Posted by Bill (not IB) | Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 27 Comments
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Bill (not IB)
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I’m a late-end “baby boomer”, born in 1958. Many of the “classic” television series are amongst my early memories, from “Captain Kangaroo” to a local childrens talent show, “Skipper Sam.” Even thinking of it now makes me cringe; I suspect that the terrified 5-8 year olds who, prodded by their parents, showed off their tap dancing and baton twirling abilities probably never lived it down.
On the weekends, Saturday morning had such offerings as the Three Stooges, Sky King, Shari Lewis, the Bullwinkle Show, Top Cat, and (I’m not ashamed to say it) The Banana Splits.
And then every Saturday evening, there was “Lassie”. My memories of the show begin with Lassie, Little Timmy, and his Mom (played by June Lockheart) and continue through the “Ranger” years, when Lassie stayed with various Forest Rangers in National Parks.
It was very impressive to see Lassie work her wonders. Little Timmy would fall into a disused mine shaft, be trapped by a rockfall, and threatened by rising water from an underground stream. Timmy would tell Lassie “Get help, girl”, and after several shots of Lassie speeding cross-country and leaping fences, she would arrive at Timmy’s home, nuzzle Timmy’s mom, and give three or four plaintive barks. Timmy’s Mom would exclaim, “Timmy is trapped in the old mine and about to be drowned by an underground stream”, and then rush off to get the police, fire department, and a scuba team, whom Lassie would unerringly lead to poor Timmy just in the nick of time.
Lassie, you have met your match:
Family cat saves boy from dog attack
A Bakersfield, California boy was the subject of a vicious attack by a dog while he was playing in his driveway on his bicycle. The boy received only minor injuries, but things might have been much different if not for the family cat.
Video from surveillance camers shows the boy playing alone outside on a sunny day. Suddenly, and with no provocation, the dog runs up to him and bites his leg.
The dog continued the attack, trying to carry the boy away from his home when, from out of nowhere, the family’s cat Tara comes running up and jumps in front of the dog – placing herself between the boy and the out-of-control dog. A few moments later, Tara chases the dog, sending it running away in fear.
The boy, 4 year old Jeremy, required only a few stitches for his injuries, and is doing well, according to the family. “Tara is my hero”, Jeremy said to reporters after the incident.
The dog (owned by a neighbor) is now under observation by Bakersfield Animal Control, and will be euthanized.
Postscript: In researching this post, I was very surpised to find that:
1) Campbell Soups was the sponsor for all 19 years of Lassie’s television presence (17 years of original programming and 2 years of re-runs), and
2) Lassie remained in the 7:00PM Saturday time slot for all 17 years.
Bill (not IB)