Thursday, March 5, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Saturday morning TV used to be golden

SAT MORN CART

By
From page A2 | September 13, 2013 |

I loved watching Saturday morning TV as a kid. My faves ran the gamut from animated shows like “Super Friends” to live action ones like “Shazam!” and the trippy Sid and Marty Krofft production “Lidsville.” I also loved the music shows “American Bandstand” and “Sooooooooooul Train.”

A few years ago my brother Kelvin and I watched a DVD of another show we loved as kids – “H.R. Pufnstuf” – and were completely underwhelmed. Sometimes, memory lane is better left un-strolled.

Others looked back on Saturday morning TV:

Terrence J. Mulich: “Johnny Quest” seemed to always put me on the edge of my seat and his dad strangely enough always reminded me of the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island.”

Jude Mastin: “Hong Kong Phooey.” The only super hero who was also a janitor – other than the Toxic Avenger.

Keith Hayes: I would never miss “Bar 7 Theater” every Saturday morning when I was young. It was three to four hours of B westerns with Bob Steele, Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, etc.

Cheryl Tate: As kids we were on our bikes and out of the house as early as possible. Saturday was the day our stepfather always found a home improvement project for us to help with.

Vicki James: I liked “Kimba The White Lion.” I liked the idea that all (well, most) of the animals in the forest got along with each other. Not too realistic I know, but hey, it was a cartoon . . . right?

Tracy Vest: I was a huge “Schoolhouse Rock” fan. When I went to college in New Jersey we would sing the songs. My personal favorite was “I’m Just a Bill.” I even dressed up as a bill for Halloween in Georgetown and had people “sign” me and became a law at midnight.

Randy Michaels: I started my Saturdays with Bugs Bunny and a bowl of cereal and ended it with “H.R. Pufnstuff.”

Paula Lindsey: My favorites were always the nonanimated shows with real people and (mostly) believable animals like Fury, Flicka, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. I really liked “Sergeant Preston King of the Yukon” and his dog Yukon King. King was an Alaskan malamute and from the first time I saw him pulling that sled I wanted a big, beautiful dog just like him. Well, years later we did finally get a dog . . . a poodle. He was great, but not the dog of my dreams. When I was out on my own I almost got my malamute, but wisely decided against it.

Jeanine Del Ponte: I liked “Looney Tunes.” I would eat carrots like Bugs Bunny. When I watched Popeye I would have to eat my spinach straight from the can and cold even. I don’t think I could do that now.

Doug Rodgers: I still like “Looney Tunes,” and have a small collection of the Saturday morning cartoons that I would wake up early to watch. Cartoons now are terrible.

Bill Pendleton: My dad hated that my brother and I watched cartoons Saturday mornings. He thought it was such a waste of time – until he saw Wile E. Coyote. He started watching the Road Runner every Saturday with us.

Dan Monez: Old-time baby boomers will recall the very first “interactive” kids TV show, “Winky Dink and You” (1953-57), hosted by infamous game show host Jack Barry. Each week, cartoon character Winky Dink would get into an adventure that only could be resolved by the viewer drawing something using “magic” Winky Dink crayons on a special vinyl sheet that covered the TV screen. For example, maybe Winky Dink needed to cross a river to save the day and you would have to draw him a bridge.

The concept was marketing genius. Not only did it bond kids with the character, but the merchandising brought in tons of extra revenue. That is all well and good unless you had parents, like mine, who wouldn’t buy you the Winky Dink supplies. Not being too savvy at 5 or 6, I didn’t quite understand the concept of vinyl screens so I just drew directly on the TV screen.

Reach Fairfield writer Tony Wade at [email protected].

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Next DoorSeptember 13, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    Wow, no one mentioned the three stooges , how about the Land of the Giants, F-troop, Time tunnle and that wacky show called It's About Time it was like a dream of jeannie Gillagans Island meets cavemen played by indians from F-troop .... check it out on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QebFI-3zMO0 I loved that stupid show as a kid...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Tony WadeSeptember 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

    Actually, there were LOTS of other responses.I am just limited by space and had to choose the ones that worked best together in the column. Back then nothing beat Moe, Larry, and Curly (and sometimes Shemp) along with a big bowl of Cap'n Crunch on a Saturday morning!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Show resilience in the face of adversity

By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

 
Real McCoy II Ferry set for maintenance

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

Vacaville police slate annual awards ceremony

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

 
Limited damage to apartment from carport fire

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Students sample industry choices during school career fair

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
 
Il Fiorello schedules citrus class

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Jury convicts ex-con who served as own lawyer

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

 
Red Carpet Gala to benefit theater foundation

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

Pet remembrance event set in Vallejo

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Friday concert benefits Families Helping Families

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Vallejo police arrest 4 in connection with 3 killings

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
National Red Cross Month celebrates heroes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Suisun City police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

Fairfield police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
.

US / World

 
Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

‘It was him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
More mutilated animals found in California’s capital city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man’s death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Second Los Angeles hospital reports ‘superbug’ infections

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

House panel issues subpoena for Clinton’s personal emails

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer’s account in shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

.

Living

Today in History: March 5, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 5, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 5, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
I can’t tell if I still want to be married, or just don’t want to be alone

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops MTV Movie Awards nominations

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Glen Campbell children fighting wife’s control of affairs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

 
Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Local report: Vanden softball slips by Rodriguez with late run

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Curry shoots Warriors to 102-93 victory over Bucks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Scott opens a season of change at Doral

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
‘It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

With Peterson’s status in question, Vikings pay a visit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NFL stadium supporters in LA suburb file ballot paperwork

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Alex Johnson, AL batting champ in 1970, dies at age 72

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Goodell: NFL responsible for Super Bowl seating problems

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Former player Nate Jackson calls for NFL to allow marijuana

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Phoenix to install tire barriers before NASCAR visit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
MLS, players agree in principle to 5-year deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Aaron D. Malave

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Thelma A. Roche

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Cesar Luis Garcia-Regalado

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Rodolfo Landabora Porquez

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9