Nostalgia Chow: More Childhood TV Moments

The Hercules and Willie Whistle clips the other day sent my brain reeling into all sorts of televisual memories, and thanks to YouTube, I can foist them onto the rest of you, maybe even re-awaken them in those of you who experienced this stuff in parallel.

First of all, from the Boston's late, great WLVI, Channel 56, here's the intro to a Saturday afternoon institution, The Creature Double Feature:

I never watched this as often as I would have liked, since my parents seemed to think my Saturdays were better spent playing sports I wasn't good at in organized leagues with kids I spent most of the rest of the week trying to avoid (on more than one occasion, I've asked my mom whose side was she on, anyway), but this intro (especially the song) is burned into my brain for all time.

A little more WLVI goodness here, some PSAs (including the old school Boston Museum of Science ad that ran for years and years) and a morning programming promo (for Bozo the Clown and Battle of the Planets) narrated by Dale Dorman, a disc jockey who was pretty much the voice of Channel 56 for years:

And now here's the late, great Eddie Driskoll, all-around on-air personality for WLBZ, Channel 2 in Bangor, Maine, to bring things a little closer to home (and my neighborhood, in fact, as Eddie lived just a few streets away), with a promo for his afternoon movie program, The Great Money Movie:

(They used to air a lot of those movies made up of stitched together TV episodes like Spider-Man and Battlestar Galactica on GMM, which I'd always tune in for. The only better week of programming was their annual Planet of the Apes week).

Here's Eddie doing an ad for local pizza chain Napoli's:

Apparently this Godfather was from downeast Sicily (even growing up in Maine, it still makes me laugh to hear anyone say "Bangaw" or "Bah Hahbah."


  1. I would pay top dollah for old tapes of Great Money Movies or "Weird", which I never got to see but always wanted to. I fondly remember watching "Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion" and other such golden classics on GMM, plus Mason Mutt. Eddie Driscoll was a saint. I also miss that old "Santa and His Friends" local show they used to do. My brother and I used to get SO EXCITED for that show. I think we really thought that was Santa Claus even when we were in seventh or eighth grade. Local TV really hasn't retained that level of coziness since. We used to have a few of those Santa shows on tape, replete with commercials for that store "The Gamekeeper" ("Who am I? Why, I'm the Gamekeeper!") I should probably go tear my parents' house apart to find those tapes, assuming they haven't crumbled into dust by now or got taped over with someone not nearly as worthwhile.

  2. Freaking Eddie Driskoll. I lived for four years in northern New Brunswick where that Bangor NBC affiliate was one of the only channels we got. I don't say that there's no room for Eddie Driskoll in the world, but I would have preferred that he not be the only game in town.

  3. Jer, I looked and looked for Santa and Friends clips but came up empty-handed, sadly. If you still have those tapes somewhere, you owe it to the world to get them up on YouTube! I remember that Gamekeeper ad, too. Much more magical than the actual store, if I remember correctly the one time I ever went in there as a kid, but still etched forever into my memory.