SUNDAY MORNING TV
Discovery (the title of the show was followed by the abbreviated year ie. Discovery '63) reenacted historical events and gave kids a peak into how things worked in the modern world. The series enjoyed a long run on ABC Sunday mornings, from 1963 until 1971, after an unsuccessful weekday run in 1962. The production was hosted first by Frank Buxton and Virginia Gibson, then Virginia Gibson alone, then by Gibson and Bill Owen. I would tell you more about it but this was one of the programs that was routinely preempted by Sunday devotionals in my TV market. Bummer.
Here's the colorful opening to Discovery '68.
This is a commercial for Hot Wheels that you might have seen on Sunday mornings in 1968, man those cars were cool - and made from heavy metal.
Discovery was replaced in the fall of 1971 by another show in a similar vein, Make A Wish, which focused on one subject matter during the half-hour rather that several as Discovery often did.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 9:34am
TV BLOG RERUN - THE DATING GAME
In 1972 a 14 year old Michael Jackson took the hot seat to select a date in a surreal episode. He likes playing basketball?!? This is one of the rarest clips you'll see on the internet:
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:12am
Kevin Butler points out that, "Jackie Cooper was also interviewed for a 1984 TV documentary about "The Little Rascals films titled "The Little Rascals: Inside The Clubhouse", the show was hosted and narrated by a gentleman named Bob Lang who's credits as a TV host and journalist are unknown to me." (I think Bob Lang was a Northern California radio personality Kev.) Here's a bit of that phenomenal special that focuses on Spanky McFarland and Tommy Bond. All of the documentary is on You Tube and it's a real delight, it was produced when many of the stars were still alive! Spanky really was the greatest child star of all time...
One of the brightest TV and movie comedians alive today, Chuck McCann, has a new video venture called Bits & Pieces on the net where he tells stories from his long and varied career and he'll have guests on that he's worked with in the past. Check it out!
Wednesday, May 5, 2011 - 9:12am
Someone, God bless'em, is loading episodes of Match Game from the 1970s in their entirety. Here's an episode of Match Game '73 with Della Reese (who I loved especially on The Gong Show) and Bob Barker. Barker was a gifted and witty guy but never seemed to click on Match Game. Not that he needed to with the number one daytime show, The New Price Is Right.
I have a large library of books, some of them came from my grandmother's shelf after she passed. Occasionally I'll pick one up and read it, I especially loved the book written just after the civil war on what will happen in the South when the slaves are freed. It appears to be written by that era's Bill O'Reilly.
The other day I pulled a really old looking book from the shelf only to discover it was A History of England by Tobias Smollett published in 1753. I figured that would make a great gift for my college English professor, I just hired her to edit the book I'm finishing and she's retiring. She was pleased to receive it and emailed saying that she found some names written in the book, one dated 1845, with the last name Barksdale. She wondered if I had family by that name (I don't) because it is her family name and they date back to the Revolutionary War, having settled in Virginia. I told her that my grandmother likely bought that book at an estate sale in Virginia, that's where she lived. So a book brought over from England around 1776 is now back with the family that brought it! Weird.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 10:12am
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