Anyway, the big television event this week was the broadcast premier of "The Godfather Saga", a reworked edit by Francis Ford Coppolla of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" with extended scenes and new material closing the gaps. I have never seen any of these movies (insert gasp here).
I think we all remember Tippy the Turtle, Tiny Mouse and Stereotypical Pirate. I even drew the pirate once, but I don't think I mailed it in.
The generically-named Art Instruction School of Minneapolis, Minnesota encouraged would-be artists to draw their version of these samples and submit the art for critique. Of course, nobody was discouraged and everyone was offered the opportunity to take their art classes, for a fee. They're still in business. Charles Schultz got his start through this course and later worked for them, developing his early Peanuts characters in his off-time. Many of the characters in his strip are based on fellow employees including Charlie Brown (his real name), Linus, Schroeder, Shermie and even the Little Red-haired girl.
A subscription to TV Guide. The gift that keeps on giving.
The Saturday Morning Lineup. To be honest, it looks a little foreign to me. I'm sure the shows were the same in St. Louis, but the lineup doesn't ring a bell. Likewise, I don't recall the ABC Children's Novel for Television, but it appears to be an early prototype for the ABC Weekend Special.
Dualing Skit Comedy Shows:Saturday Night Live and Second City Television.
For some reason, I never caught Second City Television. The first time I ever hear of Bob & Doug McKenzie was their song "Take Off to the Great White North" with Gedde Lee.
I believe this is from the second season of "The Hardy Boys" when they filmed in tropical locations and tried to ride on Shaun Cassidy's pop status having him perform Da-Do-Ron-Ron whenever possible.
A nice string of Kaiju movies on Channel 7 that week. Yes, that's a new word I just learned. Click and look it up yourself.
No credit is given, but I'd recognize stock child actor Shane Sinutko anywhere.
You knew Christmas was just around the corner when the Christmas record advertisements began.
After Henry Winkler's infamous off-screen feud with Roz "Pinky Tuscadero" Kelly, her "little sister" Leather was brought aboard "Happy Days" to take her place. Played by real-life rocker Suzi Quatro, she had a little more staying power than Pinky, but not much, appearing in only 7 episodes.
I loved those one-off shows like "Super-stunt". In fact, I remember watching this.
This ad reminds me of the "Laverne and Shirley" episode where Shirley invests in the "Hubba Hubba Hiney".
In 1977, Super 8mm film was still the way to go for capturing family memories. But affordable home camcorders were on the horizon and soon videotape would become the dominant media for home movies for the next 20 years. Unfortunately, the medium succumbs much quicker than film, so if you still have your home movies on tape, better start digitizing soon.