Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy Father's Day
As a child, television provided me with countless and diverse images of fatherhood; stern but loving family men, widowers, bachelor uncles, hapless but lovable dads etc. So many role models to chose from, and all as far removed from real life as my little house in the suburbs of Long Island was to the Hollywood sound stages where these shows were filmed. My father wasn't quite like any of these men; quiet by nature, he wasn't an overflowing font of fatherly advice and I don't recall having many heart to heart talks with him. This is not to say he wasn't a good and loving father; he definitely was. He just wasn't particularly good at expressing emotions. Also, unlike most TV dads, who seemed to lounge around the house in a tie (except on weekends when cardigan sweaters were the norm), my Dad was a blue collar worker and the only time he wore a suit was to attend a wedding or funeral.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It's Saturday! That means more great old kids' shows here at the Museum...
Have no fear, Underdog is here!
Hong Kong Phooey -How can you not love a cartoon voiced by the great Scatman Crothers?
The Banana Splits - Hanna-Barbera's mixture of live action and animation had an undeniably catchy theme song.
H.R. Pufnstuf - brought to you by the psychedelic (or is that psychotic?) minds of Sid and Marty Krofft.
Felix the Cat - another theme song that's stuck with my all these years...
Casper the Friendly Ghost -a cartoon about a dead little boy who just wants to be loved (sounds like the plot of a Japanese horror movie).
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Dutch graphic artist (1898 -1972)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Lucy and Ethel
Mr. Ed, Wilbur and Carol
Ginger and Maryann
Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden
What really went on during those Racoon Lodge meetings?
Oscar and Felix
The Golden Girls
Newman and Kramer