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Not Everyone Can Be A "Propeller Head"

Updated on March 18, 2009

As a kid, I wished that I could be like Hopalong Cassidy and own my own white stallion. I wanted to fly faster than a speeding bullet just like Superman. I even saved Oveltine labels and begged my mom for fifteen cents so I could send away for an official Sky King code ring with a secret compartment. But, by the time I reached my fifteenth birthday, I had never owned a horse, flown outside an airplane, nor received a real encoded message except from my friend Anthony when I was seven years old. I never grew into one of those bigger than life super heroes of my childhood dreams. In fact, I just became a "propeller head."

Just like the TV character, Beany, I was a cherub-faced boy with a propeller beanie who was good-hearted, upbeat, and somewhat obnoxious at the same time. I navigated through childhood believing all things were possible. To fly, I needed my propeller beanie cap called a "Beanycopter", complete with helmet and propeller. And just like the famous big-eyed hero, I could survive any peril, scale any obstacle, and overcome any enemy. No matter what the real world threw at me, I would prevail. I only needed to cry out "Help, Cecil! Help!" and my imaginary friend Cecil, a seasick sea serpent, would reply "I'm comin', Beany-boy!" as he raced to my rescue.

I was a living version of the animated cartoon series created by Bob Clampett. Originally a puppet show entitled Time for Beany, the animated TV series aired for just one season in 1962. Those 26 original episodes were repeated for over five years. Along with The Jetsons and The Flintstones, it was one of the first three color television programs on the ABC television network. The concept and the characters survived many and varied adventures until 1988.

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      Quilligrapher 

      4 years ago from New York

      G’day, Jodah. It is an honor to have a distinguished poet visit my little hub. I urge everyone to hang on to their childhood memories. They are the last link to our innocence. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Q.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh remember Beanie and Cecil and Hopalong Cassidy (good guys wore white hats, bad guys black). Thanks for the memories. I used to act out my tv heroes too.

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      Calling Crow 

      8 years ago

      Oh they are good memories, although my hero's were the Thundercats and Silverhawks, LOL! I was an odd little girl ;)

    • Quilligrapher profile imageAUTHOR

      Quilligrapher 

      8 years ago from New York

      I am delighted by your reaction, CC. Thank you for your kind words. I hope all of your memories of childish antics are pleasant ones.

      Q.

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      Calling Crow 

      8 years ago

      Reading this makes me wish I wasn't so young!

      But I am young, which I suppose makes me a pseudo-nostalgic (I feel it's necessary to create a new word here! haha). I listen to the stories of my baby-boomer parents and their friends and so on and all I can see is such a wonder-filled time of freedom, hope and that ever important, child-like faith in all things wonderous! I dare say I envy you completely! I wish I had had a "Beanycopter"! I always had a great imagination, and of course my own super heros to call on in times of "danger", but reading your story makes me long for a time I never got a chance to experience.

      Thank you for reminding me of my own childish antics. At this moment, I am grinning like a Silly crow! ;)

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      Sandi 3m 

      9 years ago

      Great! You write wonderfully, enjoyed reading something different.

    • Quilligrapher profile imageAUTHOR

      Quilligrapher 

      9 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Btous2, for stopping by. May all your memories be pleasant ones.

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      btous2 

      9 years ago

      OMG....There really is another Cape Crusader out here..ahahah....Well as a little girl growing up in the late fifty's and into the 60's...I was glued to the SHOW every Saturday.....My parents were just on the bottom edge of Middle Class, and never was able to afford those items of the show...until 3 years ago....I was able to pick up 2 working beany copters....then a thermos,,,the jack in the box, cecil's disguise kit in the box, dishonest John game, BEANY doll, Cecil talking puppet card game, the 3 vinyl lunch boxes and A BAG OF BEANY and CECIL marbles...orignial price 10 cents....I don't dare tell my husband what I paid for those marbles.....he'll think I LOST MY OWN MARBLES on that one.....hahahaha...Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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      Quilligrapher 

      9 years ago from New York

      You are welcome, Mr. Mc Gregor.

      I would be interested in learning how, or if, children in South Africa were influenced by Beany and Cecil, Howdy Doody, Kulka and Ollie, or Casper The Friendly Ghost. What are your thoughts?

      Q.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this interesting answer to my question!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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