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Scott Cram
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Ever think about how TV used to be when you were younger?

Do you remember those short PSAa like Snipets?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVslwF7XPOM

. . . or The Most Important Person?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB3fi7opDBc

. . . or commercials that kept you up with the latest prizes in their box? This one probably started some budding mentalists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyJjVzFIQH0

Even while typing this, I ran across this Vincent Price commercial I'd completely forgotten:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHlAKfTvqaE

Do you have any nostalgic TV memories you've been able to find online? Share them here!
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Mark Evanier is a writer for cartoon series you all know - I happen to think Messrs Hanna and Barbera deserve to fry in hades for those series, but Evanier's a smart, funny, articulate guy with something to show you on every page of his site (explore the links) which he calls NEWS FROM ME
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Time for Timer!

for those who forgot, timer was a character who started out as a tour guide of the human body in an ABC after school special. He soon graduated to a sage know-it-all who guided young people through other problems they might face in life. My favorite was the commercial where he told kids if all else fails, eat leftovers for breakfast. The meal he put together was pretty foul, and I had my doubts that any kid was going to follow his advice. Most of his advice was good. Not that one though.
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Ah, yes, Timer! For those who missed him the first time around, check him out now:

Hanker for a Hunk o' Cheese
Leftovers for Breakfast
Sunshine on a Stick
A Fantastic Factory: Your Digestive System!
Brush Your Teeth
Nutritious Dishes (Can you make me a banana? OK, You're a banana!)
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On 2008-11-13 22:36, rossmacrae wrote:
Mark Evanier is a writer for cartoon series you all know - I happen to think Messrs Hanna and Barbera deserve to fry in hades for those series, but Evanier's a smart, funny, articulate guy with something to show you on every page of his site (explore the links) which he calls NEWS FROM ME


An aside on Evanier:
In the very early 70s, he wrote an editorial in an early issue of Mister Miracle, bewailing the 'fact' that the art of escape was relegated to the past, ostensibly never to return. That was right before the Magic Boom hit and the Amazing Randi hit the talk show circuit.
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Either CBS or NBC had a great news brief thing called "In The News" that ran on Saturday mornings in between the cartoons. They were little minute long things that tried to explain whatever the big news item of the week was so that little kids could understand it.

I still remember the one they did at the height of the Watergate scandal. They had this flow chart showing who Halderman, Erlichmann, Dean, etc, were and what everyone was being accused of. That was the first time that my 10-year old brain finally got a grasp of what the hell everyone was talking about it.

They were pretty cool, in a geeky kinda way.
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While looking atthe Timer ads, which I remember well, I found this guy.

Mr Yuk!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLsONa3gKIQ&feature=related
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On 2008-11-14 11:21, Rimbaud wrote:
Either CBS or NBC had a great news brief thing called "In The News" that ran on Saturday mornings in between the cartoons. They were little minute long things that tried to explain whatever the big news item of the week was so that little kids could understand it.

I still remember the one they did at the height of the Watergate scandal. They had this flow chart showing who Halderman, Erlichmann, Dean, etc, were and what everyone was being accused of. That was the first time that my 10-year old brain finally got a grasp of what the hell everyone was talking about it.

They were pretty cool, in a geeky kinda way.


I'd forgotten about "In The News"! I even found a few of them online (Sorry, no luck finding the Watergate one):
Teenage Health Care: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XEPkWFGqLdU
The Atom Bomb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESCRnPurevQ
Shuttle delays: http://www.veoh.com/videos/v915791N3Pkc6pg (There are links to 8 more "In The News" segments on this page)
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On 2008-11-14 11:21, Rimbaud wrote:
Either CBS or NBC had a great news brief thing called "In The News" that ran on Saturday mornings in between the cartoons. They were little minute long things that tried to explain whatever the big news item of the week was so that little kids could understand it.

I still remember the one they did at the height of the Watergate scandal. They had this flow chart showing who Halderman, Erlichmann, Dean, etc, were and what everyone was being accused of. That was the first time that my 10-year old brain finally got a grasp of what the hell everyone was talking about it.

They were pretty cool, in a geeky kinda way.


Even more telling today is how TV purposefully tries to keep kids in the dark about what's going on in their world.

It's harder to sell a pile of crap to a consumer (even a 10 year old one) who asks embarrassing questions...
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On 2008-11-14 11:21, Rimbaud wrote:
Either CBS or NBC had a great news brief thing called "In The News" that ran on Saturday mornings in between the cartoons.

Thank Linda Ellerbee for that.

I always remembered and certainly used in setting my prices something she wrote about 'foreign correspondent' work [approximate quote]: "The network pays all expenses, plus an IDP fee. That's "Indignity to Person." 10% if you have to sleep in a barn, 25% if you have to sleep in a barn with goats."
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I'm pretty sure Linda Ellerbee didn't have anything to do with "In The News".

She didn't get her first journalism job until 1974, and it was on NBC.

Considering that "In The News" was already in its 4th season on CBS at that point (it ran from 1971-1985), I don't think she had much to do with it.
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