100 TV Memories

When we did get the color TV, the thing I most wanted to watch was The Wizard of Oz that spring, which I had viewed every year for nearly a decade.

Jaquandor did 100 Movie Memories a couple months ago, and the followed up with 100 Teevee Memories, “a collection of memories about teevee watching, memories of teevee shows, thoughts on the teevee experience, and so on.”

I may do the movie thing eventually, but TV just appealed to me more immediately.

1. When I grew up in Binghamton, NY, there were two TV stations, WNBF, Channel 12, and WINR, Channel 40. We tended to watch Channel 12 more often, not because my grandfather worked there as a janitor, but because the reception on VHF (Channels 2-13) was better than the reception on UHF (Channels 14-83).

2. But maybe because Pop worked there, I appeared at least three times on various kids’ show, usually hosted by Bill Parker, who was some TV ranch club guy, and Officer Bill the policeman (though I may have been too old for the latter). A guy named Len Hathaway was the Admiral in Popeye and the Admiral. It was Popeye who got me to each spinach at an age I consumed very few veggies.

3. Our church choir also appeared on a telethon every year for a number of years on WNBF, but for the life of me, I couldn’t tell you for what cause.

4. Of course, I watched Captain Kangaroo. It was a whole world of Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose and especially, Mr. Green Jeans. I got called that a lot in my early days of school. Then there was the bizarre animation of Clutch Cargo, which I think Conan O’Brien has emulated.

5. I did watch the Mickey Mouse Club. It was only later that I realized that they were repeats, that I really had NO chance with Annette. Tuesday is Guest Star Day. I learned how to spell encyclopedia from Jiminy Cricket.

6. But I have NO recollection of Howdy Doody or like kids shows.

7. Channel 12 in Binghamton was the CBS affiliate, and Channel 40 the NBC one. It wasn’t until much later that I realized that WNBF, and possibly WINR, were also Continue reading “100 TV Memories”