Ed say about it? You'll never know, because the tape ended before the parade got to his spot. Unless Superman flew around the world really fast, turned back time, and positioned himself into the parade earlier, that's all we got. (I just checked; he still hasn't.)
After learning that the special focuses on Snow White's daughter, and that said daughter has the exact same name as Snow White, Peter remarks, "I guess that makes the Queen Snow White like Cranky Kong or something."
Once the cartoon finishes, Peter claims that after watching that and various other cheesy programming from The Eighties, he now has "...more sympathy for poor Sam and Lindsay Weir than [he] did before."
The "Spring 1984" chapter of "The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising" accompanies an ad for Carbon Copy, a movie starring Steven Segal as a Jewish businessman with an estranged African-American son, with the lyrics to "My Black Son", a song from the Family Guy episode "Road to Rupert".
When pointing out in the review of the third Nemi book that the English translations are in British English (and in turn, sometimes convert the Norway-specific references of the original to England-specific), Peter quotes thisDave Barry column.
Part two of "Who is Archie Comics' Most Obscure Character?" describes the addition of an ally like so:
The "Fall 1989" installment of "The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising" includes a promo for a TV movie called Brand New Life. The promo shows Barbara Eden, of I Dream of Jeannie fame, carrying seven little people on a silver platter, so Peter admits that he'd only watch the movie if Eden's character magically shrunk people.
"Jack Valenti's Movie Ratings System" begins with Peter typing up a speech from the Freakazoid! episode "The Chip" about what each rating means. Additionally, the URL of the article references a running gag in that episode about Valenti's cheeks.