Re: Chicago Television of Yesteryear
Date: February 11, 2014 03:22PM
Yeah, we were pretty busy playing 16" Chicago-style softball and tag, etc. But in our younger days there were so many great kid's shows... Romper Room, Susan's Show, Elmer the Elepahnt, Super Circus (with Claude Kirschner, and that majorette, I think was Mary Hartline). The zoo show was "Zoo Parade", with Marlin Perkins, who, at the time, ran the Lincoln Park Zoo. Then came Bozo, which really turned the world upside-down for us kids.
But what I really lived for in the 50s were the evening comedy and variety shows, like Your Show of Shows (Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca), Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, and (showing my age here) the Tonight show, first with Steve Allen, then Jack Paar, and then the King, Johnny Carson. Television will NEVER again be as good as it was in the 1950s and 60s. It isn't referred to as "The Golden Age of TV" for nothing.