Saturday, May 19, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer

The Pretenders – Back On the Chain Gang 

Lionel Richie – Say You Say Me 

Lionel Richie – Dream Maker

Jump in the Saddle – Curly Shuffle 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Special Delivery – Dinosaurs

Giant Life Size Dinosaurs at Family Trip to Dinosaur World Park

Walking with Dinosaurs Helsinki 2012

Walking with Dinosaurs – Live Arena Tour London O2

Movie Magic – DINOMANIA

Dinosaurs! – A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time!

Dinosaur! (Hosted by Christopher Reeve)

Adventures in Dinosaur City


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day everyone. This is my Mother with Dave Schoonover in 2010.

Classic Nick Rocks

Cyndi Lauper – All Through the Night

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock 'n' Roll

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Kylie Minogue – The Loco Motion

Donna Summer – She Works Hard For the Money 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Children's Theater -- Fresh-Hatched from The Imagination Of Real Kids

Children's Theater -- Fresh-Hatched from The Imagination Of Real Kids
By Louise Sweeney MAY 1, 1985

WASHINGTON — What kind of wings does a hippopotamus have? When kids write the script, that's the kind of question actors tussle with. It was crucial to the performance of ``The Hippopotamas Who Wanted to Fly,'' a story by nine-year-old Allison Elisabeth Clark which is one of the hits of ``Kids' Writes in the Nation's Capital'' at the Kennedy Center.

``You have to be willing to do what kids want you to,'' says James Mairs, the director of a Kids' Writes troupe of adults known as the Magic Carpet Band, which tours the country and appears on TV performing stories written by children from 5 to 14. In this case, it was Allison's story about a baby hippopotamus adopted by eagles who have to use a helicopter to lift their heavy baby into their nest. When they learn that ``hippopotomas [the child's spelling] had a dream to fly,'' they teach him. Next he grows wings, and ``as he flew through the brilliant sunlight, he was filled with unending joy,'' Allison writes. The end.

Refreshingly and obviously, it's not a TV sitcom script written about kids, but one that comes fresh-hatched from the imagination of a real child. That may be why children lap up Kids' Writes fare like chocolate Popsicles on a July day; when the series played Nickelodeon cable television, 8,000 kids from all over the United States wrote in, sending their own stories, poems, and thoughts. For the 17 half-hour shows that aired, 300 authors were chosen, and they were present in the audience to take a bow the night their stories were performed on camera.

Forty-five Washington-area children contributed scripts to the Kids' Writes performances at Kennedy Center, which were part of a two-week ``Imagination Celebration'' Children's Arts Festival earlier last month. ``Kids' Writes from the Nation's Capital'' included numbers on ``The First Time I Ate a Lima Bean,'' ``My Invisible Friend,'' ``When My Hamster Died,'' ``Creepy Things in the Night,'' ``The Sandman and the Fairy,'' ``Small But Brave,'' ``A Big Triceratops,'' and ``Horrible, Horrible Supper.''

One of the biggest hits was ``Presidential Speech,'' by Andrew Maraniss, 14, in which the president puts on dark glasses and sings a rap number about his policies while the Secret Service break-dances.

All during another hit, 11-year-old Billy Swistak's ``Creepy Things in the Night,'' a piece that begins, ``I used to think there were monsters under my bed,'' the little girl behind me kept whispering, ``I still do.'' The audience became very still for 10-year-old Ari Douthit's ``The Magician,'' dealing with the death of the grandfather he loved, and how his magic trick would be to bring his grandpa back again.

Another hit: ``Rock and Roll Star,'' by 12-year-old Ryan Wilson, a number about stage fright. When the ``rock-and-roll person'' finally overcomes it and sings a real rocker, ``I Know I Know I Feel Good,'' by nine-year-old Krissi Spence, the audience goes wild and cheers. He is backed up by the other performers in the Kids' Writes troupe, who compose and play the music in this, as well as other numbers, with great zest and talent.

They are also wondrously funny, a group of clowning performers who seem to be made out of India rubber and silly putty, with the ability to turn themselves instantly into barking dogs, penguins, teachers, raindrops, pirates, cows, or whatever the kids' scripts call for. They are dressed in black, white, and red costumes with knee pads that look a little like baseball umpires' uniforms. Magic Carpet stars are Wynn White, John Rousseau, Carlo Grossman, and Steve Riffkin; music is composed and arranged by Mairs and Riffkin.

``When you get out there in front of the kids and you've got it right, they laugh, they squeal, they cry, and it all comes back [to you] just like it would in an adult show,'' says Jim Mairs. ``And the reward is immediate. 'Cause the kids tell you they love it, when you hit it right.''

This year's show was a year in the making; last spring the Magic Carpet Band appeared with Kids' Writes at the annual ``Imagination Celebration'' at Kennedy Center with its ``Greatest Hits'' show, involving material done over the last 10 years. Among the hits: ``The Gargoyle Conspiracy,'' in which the gargoyles atop Notre Dame in Paris climb up and ring the cathedral bells, and a five-year-old child's ``Dog Party,'' in which several breeds of dogs dance to rock music. Area children in the audiences last year were encouraged to go back to their classrooms and write, not for school and grades, but for Kids' Writes -- ``just put your heart or head into it,'' Jim Mairs explained.

Negotiations are under way to do a Los Angeles Kids' Writes. (It will be challenging; in one L.A. elementary school, 18 languages are spoken.) Toronto Kids' Writes and Vancouver Kids' Writes have been done in previous years; and Mr. Mairs's group has been approached to do a Midwestern Kids' Writes, again drawing on talented kids from that area. London and Nova Scotia are also Kids' Writes possibilities in the near future.

The ``Imagination Celebration,'' in which Kids' Writes appears at Kennedy Center, also tours the country, with new festivals this year in Kansas City, Mo. (April 12-21), Winston-Salem, N.C. (May 5-10), and Louisville, Ky. (May 11-19).

The Magic Carpet Band got its start 13 years ago when Jim Mairs, fresh from an acting major at University of California at Los Angeles and a stint of Shakespeare, was offered a job setting up a children's theater in Carmel, Calif. To prepare himself he spent six weeks in a kindergarten class as a student, doing everything the kids did, including writing out brief stories for a gifted master teacher on things that were important to them. Mairs found the kids' writing so imaginative he included six samples in his children's theater program, and the Kids' Writes concept was born.

The rest of the Magic Carpet Band troupe are gifted friends of his from the Carmel area, including the former lighting man from the theater and the waitress at the restaurant where they all ate breakfast. The secret of performing for children, Mairs says, ``is a sense of wonder. Everything you look at is new.''

Mairs says he would like to see a national theater for young people in this country. ``There is a national young people's theater in Russia that is absolutely wonderful. They spend fantastic money on it. There are professionals that work for 50 years in young people's theater there because it is a dignified, respected profession. And in this country, mainly because of the financial structure, people can't continue to work in children's theater because they can't make a living. So what it tends to be is amateur night. . . . And this country really deserves a national theater.

``But the variation that I would suggest is that there should be a national young writers' theater. The idea of Kids' Writes that has grown up -- I would love to see a theater where every year the productions were written by kids, for kids, staged by professionals with adequate budgets to stage them the way they should be. Kids can write for kids better than adults can. This is a fact . . . there's no place for young people to write or have their work appreciated.'' Except his own Kids' Writes, which has room even for flying hippopotamuses.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Nick Fan Convention - Now We're Making Progress!

Two updates in one day, I think I’m on a roll.

Taking matters into my own hands I emailed both Brian and one of our guests. Brian can’t put together a budget without knowing how much it will cost to bring everyone down. So, this is what it comes down to.

#1) We have a loose date set.

#2) Now we have to see where the money will come from.

#3) Officially, because of expenses, it looks like we will have to cut the convention from three days to two. Unofficially, if anyone who attends would like to stay an extra day and visit with fellow fans that would be okay but probably without our celebrity guests. (Unless they wanted to stay on their own as well.)

Slowly but surely folks. Slowly but surely. When I emailed Brian and suggested that we cut one day as a way to cut some of the cost this was his response:

“Let me do some checking with our board on possible funding and get back 
to you, but that is a good way to control cost.

Brian B. 
President & CEO, Altus Chamber of Commerce

Nick Fan Con Update - No Update

Folks, I’m sorry that I haven’t posting anything to you in a while about the convention, but my hands are tied. For the last few months I’ve been waiting for Brian, president of the CoC here in town, to set a date for this but so far nothing. Short of giving you their phone number and having all y’all call them and tell them how much you want this convention to happen I don’t know what to do to get things moving. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share them with me but all we need is a date and a place. I think I know the perfect place to have it it’s just the date I need. I’m sorry this isn’t better news. ☹ I’ll keep you posted. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Nena – 99 Luftballons

RUN-DMC & Aerosmith – Walk This Way

Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams

Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Katrina & the Waves – Walking on Sunshine

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Special Delivery – Getting To Know Them

The Monkees Behind the Music (2000)

A Century of Black Cinema (2003)
{Please note – George James appears in this documentary.}

The Lawrence Welk Show – Welk Stars Through the Years – 02-28-2009

Saturday, April 28, 2018

In Search of Saturday

Welcome 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.

The 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.

If 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.

A 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 else.

*** MY WANT LIST ***
This 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 Also, IF YOU CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL PLEASE PUT THE NAME OF THE SHOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Thank you.

Muppets Magazine 1982
People Magazine – no date available – Marc Summers’ car accident article
Any '80’s women’s or children’s magazines
Early to Mid-1980’s TV Guides

Dusty's Treehouse
Hocus Focus
Nick Rocks Video to Go
Pinwheel (Other than what is currently on youtube.)
Spread Your Wings
Standby...Lights! Camera! Action!
Studio See

The Adventures of the Mole
Bunny in the Suitcase
Emily (my favorite)
Hattytown Tales
Magic Coco
The Magic Roundabout

Beware, Beware My Beauty Fair
Clarence & The Ottaway (staring Billy Hufsey)
Kids’ Writes (other than the 6 episodes on youtube)
Silver City (The Righteous Apples special)

Classic Nick Rocks

Paul Overstreet – Take Another Run

Ian – Supersonic Dream Day

Beach Boys – Kokomo

John Mellencamp – Crumblin' Down

Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Classic Nick Thursday – Double Dare


IF you'd like to Contact Nickelodeon HERE is their information. 

A special thank you to Dan Hafner for messaging me this this article.

'Double Dare' Is Coming Back To Nickelodeon
By Sandra Gonzalez, CNN Updated 2:55 PM ET,
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Best '90s Game Show Is Returning To Nickelodeon This Summer
By Keely Flaherty Keely Flaherty, BuzzFeed Staff
April 25, 2018, at 11:05 a.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Pancho & Lefty

Carlene Carter – I Fell In Love 

Rick Springfield – Jessie's Girl

Peter Wolf – Lights Out

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Special Delivery – Robin & Harvey Interviews

Double Dare – Pilot Clips (1986)

Double Dare’s John Harvey Interview

Double Dare’s Robin Russo Interview

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Roxette – Listen to Your Heart

Prince – Raspberry Beret  

Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens – Street of Bakersfield

Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut