I apologize for being a bit scant this month. The combination of gearing down from Halloween, the lack of garage/estate sales and gearing up for Christmas have put a crimp in my blogging. But as consolation, here's this month's TV Guide from 1982 (the fat years). Not a whole lot of comments this time, but I wanted to get this out before the week was up.
I'd forgotten there was a period in the early '80s when woman dressed in Victorian dress and hairstyle.
That actor wouldn't happen to be William Shatner by any chance? "I don't say 'spaghetti', I say 'sabotage'".
It appears the news of Alice's death was greatly exaggerated. The show lasted until 1985. "Filthy Rich" and "Tucker's Witch" weren't so lucky.
Video games had already begun the creep into Saturday morning cartoons. ABC offered an odd combination of Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich. I was 14 by this time and alas sleep was more appealing than cartoons.
Channel 11 was still replaying Abbott & Costello, Shirley Temple and The Duke.
And another Duke movie at 7:00 pm. What would they have done without John Wayne?
I'm sure there are fans of "Yogi's First Christmas" out there, but I recall it being kind of lame.
One of my favorite shows of the early '80's was "Voyagers!" Starring Meeno Peluce and Jon Erik Hexum, the show followed the adventures of two time travelers set on correcting history where it had gone astray. John Erik Hexum would die less than two years later from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. Though the gun was only loaded with a blank cartridge, the impact of the wadding was enough to shatter a portion of his skull causing a brain hemorrhage.
Today's television needs more galas, but a Bob Hope tribute to The Pink Panther is just odd.
In case there was any doubt this was the '80's.
Skip Stephenson... Urge to punch... RISING!
Calling this a "portable car garage" might be stretching it more than that plastic is.
"Supercharged man conducts electricity"? That's "That's Incredible" worthy? They've obviously never seen me when I shuffle across the floor in my fuzzy slippers. I will give your ear such a zap!
The cast of "The Walton's" had become almost unrecognizable to me by this point. And even with a reduced original cast, Kami "Elizabeth" Cotler and David "Jim-Bob" Harper still didn't get star billing in the line up.
Gabriel Toys catalog insert.
No one else comes close to Atari service? Tell that to North and South Dakota, Montana and large swathes of Idaho and Wyoming.
It's pre-Terminator, so Loni Anderson might have a chance. Terminator II Linda Hamilton would have kicked her butt.
80's shows pretty much looked for any excuse to have a dirt bike scene.
I've commented on this ad before how The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come looks more like a jawa.
Thanksgiving morning was a milestone in the years of my childhood. CBS offered the "All-American" Thanksgiving Day Parade" which was a combination of several parades including Macy's. I actually enjoyed their coverage of the Macy's Day parade over NBC's dedicated coverage. CBS tended to broadcast the actual parade instead of performances by bands and various stars in decline.
Mel Blanc supplied the voice (in thought) of "baby Andrew" on "Too Close for Comfort"? I'm struck by two thoughts: "How did I miss that?" and "Thank God I missed that!"
"Secret Agent Boy" looks like a show I would have watched, but I don't recall it. I was a sucker for those CBS Playhouse movies and their ilk.
Thanksgiving Friday always offered cartoons you never saw any other time of the year. Usually those "Famous Classic Tales" and those religious "Benji" movies produced by the Lutheran Hour Ministries like "Christmas Is" and "The City that Forgot About Christmas".
The Sebastian Cabot/David Hartman version of "Miracle on 34th Street" was actually the first one I saw.
"Knight Rider" and "Remington Steele" on the same night? I must have been in Geek Heaven.
At first glance, the ad appears to read "Is She the Victim...The Oriental Mob Makes or The Bait? Sushi out of Steele?" I would totally watch that.
So how did going elsewhere to make it big work out for Richard Kline?
And that's all for this time. Stay tuned.