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?

-Kat

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!

-Kat

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!

-Kat

R is for Records #AtoZChallenge

A small portion of my 45 collection.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I had to buy my own records so I needed to make wise purchases. I kept my 45’s numbered and listed on a piece of paper in a record case that closed with a latch and had a handle on top. I don’t have all of my collection, but I’ve managed to piece together a partial list. (I suspect one of my siblings helped themselves to the missing records).

Kat’s Super Cool 45 rpm Collection from the 1970’s!

  1. “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow

3. “Muskrat Love” by Captain and Tennille

8. “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Shaun Cassidy

9. “Star Wars” performed by London Symphony Orchestra

12. “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra

13. “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart

14. “Big Shot” by Billy Joel

18. “Macho Man” by Village People

20. “You Take My Breath Away” by Rex Smith

22. “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone

23. “Knock on Wood” by Ami Stewart

24. “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches & Herb

27. “My Sharona” by The Knack

28. “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band

  • “Pop Muzik” by M
  • “Sexy Eyes” by Dr. Hook

Just listening to this takes me back to listening to records in the basement with my siblings, all of us dancing like crazy, performing to invisible crowds. We really were a strange bunch of kids. My dad, who is the driving force behind our love of music, would shake his head at the music we listened to back then. Looking over my list of retrieved 45’s, I can’t say that I blame him!

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

Rock on!

-Kat

Q is for Queen #AtoZChallenge

If you had asked me if I liked Queen when I was a teenager, I probably would have shrugged. Until the minute I sat down in a theater and watched Bohemian Rhapsody a few years ago, I did not even realize how many Queen songs I loved.

After giving it a little thought, it occurred to me that I never realized they were Queen songs. Obviously I can clearly hear it now when I run through the songs in my head. What was I thinking? Why didn’t I know this? Great questions.

I never owned an LP or even a 45 of a Queen song. There’s no reason other than I had to buy those records with my baby-sitting and paper route earnings and I was very choosy. There were so many that I wanted, I couldn’t have them all. Looking back, I question my own taste but hey, I was young and it was the 70’s!

Out of the 15 songs released by Queen n the 70’s, I loved nine and here they are-

  • “Killer Queen”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “Somebody to Love”
  • “You’re My Best Friend”
  • “We Will Rock You”
  • “We are the Champions”
  • “Fat Bottomed Girls”
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now”
  • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
And this is my favorite!

Do you have a favorite Queen song?

This post is part of Blogging From A to Z- Q.

Hope your day is sunny and bright! (I’ve got snow here. Yes, snow! In mid-April!)

-Kat