you have to fill out an application? If so, do you remember any of the
I don't remember having to
fill out anything, though having been only 8 years old at the time, I'm not
sure if my parents had to fill out anything or not.
the show require you to be a certain age to participate?
I don't think there were age
restrictions on audience members, but I think you had to be at least 8 or 9 to
be on the show.
you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
I did manage to have a few
words with Marc during one of the commercials. He was friendly and down to
earth. Also, I don't know if this counts for anything, but I had a direct, one
to one phone call with him back in 2010.
did it feel walking into the studio for the first time? Had you been there
Walking into the studio was a
surreal, magical experience. I had never been there before.
is your best memory of being there?
My best memory of being
there, besides talking to Marc, was watching the father from the Reilly team
get his bald head almost completely covered in a white, batter-like substance,
and watching Pick-It sneeze.
you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
As only an audience member
and not a contestant, I can't really say anything about what goes on behind the
I do get a tremendous feeling
of nostalgia from watching any version of this show, but most especially shows
that were taped in Philly, since I've always lived only about 10 miles away
from the WHYY studios.
back to question five, tell us about this phone call you had with Marc? How is
it that you got to talk to him?
Well, I had always hoped to meet him on a more
personal level than the fleeting encounter I had with him on the show, since he
was one of my most favorite TV people growing up. So, anyway, back when I
turned 30, my mom wanted to do something special for my birthday, and she got
the idea to try to track down Marc (he was actually in the phone book, believe
it or not) and have him as a surprise guest for the big party we had.
Unfortunately, with him being very busy with his Food Network show at that
time, he wasn't quite able to fulfill that wish, but he did call me on my
birthday, and we talked for about 20 minutes. I told him how DD was still
something I loved after so many years and told him that I had been to a taping
of FDD in 1988, though I don't think he specifically remembered exactly who I
was. I also told him about my other game show passion, The Price Is Right, and
he mentioned that, back in the early and/or mid-70s, he had been a page or done
some type of entry level work behind the scenes for that show.
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Stephanie Hoffman..as a contestant my last
name was Gonzales
Were you a contestant or an audience
Did you have to fill out an
application? If so, do you remember any of the questions?
No application, but we did go through this
"interview process" along with other candidates.
Some of the questions: what President head is
on the penny? How many crayons in a box of 16 count Crayola crayons (seriously
that was the question). I can't remember some of the others🤔
Did the show require you to be a
certain age to participate?
Yes, 13 was the age.
Did you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
Just when he first came on the set when we
were pre-recording. He came out and action was called, something happened
during sound check and he was not happy he threw the mic
and told the crew to get it together before he walks out again, kind of weird
but after all was set he was happy-go lucky.
How did it feel walking into the
studio for the first time? Had you been there before?
Walking into studio was a DREAM come true,
actually it was amazing when they handed us the famous tees and Reeboks (I
wanted the British Knights). We had never been to the set, there were 11 of us
on a family vacation, and when we went through the tour they were showing some
potential new obstacles and physical challenges, then that is when they finally
asked and announced to everybody that was on the studio tour that they were
looking for contestants to film the next day. They were going to hold tryouts
the very next day, contestants had to be related because they were shooting for
a Celebrity Family Double Dare segment. My cousin and I fit the criteria, so we
went ahead and signed up.
What is your best memory of being
When they were asking us the interview questions,
I remember telling my cousin that we just had to keep smiling no matter what.
We had the biggest cheesiest smiles the entire time when they were asking us
Do you have any behind the scenes
stories you can share with us?
Apparently, they were expecting 2 celebrities
for each team and they ended up asking if there was another family member that
could join because they were down to only one celebrity per team, good thing my
uncle came to the rescue. Another thing was that all that slime was made of
applesauce that had coloring added to it, pretty much everything was edible.
Any last thoughts?
I wish there could be a Double Dare traveling
tour haha, Across the state of Texas with a stop in San Antonio at my school
campus where I teach.
For me this has been a VERY,
VERY long road but it will be well worth it when we are finally able to bring
my dream into fruition. Now, with that, I have bad news, and then I have better
news so here we go.
When we last saw our heroin she
has just missed a call from her contact at Nickelodeon legal department. Not being
discouraged she (I) called back the next day and…got a busy signal. Naturally.
But the woman called me back and said that Nickelodeon does not endorse fan
gatherings of any kind therefore they will not allow us to use the Double Dare
set for our NickCon event. Very sad indeed. For as big as they are you’d think
that they would be happy that SOMEONE out there in the world remembers them
before they were even Nickelodeon, and they said they did but still won’t let us use the Double
My next question to her was,
do you have a problem if we asked Marc Summers to come down by himself without
the Double Dare set? She said that he was free to make that decision on his own
but still they will not endorse our event.
When I contacted Mr. Bush,
President of the Altus Chamber of Commerce with that news he too was discouraged
however after a few emails we have decided that we do not want this event to
die off just because Nickelodeon will not support us. He also said that he is
going to start looking at upcoming dates and locations for the event!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are approaching
the fuse! – In other words, we are about to take our first steps to really
getting this thing off the ground!
Now, before we all go running
around like chickens with our heads cut off in sheer joy (and for me that’s
very hard right now) let’s take a moment to breath. There is still a lot of
work to be done and I have not asked Marc if he would be like to, or if he
would be available to, come because I wanted to talk to Brian (Bush) about it
At the moment of this posting
the following guests have agreed to attend, they are just waiting on dates:
Marty Schiff, Out of Control
George James, Pinwheel
Patricia, from Old School
Scott and Adam, from The
Orange Years (hopefully they will be available)
Matthew Klickstein (hopefully he will be available)
Other guests are being discussed but we will have to wait and see.
So, for now, that’s what’s
going on. Needless to say, I am very excited but I’m still trying to keep my
head glued on. I’m very happy and thankful to Brian for sitting down with me and
listening to this idea and I’m very thankful to have him helping me with it. If
any of you would like to thank him, please post your comments and I will make sure
that he sees them.
Today’s Classic Nickelodeon Wednesday is a bit
different. For the last few months I’ve had a few Classic Nickelodeon sightings
and I wanted to share them with you. Hope you enjoy them.
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As I was cleaning out my spare bedroom I found an old 16 Magazine from 1985. As I flipped through it I found the address page and low and behold, I found an address to write to Alasdair Gillis from You Can’t Do That On Television!
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Before Tomorrow People fans knew Trevor
Bannister as “Colonel Masters”
he was already well known on the hit television series Are You Being Served? Where he
played “Mr. Lucas” Here he is with fellow co-star John Inman preforming “Mammy.”
Who knew the Colonel was so well coordinated?
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George has been around for a long time and if you watched Pinwheel in the ‘80’s
then chances are you saw George as a Pinwheel Cartoon. In October I happened to
notice this sign in the electronics department in Walmart. George is such a
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Last Friday while I was out of town for a doctor's appointment I took a stole through Target and noticed this guy on one of the 4-way shelves in the electronics department.
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'90's kids may remember the night Nickelodeon aired Puf-a-Palooza, an all night marathon of the wold and crazy worlds of Sid and Marty Krofft. While going through some old newspapers I ran across this article about H.R. Pufnstuf appearing on the Nickelodeon show Mutt & Stuff.
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About two weeks ago while I was in Walmart I happen to look over at the TVs by the door and noticed they were showing Hey Arnold. How could I NOT take a picture of that?!
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As you all know, Paddington Bear aired during
Pinwheel making it a Pinwheel Cartoon as I like to call them. While I was in
the dollar store I happened to notice this DVD set of Paddington Bear DVD.
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What's Nickelodeon without Slim?! Personally I prefer the real stuff, as seen on You Can't Do That On Television, but for today's modern kids who's never seen the show this will have to do. Still, it does look fun don't cha' think?
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So, you’re probably asking what does a unicorn in a pen have to do with Nickelodeon right? Three Nickelodeon Special Deliveries, namely, Alex and the Wonderful “Doo Wah” Lamp, Big Apple Birthday and The Stowaway where part of a two volume VHS anthology series collectively known as Unicorn Tales. In the opening title of the videos is a unicorn in a pen kicks the fence then jumps over it and runs away. Here is the coloring book and a screenshot of Unicorn Tales.
to “In Search of Saturdays" an advertising space I’ve designed to help our
members find those long-lost movies, cartoons, TV shows, toys, games and
anything else that we’ve all been looking for, for a very long time.
instructions are simple. Post your personal “looking for” list in the comments
and we’ll all see if we can help you find what you’re looking for. - This will
be a group effort please.
you can’t remember the name of a show or toy that’s alright, post what you can
remember and maybe someone here will be able to tell you what it is. Also,
please remember that if you are listing television shows or movies please let
us know if you are looking to purchase these shows or if you just want to watch
them online. Then we, the members of the group, will help try to help each
other and go “in search of” those items for our fellow members.
good place to start our searches is iOffer which, in my opinion, is better than
eBay because you can find lots of shows there that you can’t find anywhere
*** MY WANT LIST ***
is a list of the Classic Nickelodeon programs that I’m looking for to purchase.
Please note that I am a private collector who does not copy and resell my
collection. The videos and DVDs that I collect are for my own private viewing
here in my home or my Mother’s house where I originally watched them. If you
have any of these and would like to sell me copies – for my private viewing –
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, IF YOU CONTACT ME
VIA EMAIL PLEASE PUT THE NAME OF THE SHOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Thank you.
*** NON-VIDEO ITEMS ***
Magazine – no date available – Marc Summers’ car accident article
'80’s women’s or children’s magazines
to Mid-1980’s TV Guides
*** REGULAR PROGRAMS ***
Rocks Video to Go
(Other than what is currently on youtube.)
*** PINWHEEL CARTOONS ***
Adventures of the Mole
in the Suitcase
*** SPECIAL DELIVERY ***
Beware My Beauty Fair
& The Ottaway (staring Billy Hufsey)
Writes (other than the 6 episodes on youtube)
With only thirty-nine episodes Going Great was
a short lived but interesting magazine-style series program hosted by Chris Makepeace. The premise
of the show was simple, every Tuesday and Thursday viewers were given the
opportunity to meet talented and creative young people.
In each episode Chris Makepeace would introduce viewers to extraordinary
kids all over Canada. Sometimes he would get a little help from his roving
reporters, Megan Follows (Matt & Jenny / Anne of Green Gables) and Keanu
Reeves (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures), racking up three episodes each.
In America Going Great aired on Nickelodeon
from October 4, 1983 to February 14, 1984.
I would like to write an
article, or put together a series of interviews, about those of you who were
either contestants on **Double Dare**
or for those of you who were in the audience. For now, I’m going to
start putting together a list of interview questions for those who would like
This will be for former
contestants or audience members only however. If this goes well and you could
just like to throw in your comments as a fan I could do something separate for
you in the future.
So, everyone please put on
your thinking caps and take yourself back to that time when you where young and
on the show or in the audience and I will get back to you when I’ve finished
putting together your interview questions. ***IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE** Send me a message to let me know that you'd like a set of questions. You can email me at email@example.com or send me a message on Facebook letting me know.