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A look back to the future...

Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and The Electric Company? Or how about waking up as early as you could to view the adventures of Mighty Mouse? What about warming up your eyes to early Sunday morning cartoons? 'Toons such as The Groovy Ghoulies, Drak Pack, or The Robonic Stooges? A Sunday morning may have also included clips from the Skate Birds, The Magic Door, HR Puff 'n Stuff or maybe even Dirty Dragon's Gigglesnort Hotel--that odd little show which took place in a unbelievably tall hotel steered by an old captain living in the penthouse and powered by a dragon who kept the broiler working in the basement. Nothing ring a bell yet? How about the good 'ol afternoon agenda? We start the line up watching Tom & Jerry or Bugs Bunny. Then things got real with G-FORCE! And as I recall it, the totally uncool alternative was the Mickey Mouse Club or the Banana Splits (I personally always loathed the perpetually happy Brady Bunch). Of course there is one show so renowned for wasting precious time that it warrants its own sentence: GILIGAN'S ISLAND!! But only after you were forced to do homework (yechk!) which mainly consisted of Dick & Jane math problems and Focus on Phonics workbooks, you probably gobbled you dinner so that you could catch the shows like: Eight is Enough, Charlie's Angels, The Incredible Hulk, Three's Company, Alice, and on those late saturday nights...Solid Gold and Saturday Night Live. Times have changed and our tastes matured. Soon we watched Tom & Jerry and only did it when no one was around. Also, the peak for Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and The Electric Company (even with Spiderman and Letterman in it,) soon ebbed. Prime time was the only time worth viewing now, even though G-FORCE and Giligan's Island still held a place in our hearts. Other afternoon time busters were, Happy Days, Lavern & Shirley, the Partridge family, and Muppets. The shows on the "Hip List" were now The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Magnum PI, Knight Rider, AutoMan, Manimal, Voyagers, C.H.I.P.s and Hill Street Blues or The Six Million Dollar Man. For those who still craved the entertainment in the afternoon, there were nifty little shows that you could watch. These little treats came in the forms of cartoons or people performing the same as if they thought they were in a cartoon. Shows with labels such as Gi-Joe, Transformers, He-Man, She-ra, Jem and the Holograms, The GhostBusters (complete impostors,) The Real Ghostbusters, Superman, Wonder Woman (It was a wonder that her costume got passed for T.V.,) Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and last but no least, Smurfs--those lovable creatures you just hoped Gargamel would get. All in all, tastes vary when it comes to television. I know the list of shows here is far from comprehensive but I was curious what shows you remember from your childhood? If any of these tickled that nostalgic nerve or sparked a memory of a show not mentioned here and long forgotten, please share it in the comments below.

Until next time, this is Mork signing out with love from Mindy....Nanu-Nanu!


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If she should smile, the Sun would shine and all the world would flourish for I am hers and she is mine to love, to hold and cherish.
If she should dream, the sky would ring as all the angels cheer it then I would sing so I could bring the way that she might hear it.
If she could share, she’d know we care about the world she lives in then we could bare our feelings there so she could know where we’ve been.
If she should fear, she’d stop in fright––the world would shrink and bind her so I will come to bring a light and in the darkness find her.
If she would cry, the stars would fall and weigh her soul with sorrow then I shall peel away the sky and bring about tomorrow.
If she would love, life opens up––a realm without a border for then the world makes sense to me, the universe in order.
If I could say how much she means to me and those around her then maybe she might step aside and let the world astound her.

The Light

The Light By Nabih Saliba
I light the path for all to see They shall not trip because of me How great I am that darkness flee I do all this without a fee
And so it went each night for lamp Who proudly thought itself a champ But then one evening came a tramp His clothes were worn, and torn, and damp
He staggered left, he stumbled right He should not try to walk at night The drunkard fell into the light Thrown from the lamp with disdain bright
Why should I help this man below? He’s far beneath me don’t you know His lesser breeding clearly show This beggar can’t deserve my glow
And so the lamp let darkness fall On he who lay there in a ball As shadows grew both thin and tall The lamp stood off for one and all
Then suddenly the night time fled