When I was a kid you had many choices of kid's tv shows. This was before Sesame Street and The Electric Company tied in educational concepts to their entertainment. Of course Captain Kangaroo was doing that as well. But it was the cartoons that kept most kids occupied in front of the tube. And of course there were so many good ones. From the wise-cracking Bugs Bunny to the antics of the Hanna-Barbera gang like Tom & Jerry...many of the cartoons of the late 50's and early 60's were very good at what they did...and then along came Rocky & Bullwinkle. Jay Ward created a show that while not brilliantly animated, gave us such fabulous wordplay, jokes and puns that even adults could enjoy the goings-on in Frostbite Falls. Along with Fractured Fairy Tales, Dudley Do-Right Peabodys Improbable History and Aesop & Son it was a half-hour of silliness that could also be very witty. Boris and Natasha were my favorites as the bumbling spies from Pottsvylvania, even though they sported heavy Russian accents. The few times I come across the Cartoon Network today it seems that either the current batch of animation takes itself way too seriously or is just a collection of vulgar jokes. I know that with the advent of High-def and all of the artistic tools available on any home computer we cant go back to the prehistoric animation techniques of the early 60s' but would it hurt to make a kid's cartoon that at least sported some wit. Today is the anniversery of the Primetime debut of Rocky & Bullwinkle on NBC in 1961.
60 Minutes also debuted on this date in 1968. for those who remember it started as a Sunday afternoon program and our very own Wausau Insurance was an original sponsor and helped the show stay on the air in the early struggling days. Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner were the original reporters.
The Badgers take on Austin Peay (pronounced Pee) tomorrow at Camp Randall. Austin Peay had one of the top basktball players in the country back in the 70's. Fly Williams was the guy who put the university on the map. The student section had the classic cheer "The Fly is open, Let's go Peay!".
High School Football tonight...a doubleheader on our sister station Foxsports 1390WRIG...Marshfield at DC Everest and Wausau East at Antigo.
Songs of the Day- (from My I-pod)
Godzilla-Blue Oyster Cult (1977) the band became more accesible after the hit Don't Fear the Reaper and had a minor hit with this.
Goin Back-The Byrds (1967) from an excellent Lp 'The Notorius Byrd Brothers". Which featured a young guitraist named Clarence White who was later killed in a traffic accident. The recording of this song, written by Carole King, led to David Crosby being dismissed from the band