Saturday, December 25, 2010


Merry Christmas everyone. I thought you all might get a kick out of this “12 Days of Classic Nickelodeon” song that I wrote over the summer when I was getting ready for the fan meet. This, of course, is based on the classic “12 Days of Christmas” song. Hope you like it and just in case you don’t know what all the references are, I’ve included the interpretation below.

By: Peggy Sue Clay

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
A Pinwheel in a big house.

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the third day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.
On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Eight roller coasters,
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Nine Waterbabies,
Eight roller coasters,
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Ten Tomorrow People,
Nine Waterbabies,
Eight roller coasters,
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Eleven buckets of slime,
Ten Tomorrow People,
Nine Waterbabies,
Eight roller coasters,
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Twelve rockin videos,
Eleven buckets of slime,
Ten Tomorrow People,
Nine Waterbabies,
Eight roller coasters,
Seven obstacle courses,
Six Special Deliveries,
Five awesome guests,
Four Righteous Apples,
Three magic genies,
Two wilderness children,
And a Pinwheel in a big house.


And a Pinwheel in a big house = A pinwheel at Pinwheel House

Two wilderness children = Matt & Jenny

Three magic genies = Special Delivery, “Alex and the Wonderful Doo-Wah Lamp”

Four Righteous Apples = Special Delivery, “Silver City”

Five awesome guests = Guests on “Livewire”

Six Special Deliveries = Speaks for itself

Seven obstacle courses = From “Double Dare

Eight roller coasters = Special Delivery, “Wild Rides” with host Matt Dillon

Nine Waterbabies = Special Delivery, “Waterbabies”

Ten Tomorrow People = John, Carol, Kenny, Stephen, Elizabeth, Tyso, Trisha, Mike, Hsui
Tai, & Andrew ~ 10

Eleven buckets of slime = from “You Can’t Do That On Television”

Twelve rockin videos = From “Nick Rocks: Video To Go”

Classic Nick Alert!

Merry Christmas yall. I hope yall see this in time to be able to watch it.

Nickelodeon will be showing the Curious George movie from 3 to 4:45PM Central time, please check your local listings. ~ Curious George was a Pinwheel cartoon and was created by Margret and H.A. Rey.

2006 – The simple joys of story telling are on animated display in a delightful and sweet-natured adaptation of the misadventures of the impish and impetuous chip from the kid-lit classics by Margret and H.A. Rey. (Comedy, 86 mins.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

“T’was The Night Before Christmas” Tomorrow People Style

I’d like to say a big thank you to Jackie Clark for sending this to me last year. It would be awesome if you could make this into a little film sometimes. Merry Christmas everyone.

“T’was The Night Before Christmas” Tomorrow People Style

Written by: Jackie Clarke
Based loosely on: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)

T’was the night before Christmas and all around TIM,
Not a creature was stirring as he hummed a soft hymn;
The AE suits hung in the darkroom with care,
In hope that no aliens would come calling there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of hyperspace danced in their heads;
And Liz in her nightdress and John all in white,
Had just settled down to sleep for the night.

When out in the Lab there arose such a clatter,
John jaunted at once to see what was the matter.
Away to the stun guns he flew like a flash,
Tore open the holster and threw up the catch.

The light of TIM's balls on the table below
Gave the banks of equipment a strange, eerie glow,
And then, to his wide-eyed amazement, he saw.
A tall, bearded man appeared by the door.

With thoughtful eyes, and robes so sublime,
John knew in a moment 'twas a Guardian of Time.
From an unknown dimension this stranger so tall,
He whistled, and shouted, and called to them all;

"Now, Michael! Now, Carol! Now, 'Lizbeth and John!
Come, Tyso! And Stephen! Where ever you've gone!
Andrew, and Hsui Tai come answer my call,
There's work to be done to the Trig with you all!"

With belts haphazardly slung round their waists
The long-distance jaunt they made with all haste.
Far across space to the Galaxy's end,
TIM 'pathed a good-luck to all his dear friends.

And then, in a twinkling, they materialized.
Sighed with relief, and looked round in surprise.
John crossed his arms to calm himself down.
"Let's get on with business," he said, with a frown.

Approaching them now, with arms open wide,
His robes luminescent, his eyes full of pride;
A bundle of presents he held with TK,
They relaxed in an instant, no jaunting away.

Chairbeing Timus didn't mean to seem rude.
He counted their number then looked on confused.
"There's somebody missing," he cried, after a time
"Kenny's back home, we left him behind."

Timus' eyes -- how they twinkled so merry!
His cheeks were all flushed, his nose like a cherry
His manner was cheery, his speech was quite slurred
To find Timus drunk seemed quite absurd.

"Apologies friends", he then called loud and hearty
"I've imbibed too much wine at the Trig's Christmas party."
"It was Peter's idea to bring you all here."
"Don't look so shocked, there's nothing to fear."

"No villains to thwart, no planets to save."
"You don't need to fret, don't look so grave."
And they laughed when they heard this, in spite of their anger;
Dragged from their beds, expecting real danger.

John smiled at his friends, as he waved them away
"The joke was on us." Was all he could say.
And they all fell about in hysterical mirth
Preparing to teleport back down to Earth.

The bundle of presents appeared at their feet.
With gift-wrap and tinsel all tidy and neat.
"A gift for each TP." Timus replied.
As the vortex of color swirled in their eyes
And they heard him exclaim, as he faded from sight,

Monday, December 20, 2010


Hey yall,

I’m sorry that I didn’t post this earlier but I wasn’t home most of the day and part of the evening to know about it and I just found out about an hour ago.

We will have a Classic Nickelodeon sighting today on the USA Network.

Program: "D.A.W." Law and Order: Criminal Intent - Season 3
Ep. - #3.20 - "D.A.W."
Production number: E45
First aired: May 16, 2004
C.C. Loveheart as Tarin Morse
{C.C. played the 1st Coco on Pinwheel from 1979 – 1981}

If you have a chance to catch this episode it is wonderful to see CC again after all these years!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Website!!!

I’m very happy and excited to announce that I have been working on a new website called “Classic Nickelodeon Forever” and I hope that all of you will enjoy but please remember that it’s still under construction so if you have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to let me know! Also, please remember that this is an 90's website so if you're a 90's kid you're not going to see anything from that time period on there.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Classic Toys for Kids

Classic Toys for Kids
A 21st century twist on the best toy gifts from the ages, from Raggedy Ann and Mother Goose to Barbie and Monopoly. Raggedy Ann 95th Anniversary Edition Doll
Introduce a new generation to this beloved doll with the vintage-inspired 95th anniversary edition. Raggedy Ann is going back to her roots to more closely resemble the character from Raggedy Ann in the Deep, Deep Woods (1930), which is also included in this anniversary package. $30,

For those of you who may, or may not, remember there was a Nickelodeon Special Delivery called “Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure”. That’s when Raggedy Ann and Andy became a part of Classic Nickelodeon’s history.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

(I wrote this this morning around 8:30 but I’m just now getting the chance to post it!)

Good morning everyone, I’m up early this morning to watch the parades on TV before heading over to my Mom’s for dinner but I wanted to write and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I’m sorry that I don’t have any Classic Nickelodeon videos for you today but I haven’t had a chance to look for any b/c I’ve been busy working on a Christmas float for this year’s local Christmas parade. And not only have I been working on it, I’m in charged!!! Scary but a lot of fun at the same time.

Anyway everyone take care, stay warm, enjoy your family and meals and football and parades and everything that is Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 25, 2010

YCDTOTV Halloween

YCDTOTV Halloween

Hey yall, well it’s that time of year again. Time for ghosts and goblins, tricks or treats and witches and black cats; yes it’s Halloween!!! I’ve been looking for some Classic Nickelodeon Halloween videos to share with you and I’m very happy to say I found this episode of You Can’t Do That On Television. (I’ve been trying to find the Today’s Special Halloween episode but I can’t find it.) So enjoy this Halloween treat!!!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Announcement - Fan Meet

To those of you who are planning to attend or to those of you who are considering attending.

I just wanted to let yall know that there will be a meal provided on Saturday, October 2 and that tickets MUST be purchased prior to the event, tickets WILL NOT be available at the door and the cut off date is September 29, 2010.

If by that time I have not had a response to the meet (no tickets have been sold) then this event will be canceled with little to no expectation of another being planned.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Water Babies

Tomorrow night, Sept. 17th, the Family Network will be airing the Classic Nickelodeon Special Delivery "The Water Babies".

This is an awesome classic and one of my faves. It blends live-action with animation as they tell the story of Tom, a young chimney sweep, and his adventures to save his new friends The Water Babies.

From Wikipedia
When a 12-year-old chimney sweep is wrongfully blamed for being a thief, he makes a run for it, he jumps into a violent river. There he encounters a wondrous civilization of anthropomorphic underwater creatures. Before he can return to the surface and clear his name, however, he must help the Water Babies leave their enclosed lake and reach the free waters of the ocean. Featured voices include those of James Mason and Tommy Pender.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Can Yall Help?

The other day I had a bit of a revelation and I was wondering if yall could help me out?

While my mom and I were talking abut the fan meet I was telling her how I went to one of the local newspapers and took them the information about the fan meet and then it hit me. What I need is to get the word out about this fan meet otherwise I might get stuck paying for an empty room and that’s where yall come in. (Obviously I knew this before but this current idea just hit me while I was talking to her.)

The first newspaper that I went to told me that they are in association with nine (9) other newspapers so I started thinking about the newspaper in OKC and Tulsa and everywhere else. So my thought was that if yall could send me the names, phone numbers and possibly the email addresses of the newspapers in your cities I could email the same information to all of them and then it would be in newspapers all over the states!!!

So what do yall think? Think you could help me out with those names and phone numbers? It would really be a big help to me and it’s the cheapest way I can think of to advertise in as many different states and cities possible.

And on a side note we have kind of a community channel here where they have the time and date and tempter and so on and they post announcements about different activities going on all over town. Well Thursday or Friday I took them an announcement about the fan meet and I saw it today for the first time!!!
P.S. – If you don’t see this until after the fan meet no worries. Go ahead and send me the information anyway and I can still use it for next year! Thanks again!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Jake from Pinwheel

For those of you who might be watching the Dukes of Hazzard marathon on CMTV be sure to keep an eye out for “Jake” from Pinwheel. Here’s the information you’ll need to help you find him.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 12 4:00 PM (Check your local time.)
Channel: CMTV
Show Title: The Dukes of Hazzard
Year: 1979
Episode: Granny Annie #2.10
Character Name: “Vic”

Also on today, Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuck Everlasting
Starz Kids & Family Channel will be airing the remake of Tuck Everlasting today, check you’re local times.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Classic Nick Alert!!!

I’m sorry yall, I was going to try to get this information to you yesterday but we had a big storm come through and I had to unplug the computer. Then we wound up loosing power for over half an hour and this is the first chance I’ve had to get this to you.

There are a few Classic Nickelodeon programs coming on later today (Sept. 2nd) so if you haven’t seen them or don’t remember them or whatever here’s you’re chance to see them.

The first is the remake of the original “Tuck Everlasting” which is based on the book by Natalie Babbitt about a family that lives forever. (Personally I like the original better but the remake is still really good.) This was a Special Delivery on Nick around…’82…maybe a little later.

This is the story of a family that will live forever and of young love. It stars Alexis Blebel and William Hurtly and costars Sissy Spacek. All times given are for the CENTRAL TIME ZONE so you’ll need to check your local listings.

Channel: Starz Kids & Family
Date: September 2, 2010
Times: 11:55-1:30PM; 7-8:35PM

Next is a Classic Nickelodeon reference to a Special Delivery called “Clever Jack”, a musical version of Jack in the Beanstalk, which stars Lucie Arnaz as the host and preformed by the First All Children’s Theater. Filmed in 1985 this classic stars Ben Stiller as the giant, which is where the Classic Nick reference comes in.

The Biography Channel they will air a biography on Ben Stiller entitled, “There’s Something About Ben Stiller”. The first part of the program features, of course, his younger years and growing up with showbiz parents then moves on to his performance in “Clever Jack”. (That’s him on the left with the red cape over his head.)

Channel: Biography Channel
Date: September 2, 2010
Times: 2-3PM; 3-4AM

And finally we have the Classic Nick Special Delivery “The Water Babies” which stars James Mason and Bernard Cribbins, This is about a chimney sweep named Tom who goes on an underwater adventure to find the Water Babies and rescue his friends. This classic starts out as a live action movie then transforms into animation and back again by the end of the film.

It is scheduled to air on the Family Network at 6:30AM on Friday, Sept. 3rd.

Channel: Family Channel
Date: September 3, 2010
Times: 6-8AM

I hope that all of you are able to catch these great Classic Nickelodeon Special Delivery programs and remember the days when we were all growing up and live was simple.

Monday, August 30, 2010


My emails have been really interesting lately; I’ve had several people write to me asking me about different Classic Nickelodeon programs. It’s so exciting. I know it sounds silly but every time I read a new email from someone asking about a show, well, some how it makes me feel important, like I’m making a difference in the world. It makes me feel like I’m giving this person back a small piece of their childhood. Like my bit of information is like helping them find that last piece of the puzzle. It’s exciting and humbling all at the same time.

And so far I’ve been able to answer every one of them, knock on wood lol and I hope that in the future when I receive more emails that I’ll be able to answer them as well.

So to all of you who read this blog and write to me thank you, you have made me feel as if I’m really on the right track for my life. Yes I know that you may not understand that but trust me, I am so thankful to every one of you. Thank you.

Oh and on a side note I have four new members to my Classic Nickelodeon Yahoo group yay!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cool News! ~ Fan Meet Stuff

The other day while my Mom and I were out running errands we stopped by one of the local newspaper offices to pick up a few copies of last weeks issue. (Friend in the newspaper, saving it for his scrapbook thing, you know.)

Anyway we got talking to the owner and I told him that about the fan meet and asked if they would do a story on it and he said yes. Then he went on to tell me that not only do they have the paper here in Altus but they also run seven or eight other papers as well and when I email him the information if I remind him he’ll run it in all eight papers to all the little towns around here!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?!!? I’m going to have more advertising than I expected!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Luis Cardenas - Runaway

The ONE and ONLY time I EVER saw this video was on Nick Rocks: Video To Go on Nickelodeon back in the mid 1980’s I remembered the video but not who sang it and now I’ll have it for always.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings

This was such a cool Pinwheel cartoon. I've often wondered what it would look like if it were made today OR what it would look like as a live action movie! The possibilities are endless!!!

Today's Special:Circus Part 1

Watching this clip from “Today’s Special” reminded me how much I loved this show when I was a kid and I also remember thinking how cool it would be to live in a department store.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

First Annual Classic Nickelodeon Fan Meet

If you remember Nickelodeon from 1979-1989 then this fan meet is for you!!! 80’s Kids unite as we take a step back in time to celebrate the network that made us who we are today!

Activities include: meet & greet along with memory sharing, Q&A time for any special guests (working on that) & a full day of watching classic Nickelodeon shows from the early to mid 1980’s including (but not limited to), at least an hour of Pinwheel, Today’s Special, Black Beauty, The Tomorrow People, Turkey Television, Standby…Lights! Camera! Action!, Special Deliveries & much more!

So make your plans now to attend the First Annual Classic Nickelodeon Fan Meet on October 1-3, 2010 at the Best Western Altus in Altus, OK!

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2010, $20 per adult, $10 for children 13–17, $5 for children 4–12, Babies 3 & under will be free. If you have any questions please contact Ice at (Add fan meet to subject box please.)


Fan Meet Viewing Schedule
Today’s Special
Gigglesnort Hotel (substitute for Dusty’s Treehouse)
Vegetable Soup
Black Beauty
The Tomorrow People
You Can’t Do That On Television
Double Dare
- Special Delivery – Wild Rides
The Third Eye – Under the Mountain
Turkey Television
Out of Control
- Fan Meet Special Delivery – Big Apple Circus
Livewire (1 segment)
Standby…Lights! Camera! Action!

In between each program will be Classic Nickelodeon commercials and/or Pinwheel Cartoons and a couple of Classic Nickelodeon sightings from VH1.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oh my gosh I'm so excited, I just bought 15 episodes of "Out of Control" on iOffer!!! So that's one more show I can add to the playlist for the fan meet!

I've decided that since I do have so many of these classics on video and DVD that I'm going to make one video tape (or DVD if I can find the instructions) of all the old shows for the fan meet.

What I thought would be to use one of my old TV guide schedules and copy it as closely as possible with what I have. For example have one hour of Pinwheel followed by Today's Special and Vegetable Soup and so forth. So in a way I'll be recreating (as much as possible) a full day of Classic Nickelodeon programs for us to enjoy so I hope that everyone, or at least a lot of you, are making plans to be here for it!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Adventures of Black Beauty

The Adventures of Black Beauty
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Adventures of Black Beauty was a British children's television drama series produced by London Weekend Television, shown on ITV in the United Kingdom and exported worldwide via London Weekend International between 1972 and 1974.

Two seasons were produced, the first airing from September 1972 to March 1973 and the second from September 1973 to March 1974. Although it was mainly aimed at children, it was shown in the Sunday teatime "family" timeslot and gained a wide audience, becoming popular enough to make the general Top 20 ratings. It was repeated regularly, although often on a regional basis, for many years, its last full repeat run being on Sunday mornings from 1986 to 1988. It also aired in the United States on Nickelodeon in the 1980s.

The series was not an adaptation of the book by Anna Sewell, but a "continuation" featuring new characters created by Ted Willis, most prominently Dr James Gordon, played by William Lucas, and his children Vicky, played by Judi Bowker (who became Jenny, played by Stacy Dorning, in the second series) and Kevin, played by Roderick Shaw. Other writers included David Butler and Richard Carpenter, while directors included Charles Crichton and Peter Duffell. The series, which was filmed mainly at Stockers Farm, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, was widely acclaimed for its high production values and quality of writing and acting, and at times had remarkable "English gothic" overtones for a children's series.

The theme tune, "Galloping Home", written by Denis King and performed by the London String Chorale, was released as a single and peaked at number 31 in the UK charts in the week of February 2, 1974. It was later used at the climax of the first series of I'm Alan Partridge, with Alan dreaming of running through a field as Black Beauty does in the series' title sequence. The theme tune was also featured in the series Brainiac: Science Abuse. It actually has lyrics by Dick Vosburgh as revealed by Denis King at a memorial concert for Dick Vosburgh in July 2007.

The series, The New Adventures of Black Beauty (1990-91) was a continuation of the original 1970's series.

Home Video ReleasesA number of video releases over the years were superseded by two DVD releases, featuring selected episodes from both series, in 2001. Full series releases have been made in the United Kingdom and the United States

Season/Series - Complete Series 1
Region 1 US - May 5, 2009
Region 2 UK - 3 September 2007

Season/Series - Complete Series 2
Region 1 US - August 4, 2009
Region 2 UK - 14 April 2008

Season/Series - Complete Series 1- 2
Region 1 US - TBA
Region 2 UK - 5 October 2009

The Adventures of Black Beauty Genre - Children, Drama

Judi Bowker
William Lucas
Stacy Dorning
Roderick Shaw
Michael Culver

Theme Music Composer - Denis King
Country of Origin - United Kingdom
Language(s) - English
No. of Seasons - 2
No. of Sepisodes - 52

Production Location(s) - Hertfordshire, England
Running Time - 30 minutes
Production Company(s) - The Fremantle Corporation, London Weekend Television

Broadcast Original Channel - ITV
Picture Format - Color
Audio Format - Monaural
Original Run - 17 September 1972 – 27 March 1974

Friday, May 21, 2010

Adam Ant Sectioned Under Mental Health Act

I’m sure that you’re all wondering why I’m posting a blog about Adam Ant under a Nickelodeon fan blog. I’m posting it b/c Nickelodeon had a program called “Nick Rocks Video To Go” where they use to show 80’s videos and they use to show Adam’s videos.

I’m also posting it b/c Nickelodeon also had a program called “Special Delivery” which aired a music concert called “Adam & The Ants: The Prince Charming Revue”. So God be with Adam.

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Adam Ant Sectioned Under Mental Health Act Days After Screaming Abuse At Christians
By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:27 AM on 21st May 2010

Eighties pop star Adam Ant has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, it was claimed this evening.

It follows a series of troubled public appearances, including a concert last week where he unleashed a tirade of abuse at Christians during a charity gig.

According to The Music Fix (TMF) website, Adam Ant sent a message to fans which said he had been admitted to hospital.

It read: 'Ant fans - please send me postcards at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road. Please don't come down here as it may upset the staff who have been really pleasant.

'I am having a well earned rest at Her Majesty's Pleasure and am painting and continuing being an art student. I have a great view and am considering gigs later in the year.'

The 55-year-old popstar has a troubled history and has a history of depression.

The Antmusic singer announced earlier this year he would go back on the road for the sake of his 12-year-old daughter Lily.

But his return was marred last week with an odd performance in Portsmouth.

On May 11, Adam, real name Stuart Goddard, was due to play a 30-minute set at the Oasis Centre to raise money for starving children in the Phillipines.

During the show, he invited a four-year-old boy up on stage and began to teach him the words to The Who's My Generation.

And when the frustrated crowd started to leave, he began screaming obscenities at them.

He even asked if there were any Christians in the room, and then told them to 'f**k off'.

Goddard was then booed off the stage before twins - who he referred to as 'his nieces' - Alex and Naomi Hewston, 22, got into a fight with promoter Nick Courtney's son Sam backstage.

He then returned to London on Saturday to perform with his live band at Paper Dresstival.

According to an Adam & The Ants fansite, Goddard, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was sectioned after an incident on Tuesday evening.

In 2002, he threatened drinkers at a North London pub with an imitation pistol, but escaped a jail term on the grounds of mental illness.

And he was sectioned in September 2003 after a dispute with a neighbour where he threatened to smash in his patio doors with a shovel and was found lying naked in a cafe basement.

When he announced his comeback just weeks ago he told reporters that he had learned to live with manic depression.

The illness has caused him to be admit himself to hospital on several occasions.

But last month he said he would hit the road again for the sake of Lily, his only child and his ‘reason for living’.

‘She has never seen Adam perform and doesn’t know what The Ants were all about,’ he said.

'I’ve had this lifelong battle against manic depression, but I’ve had to overcome it for her sake. Times got bad. I lost my mind. But I’m back.’

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Curious George Swings Into A Museum Exhibit

Curious George Swings Into A Museum Exhibit
By: ANN LEVIN Published: March 28, 2010

NEW YORK — Ever wonder why Curious George is so curious? Or why the monkey hero of the "Curious George” children’s books is so fond of travel, so prone to mischief yet always narrowly escapes disaster?

A new exhibit at New York’s Jewish Museum suggests that curious readers need look no farther than the real-life adventures of the intrepid husband-and-wife team that created the beloved character.

H.A. and Margret Rey — he changed the name from Reyersbach — were German Jews living in Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, increasingly concerned about finding safe haven. Two days before the Germans marched into Paris, they fled on bicycles carrying drawings for their picture books, including one about a mischievous monkey then called Fifi.

Curator Claudia Nahson said Hans and Margret created the monkey character that is always on the run while they themselves were on the run. The recurring motif of the monkey’s narrow escape from danger is another autobiographical detail.

Twice in the months leading up to their escape, the couple were questioned by authorities suspicious of their German accents. Both times they were let off the hook when officials learned what they were doing: making children’s books.

While the exhibit touches on the harrowing conditions they endured on their four-month journey in 1940 from France to New York, it’s more about the unusually long and fertile artistic collaboration between Hans and Margret, whose fiery personality is said to be the inspiration for George’s insatiable curiosity and spunk.

Hans Rey was a gentle, pipe-smoking, self-taught artist who toiled for a time in commercial art designing circus posters before launching his career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Margarete Waldstein, who shortened her name to Margret, was the more assertive of the two. She had studied art and photography at the famed Bauhaus School in Germany and had strong opinions about nearly everything, including her husband’s work.

Both loved animals. Hans liked to sketch in zoos, and the couple kept pet marmosets in their apartment in Brazil in the 1930s. Margret even knitted sweaters to keep the monkeys warm on the couple’s cold ocean passage to Europe in 1936, but the creatures didn’t survive the voyage.

The exhibition features nearly 80 original drawings and vibrant watercolors for the more than 30 books the couple wrote and illustrated. The most famous, of course, is Curious George — the "good little monkey” captured in the wilds of Africa by a man in a large yellow hat and taken to the city to live in a zoo and later, the man’s home.

The idea for George began in an earlier book about a lonely giraffe named Raffy who befriends nine monkeys, the youngest of which is called Fifi. Eventually, the Reys decided to develop a story just about Fifi. It was one of the stories they brought from France, only to learn when they got to the U.S. that American publisher Houghton Mifflin had doubts about the name Fifi for a boy monkey.

So, Fifi became George in the United States — and Zozo in Britain. The "Curious George” books eventually were translated into many languages, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide.

It’s not hard to see why. With simple lines and bright, buoyant colors, the Reys created an imaginary world full of innocence and optimism.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yo He Ho

I've been having a nice chat with my friend Michael and we got to talking about several of the Classic Nickelodeon show and I mentioned Today's Special. Then he mentioned that now he had Sam's sailing song on his mind so I decided to post it for all of you to remember and enjoy. :)

Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you
Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you

Our sails they flutter in the breeze
As back and forth we’re tossed
Our ship it sails the seven seas
Because the captain’s lost

Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you
Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you

The cook he serves up soggy cheese
And toast that’s over done
The captain’s cat is full of fleas and
Scratches everyone

Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you

Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you

Singing yo he ho sailing cross the ocean blue
Singing yo he ho I’m commin home to you

Sunday, March 7, 2010

An Email…

This email was written from a group member of mine to the group in regards to our growing number of members. I have posted his emails and my response to it.

From: Grant

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 18:45:18 +0000

Subject: [New Beginning] only 19 away-let's do this!!!!
Okay, guys rack your brains. Send this link to all of your friends asking them to join our group and we will shatter the 100 member mark in NO time. All you have to do is forward this link and urge them to join our group of Classic Nickelodeon fans and supporters:
[New Beginning] RE: 19 Away & Fan Meet
Sent: Sun 3/07/10 12:31 AM
To: A New Beginning for Classic Nickelodeon (

Grant, I wish all of our members were as on fire as you are. If they were then there would be no stopping us; and actually make that 17, we have two new members today.

And as much as I hate to be a wet blanket on your enthusiasm I have to say that I don't want people to just go out and just invite anyone to join us. I want people here who love and remember Classic Nickelodeon like we do. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have over 100 members and I believe that we'll have them sooner than we think.

But remember I send out 50 invitations a day for people to join us and look how many we've had join. We've had 26 new people join this group since I started doing that. But what good will it be for us to reach 100 members if no one ever talks?

Yes a few of us do post regularly, but what about everyone else? As I said the other day we've got people on this list who have been here since almost the first day we opened and have never said a word. And to be flatly honest now is not the time to be so quiet we NEED to start talking about this fan meet and how many of you are planning on coming b/c I DON’T want to have to cancel it like I did last year.

I was going to save this for another email but I’ve already been on the phone with Dave Coulier’s agent about having him do his stand up act at the local college so that we, as the fan meet group, will be able to go see him for free as part of the weekend events. And I’ve been on the phone with the lady at the college about having them host the concert for us.

Marty Schiff, who also stared in “Out Of Control” with Dave, said that he wants to come and IF IF IF she says yes there is a chance that someone will be here with a few of the Pinwheel puppets!!!!!!!!! Do yall realize how huge that is??? THE PINWHEEL PUPPETS, that’s pretty huge.

Now of course at this point IDK if they will say yes or not but I’m going to call the lady back this week and find out. Just the other day I was at the store buying a few things for decorations for the room. And I’m also going to physically go to the hotel to talk to the guy in charge and see what banquette room they’re going to let us use and talk to him about all the arrangements SO NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO KEEP SILENT!!!

Please believe me when I tell you that there is not a day that goes by that I’m not thinking about this fan meet and worrying that no one will show up. I know the economy is bad, don’t even get me started, but yall said that if I planned this that you would be here for it come hell or high water. So that’s why I keep bring it up so that yall can start planning and saving your money NOW.

Oh by the way, did I tell you that the OFFICIAL DATE for the fan meet is October 1-3 so mark your calendars then help me pray that both the fan meet will be successful and that Dave’s concert will sell out b/c if they don’t I’m on the hook for it. And I don’t have $95 hundreds. Hell I don’t even have the money to pay for the banquette room and that’s only $200, that’s why this year I’ll have to sell tickets for it…….

Official Classic Nickelodeon Fan Meet Website
Classic Nickelodeon Fan Blog
A New Beginning for Classic Nickelodeon
The Tomorrow People 6
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Today's Special Fan Group
My Yahoo ID - theicequeen500

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Black Beauty Theme

Last night while watching "The Adventures of Black Beauty" I decided that I wanted to do a bit of reading about it so I Googled it and found out something very cool.

The beautiful theme song that opens and closes the show is called "Galloping Home". It was written by Dennis King and performed by the London String Chorale. Also it was released as a single and peaked at number 31 in the UK charts in the week of February 2, 1974.

And for those of you who have never seen season one of "The New Adventures of Black Beauty" I highly recommend it. Season one if the continuation of the 1970's version and features two of the characters from the original series, Dr James Gordon (played by William Lucas) and Jenny Gordon Denning (played by Stacy Dorning). In other words the original Doctor Gordon and the original Jenny Gordon who of course is now grown and married with a step daughter - her name? Victoria - Vicky of course.

The old and new series is out on Region 1 DVD and also airs on the faith based channel FamilyNet.

And as a treat here is my video tribute to the show. Also check out my Classic Nickelodeon channels on youtube. I have one for regular programs, commercials and Special Deliveries.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 11, 2010

Art Clokey, Animator Who Created Gumby, Dies at 88


Art Clokey, the animator who half a century ago created Gumby, that most pliant of pop-cultural figures, died on Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif. He was 88.

His son, Joe Clokey, said he died in his sleep.

Asparagus green and fashioned from clay, Gumby made his television debut in 1956 on “The Howdy Doody Show.” The next year, he became the star of “The Gumby Show,” in which he embarked on a string of gently quixotic adventures with his supple steed, Pokey. The series was one of the first extended uses of stop-motion animation on television.

Though the 1950s show was fairly short-lived, Gumby reappeared in new series in the 1960s and in the 1980s and continued for years in syndication. He also starred in a feature film, “Gumby: The Movie” (1995), directed by Mr. Clokey.

Gumby is now firmly ensconced in popular culture. He dangles from rearview mirrors, appears in video games and crops up ubiquitously in references in film and on television. Millions of Gumby dolls have submitted to their owners’ manipulations. The character has been satirized, notably by Eddie Murphy, who played him as a cigar-chomping vulgarian — “I’m Gumby, dammit!” — on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.

With his first wife, Ruth, Mr. Clokey also produced “Davey and Goliath,” the adventures of a clay boy and his dog, broadcast in the 1960s and ’70s.

Mr. Clokey was the subject of a documentary film, “Gumby Dharma,” released in 2006.

Arthur Charles Farrington, as Mr. Clokey was first known, was born in Detroit on Oct. 12, 1921. After his parents divorced when he was about 8, he lived with his father; when Art was 9, his father was killed in an automobile accident. Rejoining his mother in California, the boy was banished by her new husband and placed in a children’s home.

At about 11, Art was adopted by Joseph Waddell Clokey, a well-known composer of sacred and secular music. By Art’s later account, Joseph Clokey was a loving father who opened up a world of books and culture.

Art Clokey earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and later attended Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, intending to become an Episcopal priest. He left before graduating and settled in California, where he and Ruth planned to make religious films.

Entering the University of Southern California, Mr. Clokey studied with the modernist filmmaker Slavko Vorkapich. In 1955, he made a student film, “Gumbasia” — the title was a nod to “Fantasia” — in which clay shapes dance to a jazz soundtrack. (The film is included on the DVD “Gumby Essentials,” released in 2007 by Classic Media.)

Mr. Clokey created Gumby soon afterward. As he often said, Gumby’s asymmetrical head, resembling a rakish pompadour, was a tribute to his biological father’s prominent cowlick.

“The Gumby Show” had an undercurrent of tender, if slightly surreal, spirituality. (A lifelong seeker of enlightenment, Mr. Clokey tried LSD — but only once, under medical supervision and not till long after he created Gumby, his son said in a telephone interview on Sunday.)

“Davey and Goliath” was spiritual by design. Underwritten by what is now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the series was meant to teach values like charity and tolerance.

Mr. Clokey’s first marriage, to the former Ruth Parkander, ended in divorce; his second wife, Gloria, died in 1998. In addition to his son, Joe, from his first marriage, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Holly Harman; a sister, Arlene Cline; a half-sister, Patricia Anderson; and three grandchildren. A daughter from his first marriage, Ann, died in 1974.

With the rise of slick, titillatingly violent cartoons in the 1970s, Gumby’s popularity waned. According to many published accounts, Mr. Clokey struggled financially. Then along came Mr. Murphy, and suddenly Gumby was everywhere.

Mr. Clokey adored Mr. Murphy’s performance, his son said. But he was also gratified that it was broadcast late at night, when no child was awake to see it.

Slime Bucket

Guess what I found out, Nickelodeon still makes toy slime!!! Last week I started watching this game show, on Nick, called “Brainsurge” and one of the prizes after the first round was a ‘bucket of slime’! I almost flipped out when I saw it. But now the problem is finding it somewhere around here. Naturally Walmart doesn’t have it so I’m having to look elsewhere but so far no luck. You know that I wish? That I could get a hold of someone at the Nickelodeon Network and have them send some over for the fan meet.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

876 Votes!!!

Oh my gosh you guys I am SOOO excited.

There is a website called Blingee ( ) that lets you add animated graphics to your pictures then allows you to save them to your hard drive or post them to your social networking sites.

So I guess it was like last week or something that I was on there and I noticed that they have different contests for you to enter you work and I thought well why not?

If you'll remember back in the 80's Nickelodeon had the silver ball logo and I have a couple different versions of that saved. So for Christmas, for my Nick group, I took one of those logos and added a Santa hat and snowflakes in the backgroud. (See pic attached.)

I liked it so much that I decided to make one for New Years and took a similar logo and added confetti to the background and a party had and called it done.

So the contest I entered was for best New Years Blingee and I entered my Nickelodeon New Years Logo (See pic attached.) but there were only two days left in the contest.

So last night I finally had the chance to go and check the results of the contest. I didn't win but in two days I got 876 votes with a ranking of 6003!!! I know that's not a lot but for a "vintage" New Years logo that's pretty darn good!!!

I know this is kind of a silly post but I was just so excited that I wanted to share my news with everyone!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year & An Announcement

Happy New Year everyone! Wow it’s 2010 can you EVEN believe it?! I know I can’t.

As the owner of “A New Beginning for Classic Nickelodeon” (Yahoo group) and one of the co-owners of “The Tomorrow People 6” (Yahoo group) I have always felt that the two groups were sister groups. It has never been spoken out loud but never the less that is how I have always felt. And I hope that the members of both of these groups have felt the same way.

Then about a week or so ago I was talking to my friend Grant about the fan meet and Yahoo groups and he told me about his Yahoo group “The Mysterious Cities of Gold”. He then suggested that our groups become sister groups. He also thought that if our two groups could join with a third group that between the three we could all feed off each other and become not only active groups but thriving groups with “A New Beginning” leading the charge so to speak.

I of course loved the idea and I am very happy to officially announce the sistering of “A New Beginning for Classic Nickelodeon” and “The Tomorrow People 6” with “The Mysterious Cities of Gold” Yahoo group.

What does that mean?
Well, simply that means that any time I have a post about a specific group show or Nickelodeon in general then I will be free to cross-post those emails to all three groups.

Also when I have a post about our upcoming fan meet or when I post a new blog on the “Classic Nickelodeon Fan Blog” then I will do a cross post to all three groups.

It also means that (about) once a month that all members from all three groups will be sent a personal invitation to join the other two groups.

– On that note, I will do my best to keep track of who is in which groups so that you do not receive an invitation to a group that you are already in. –

Why sister the groups?
The purpose of sistering the groups is to generate conversations, increase memberships, to have fun and to stand together as strong supporters of both the individual show groups and Classic Nickelodeon as a whole.

I feel confident in speaking for both Sue and Grant when I say that as group owners we would like to see our individual groups grow in numbers but what good are numbers if no one is posting anything?

For the most part our groups are fairly quiet so by joining forces we will (hopefully) be able to generate interest in two specific TV shows, namely “The Tomorrow People” and “The Mysterious Cities of Gold”, as well as introduce the members of the these groups to shows they may not have heard of; specifically the Nickelodeon programs from the 1980’s.

Fan Meet Support
As I’ve mentioned before I have been planning a Classic Nickelodeon Fan Meet for about a year now. Originally the meet was to be held from July 31 – Aug. 2,2009 but due to a lack of participation (and unforeseen circumstances) I was forced to cancel it. Needless to say this broke my heart, especially since we were scheduled to have a special guest. Actor Marty Schiff who played “Hern Burferd” on “Out of Control” along side a then unknown Dave Coulier who later became known for portraying “Uncle Joey” on “Full House.”

When I broke the news to Marty he was very gracious and told me that when I reset the date for the fan meet to let him know so that both he and Dave could make arrangement to attend.

So needless to say that I am very excited to see this fan meet get up and running and then to make them an annual event. But to do that I need help from you personally. Yes, you, the person reading this email.

I am only one person and I can plan till the cows come home but it won’t do any good if no one shows up, so you can help by getting involved. Ask questions, make suggestions, buy a ticket and just get involved. I can’t do this by myself, in fact I don’t even know what I’m doing I’m just doing it.
The bottom line to this whole long blog is that the joining of these groups will be good for all of us so let's join together and have some fun this year!!!