Z is for Zoom #AtoZChallenge

ZOOM first aired on tv in 1972. It was mostly unscripted with an all child cast. It wasn’t a spring board for child stars- in fact the children’s contracts restricted them from making any tv appearances or commercials for three years after they left the show. The children did not stay on the show long, either because of age or being on “enough” episodes. They did not want “stars” on the show although some of the kids were more popular than others.

I remember Bernadette and her cool arm movements. I cannot describe these movements but they are memorable. In my research looking around for her arm thingies, I discovered that some of the former Zoomers (now parents theirselves) had made Zoom like videos called “ZOOM Into Action. I’ve added Bernadette’s video- complete with her arm thingie at the beginning of her intro.

ZOOM was unique because it was mostly unscripted and there were no adults on the show. I felt like I could relate to the kids on the screen because they seemed like kids I might find in my school.

I can’t believe I made it through the entire month of Blogging From A to Z! It was my most effortless attempt and although it did not produce any amazing writing, it did bring back many fond memories.

I’ve wanted to use the 1970’s as a theme for a few years now. I’m glad that it worked out!!

This post is part of Blogging from A to Z Challenge- Z.

Happy Friday!


W is for Weebles #AtoZChallenge

Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down! Yup. It’s true and if you played with Weebles growing up, you know it. In the 70’s Weebles were much smaller than the more recent version. That was back before the majority of our toys were choking hazards or one of many other unknown at the time dangers. When Weebles were re-introduced when my kids were younger, they were much bigger.

We had a lot of fun trying to get them to fall down but just like advertised, they did not fall down. It’s probably the only toy I’ve ever known that lived up to its billilng!

The Weeble girl holding the apple is a survivor from my childhood days. She’s the only one. The Weebles that my own kids played with did not make the cut. They were also not quite as much fun in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as they were back in the 70’s.

What about you? Did you have Weebles?

This post is part of Blogging from A-Z Challenge- W.

Have a great day!


U is for Underdog #AtoZChallenge

‘There’s no need to fear

Underdog is here!’

Shoeshine Boy aka Underdog and Sweet Polly Purebread! What a match! As simple as it was, it entertained me endlessly as a child.

There was nothing like Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970’s. We waited all week for Saturday morning to come. This was very special because we weren’t able to watch cartoons all week long. Talk about a much simpler time!

Since Underdog was one of my favorites, you can only imagine how tickled I was when he was featured in an episode of Friends, “The One Where Underdog Gets Away.”

Were you a Saturday morning cartoon watcher? Do you have any favorites?

This post is part of Blogging from A to Z-U.

Are you ready for the weekend?


T is for Timey Tell #AtoZChallenge

This is Timey Tell. She made it through many purges and packing aways and she’s still with me nearly 50 years later! My mom let me use one of my baby sister’s old bonnets, which fit perfectly!

If you aren’t familiar with Timey Tell, she was made by Mattel. She has a pull string but no longer talks. As you can see she sports a very groovy watch, which you could change to different times. When you pulled her string, she would say something about whatever time that was. “It’s twelve o’clock. Time for lunch!”

She’s not in the best shape but considering her advanced age and that she spent so many years packed away, I think she looks pretty darn good! You can see pin holes on the pink section of her dress where I had pinned one of my orthodontists cool buttons.

Although I also had a Baby Go Bye Bye, Timey Tell remained my most loved doll. And I never re-named her. She was always Timey Tell to me.

Did you have a favorite doll or toy from your childhood that stands out in your memory?

This post is part of Blogging from A to Z- T.

Happy Friday!


S is for SNL #AtoZChallenge

Or “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live!”

“It’s always something!”

So many talented performers have graced the stage of Saturday Night Live since it first aired in 1975. Gilda Radner was hands down my favorite. She never failed to make me laugh. Roseanne Roseannadanna on Weekend Update was fun to watch. And I was always entertained when she was playing the little girl Judy Miller, who wore the Brownie uniform and acted out all the parts of her own Judy Miller Show. Other favorites were Emily Litella, Baba Wawa and Lisa Lubner.

My favorite Not Ready for Prime Time Players will always be the original group- Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, (George Coe????), Jane Curtain, Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman

I watched SNL until the early 90’s. Having three kids by 1995, I couldn’t stay awake to watch it and would try to catch it when I remembered. Thank goodness for the internet! It’s nice to be able to see the skit everyone is talking about with a quick search on my phone.

Do you have a favorite Not Ready for Prime Time Player? Or a favorite group?

This post is part of Blogging from A to Z Challenge- S.

Happy Day!