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cover of TV Guide with fall 1962 show previews (from an online auction)
Autumn has traditionally been the start of a new television season, and 1962 was no different. So, what’s new on the tube for this year? Let’s look through the September 15, 1962 issue of TV Guide and see. First up is NBC with these new shows:
Title screen from The Beverly Hillbillies
Looking at CBS we find:
Over on ABC, there were:
Of course, there were new Saturday morning cartoons too. And finally, we have a new show on NET and two for syndication. The Toy That Grew Up was produced by WTTW, the Chicago affiliate of the National Educational Television (NET) network. It aired complete and uninterrupted silent films for ten years, from 1962 to 1972, lasting into Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) days. The Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio produced a new animated series for syndication, featuring Wally Gator, Touché Turtle and Dum Dum, and Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har. These began airing September 3, 1962. I’ll mention another syndicated cartoon show, Space Angel, later in the page.
The list reveals an awful lot of single season shows, which are as forgettable now as they probably were then. But I remember watching several of the others, especially McHale's Navy, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, Combat!, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Virginian, the various cartoons, and The Andy Williams Show. Of course, since we only had one TV, this probably tells me about both my dad’s choice in programs and my memory of the ones I liked.
Today’s Video of the Week is a slapstick montage from I'm Dickens, He's Fenster: just a hint of the goofy fun from 1962. In the opinion of this nine-year old, that show should have lasted longer than one year.
The Coca-Cola Company published "Pause for Living" booklets from 1954 through 1969. Similar to today’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, these booklets covered the flower arranging, home decorating, and party planning aspects of what is often called "gracious living", though they carried no recipes. They were targeted to garden clubs, sororities, Junior Leagues, church groups, PTA groups, women's clubs, beauty salons, and dentist offices, in an advertising effort to reach women with a friendly reminder that Coca-Cola was the perfect beverage for entertaining at home. In the peak years of the mid-1960s, over a half million of each issue were distributed. Just looking at the cover of the Fall 1962 issue, I’m ready for a Coke!
Pause for Living, autumn 1962 issue (from online auction)
Comic book covers today often follow the holidays, but I cannot find any obvious Halloween covers from 1962. However, there were some horror-suspense comics with tales suitable for telling around a campfire or a flashlight under the covers. One such comic was Boris Karloff Thriller #1, an 84 page monster with stories that included “Gleam of Evil”, “A Haunted Honeymoon”, and “The Hand in the Wall”. BOO!
scan from Grand Comics Database
The newest episode of our US-6 roadtrip travels from Denver to Golden, Colorado for Day 30. It’s a short travel day, but with the mountains in view, we visit museums, 150-year old bars, and more. And this time of year, the mountains are decorated nicely with the aspen trees turning yellow, so take a tour around the edges of the Denver area when you’re out there.
Speaking of the 1962 television show “Space Angel”, check out the Belated Nerd blog. Space Angel was a syndicated cartoon series that was designed to be shown on the after school kid shows like Bozo the Clown and hundreds of locally-produced shows. The Belated Nerd has articles on all sorts of things from the early 1960s period to enjoy, even though the blog has not been updated lately.
Title screen from Space Angel
Highway US-23 passes through many areas of beautiful autumn colors, from the shores of Lake Huron to the mountain slopes of northern Georgia. Day 4 of the trip is no exception, covering the area from Bay City to Flint, Michigan. Enjoy the reds of the many maples in the cities and at the edges of farm fields, and a stop at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History.
farm field near Saginaw, Michigan, in autumn
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Vermont is a state that displays some really great fall color, with plenty of red and orange maples and oaks on its rolling hills and mountains. Highway US-4 makes a good roadtrip through the state, passing near Proctor, Vermont. Proctor is the site of the Vermont Marble Museum, and also formerly of the Vermont Marble Company. Vermont Marble had a large quarry here, and blocks of their marble still dot the museum site. When I visited in 1976, and likely in 1962, you could see some of the quarry's operations around the adjacent buildings. The quarry itself appears to have been underground, as is another in Danby, Vermont. The museum of course highlights the The Vermont Marble Company, which supplied marble for the Jefferson Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, and hundreds of other monuments and buildings worldwide. They are no longer in business. The display of various colors of marble from around the world was my favorite part at the museum, which is still open.
cover of Vermont Life, autumn 1962 issue (from an online auction)
Other places to see some great fall color are our National Parks and National Forests. Take a look at some in my two part post on National Parks, Forests, and More.
AuSable River from a bluff in the Huron-Manistee National Forest
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It's a busy day without much driving, as we see the sights of Denver and Golden, Colorado on Day 30 of the US-6 trip.
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Events Calendar: happening for over 50 years!
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, Sycamore, Illinois - October 21-25, 2015.
In 1962, through the efforts of Wally Thurow (Mr. Pumpkin) and the Sycamore Lions Club, the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival became an official celebration in Sycamore. It’s been turning Halloween into a time of fun and creativity ever since.
Weather for Sycamore, Illinois, September 13, 1962, from the National Climatic Data Center:
Current weather for Sycamore, Illinois, from WeatherForYou.com: