Sunday, October 19, 2008

Memories of Prarie Public Television

Sticker on the side of a TV someone gave me

I was going through some junk in the garage and came across a box of stuff rescued from my parents' house fire. In it was a video tape from the late 1980s that I recorded stuff on. I was hoping to have found at least one episode of "Do It For Yourself" with Mary Bellows. You may remember her as the lady who fixed (or broke) stuff around the house and kept treats in her tool belt for her dog, Zeke. Unfortunately, this video tape contained nothing of that sort.

However, it did contain some stuff recorded from Prarie Public Television. So I uploaded 3 videos to youtube.

First, here's Mr. Rogers singing about scary mad wishes! Pause the video where he says "I'M GLAD!" and you'll see the monster within him.

Second, remember how you'd be watching your favorite show on Prarie Public Television and it would get interrupted at like 4:05pm and you'd end up sitting through a Pledge-A-Thon until 4:25, effectively missing your entire show except for the opening and closing credits? Instead, you were hounded by a balding vision-impared man and some idiot in a big purple costume to bug your parents to send a pledge for a shitty "Big Bird's Buddies" magnet.

Here's a clip from such a pledge-a-thon:

And now, here's a flash-in-the-pan kids show called Zoobilee Zoo. Whazzat Kangaroo was hot, and this show likely explains why I love women who wear pink:

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