Sunday, August 31, 2008

Goodbye, Kids!

Here are excerpts from the final episode of the old Howdy Doody show, episode #2343, which aired on September 24, 1960, including the show intro (including the original NBC Peacock), the mid-show network ID, the final segment which included Clarabell's first word, the final credits, and even a promo for the program that replaced Buffalo Bob, Howdy, and the gang from Doodyville, the Shari Lewis Show.

Say, Kids, What Time Is It?

Time for fun and bloopers on the old Howdy Doody Show with Buffalo Bob Smith.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Another One From The Ole Television File

Here is the intro to a cartoon series entitled The Super 6, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1966.

The series aired on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1966-69. The last two seasons saw only reruns. This was during the era of animated superheroes on network television. We've even got the old NBC Peacock to open things up. Enjoy.

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

This is a commercial for Blatz Beer , a Milwaukee brewery that sponsored televised Roller Derby contests in the early years of television.

The company also was a sponsor of the TV version of Amos 'n Andy.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Aussie Rules Explained

Here is a brief, but thurough explaination of the rules of Australian Rules Football.

I decided to add something educational for all the little kids who may be watching.

Rock 'N Roll, The Lawrence Welk Way....

As practiced by Buddy Merrill on this clip from a 1956 telecast of the Lawrence Welk Show. On this clip, Buddy sings and plays "Rock 'N Roll Ruby," a song written by Johnny Cash.

The song, I think, was originally recorded in Memphis by one of Johnny's Sun Records colleagues, Warren Smith.

How 'Bout A Local Commercial?

Here are some commercials for the 1950 Studebaker from the Studebaker dealers of Los Angeles County.

This aired on the locally-telecast Buster Keaton Show. 320,884 of these cars were built for the 1950 model year, and I'll tell you, that is one certainly unique body style.

For 1951, Studebaker somewhat toned down the bullet nose and added chrome to the front of the car (they also added an overhead valve V-8 engine to their Commanders and Land Cruisers as well).

They planned to keep the bullet nose for 1952, but wartime restrictions (this was during the Korea War) put the kibosh on that.

Here's Something You Don't See On TV Anymore

Here's another Pabst Blue Ribbon commercial, aired between rounds 3 and 4 of a 1950 CBS Wednesday night boxing telecast.

Pabst sponsored the Wednesday night fights when they aired on CBS from 1950 until 1955.

And Now, Here's A Word From Folks In Milwaukee Who Brewed Adult Beverages For A Living

Here's a commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer from circa 1958:

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1950s commercial for BeechNut Gum. It probably aired on ABC.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Can You Say "Broadway Brett" Boys and Girls?

In case you must know, the Green Bay Packers, in a midnight deal Wednesday night, traded retired-turned-unretired quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets.

Now Here's Something Different

Here is the opening title for a Saturday morning cartoon show that aired on NBC from 1969 to 1971. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (which produced the Pink Panther cartoons) produced this show. I have some vague memories of this series.

Time For Harry The Hipster

Here is Harry Gibson performing "4-F Ferdinand" in a 1944 Soundie.

Friday, August 01, 2008