Saturday, November 28, 2015

What was on TV November 28th through December 4th, 1970

We're dipping back into the old stock with this issue from 1970.  Writing about these older issues is a challenge, because they're just prior to my earliest memories of TV, so it's a little like exploring a foreign world.

We were a Banquet family.  One of my favorites was the Banquet Mexican Dinner.  I'm sure it was horrible stuff, but to me, it was good eatin' on a Saturday night in front of the TV.

 "Famous Artists School" was similar to "Art Instruction School" of Minneapolis, famous for their "Draw the Pirate" ads and for having Charles Schluz as one of their earliest students/employees. "Famous Artists School" was supported by Norman Rockwell who appeared in ads on the back of comics I recall from my childhood.

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 I'm surprised they didn't use the line, "He's traded in his megaphone for a saxaphone!"  I'll be further surprised if anyone reading understands that reference.

 I'm a little surprised to see such an early-season showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (6:30 Channel 4).  In 2015, apparently, I've already missed the airing of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".  This year is it's 45th anniversary.

 I remember being mystified at the prospect of being able to watch TV without the availability of electric.  The potential seemed great.  We did a lot of camping when I was a kid and always missed something on TV while I was away.  One year, I borrowed a battery powered TV and thought I was set.  There was absolutely no reception.

One of the weird things when reviewing these older TV Guides is coming across a very familiar episode of shows I grew up watching in rerun and realizing it was the first airing as is the case of Brady Bunch at 6:30 on Channel 2.

 An early version of Skype.

That's all for now.  Tune in next time.


  1. Pre-dates my viewing habits (and birth!) - but always cool to see the vintage ads and listings. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. love the "look who reads the bible" Sonny & Cher ad. and funnily enough, we watched Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid the other night, too. still holds up. "who ARE those guys?"

  3. These older issues are most of my earliest memories of TV, so it's like exploring my eight year old world. Thank you and keep 'em coming.

    1. You're welcome Ronbo. I've been slacking lately, but hopefully I'll get back to scanning soon.


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