Sunday, March 31, 2013

Standby…Lights! Camera! Action!

I forgot to post this on Wednesday so I’m posting it today.

Classic Nick Wed. – Standby…Lights! Camera! Action!
March 26, 2013

Leonard Nimoy is known the world over as the Lieutenant Commander/Commander Spock a half human-half Vulcan who served on the Starship Enterprise. Nimoy is an accomplished actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer so when the executive producers of Standby…Lights! Camera! Action!, Roger Yager and Michael Bauhmol, were looking for someone to host their innovative television series they knew just who to turn to.

The shows main focus was to teach children of all ages about what happens behind the scenes of movie productions many times going on location with the movie being disgusted. Other topics included movie character costumes to script writing, to directing and producing, to filming and special effects. In one particular episode Nimoy taught the audience how to created a haunted house by painting glass windows with a mixture of warm water and Epson salts. (Simply mix together and “paint” the mixture onto the windows. When it dries the water will evaporate leaving the Epson salt behind giving the window a dry craggled effect.) During the same episode simple cobwebs were created using double-sided tape and a role of cotton.

This educational television series aired on Nickelodeon from May 1982 to December 31, 1987 and was rated Nickelodeon's #1 show in 1983, and went to #2 in the ratings in 1984 after You Can't Do That On Television became #1).

==Some of the movies shown on Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! included==
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
The Secret of NIMH
2010: The Year We Make Contact
The Dark Crystal
Rock & Rule
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Monty Python
Star Trek
James Bond
Beast Master
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

==Special Guest Stars==
Fred Astaire
Matthew Broderick
George Lucas
Jackie Gleason
George Takei
Howard Zimmerman – Editor of Starlog Magazine
Eddie Eagan – Paramount Senior Publisher Trek III Search for Spock

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Classic Nick Wed. – Clever Jack

My apologies I had two very long meetings yesterday so I didn't have a chance to post this.

Classic Nick Wed. – Clever Jack
March 13, 2013
This 1985 classic musical version of "Jack And The Beanstalk" is hosted by Lucie Arnaz and stars the critically acclaimed First All Children's Theater which consists of more than 30 singing and dancing gifted young performers including a very young Ben Stiller (yes movie star Ben Stiller – that’s him in the red cloak on the left) as The Giant.
The First All Children’s Theater was the first children’s theater to ever receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As Lucie Arnaz says, the First All Children’s Theater is “exciting” and “exhilarating” and “a very special place.” TV critic Kay Garbella of the New York Daily News said of Clever Jack, “It’s a romp. Youngsters will love it.”

Saturday, March 9, 2013

In Search of Saturdays

Welcome to “In Search of Saturdays" a weekly 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 here and we’ll all see if we can help you find what you’re looking for.

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 places to start our searches is iOffer ( ) which, in my opinion, is better than eBay b/c you can find lots of shows there that you can’t find anywhere else.

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 saw 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.

***** NON VIDEO ITEMS *****
Muppets Magazine 1982
People Magazine – recent issue – no date – Marc Summers’ article
Any 80’s women’s or children’s magazines
Early to Mid 80’s TV Guides

Dusty's Treehouse
Hocus Focus
Kids’ Writes
Nick Rocks Video to Go
Pinwheel – more than just the 6 hrs that’s currently available
Science International (aka) What Will They Think of Next?
Spread Your Wings
Standby...Lights! Camera! Action!
Studio See

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

Beware, Beware My Beauty Fair
Clarence & The Ottaway (staring Billy Hufsey)
Kids’ Writes
Silver City (The Righteous Apples special)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Classic Nick Wed. – Vegetable Soup

Classic Nick Wed. – Vegetable Soup
March 5, 2013

I’m sorry I forgot to post this the other day.

Vegetable Soup was one a very unique program in that it was produced by the New York State Education Department that originally ran on PBS from September 22, 1975 to December 14, 1978. The show continued to run on both PBS and Nickelodeon though the early to mid 1980’s.

== Concept == From Wikipedia
The purpose of the program was to be a television series for children to help counter the negative, destructive effects of racial prejudice and racial isolation and to reinforce and dramatize the positive, life-enhancing value of human diversity in entertaining and affective presentations that children could understand and relate to. Vegetable Soup used an interdisciplinary approach to entertain and educate elementary age children in the value of human diversity. Animated segments on the show were created by Jim Simon's Wantu Studios. The musical opening plus 13 Woody the Spoon cooking spots for which Bette Midler did all the voice tracks, and also 48 thirty-second breaks.

Each show was 30-minutes in length and consisted of a variety of regular segments that varied from show to show. They included:

The Big Game Hunt – hosted by Gary Goodrow
The Big Job Hunt – hosted by Susan Taylor
Children's Questions
How Do You Find Yourself?
Know Yourself
Long Ago
Make A New Friend
Mr. Emeritus
Nigel – about a boy with a giant snake
Real People
Storytelling Time
Superlative Horse
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
What Would You Do?
Woody the Spoon Recipes
Words Have Stories

== Characters ==
The characters on the show varied as much as the regular segments, they included:

Long John Spoilsport who was played by James Earl Jones and who also regularly appeared on "The Big Game Hunt" and "The Big Job Hunt" segments.

Larry Hama - hosted various segments

Kingman Hui - child actor who starred on the "Long Ago" segment

Martin Harris (Martin Brayboy) - regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment

Eddie (Edward M. Beckford, Jr.)
Regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment, sang the opening theme song

Scot Richardson (Scot Smith) - regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment

Bob (Daniel Stern) and Robin (Judy Noble)
Regularly appeared in the "Outerscope" segment

Woody the Spoon (Bette Midler) – animated character
Regularly appeared in the "Woody the Spoon Recipes" segment

James Earl Jones
Gary Goodrow - Announcer, in The Big Game Hunt (voice)
Kingman Hui
Bette Midler - Woody The Spoon (voice)
Gordon Smith - Edgar

== Links ==

Vegetable Soup @ Toonarific Cartoons 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy Anniversary

I’m sorry, I just noticed that it was the 4th and I still hadn’t posted the anniversaries for March yet sooo. Happy Anniversary to all of our March members.

3-2-09 – kittygrrlhk

3-1-10 - narfvader2
3-2-10 - budnickto
3-2-10 - computer7772002
3-2-10 - freebiestuffs
3-3-10 – hermesds
3-3-10 – jeffsparkman
3-5-10 - kpham84
3-6-10 -
3-6-10 - rumtar10165
3-7-10 - michelley19
3-8-10 - mpatterson95
3-13-10 - channingashbaugh
3-15-10 - ikey2
3-18-10 - herrmann20042
3-21-10 - in_a_box2002
3-26-10 - AldaTPBlue

3-10-12 – grgjc