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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Daughter snapped a picture of hubby and me over Christmas and though I like the pic, I can't help thinking how much we resemble the couple who played on the cornflake commercial. Remember that one from ages ago? He held a pitchfork in his hand and the music was something like "New Country Cornflakes" or something like that?

Okay, never mind. Anyway, I've been thinking about how TV influences us over the years. I grew up watching Andy Griffith and Barney, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (please say you remember them), and as I got older, Little House on the Prairie. I can't hear that whistling tune signaling the start of an Andy Griffith re-run without getting a warm fuzzy. And when Charles Ingalls pops up on the screen, I grab my coffee and settle in for a warm-hearted, feel-good hour of entertainment. In other words, those programs shaped me into who I am today. Scary, huh?

So here's the question I throw out into the great cosmos today: What were some of your favorite shows or commercials as a kid? Do they conjure up a feeling for you when you see them today?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:09 AM  
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At 11:12 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I do NOT think you look like that couple with the pitchfork, etc. You look CUTE!

I grew up watching the same things you listed...but what I also remember are the programs (and songs for) Petticoat Junction, Rawhide, Gilligan's Island, Bonanza, Green Acres, The Flintstones, The Jetsons...etc., etc. LOL.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, how could I forget Gilligan's Island?! You're right, Pam, all those other programs are right there on the list of what I watched. Ahhhhh, what memories. :-)

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You look darling.

Soup and sandwich...soup and sandwich...nothing goes together like soup and sandwich....(Campbell's Soup)

Hey Mikey! He Likes it! (Life Cereal)

"Good stuff, Maynard" Can't remember which commercial that was, but I still use the phrase.

At least those commercials made some sense.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

"How many licks does it take to get to the bottom of a Tootsie Roll Pop?"

My youngest son took it as a challenge and actually counted them a couple years ago. We have the answer written down around here somewhere if anyone has been dying to know. LOL

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Edna said...

you don't look like that, you are a nice looking couple, but tanking about that commerical I did a page in a scrapbook with hubby and I behind the image of those farmers. I really like it. Though it was so funny.


At 2:34 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

"Eat right with the red, white and blue! They're the colors that mean you're eating Mueller's." (To the tune of "Stars and Stripes Forever")

I think your picture is lovely. :)

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I don't remember that commercial, but you probably don't resemble that couple.

My favorite shows growing up were Little House, The Brady Bunch, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers and yep, re-runs of Star Trek.

I really miss those wholesome tv shows, even Star Trek wasn't that bad compared to what is on tv now.

I got my boys hooked on Touched by an Angel re-runs. I always cry.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

And you never know when God just might pop up through one of these programs!

I LOVED Little House on the Prairie. Get this. One time I was asked to "sign" while I sang The Lord's Prayer for a women's meeting at a woman's house. I didn't know the group and I was a little embarrassed to "sign" it because there were no hearing impaired people there and I didn't want it to be "showy". I asked the Lord to somehow show me if I should do it.

I was making dinner preparations and turned on Little House on the Prairie halfway through the show. Right when I turned it on, there was a little boy kneeling at his bedside SIGNING the Lord's Prayer!! WOW!

Needless to say, I signed it at the meeting and came to find out the woman's daughter was going to school to become a sign language interpreter so she could have a ministry with the hearing impaired. We had lots to talk about!

Is God amazing or what?!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Ok, now you are dating us!!

Sky King, Rin Tin Tin from my youth, Little House from my kids youth, and of course my favorite commercial was "Let Mikey eat it!"

I was extremely careful what my kids watched growing up, but it was easier until they were teenagers & the MTV channels came out. I worry about my grand-girls as they have TVs in their rooms and little supervision unless they are watching in the living room.

I was shocked to find out my son in law had watched "GI Joe" with my granddaughter. I had watched that movie and refused to tape it for her, and her mom had agreed. So, it was a big surprise to both of us when she saw it at home. He also lets her watch CSI Miami, which I watch and know it isn't for 11 year olds.

How do others handle this type of thing? What is the best way to encourage our children and grandchildren in today's world? I know how TV can influence so many kids today, both good and bad.

I would love to hear how other grandparents deal with today's world in the media!

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I'm with Pam S.--You guys DO NOT look like the Cornflakes couple! You're both so cute! I love this photo.

I'm about the same age as you are, so my memories are dittoed. We have been watching reruns of HeeHaw and they are so funny.

You crack me up, Diann!

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Cornflakes couple? NO way!!'re much prettier and perkier.

When my nineteen-year-old son was a toddler, he was enamored by TV commercials. When we were at the grocery store he asked me, "Mommy, can we buy Oreos so we can unlock the magic?" Awwww.

I grew up watch Andy Griffith, Happy Days, LaVerne & Shirley, Eight is Enough, Little House on the Prairie, The Carol Burnett Show and Lawrence Welk...yes, Lawrence Welk. My sister and I used to get our baths early on Saturday nights, don our robes made by Mom, and settle in for a rousing hour of LW...ahh, good times.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

What does it say when mine is Mickey Mouse Club?

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Love the pic, btw. ;)

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

1111111111111112222222222222222222222222222222222222222 .... or so my cat says. :-)

I Love Lucy and the Lucy Show are my instant warm fuzzy when I hear the music or see a commercial.

I am so sad that Nick and TVLand, which started out faithful to these shows have begun to show the "newer" things, which, ... well, I digress.

Loved so many mentioned here ... Gilligan, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore .... Carol Burnett. We have started to "cave" and have begun investing in some of the DVD's of these, because sooner or later, they will probably disappear also.

And, I definitely concur with the others: you in NO way resemble the pitchfork couple. The composition of the pic is the same, but other than that, nope! :-)

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Denise said...

I have fond memories of watching Hee-Haw with my grandparents. So funny! Singing "gloom, despair and agony on me..." (to myself) is a way I snap out of self-pity...and laugh.
And Cheryl, I can't remember where "Good stuff Maynard" came from either, but I still use it too! :) So glad I am not alone!

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Oh, two look adorable! A sweet pic!

As for television shows, my husband always teases me. What I thought was MY show turned out to be in syndication, and he watched it when HE was a kid (we're 6 years apart in age).

But I remember Leave It To Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and of course, every teen girl's favorites...The Partridge Family and The Monkees!

We went to a concert several years ago and as entertainment before the event began, the played TV Tunes over the speakers. It was so funny listening to everyone as they would exclaim, "Oh, that's Flipper---oh, remember Hawaii Five-O?!" LOL!!

At 8:56 PM, Blogger jel said...

"where the beef"
"don't squeeze the charmin"
" the frito bandido"
are some of my fav

along with the one's Pam S. wrote,
The Waltons, EMERGENCY,
Trapper John, Family Affair, almost anything from the "70s"

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ane, I LOVED the Mickey Mouse Club! My favorite song was, "Today is Tuesday..." Yay!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

1. Not the cornflakes couple, more like the Donna Reed couple :-) Did you know that Paul Peterson, who played the son, was an orignial Mousketeer? He was fired and ended up being the only fired Mousketeer to ever work for Walt Disney again--Walt forgave him.
2. Christmas before last my dh got me the complete series for Daniel Boone--remember? Daniel Boone was a man, and a big man. . . Did you know that Randy Newman's dad co-wrote that song?
3. The Kool-Aid kids are off again to visit other lands, be sure to join them, when you do, join them in some Kool-Aid, too. Kool-aid, Kool-Aid, tastes great, Wish we had some, can't wait!
4. Yeah, don't get me started on Perry Mason.

Abundant blessings--especially to those of you who remember all that with me!

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

We lived out in the country so channel selection was limited, but Dad has a tape of me at a very young age singing "Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed. ." The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Emergency, Andy Griffith, Matlock, Little House on the Prarie, Happy Days, and Dukes of Hazard.
On Sunday night we'd come home from church and watch Hee Haw, unless Disney's Magical Kingdom had something good on that we wanted to instead.
Oh I nearly forgot, watching the original Star Trek with my dad, though I found out later that he never cared for the series, just watched them with me cause I enjoyed them so much. Fertile mind and all. :D

BTW, I taught all my cockateils to whistle the Andy G. theme song. They like it too.


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