Post by Kevrob
The 3rd chapterplay on "Cliffhangers" was "Stop Susan Williams,
featuring the extremely leggy, blonde and toothsome Susan Anton,"
who starred in the SFnal film, "Goldengirl."
Wiki says SSW was modeled on the "Perils of Pauline," and that may
be so, but at the time I thought they had given "Brenda Starr" a
name change and a dye job.
Hmmm. I don't remember her at all.
Post by Kevrob
I saw singing cowboys as a 60s kid on local TV, and especially
on Saturday morning reruns of Roy Rogers' show. My sisters
have a photo of a 3-year me in a 10-gallon hat they can haul out
whenever they want to tease me.
I got to see many serials (All 3 "Flash Gordon" series, "Buck Rogers"
and others) a chapter-a-day on the children's TV shows hosted by
comedians like the late Chuck McCann. "The Phantom Empire"
was perfect for 8-year-old me. Cowboys! Songs! The Muranian
Thunder Guard! It really helped to be the same age as the original
Perhaps being male helped? I was in the same age group, and the
whole cowboy schtik left me cold.
But I got to see antiquated kids' Saturday movies even before
television. When my father was getting his Ed.D. on the G.I.
Bill, we were living in married-students housing in Menlo Park,
within easy commuting range of Stanford for all the married
students. (The husbands, mostly; their wives were busy raising
infants and toddlers, the beginnings of the Baby Boom.)
Every Saturday morning, somebody in the shopping area of the
village* would show many, many movies suitable for little kids.
Price, nine cents. There was a shop across the hallway that sold
honest-to-Cat penny candy; our parents would give us a dime and
we'd buy one piece of candy and give the change to the guy
running the movies. It now dawns on me that the candy-store guy
must have had to stock a whole lot of pennies.
*Stanford Village, it was called; during the war it'd been Dibble
Military Hospital, and all the buildings were accessible by
ramps. Later on, Xerox Parc lived there. I have no idea what's
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