Friday, February 22, 2013

Kid Shows I Watched Growing Up

Before there was 'Sesame Street' these were some of the shows kids watched.

The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show
"Scotty Waddy Doo-Doo!"

If you watched the entire clip you will see that Winchell educated kids on how our eyes work. Taught kids social values and had quite a singing voice. It ran every Saturday morning from 1950 to 1954Few may be aware that Paul Winchell not only was a ventriloquist but he had a little bit of medical training. He was the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart.I was in my single digit years old when some of these other shows aired. I was weaned on the likes of these.

It was called quality programming. Something we no longer see on Saturday mornings for today's kids. They weren't juiced up cartoons featuring cartoon characters doing amazing feats of unrealistic fantasy. Unbeknownst to us, at the time, they we not only entertaining but educating us at the same time.

Like Gene London




Wee Willie Webber




Sally Starr

My Uncle used to play in Sally's band when she did personal appearances



Chief Halftown




One of my favorites on Saturday afternoons was Dr. Shock Theatre
1973




Happy The Clown
June 1955




Pinky Lee




Soupy Sales


And so, so many more. There was Rin Tin Tin, Fury, Sky King, Howdy Doody Time, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie and others.

I suppose the point to made here is that kids today have unrealistic expectations because of the current crop of Saturday mornings shows. Shows which feature super heroes doing fantastic out-of-this-world unrealistic things. Whereas these programs back then featured real people. Real kids. Doing simplistic real things in the real world in which they live.

Corny as they were, there's just something about them.

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