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THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHILDREN’S TV

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 8, 2013

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– What shaped the Baby Boomers?

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Now for a bit of nostalgia. I was recently up on a Philadelphia web site doing some research when I stumbled upon an old kiddie show I watched back in the 1950’s. I couldn’t have been more than three years old at the time, but memories of the show came flooding back to me. I happened to tell my wife about the show, including its plot and puppet characters, and she looked at me like I had lost my mind. Before I reveal the name of the show, which only someone from the Philadelphia/New Jersey/Delaware area will remember, I prepared a list of the children television shows from years ago and contemplated their impact on my generation.

As a note, since I primarily grew up in the Northeast and Midwest, some of these titles will not be recognizable to everybody. Maybe you’ll remember some of these programs. If not, it will give you some insight into how the Baby Boomers think.

Alvin and the Chipmunks – was a cartoon series originally produced in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. The premise involved a trio of singing chipmunks; Simon, the intellectual; Theodore, the chubby one, and; Alvin, the mischievous one. Their manager was David Seville who produced their music and tried to keep them out of trouble. The group made some songs that reached the pop culture, but it was the cartoon series that perpetuated them for many years. Their TV show included a series of shorts featuring Clyde Crashcup, an imaginative inventor, and his shy assistant Leonardo, who could only be heard whispering to Clyde. In the 1980’s, following the death of their creator, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (the voice of Dave Seville), the group was updated and re-released to the public.

Beany and Cecil – the creation of Bob Clampett, it originally started out as a puppet show but became a popular animated series in the early 1960’s. The show featured “Beany,” a young boy, and “Cecil” the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent. The two would go on adventures with Cecil making wise-cracks and puns. “Dishonest John” was the bad guy.

The Sandy Becker Show – Becker was one of a handful of pioneers of children’s television on WNEW-TV in New York (Channel 5, now WNYW); others included Soupy Sales and Sonny Fox (see below). Sandy’s show featured puppets and characters with funny voices. The show was just plain fun and entertaining for kids after school. His most bizarre character was “Hambone.”

Bozo the Clown – was both a cartoon and a franchise featuring a circus clown. He appeared on local channels throughout the country with Chicago’s WGN version becoming the most popular. Bozo was so popular, to attend the show Chicago parents had to order tickets one year in advance.

Captain Kangaroo – ran for 38 seasons (from 1955-1984) and featured Bob Keeshan as the Captain, who was supported by a cast of characters like Mr. Green Jeans, guests, and puppet characters such as Mr. Moose and Mr. Bunny Rabbit.The Captain may have been somewhat sedate, but Keeshan was interested in teaching moral values while entertaining children.

Chatter – Chatter’s World was produced by WBKB Channel 7 in Chicago as a series of black and white shorts. It starred a talking chimpanzee that would get in and out of trouble. The voice of Chatter was comically unique.

Circus Boy – kids gravitated to this 30 minute black and white show as it combined a circus with the old West. It featured “Corky” in the title role, and played by Micky Dolenz (later of “The Monkees”). Corky’s big responsibility was to care for Bimbo, a baby elephant. What kid wouldn’t want to ride or take care of a baby elephant?

Cisco Kid – graduated from radio to television in the 1950’s. Unlike most Westerns at the time, which were shot in black and white, the Cisco Kid was one of the first to be shot in color. The show starred Duncan Renaldo as Cisco, and Leo Carrillo as the fun-loving Pancho.

Clutch Cargo – was an adventure cartoon series featuring limited animation. To compensate, filmmakers superimposed the lips of the actors to make it seem more realistic. Clutch was assisted by his ward “Spinner” and his dog “Paddlefoot.”

Crusader Rabbit – was the first animated series produced specifically for television. Although the stories were interesting, the animation was primitive, particularly when you compare it to Disney or Warner Brothers.

Walt Disney Presents – early Sunday nights were Disney nights and hosted by Walt. The show featured cartoons, nature films, and adventure series, such as “Davy Crockett” which became incredibly popular.

Diver Dan – was an adventure series of filmed shorts, in black and white, featuring a sea diver in an old-fashioned diving suit who would talk to passing fish. The show was filmed through an aquarium to give it the illusion of a water effect. The fish were actually marionettes. The antagonists were Baron Barracuda and Trigger Fish who were always trying to undermine Diver Dan. Miss Minerva, the beautiful mermaid queen, also talked to the fish but shyly avoided Diver Dan.

Fireball XL5 – was a space ship which was a part of the World Space Patrol. It was filmed in “Supermarionation” (puppetry) and originated in the UK. The futuristic look to the show made it popular, particularly at a time in the 1960’s when we were engaged in the Space Race.

Hanna-Barbera – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were the creators of MGM’s “Tom and Jerry” cartoons, and became the most prolific producers of animated cartoons in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including: “Huckleberry Hound,” “Quick Draw McGraw,” “Yogi Bear,” “The Jetsons,” “Top Cat,” and many others. “The Flintstones” became their most popular series and the first to play during prime time. The series itself was a takeoff of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners.” “Jonny Quest” was particularly popular with young boys as it featured the adventures of Jonny and his father, scientist Dr. Quest. He was accompanied by Race Bannon, Hadji, and Jonny’s dog, Bandit, for comic relief. The animation was more lifelike than the other Hanna-Barbera series.

Hot Dog – was an imaginative show created by Frank Buxton who explained to children how things were made, including hot dogs, hence the show’s name. To add levity to the program, Buxton would interview Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen and Jo Anne Worley who would offer bizarre answers for how things were created, thereby becoming a favorite among adults as well as children.

Howdy Doody – was a marionette dressed in Cowboy garb. The show was hosted by Buffalo Bob who was dressed in buckskin and quickly became a favorite of the “Peanut Gallery,” a set of bleachers for kids attending the show. There were other characters used for comedy relief, such as Clarabell the Clown, who would honk horns and squirt people with seltzer, and Chief Thunderthud who coined the greeting, “Kowabonga!”

Jungle Jim – was played by an older Johnny Weismuller who had retired as Tarzan. Jungle Jim was a black and white syndicated show, featuring Weismuller as a hunter and explorer. He was accompanied by his teenage son Skipper, and supported by Haseem, an Indian servant. There was also Tamba, the chimpanzee. Although the show was theoretically set in Africa, Jungle Jim also visited Asia and other places. For kids, “Jungle Jim” was the next best thing to “Tarzan.”

Just For Fun – was hosted by Sonny Fox on New York’s WNEW-TV (Channel 5). Although Fox was perhaps better known for “Wonderama” (see below) which ran on Sunday mornings, “Just for Fun” was on Saturday mornings and featured contests between teams of kids. The winners would inevitably win more games and toys than they could carry.

Kukla, Fran and Ollie – was created by Burr Tillstrom and originated out of Chicago. It featured two puppets: Kukla, a clown and, Ollie, a one toothed dragon. Fran Allison sat in front of the two and controlled the dialog. The humorwas gentle, but very entertaining.

Lassie – a beautiful dog that appeared at times to be smarter than her owners. Kids loved this animal, particularly at the end of the show when she would offer her paw to the audience. The show was so popular on Sunday nights that it competed with Disney.

The Shari Lewis Show – Lewis was a puppeteer and actress. Her principal characters were Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse, all possessing endearing personalities. Lewis had an instinctive way to make kids laugh while teaching them positive lessons.

The Lone Ranger – the masked man of the plains graduated from radio to the television screen in the early 1950’s. Clayton Moore played the quintessential ranger, as did Jay Silverheels as Tonto. The two were positive role models as they always fought for truth and justice.

The Chuck McCann Show – the noted comedian began his career in New York on WPIX where he developed nutty characters and skits for children.

Mickey Mouse Club – a Disney project started in the mid-1950’s and featuring Jimmie Dodd as host and the “Mousketeers” ensemble who would sing and dance. Actress Annette Funicello got her start on the show as did many others over the years. The show would also include serials, such as “The Hardy Boys,” featuring Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk, and “Spin and Marty,” starring Tim Considine and David Stollery.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – featured Fred Rogers and was considered the PBS version of Captain Kangaroo. Rogers’ character was very mild mannered. So much so, comedians such as Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live would make parodies of him.

Muppets – long before “sesame Street,” Jim Henson’s Muppets gained notoriety on the “Jimmy Dean Show” in the late 1950’s (Yep, the singer who sold breakfast sausages). In particular, Rowlf the Dog became a favorite with adult audiences.

My Friend Flicka – first created as a book, then produced into a movie, the TV version was set in a fictional ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming and featured Ken McLaughlin, the son of a rancher, and his horse Flicka.

Popeye the Sailor – was a newspaper comic strip and an animated series which got it start in the 1930’s. An updated version of Popeye was produced in the 1950’s with the same characters, his girlfriend Olive Oyl and rival Bluto. His secret to his strength was a can of spinach. By doing so, he increased the sale of spinach significantly.

Rin Tin Tin, The Adventures of – Rin Tin Tin had long been a movie star. For television though, the setting was the Wild West where the famed German Shepherd accompanied Rusty, a boy being raised by the soldiers on a US Cavalry post known as Fort Apache.

Rocky and Bullwinkle – was a cartoon series produced by Jay Ward. The show starred Rocket J. Squirrel, and Bullwinkle J. Moose who would go from one adventure to another, usually fighting Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. The series also featured cartoons entitled “Fractured Fairy Tales,” and “Sherman and Peabody,” featuring a brilliant talking dog. The cartoons were loaded with puns and wisecracks that would often go over the heads of children, but quickly picked up by adults.

Romper Room – was a long running syndicated show for children. Like Bozo, Romper Room was franchised to local media outlets throughout the country. Modeled after a kindergarten, the hostess played the roll of teacher and would talk to the students on the set as well as those in the television audience. The kids loved her “Magic Mirror” where she would extend greetings to children who mailed in their names. The show taught manners, the Pledge of Allegiance, and offered a Romper Room prayer to God.

The Roy Rogers Show – was a thirty minute black and white show featuring the King of the Cowboys. Rogers was a beloved character by children everywhere. He teamed up with his wife, Dale Evans, his sidekick Pat Brady, who drove a jeep named Nellybelle. There was also Roger’s Palomino named Trigger, and his German Shepherd named Bullet. Visiting Roger’s ranch was a dream for many kids. Roy and Dale would end the show by singing, “Happy Trails.”

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon – like the Lone Ranger, Sergeant Preston began on radio and graduated to TV. The show told of Preston’s exploits as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). His trusted dog was Yukon King, and Rex, his horse. And they always got their man.

Sky King“America’s favorite flying cowboy” was another 30 minute black and white series. King was based in Arizona and chased bad guys or performed search and rescues. He was assisted by his niece, Penny, and Clipper, his nephew. The real star of the show though was “Songbird,” a sleek Cessna.

Soupy Sales – was another veteran of WNEW-TV (channel 5). His humor was considered avant-garde for his time and was aimed at both children and adults (the kids missed a lot of his jokes). He was supported by three puppets: Pookie, a small lion; and White Fang and Black Tooth, two large dogs which you never saw on camera except for their paws.

Superman, Adventures of – the late George Reeves played the Man of Steel. In this series, Superman only tackled local hoods and trouble-makers, not villains from other planets. He was a positive roll model for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

Tom Terrific – was an early cartoon designed specifically for television. Like Crusader Rabbit, the animation of Tom Terrific was not very good. Tom though had the unique ability to magically change form to just about any object. He was accompanied by his dog, the “Mighty Manfred.”

The Paul Winchell Show – was a noted actor and ventriloquist who was accompanied by two dummies, the wise-cracking Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff, a country bumpkin. Like Shari Lewis, Winchell had a unique ability to connect with kids.

Warner Brothers cartoons – Saturday mornings were filled with vintage cartoons from the archives of Warner Bothers, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, et al. It makes you wonder how we ever lived without Mel Blanc, the voice of all of the characters.

Wonderama– whereas Sonny Fox (WNEW-TV) hosted the “Just for Fun” game show on Saturdays, he hosted “Wonderama” on Sundays which was a more cerebral type of show for kids, and originally aired for three hours. Fox would conduct interviews, discuss news, and exercise. Kids participating on the show would win prizes, but nothing to the degree of “Just for Fun.”

There were also a multitude of local children’s shows across the country. In Cincinnati alone, there was the “Uncle Al Show,” “Larry Smith and his Puppets,” and the “Skipper Ryle Show.” The local shows may not have been as polished as the national shows, but kids still flocked to them.

In many of the adventure shows listed above, you will notice many of the stars had young sons, wards or some other relative. This was a clever move by the producers as the viewing children would associate themselves with the characters, thereby imagining they were a part of the show.

The hosts in these shows were loved by the kids. Today, grown adults openly confess their admiration to these same people many years later. Before his death in the 1990’s, Buffalo Bob Smith (of Howdy Doody fame) would tour college campuses with the marionette where he was met by standing room only audiences. Likewise, June Foray and Bill Scott, the voices of Rocky and Bullwinkle, were also mobbed by college audiences. The bond we formed as children to these pioneers of television is something we do not see anymore as such shows no longer exist.

In terms of teaching, all of these shows promoted the concept of good conquering evil, to accept right over wrong, and the need for doing well in school. In addition to being a moral compass, they filled kids with the imagination to be adventurous, yet becoming responsible for their actions. They also provided role models and taught socialization skills. All of this, combined with some simple silliness and fun, no wonder the kids became hooked on children’s television.

Finally, the show I watched as a young lad in the Philadelphia area was “Bertie the Bunyip” – It was another puppet show created by Lee Dexter, an Australian. Lee described a Bunyip as a mythical Australian animal which was a cross between a bunny, a collie dog and a duck billed platypus. As a three year old, I wasn’t really concerned with what a Bunyip was, just the character who seemed to be wise, good hearted, and cared about the safety of his friends. Maybe I did learn something from television after all.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Bryce: Don’t complain about elections if you don’t vote

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 7, 2013

THIS WEEK’S COLUMN IN THE ST. PETERSBURG TRIBUNE – 11/06/2013

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WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HATE OBAMACARE

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 6, 2013

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It certainly wasn’t “transparent,” was it?

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The 2010 Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has been the object of our attention for the last three years. It remains controversial to this day as polls show Americans disapprove of it. Of course, this is what led to the ugly standoff between the House of Representatives and the President. Even early supporters of the legislation, such as unions, realize it suffers from deficiencies and needs to be changed.

The bill was voluminous making it doubtful the Congress knew what they were voting for at the time. As Nancy Pelosi said, who was then Speaker of the House, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” And herein lies the problem. Since it was signed into law, the details have been slowly emerging much to the consternation of the American public; e.g., exemptions for Congress and big business, that it triggered a flood of companies to turn employees into part-time workers, that companies are laying off workers as they cannot afford it, that young people will be faced with escalating policy costs and elect to pay the penalty instead, that the IRS will enforce it (who has also been granted an exemption), and that it is plain and simply bad for the economy. According to a Gallup Poll, almost half of the American people believe the law will make the healthcare situation in the United States worse.

Bottom-line, the American people do not trust the Affordable Care Act as it represents something concocted in a back-room by one party. It was certainly not something considered “transparent” as promised by the president:

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”
– President Obama via White House web site

This is hardly what happened with the Affordable Care Act.

This is not how business would devise such a solution. Instead, they would implement a Feasibility Study whereby the current system would be defined, complete with strengths and weaknesses, requirements would be specified, alternatives considered based upon a cost/benefit analysis, and a suitable solution selected. By going through this process, nothing is hidden and everyone understands what is going on. More importantly, it leads to an intelligent business decision. This didn’t happen though, did it?

Some people argue the preparation of a Feasibility Study would have been too laborious and time consuming. Maybe, but when you consider the chaos we are currently embroiled in, a Feasibility Study would have made a lot more sense than the way the Affordable Care Act was drafted and implemented.

The fact remains, we enacted a law that looks like it will do more damage than good. So, what should we do, throw the baby out with the bathwater? Hardly. We have learned a lot from this exercise already, but I would still delay or repeal it until such time as we do a proper Feasibility Study.

Years ago, when I served as a baseball umpire, I learned the importance of getting the call right. As much as I didn’t want to back down from a call, I had to do what was best for the game. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do this too often, but I did have occasion where I had to swallow my pride and reverse my decision. I had to do this for the kids. Now we have to do it for the country.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TAKING QUALITY FOR GRANTED

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 4, 2013

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– Quality must be built into the product during design, not inspected in afterwards.

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Back in the early 1980’s there was a big push for quality in the work place. The sudden interest came about after it was discovered the Japanese were overtaking the Americans in building superior products. Interestingly, the works of quality pioneers such as W. Edwards Deming and Joseph M. Juran, who enjoyed success in Japan, were rediscovered. Books couldn’t be written fast enough on the subject, seminars overflowed with attendees, and Deming and Juran became overnight sensations in their home country which, for many years, ignored their contributions. The International Standards Organization (ISO) introduced the ISO 9000 Series of standards for quality which were quickly adopted by Europe and grudgingly by the United States. Although there was a general raising of consciousness in the 20th century, interest in quality began to wane in the 21st. So much so, you do not hear too much about it anymore and I fear quality is something we again take for granted.

In the Information Technology industry alone, I do not see any evidence to suggest quality has improved. If anything, it is worse, particularly in software where bugs are still common, probably because vendors avoid structured testing and, instead, allow customers to beta-test their products (a concept I still cannot fathom).

Even to this day, the general work force suffers with misconceptions about quality. For example, it is generally believed quality is a matter of “class” as in different “classes” of automobiles; e.g., compact, midsize, luxury), which is like mixing apples with oranges. No, it’s not about “class” but rather, producing a product in accordance with its specifications. To do so, quality must be built into the product during its development, not inspected in afterwards. This means the entire development process must be well defined in terms of Who, What, When, Where, Why and How the work is to be performed. Perhaps the best way to think of it is as an assembly line with several stations of work to perform different tasks. Instead of waiting to inspect the product after it rolls off of the assembly line, where it can be difficult and expensive to correct problems, every step in the assembly process checks the quality of the product before it proceeds to the next work station, thereby assuring a quality product comes off of the assembly line.

I had an occasion to visit a Sony factory in Japan years ago. While there I observed an assembly line where the various workers built television sets. Each workstation had its own set of responsibilities for adding components and checking the work preceding them on the line. During scheduled breaks, each worker would rotate to the next work station in the line where the work resumed. This made each worker cognizant of all of the steps needed to assemble the television set, as well as to promote the development of a quality product. It also broke up the monotony and kept the workers sharp.

Maybe this is why there are so many quality problems in computer software, since programmers typically have a problem relating to the manufacturing analogy and insist on testing their work afterwards as opposed to performing rigorous design reviews earlier on.

Beyond the mechanics of quality though, people must learn to care about the work products they are charged to produce. This is an area once referred to as “pride in workmanship” or “craftsmanship.” Without this spirit of caring about one’s work, nothing can guarantee a quality product, regardless of the number of rules the ISO writes. Quality requires both discipline and a conscientious work force. You cannot have one without the other.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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CHATTY CATHIES

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 1, 2013

BRYCE ON SOCIALIZATION

– Dealing with those who talk incessantly.

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We’ve all run into people who talk incessantly, be it a relative, friend, neighbor or coworker. You say “Hello” and that’s basically the last word you have in the conversation. I was sitting at a lunch counter recently and overheard two men talking; actually, it was just one guy dominating the conversation. He talked for over thirty minutes nonstop without taking a breath. From what I understood, it had something to do about his financial portfolio. I could tell by the inflection in his voice that he thought he was being rather brilliant and articulate, but I could also tell by his companion’s eyes that he was growing weary of the diatribe. And I think that’s part of the problem of these people I call “Chatty Cathies”; they simply have no regard for the other person in the conversation or whoever else might overhear them. It is this insensitivity that annoys us more than anything else.

“Chatty Cathies” feel compelled to entertain us when, in reality, they are putting everyone else to sleep. I find it interesting that most are unaware of how annoying they are. I don’t know why they do it other than they must have some insecurity they are hiding or perhaps it is an inferiority complex they are trying to overcome. I don’t know what it is, but it sure drives people bananas.

I have always thought of a conversation as a two-way street involving both give and take. Not so with the “Chatty Cathies” of the world who see conversations as unidirectional. Have you ever noticed that people only understand a fraction of what the “Chatty Cathies” are talking about? That’s pretty scary when you think about it, especially if the person has something important to say and people simply ignore it.

Interestingly, most of the “Chatty Cathies” I have met are actually nice people, if you can get them to shutup for a minute. At some point you have to inevitably confront the person about the problem which can be awkward to explain. Not to worry. I have found most are conscious of their problem and take criticism well. When I have to break off a conversation with one of them I say something like, “I’m sorry but I have to go do something else.” They are normally not offended, take it in stride and go looking for their next target.

People tend to avoid “Chatty Cathies” and treat them like lepers which is disheartening to the person in question who feels like they are being ostracized. What they do not seem to realize is, it is their mouth which is their own worst enemy.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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