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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2019, 06:34:41 PM »

There was a commercial I saw on the AFN network while living in Germany (I was six or seven). Later on, I only remembered three things about it: it was an Air Force commercial, there was a tanker-size jet landing vertically on something, and the VTOL jet turned into a current Air Force plane at the end. This memory assisted in my creation of a superhero fantasy with VTOL cargo jets, laser guns, infinite dimensions, giant space battleships, etc. all with me as the "superhero." (It's kind of like Iron Man though- without the technology, I'm just a normal person.) Eight years after leaving Germany, Youtube randomly threw the full commercial video in my recommended after a few Google searches of "VTOL cargo jet."
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2019, 09:27:48 PM »

The movie that ended with the Eifel Tower collapsing from a dim wit who accidentally fired a bazooka that was positioned under it.  It was meant to be fired away from the tower, but it got aimed up into it like a Coyote mistake in the road runner cartoon.  Do not know what movie that was but NBC aired it many times when I was very young.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2019, 10:13:04 PM »

There was a 1970s drama, slightly futuristic, that showed a car with a dash-mounted screen with an artificial map and the current location on it.  I knew this was just a TV show, but as soon as they come out, I WANT ONE!
Knight Rider?  Though that was early '80s.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2019, 10:14:31 PM »

There was a 1970s drama, slightly futuristic, that showed a car with a dash-mounted screen with an artificial map and the current location on it.  I knew this was just a TV show, but as soon as they come out, I WANT ONE!
Knight Rider?  Though that was early '80s.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2019, 10:19:18 PM »

another show that had a bunch of people in full size animal costumes (EDIT: I think this may have been a show called Amigos, because it's logo looks familiar & it does have one person in a full body animal costume.).
The New Zoo Revue?  The 3 animals were a hippo, a frog, and an owl.

Some other things that I remember seeing were some Made-for-TV disaster movies in the mid-90s' on ABC that were presented as live TV news reports,
One famous example was titled "Special Bulletin" from 1983, which had a news crew interviewing a terrorist in Charleston, SC.  The show was videotaped in the same manner as TV news.  Worried people called into the TV stations when it aired, despite it being a fictitious news network (RBS), and at least one disclaimer with a commercial.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2019, 11:49:36 PM »

another show that had a bunch of people in full size animal costumes (EDIT: I think this may have been a show called Amigos, because it's logo looks familiar & it does have one person in a full body animal costume.).
The New Zoo Revue?  The 3 animals were a hippo, a frog, and an owl.

Some other things that I remember seeing were some Made-for-TV disaster movies in the mid-90s' on ABC that were presented as live TV news reports,
One famous example was titled "Special Bulletin" from 1983, which had a news crew interviewing a terrorist in Charleston, SC.  The show was videotaped in the same manner as TV news.  Worried people called into the TV stations when it aired, despite it being a fictitious news network (RBS), and at least one disclaimer with a commercial.
There was also that miniseries that ABC aired about a widespread ICBM attack.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2019, 11:10:05 AM »

The movie that ended with the Eifel Tower collapsing from a dim wit who accidentally fired a bazooka that was positioned under it.  It was meant to be fired away from the tower, but it got aimed up into it like a Coyote mistake in the road runner cartoon.  Do not know what movie that was but NBC aired it many times when I was very young.

The Great Race, with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood.  The cannon misfiring and causing a structure to collapse was a running gag throughout the movie.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2019, 11:12:11 AM »

The Great Race, with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood.  The cannon misfiring and causing a structure to collapse was a running gag throughout the movie.

This is the movie that had a huge pie fight that took days to film, causing the pies to spoil and stink up the whole room.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2019, 12:25:49 PM »

The Great Race, with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood.  The cannon misfiring and causing a structure to collapse was a running gag throughout the movie.

This is the movie that had a huge pie fight that took days to film, causing the pies to spoil and stink up the whole room.

It also had what in my opinion was one of the best Western saloon fight scenes ever filmed.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #34 on: November 15, 2019, 03:57:52 PM »

I know I mentioned this before, but I remember back around 1983 when I was about 10, I saw a movie on cable that had a hilarious scene, but I can't identify the movie. I think it was a "horror comedy", but I don't think it was 'Creepshow'. In this movie, a family's house burned down, so they went to a hotel. We see them eating at the hotel restaurant, and the kid puts a piece of food into his mouth and lets it drop out of his mouth onto his plate.

I burst out laughing when I saw this, but I have no idea what movie this was.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2019, 01:19:04 PM »

There was one on Carson where a man comes on and says "Hi, I'd like to talk to you about diarrhea."  He is promptly booed for bringing up such a perverse topic, and several pies are thrown in his face.  This was a shout-out to an actual, infamous Pepto-Bismol commercial that began that way.
Found a video clip for that one while replying on another thread.

Pardon the grainy quality:
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2019, 01:24:50 PM »

I remember something else weird I saw on TV in the early '80s. There was a segment where people did the "hot fork trick." They were at a diner, and they heated the forks with a flame, so customers burned themselves when they used them.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2019, 05:52:07 PM »

There was a 1970s drama, slightly futuristic, that showed a car with a dash-mounted screen with an artificial map and the current location on it.  I knew this was just a TV show, but as soon as they come out, I WANT ONE!
It could be "Automan", but that was late 83 into 1984.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2019, 12:23:15 AM »

* cartoon with a swarm of mosquitoes tormenting a dog. Outside the house, they form a fist and knock on the door. The dog answers, and it's mosquitoes.
I believe such was from an old Huckleberry Hound cartoon.

I recall that the gag, with variations (usually substituting bees for mosquitos), appeared in some Warner Brothers and MGM cartoons as well.

I was going to mention "The Pink Tail Fly" a William Lava (also known as Bill Lava) theatrical animated short film of Pink Panther.

It is not a swarm of mosquitoes. It is only one Mosquito. However, one scene had Pink ignoring the knocks on the door. The mosquito (again only the one mosquito) threw a brick through the window.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #39 on: December 27, 2019, 08:40:31 PM »

I remember a TV movie around 1980 where a man blows a giant bubble with bubble gum and floats into the sky to rescue some people.

After all these years, I just found out the name of this movie today. It was called 'Super Fuzz'.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #40 on: December 27, 2019, 10:18:13 PM »

I have several, primarily from the early 1970s.

From the mid to late '70s, a skit where a little girl refuses to eat her vegetables.  At least 3 time montages pass depicting at least 10 years each, and after every one she's still sitting there, grown up but with the same girly clothes and hair ribbons -- and uneated veggies.  In the last scene, where a will is being read (and the girl's share is contingent upon eating her vegetables), the lawyer asks why she can't eat the vegetables.  "I don't have a fork!"


I think this either was on Saturday Night Live (with the original 1975-80 cast, Most likely) or a skit from the first 78 Episodes of Big Blue Marble (not as likely). I do remember in the first 78 shows of Big Blue Marble (74-77) had skits of kids playing and something funny or weird happening to them. Anyone have memories of watching one skit with a boy (about 9 or 10) set in a bowling alley and the when the boy goes to release his ball at the line, he is pulled over the line by his ball and goes down to the pins for a strike? Or a skit with a girl who when she goes to blow some bubble gum, she blows some bubbles out of her ears?
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #41 on: December 27, 2019, 10:20:28 PM »

In the late '70s/early '80s, there were segments on TV shows about bubble gum all the time.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #42 on: December 27, 2019, 11:08:57 PM »

There was a movie shown one afternoon where they have a man tied to a chair, and they threaten to play at him rock music, the same songs over and over again.  The man says, "I like hearing the same songs over and over again," so they lower something over his head and they play typical fake Hollywood "rock and roll" made by movie's composer because they don't care enough to license real songs or make new ones that sound remotely like real rock music.

At the time, my dad was a janitor at a grade school, and he would take home 16mm film catalogs that distributors would send to the school to get them to order films for events.  In that pre-internet time, this was a handy resource for finding out more about movies on TV.  This movie was listed as being in black & white, but it clearly seemed to be in color.  Only now that I looked closer, it had a strong blue cast to it.  You could still see flesh tones and other colors, but it was not well balanced.  I later figured it was intended to be printed in black and white for theatrical distribution, but future-proofed in color for television.  They didn't particularly care if it was properly timed, and so it wasn't.  Now I want to know more about this movie.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #43 on: December 27, 2019, 11:14:41 PM »

I remember around 1980 when I was in elementary school, they showed us a film about safety around railroads. It looked like a fairly recent (maybe 1970s) film. At the end, there was a terrifying scene where a motorist (a young man, if I recall correctly) plowed his car into a moving train. Apparently, he was killed. The scene faded into a weird visual effect.

I'd love to be able to find this film on YouTube.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #44 on: December 28, 2019, 04:27:45 PM »

In the late '70s/early '80s, there were segments on TV shows about bubble gum all the time.

I don't remember seeing a lot of the bubblegum skits. Maybe the one with the bubbles coming out of the girl's ears was the one that stood out for me. Other than the one skit with the boy who gets pulled by his bowling ball while bowling and at the end appears to awaiting to be sent into the pinsetter (that i remember and wanted to be the boy from the skit whenever i went bowling), I don't remember if there was other skits with kids at the bowling alley.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2019, 08:29:23 AM »

Some other things that I remember seeing were some Made-for-TV disaster movies in the mid-90s' on ABC that were presented as live TV news reports,
One famous example was titled "Special Bulletin" from 1983, which had a news crew interviewing a terrorist in Charleston, SC.  The show was videotaped in the same manner as TV news.  Worried people called into the TV stations when it aired, despite it being a fictitious news network (RBS), and at least one disclaimer with a commercial.
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That miniseries was called "The Day After", & was filmed on location in Missouri & Kansas, In fact in one scene where you see Steve Guttenburg's character walking towards the town of Harrisonville, MO, you can actually see a real North MO 7 sign assembly behind him.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2019, 12:28:12 AM »

There was a show on CBS running up against Sanford and Son on CBS with a theme song about working to be a family isnít easy.  It did not last a full season, but it was on the 74 season lineup on Fridays.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2019, 08:54:42 PM »

There was a show on CBS running up against Sanford and Son on CBS with a theme song about working to be a family isnít easy.  It did not last a full season, but it was on the 74 season lineup on Fridays.

I found Calucci's Department (fall of the 1973 season) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069571/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0, Dirty Sally (mid season winter/spring replacement in 1974) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070983/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_4 and Planet of the Apes (fall of the 1974 season) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071033/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_9. Calucci's Department may be the show you're thinking of.

Found through http://www.tvtango.com/ > On TV > TV Listings: Past and Present
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #48 on: January 02, 2020, 09:04:18 PM »

I was 3 at the time, but I think Sanford And Son was on NBC, not CBS.
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Re: Early memories of TV where you can't identify the program
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2020, 07:59:30 PM »

One night I was staying at my grandmother's. When I stayed at her place back then I slept on a pull-out sofa bed. Anyway we were watching TV on an old console TV and just before it was time to go to bed she turned it off and there was some show coming on that was color but looked really old even back then (early 90s). I think it was probably Barney Miller, although I never discovered that show until recent years. It looked like some tall buildings and an ocean with funky theme playing which fits the intro of that show.

Oh, also on a PBS channel I used to watch when I was growing up (WUSF which is now defunct), they used to show an animated segment between shows sometimes. There was one about this house that had a robotic dog, and another about a dishwasher. Probably just some things the graphic design department at USF came up with.
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