On a Flashback for Monday

Those of us living in the eastern half of the US are having a big WOW moment regarding the ongoing streak of unseasonable weather. This is crazy – absolutely crazy – but we’ll take it!

We had a good weekend. Many thanks for all the birthday greetings for my wife – something she appreciated. We went for a nice dinner Friday night, plus hit the ballroom scene Friday and Saturday night, plus dinner with her parents on Sunday. How was your weekend?

(12:15 am addition): Woo hoo! UC Bearcats win on to the Sweet 16 with three other teams from this state!!! Toss in a few other teams from the region, it’s a happenin’ here!

This Monday Morning Entertainment feature uses a time machine to transport us all back to the late 1960s. Les, a visitor here and author of Best Bathroom Books, actually inspired this post. I’m sure he’s scratching his head at this mere thought, but knowing that he is a drummer sparked this song to go off in my head. Enjoy this tune and the trip back in time that it offers. Oh – and I still have this tune on a vinyl LP.

Have a great week.

On I Remember These

Besides the fact that technology is one reason the world has become smaller, many of us have seen much change right before our eyes. On the other hand, who knows what the young people today will end up seeing across their lifetime. After all, I recall driving around when he visited us at least 25 years ago, and out of the clear blue he said, “This is going to be some world in another 50 years.” I imagine he was reflecting on his time since 1925.

In my case, growing up in a rural part of Ohio helped delay the implementation of certain products and services, but here are some things from my past (and I’m sure I left out plenty of other good points).

I remember …

… Watching Howdy Doody

… The arrival of basic cable

… Drinking Fizzies

… Dialing Operator to make a local phone call

… Paying $1 and getting 3 gallons of gas

… The time when small town merchants thrived

… Mr Adams having no assigned homework because he knew we would be watching the Batman debut

… Elementary class taking time to watch the launching of the Mercury astronauts

… High school chemistry and physics classes requiring the use of a slide rule

… Doing computer programming on keypunch cards – that is with each line on a separate card and hoping never to drop them

… The transition due to Vatican II

… Stroh’s and Pabst Blue Ribbon being big-named national beers

… Watching a 1-hr version on Sunday morning (11 am) of the Notre Dame game the day before – and broadcast by the legendary Lindsey Nelson

… The first McDonald’s coming to the area and the sign including “x Millions Sold”

… The British music invasion

… Boxes of laundry detergent containing free glassware or towels

… Home milk delivery

… Burger Chef

… Receiving stamps (Green, Yellow, or Plaid) for grocery store purchases that were redeemable for merchandise

… Instrumental hits as Telstar, Popcorn, and Tijuana Taxi

… 1968 being the most turbulent year ever

… Airports having outside observation decks

… Stores closed on Sundays

… Teens wondering when they would get the car for the evening (as opposed to what car they get when turning 16)

Just a trip down memory lane for me and hopefully I stimulated your memory, so feel to add others.

On Cartoon History

Now that’s a 17-second classic and the basis for this post.

Growing up in the 1960s sparks images of the turbulent late 60s, which were vastly different from the early 1960s, but it is the early 1960s that motivated Ted Turner to create today’s Cartoon Network.

Whether it was tuning in after school to WSAZ’s Mr. Cartoon through the week at 4 o’clock, or a few hours on Saturday morning with the characters from Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes, I loved them. When going to the local theater, cartoons preceded the movie – thus I anxiously anticipating the cartoon was part of the evening.

Last weekend I posted several of the introductions to cartoon shows. Several comments by readers sparked an idea of a potential weekend series of posts about cartoons of that time. Although this is not a commitment, the idea is still in my head – so just in case I pursue the idea, here are some key events in history of animated cartoons.

1915: Max Fleisher patents the rotoscope

1916: The first animated short, Krazy Kat

1920: Felix the Cat, silent-film era animation craze in theaters

1928: Walt Disney creates the first animated short with sound: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse

1930: The first Looney Tune debuts

1937: The first full-length animated feature, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1940: The first Hanna-Barbera collaboration: Tom and Jerry

1949: Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote debut

1960: The first animated, prime-time sitcom: The Flintstones

1992: Ted Turner launches the Cartoon Network

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