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Memories of Public Television

Updated on March 21, 2017

Growing up on PBS

Growing up in the 70's, I was 14 in the Summer of 76, I remember watching a lot of TV...Actually, one of the greatest things in terms of being a reader that happened to me as a kid was when the TV broke and we didn't get another one in the family for awhile.

But, when we had a TV, I loved watching animated broadcast shows like Batman, and also dramas like the Wild Wild West and comedies like Gomer Pyle..

But, one thing I absolutely loved was checking out PBS TV shows...Yes, it was great watching Zoom, a show by teens for teens, that had perhaps one of the sappiest songs of all times...The middle part was Let's Go!

Lets Do It! ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM. Come on and ZOOM, Come on and ZOOM,vCome on and ZOOM. Come on and ZOOM,Come on and ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM-a ZOOM.ZOOM ZOOM.Come on and ZOOM, Come on and ZOOMCome on and ZOOM, Come on and ZOOMCome on and ZOOM-a ZOOM-a ZOOM-a ZOOM.ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM.Ha Ha Ha Ha!I'm ZoeHey I'm Jared.ZOOMI'm KeikoI'm Pablo.ZOOM ZOOMAnd of course, I loved watching Sesame Street with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the characters and then there was the Electric Company.......All of these shows played a role in my education and definitely helped me get through my teen and pre-teen years in Warrenton, NC.....I as a a kid was a student of history and politics and I definitely remembered watching PBS segments like Conjunction, Conjunction What's your Function...Conjunction junction, what's your function?
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses
Conjunction junction, how's that function?
I've got three favorite cars that get most of my job done

Conjunction junction, what's their function?
I've got and, but, and or
They'll get you pretty far

And that's an additive, like this and that
But that's sort of the opposite not this but that
And then there's or, O-R when you have a choice like this or that
And, but, and or get you pretty far

Conjunction junction, what's your function?
Hooking up two boxcars and making 'em run right
Milk and honey, bread and butter, peas and rice
Hey, that's nice

Dirty but happy, digging and scratchin'
Losing your shoe and a button or two
He's poor but honest, sad but true
Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooOr the who so classic I'm Just A Bill......I'm just a bill
Yes, I'm only a bill
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the capitol city
It's a long, long wait
While I'm sitting in committee
But I know I'll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will
But today I am still just a bill.......But I'm sure that the more modern version is more of a bluesy song...Please don't pass me.....At least not this one, because then little boys from around the country might be deprived of knowing about meor even about the sea........Please don't pass this particular billbeen putting out a Trump....Don't let him make us a Chump.............Just think about how Deep cuts here in NC could mean that we lose shows like Black Issues Forum which is on PBS locally and has informed a lot of folks about the local African American community and issues that are faced here, or even NC Now which has taught me about parts of my state that I didn't know existed or if I did know about them I didn't know about this intricate tale or another from that area........PBS has been a vital part of so many of our educations, and I wonder how many are concerned about it's future.......Tell me some of what you fear about cuts in the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, and also what some of your favorite PBS shows were growing up....


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    • bluesradio profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Lee 

      22 months ago from Durham, NC

      Monty was hilarious but so was Benny Hill, the British comedy that definitely had some sauciness to it....

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      Pat Mills 

      22 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      The one that came to mind first was Monty Python's Flying Circus. The show was crazy and surreal and consistently funny. I've also watched some of Austin City Limits, and I recently became acquainted with a series on Chicago architecture history hosted by Geoffrey Baer.


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