A Young Bug – The Write Channel (1978)

Mississippi was pretty late to the public television party,  taking until 1970 to actually establish its own station. Even then it wasn’t the best look for the state, as their refusal to air Sesame Street due to its racially integrated cast drew national criticism, but they eventually figured it out and actually ended up developing some…

Five Things – 11.7.16 – Pappy Drew It

Beyond Westworld (1980) What if the catastrophic events of Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976) were not the result of one company’s hubris, mismanagement, or ill intention but rather the beginnings of the schemes of one man with a larger plan in mind? That’s the premise behind Beyond Westworld, the short-lived 1980 television series based on the…

Five Things – 09.19.16 – We’re Jiggling Too Much

The Bloodhound Gang The Bloodhound Gang is to the 1980s PBS show 3-2-1 Contact what Mathnet was to Square One. That reads like a standardized test question, but it holds up. The Bloodhound Gang was the breakout segment of the larger educational program, featuring Vikki, Ricardo (Rembrandt from The Warriors!), and a rotating cast of junior detectives who solved…

Five Things – 9.12.16 – To Cogitate And To Solve

Mathnet Mathnet appeared as a serial segment on the public television show Square One in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  For me, it was Square One – everything else about the show was either a prelude to or epilogue from Mathnet. Mathnet parodied the 1950s police procedural show Dragnet.  Kate Monday and George Frankly solved “crimes” (more like mysteries) by…

Five Things – 08.29.16 – The Universe Is Wide

Prisoners of Gravity A guy in space, all by himself, broadcasting his thoughts on society to the people below.  This thoughtful 1989 public television show celebrated nerd-dom long before it became cool to do so. Prisoners of Gravity was hosted by comedian Rick Green. As the title sequence tells you, his character was sick of…

Five Things – 01.25.16 – And By Our Daring

1.  Space Shuttle – This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, which was a defining moment of my childhood. Thinking on it reminds me of what a space nut I was as a little kid; living in Orlando, Florida makes it pretty easy to catch space fever.  I saw Challenger’s doomed liftoff…

Five Things – 1.18.16 – Suppose You Wanted To Count Five Things

1. Star Lore – Here’s a weird one. This local Public Television show produced by the University of Nebraska at Omaha features a librarian who is kidnapped by an alien queen to teach the queen about story structure.  It’s basically Santa Claus Conquers The Martians but with a librarian instead of Santa and, well, whatever the…

Five Things – 12.19.11

1 . The Letter People – Another sacred PBS-morning-lineup memory of mine. I can see the opening animation with my eyes closed.   2.  arizona – I’m happy to say that the art and layouts for arizona are completed, and the file will be sent for proof printing this week!

Five Things – 12.11.11

1. I didn’t get CHCH 11, nor had I ever heard of it, but the design of this movie intro makes me wish I had.   2.  This Best Western was (is?) apparently next to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. They seem to have caught the theme from the Carousel of Progress and put a…tackier….spin on it….