The Shows I Watched as a Kid!

My last post dealt with a Looney Toons cartoon I liked as a kid, and truthfully, even into adulthood.  I mean, how can you not watch Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, or one of my favorites Foghorn Leghorn!

image

It started me thinking about the other shows (cartoons and otherwise) that I liked when I was a kid.  Some are well known while others maybe not so much.  So I thought I would share a few!

SeaLab 2020An underwater city, it’s where I first learned about the pressure of deep water as well as “the bends”.  Classic story in cartoons of a brother and sister who wouldn’t listen to their parents and were always getting in trouble!  Scary to think that its only 7 years until 2020…

image

Speed Racer:  Who doesn’t know about the Mach 5 (can’t tell you how long I thought it was the Mark 5)  Speed, Trixie, Pops, Spritel, Chin Chin, and the car!  To this day sometimes I wish my old wagon had some of the buttons the Mach 5 did.  Never could remember what they all did, but my favorite was the saw blades!

image

StarBlazersDerick Wildstar (who looked a lot like Speed Racer) Sandor and the rest flying a old battleship across space to fight the Gamalons who were bombing earth with meteor bombs.  Starsha from Iskandar called them to come to her, and helped with the Wave Motion Gun!

image

Speed BuggyHow many cartoons were there with a bunch of teenagers who solved mysteries?  This one was with a car that could talk!  (kind of) Sadly I have to admit that yes, I can do a pretty darn good Speed Buggy Impression!

image

Herculoids:  I remember this as a little kid.  But didn’t remember the name.  All I remembered was Tantro, the Rhino like Herculoid that would shoot energy bolts out of his head and charge into things at a dead run!  More than once I got in trouble pretending to be Tantro and knocking over my sister!  Prehistoric planet with this group fighting off evil aliens!

image

Thundarr the Barbarian:  Gotta love the sunsword!  Who cares if it was a obviously stolen from a light saber.  Never liked HeMan, but Thundarr was a stud!

image

Danger Island:  UH OH CHONGOOOOO!!  Ok not a cartoon, but a serial show about a professor his daughter, his assistant (Jan Michael Vincent) who get marooned because of Mutan and his prirates.  They meet Morgan and Chongo.  Slapstick action, lots of fights and fun!

image

Lost in Space:  “Warning Will Robinson!  Meteor Shower approaching! ”  “Never Fear Smith is here!” Classic Sci Fi of a family in space blown off course and lost.  Robots, bad special effects and loved every show!

image

There are many many more.  Land of the Lost, Scooby Doo, Land of the Giants to name a few.  All were fun, many had fights, explosions, danger, but we, as kids, knew it was make-believe!  We would fight with our sun swords, knock over our sisters, and race like the wind on the Mach 5 (our bikes!) It stirred the imagination, shaped our games, and bring back fond memories.

Do this day, I sometimes slip and say “Uh Oh Chongooooo!”

  • Yob! (mountainstroh.wordpress.com)

 

YOB!

I know many of you had to be Looney Tunes fans when you were kids (or even now!)  Cartoon network, even with Sponge Bob, Johnny Bravo and RugRats can’t touch the classics!

But do any of you remember the one with Yob?  The Martian baby who’s rocket ran into the earthling baby on the way to be born. 

image

Because in the 50s, women didn’t go into labor, they went to the hospital and either a stork or a rocket or a parachute delivered the kids. 

The Earth family had no idea this happened, but they started noticing the kid, Yob, just wasn’t normal….

image

I bring this up because I am starting to think there is NO way my oldest can be mine!!  (Maybe HE is YOB!)

He is going to be starting his junior year in College in September.  Last year, he had his first apartment.  I took him grocery shopping the first day. It cost me almost $200!!  The kid had recipes!  He wanted diced pimentos!  Hell, I am still not sure what a diced pimento is or what you use it for.  I lived on Kraft Mac and Cheese and cheese burgers, plus trading Barb and Terry baby sitting for real food…  He cooks!!

I found out early on that even on Saturday nights, he was studying. 

image

“Dude,” I said, “You have to find fun stuff!  It’s college!”  I was thinking intramural sports, or even beer pong…  He took up Tango dancing “Well theirs more girls than guys and they are gorgeous…”  Well I can’t fault the logic, but I can dance a lick….

Speaking of talent, he can sing, play anything with a string, and borrowed a flute to play with during the summer.  I couldn’t even figure out how to play cymbals….

He has an actual fashion sense and girls love him! 

image

I was more of a crash and burn kinda guy, and without my village my clothes still don’t match.

And the kid is incredibly smart!  He’s carrying straight A’s in his major (Math) and has never gotten below a B+ in any other class…. 

image

He was also, in high school, and incredible inline speed skater, going to nationals twice!  Yeah I was a helluva flag foot player, but honestly.

Instead of zombie books, Sci Fi, Old Westerns or Mountain climbing books, the kid reads, understands and enjoys literature.  He bought and read the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe, just for fun…

I just can’t help but think somewhere out there is a Martian Family, raising an 80s rock listening, bike riding, zombie watching, Levi wearing, nature loving kid, and wondering “How the hell did he turn out like this?”

Proud of him though!  He is his own person, and he will do well!  But is he realy mine???