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The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon

July 16, 2014

The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon was an episode of the ABC Afterschool Special.  I did not see it after school, though.  I saw it in school. Our middle school teachers showed us this during class.  I don’t remember much about it other than the name Duffy Moon and the scene where bullies come after Duffy and a bigger friend standing behind him intimidates them into running away.  But whiles that is all I remember, it is also something I’ve never forgotten.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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Kung Fu

July 11, 2014

I must have seen Kung Fu on WUAB weekends.  I’m not sure if I saw it prior to seeing The Master, or after.  If it was prior, then it could have been my introduction to martial arts and Asian culture.  Even if it was, though, it wasn’t a very good one.  I was rather afraid of Kung Fu.  I think I was afraid of most 70s properties.  They were so garish with their implied nihilism and aggressive reds, yellows, and oranges.  That’s how I saw them, anyway, and Kung Fu was no exception.  I couldn’t understand it, I was afraid of it, so I mostly avoided it.

I must admit, though, that there was one Kung Fu episode I really liked.  Caine knew some bad guys were in the vicinity watching for him, and he decided to confront them, so he stood out in the open rather than hiding and banged some rocks together to get their attention.  I thought that was pretty hardcore.

Years later, I would be reintroduced to Caine as Kung Fu: The Legend Continues premiered on the PTEN syndicated network.  I was really into martial arts back then and loved the show.  The biggest thing I remember is that Caine once healed himself of a bleeding injury.  I’ve always wished I could do that.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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Lottery$

July 10, 2014

ABC’s Lottery$ is one of my strongest TV memories from the pre-playroom days.  I don’t remember it for either of these openings, though.

I don’t even remember those openings.  What I remember is Judy Landers as a fan dancer who dropped her fans when she heard she had one a million dollars.  I didn’t understand what a fan dancer was or why I was so interested in that scene, but I clearly remember it.  In fact, I remember it being part of the opening.  I’ve not found an opening which has that scene in it, but I have found that scene in this promo.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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Harper Valley PTA

July 9, 2014

I can’t remember if I covered Harper Valley PTA in TV In My Time or not.  I only have vague memories of seeing it a few times at Grandma’s house.  I think I knew it was based on a song and a movie, and I think I knew that Barbara Eden had been Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie.  But I certainly didn’t pick up on any of the innuendo that I would hear years later when I finally listened to the song it was based on.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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The Lucy Show Opening

July 8, 2014

I didn’t mention The Lucy Show in TV In My Time.  That’s because it wasn’t a huge part of my 80s TV experience.  I did encounter it once, though.  It was just one encounter, yet I’ve never forgotten it.  It was this here:

This looks pretty benign now, but it terrified me as an 8-or-so-year-old kid!  There’s this red-headed, rather wild-eyed, cross-dressing lady, and she swirled around the TV in some sort of kalideo-vision.  This did not inspire me to become a fan, that’s for sure.  I did manage to watch a couple episodes of I Love Lucy on WTBS in the years after that, but I never forgot nor forgave the scare I got from The Lucy Show.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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The Bronx Zoo

June 26, 2014

Here’s another from the Forgot To Mention It In The Book file: the 1987 NBC show The Bronx Zoo.  It was a drama about teachers in an inner city school.  I only watched one episode of this show.  In that episode, one of the teachers had a faith crisis.  He sampled various churches and religions in search of one he could join.  I think he ultimately ended up praying with his dead Jewish uncle who appeared to him in a dream or something of that sort.  That and the title is all I remember about the show.  The intro is pretty cool, though.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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USA Saturday Nightmares Shorts

June 24, 2014

One thing we don’t have enough of in modern television is bizarre little shorts shown between programs on cable networks.  HBO aired many of these shorts, as did the other movie channels, but my favorites were those shown during USA Saturday Nightmares.  Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

“The Dummy” is my all-time favorite.  It actually scared me when it aired.   In this version, it is preceded by a screen announcing that it is a USA Saturday Nightmares short.  I hadn’t remembered such screens, so it is interesting to see one now.”The Contraption” is another that I liked a lot that and scared me a little.  I don’t remember seeing “Living Dolls”, but it would have scared me at the time and has that look and feel of the shows at that time.  I don’t remember “The Open Window” at all, and it is different from the others, but still interesting.

Don’t forget to check out my book TV In My Time for more of my 80s TV memories!

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