Thursday, August 02, 2007

Me and My Llama

Today is back to school shopping day. All summer long I've been waiting for this day. This is the day in which I'm given hope that school will indeed begin again and my children will take a much needed respite from The Cartoon Network.

My husband and I tried to explain to our children, just yesterday, why Popeye was better than Yu-Gi-Oh but the lesson was lost. Popeye? That's not anime. Hell, it ain't even in color sometimes. Spinach is infected with poo germs. Popeye is an Ecoli time bomb.

My kids wanted to know if I watched Spongebob Squarepants when I was little. They were amazed to learn that the only cartoons I watched were shown on network TV on Saturday mornings. I liked Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and I will admit to watching Smurfs. Rocky and Bullwinkle? It kicks Spongebob's fluffy ass any day of the week.

Lolly Lolly Lolly get your adverbs here.

I told them about the way PBS used to be. I talked about Sesame Street before it had become a PC Elmo-centric playground. I tried to relay just how completely awesome The Electric Company was. I told them about the sweet sterility of Mr. Rogers. 3-2-1 Contact and The Bloodhound Gang? Boss.

To convince my children that they were being shafted in the children's programming department, I showed them this:

I win.


  1. I rented the whole Electric Company dvd at the library and sat my son in front of it...Now if only I could find 3-2-1-contact!

  2. I LOVE YouTube for all these oldskool clips!


  3. I can actually remember when there was NO TV and we actually listened to the radio for other than music and baseball games. I remember the original Mickey Mouse Club with Annette, Cubby and all. And American Bandstand that was actually broadcast from Philadelphia. With Dick Clark and clean looking singers whose words you could understand.

    But then I am an old guy.

  4. I remember all of those! I even know where the name of your post came from. It was an unusually long video segment on Sesame Street about a girl taking her llama to the vet to get its teeth cleaned, right? The song is right on the edge of my memory. I can almost remember it.

    Don't forget about The Letter People. Mom says they taught me how to read. Who needed to pay for Hooked on Phonics when you had the Letter People? :)

    Then there were some of the shorter-running more obscure PBS afternoon shows like Powerhouse and The Voyage of the Mimi.

  5. By the way, whether or not you remember Voyage of the Mimi, it's worth taking another look. If you're like me, you didn't remember the little kid who starred in it and went on to much bigger things. :)


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