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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Found in our arcives,memory's from the past

Lost Cuckooite in Canada.

Hello to all,
I'm a first timer, just found this site by chance, had no idea it existed, but after reading some of your stories, and seeing some of the names, places, and things we all used to get up to on the estate, I just had to join in. I was raised on Hillyard ave. from birth in 1937 until 1954 when I moved to Canada. I went to the Cuckoo infants, juniors and seniors. Some of your comments on those school days, like Yvonne's back in April about teachers like Mrs. Cummings, she liked to pull everyone around by their ear, she always wore her hair in a fringe. Nitty Nora the flea explorer, used to love to pull half your hair out with her fine toothed comb, so many memories. I often show my Grandkids the estate on Google maps, you can zoom in pretty close on the schools and houses, places like the flat roofed school on Brants Walk where we used to shinny up the drainpipe and get all kinds of balls that kids had thrown up there, then we'd sell them back or trade for other stuff. We'd watch the girls doing handstands against the walls showing off their blue bloomers that came to their knees, but we still liked to watch. We'd play all the games like conckers, marbles, cigarette cards against the wall etc. Great memories. A few of my Cousins lived on Brants Walk, right next to the school, and we used to hang out together, we'd collect conkers from the trees on Cuckoo ave. Built an underground cave and tunnels alongside the river Brent with a bunch of other kids, it became quite popular with a lot of locals, and got bigger and bigger until it was destroyed by a bulldozer, or some other piece of heavy equipment that fell through when it was either doing some work in the area, or was called to fill it in, I don't remember now, but it was good fun while it lasted. We used to go to the Greenford Granada, and were members of the Greenford Grenadiers and sang the song."one for one and all for all the Greenford Grenadiers" watch Tarzan serials, Tom Mix etc. and hope they'd call your ticket to win a choc ice. We'd walk home along the Brent, looking for golf balls to sell back to the golfers, or take "cats eyes" out of the road markers, catch hedge hogs, all kinds of things. We were pretty much left on our own to do stuff from an early age, not like these days where all the kids activities have to be organized and constantly watched over.I didn't have a Dad and my Mum used to work at Lyons factory, and I used to always manage to meet her at Castebar station on the days she was allowed to bring home broken chocolate mints from work, never tasted anything so good, a real treat back then. I remember ration books and queuing up for hours to get food, no sorting through and choosing your veggies then, they just scooped them up, weighed them and dumped them in your bag, the bad along with the good. Anyhow, now that I've started, I could go on for hours, but I'll save it for some other time. I'm sure we all know some of the same people, probably played together, I hope to hear from some of you in the near future, Bye for now Les Abis

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

And you thought you got a lot of snow this winter



Now this is what you call TOO, TOO, TOO MUCH SNOW !!
These pictures were taken just off
I-90 close to Rapid City near the Wyoming border. Check out the Hot Tub location.





Saturday, 19 February 2011

250,000 visitor

Congradulations,today we had our Two Hundred and fifty thousandth visitor,if that person will identify themselves we will send them their prize of a brand new car.Thanks everyone who has visited the site this past four years and I hope you continue to visit us on a daily and weekly schedule and contribute to our ongoing saga to what it means of being a Cuckooite.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Republishing memory's growing up on the estate.

My memory's Ron Ratchford

 
I was born in Islington N.7 but was shipped over to W.7 aged three, for the improved facilities, not that I remember much about the Caledonian Road. There were nine of us in the Ratchford family, so we scored a large flat over Clarks the Bakers, our actual address was 21 Bordars Walk. My father was not overly keen on moving so far from his family roots, but he set himself up with his rabbits in the back garden and got on with organising an allotment down behind the Park Hotel. It wasn't long before the lure of the rabbits got to someone, for one night half of the prize rabbits disapppeared. This made him fairly ropeable and so the next night he sat out on the back steps with a shovel ready to whack anyone who might try for the remaining bunnies. Hour after hour he sat and nothing, then my mother called out that there was a pot of tea on the go, so he nipped upstairs for a few minutes, to be confronted with empty cages upon his return. I don't think this incident endeared him to the estate, but me, I had a wonderful childhood, being the second youngest of seven children.
 
There were not too many of my age in Bordars Walk, Sheila Bransfield lived in the first house, but she was a girl. I went to Cuckoo infants school in Laurie Road where I remember Miss Armitage, who had this enormous chest and then on to the Junior School. One of my memories of the junior school was English lessons, where I was embarrassd by my propensity to drop my aiches. For remedial action I was put under the wing of Michael O'Leary from Elfwine Rd, who was the best reader in the class and he would correct my 'ospitals and 'olidays. To such an extent that one day he annouced that I was ready to re-join the normal reading class. As each person read a passage the teacher congratulated them and on this particular occasion stopped the reader and said "Ratchford, you read the next sentence" I stood up full of myself and started to read..."and the prisoner in the dock addressed the judge 'Your Honour.....well o'course this was a word that had a silent aitch..the class erupted in peels of laughter and I died. Ah school days.
 
But I did have a streak of luck because my brothers had gone through the school earlier and had been brilliant football players. It was therefore assumed that I had inherited the same skills and I was called out by Mr Griggs to represent the school, when I was not even in the fourth year, much to the envy of my classmates. Mind you looking back at the games in Brentfield, the balls weighed a ton, as it always seem to be wet and muddy in the football season. It must have been good training though for I was selected to play for Ealing at the rather swank Popes Field near Gunnersbury Park.
 
Later, I managed somehow to pass my 11plus and won a place at Drayton Manor, which was a whole new world for me. My mum struggled to outfit me in the uniform with the help of Provident cheques. She always planned for the future, and my blazer was bought in anticipation of me making it to the third form at least.
 
My childhood friends were many and varied. I was a member of the Lennie Applin Gang, along with John Godfrey, John Lines, Podge Herring, Barry Beaman, Kenny Papworth and others, and I remember our rivals were the Brinnie Roberts gang up at the top of Westcott. I joined the newly opened Hanwell Boys Club after a stint in the 8th Hanwell Cubs. The Club Leader, Norman Crook, promoted the Five-a-side Tournament in the community centre and I thought I was in Heaven. It was around this time I started to notice girls and took rather a fancy to Jenny Jones, whose father helped organise the indoor football, but I thought she was out of my league a bit, so admired her from a distance. I did go out with a very nice girl from Upfield Rd named Maureen Foster for a while, but mostly it was girls from the surrounding area who were my main loves.
 
As I went into my late teens I spent more time with the Baker boys, Mickey Prior and John Dawe all who lived within a small area of Westcott. We have endured over the years, and whenever I return to England I catch up with as many of my old friends as I can. I had a few jobs around Hanwell, notably a postman on the estate in the early 60's, I must have fancied the uniform life, for when I was 18 I joined the British Army, which eventually lead me to joining the Australian Army and spending most of my life in the military.
 
I actually married a girl from Southall and we have four children and four grandchildren. My main interests are still family and football and I turn out each sunday to play in the Masters competition here in Canberra. My team likes to travel so we go to the all of the World Masters Championships, having played in the USA and in Canada recently. Australia overall has been a great adventure and for ten pound, very good to me, but that's a story for another day.
 
I think I can claim for planting the seed of the idea of an Estate Reunion, I was writing to Jen Jones/Sheila Bransfield and suggested that when I came over from Australia it would be fun to meet some others from the Estate in the White Hart. The girls arranged it and about 15 of us got together for a vey enjoyable time, and it was suggested we do it again sometime. The following year the very first big one took place and as they say the rest is history.
 
regards Ron

Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

!947 Cuckoo Juniors 4A class

.Can you name or recognize anyone.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

George Key sent in these photo's


Taken in Texas ,a crew was laying culvert pipes and ran into these critters,just think if you where passing by and was looking for a place to shelter from the rain,I just hate snakes.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Term Cuckooites

THE term 'Cuckooite' may not have immediate relevance to some readers of the Gazette, but it is a label that has definite meaning if your postcode is W7.

Cuckooites is the name given to residents, past and present, of Hanwell's Cuckoo Estate. The estate, which takes in Ruislip Road East, Greenford Avenue and Copley Close, has been a hub of Hanwell life since the 1930s.

In 1930 all the homes and schools controlled by the London Boards of Guardians were transferred to the London County Council (LCC).

Ealing Council's website says that the estate was built by LCC between 1933 and 1939, on 140 acres of land attached to the Central London District School.

This school, for Poor Law children, had been founded in 1865, and at one time housed more than a thousand children.

But the Hanwell school was closed by the LCC in 1932 because of falling enrolments and outdated buildings. By 1939 the new estate comprised some 1,600 houses and flats and 18 shops, with a population of about 5,300 people.

The site was attractive for working class housing because of its communications, having three railway stations within a mile of its centre.

Also close by was the tramway service to Shepherd's Bush and the new factories around Western Avenue could be easily reached by bus or bicycle.

What followed in the ensuing decades was a patch of west London with a rock-solid sense of community.

And it is this same sense of community that is being preserved, hopefully for future generations, on the website www.cuckooites.org.

What is most unique about the website is that it is a genuine labour of love for the people that contribute to it, most notably its editor, Tommy Higginbottom.

A former Cuckooite himself, Mr Higginbottom maintains and contributes to the site regularly, even though he now lives in Seattle, USA.

In a letter posted to the site, he said: "Over 4,000 people visited the site last month. We continue to find Cuckooites from all over the world and they are ecstatic about finding us. It opens a world most had forgot about - one that had become a distant memory. With our volumes of stories and pictures it has unlocked many of their own memories of growing up as kids."

The site regularly appeals for input from anyone who lives, or has lived in Hanwell, as all their memories are valuable, be they in the form or words or pictures.

Former Cuckooite Fred Reese, who now lives in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, also contributes to the site. He said: "Any material, either written or in photo form, which you may feel is relevant and of interest from that era would be much appreciated, and would serve to keep this site buoyant and interesting to all concerned."

Any input is welcome, and the more people contributing and following the site, the better it will become.

For more information, visit www.cuckooites.org

 


Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Almost there

Did you know in almost four years we are close to having 250,000 folks visit our site,as I have said before not bad for a place that was a long long time ago in a very different world than we live in today.Just think of all the things that have changed in our lifetime and how it will look in another 50 years or so when our grandkids get to be the older generation.It just blows one's mind.
Food for thought I would say .
 
Tommy

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Jim Davis found these old photo's of young people who grew up or lived close to the Estate

Tom These photos came into my possession recently I am sure some of the Cuckooites will recognise one or two . Don't feel that you are obliged to use them.
Big Ginger Bill, 1st woman Marge Kennedy, woman sitting Vera Rile, Ted Wolsey in between next to Ted Barbara Kennedy. Bill, Marge & Babs lived at the Farleys with me and I spoke about them in my book. Marge married Eddie Brookes & Barbara Married Marcel Coutin.
second photo
Ted Wolsey & Micky Ault next to him. I don't know names of the others.Third photo.
Ted Wolsey & Freddie Hobbs I don't know the name of the women.
Fourth Photo.Teds Wolsey's Golden Gibbon. It used to steal cigarettes out of your pockets if it saw where you put them.





Friday, 4 February 2011

Fw: the old days,choose your song turn up the volume.

I think most of you are old enough to remember these old timesSmileTom..
 
 

 

These are fun to watch,  so when you have time to sit down, relax, and remember these you are sure to enjoy.

 



 
 
 
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IF YOU'RE OVER 50 YEARS OLD, YOU WILL LOVE THIS!

 

 
 

 
Please don't blame me for the hours you will spend here
IF YOU'RE OVER 50 YEARS OLD, YOU WILL LOVE THIS!  JUST CLICK ON THE ONE YOU WANT TO SEE.

 

 
1 JACKIE GLEASON ON THE ROCKY MARCIANO SHOW THE MAIN EVENT (1960)
Jackie recalls his early days as a night club comic in Newark , NJ (and the brawl);
also, Jackie receives a humanitarian award from Rocky and salutes sidekick Art Carney ( Du Mont )
Bloopers from The Honeymooners on OTV ch 11 also ch. 30; Marciano v. Wolcott fight on ch. 64
2 JAMES DEAN: HIS FINAL TV APPEARANCE (1954)
Rebellious trait obvious, James Dean talks about car racing and safety on Gig Young's show;
Walks off set a mention of speeding; eerily, Dean was killed days later in a tragic car collisiom. ( Du Mont )
3 ELVIS SINGS BLUE SUEDE SHOES (1956)
The King lives here! Elvis Presley debuts on "The Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Show." (CBS)
In the house: Elvis sings many more of his hits on our Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below!
4 A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY, THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL (1959-62)
Clips of The King from his early days to induction into the Army, see The King's mom, dad & Col. Tom
Hear Elvis' first #1 1957 hit for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel. (clips from Movietone & AP News)
5 THE EDSEL INTRODUCED ON NBC(1957)
Ford paid the network big dollars (in those days) to run this filmed The Edsel Show promotion.
Ford canned the car shortly after; it is today a revered automotive classic. (NBC) More 50s cars ch.63v
6 BOBBY DARIN'S "MACK THE KNIFE" (1959)
Bobby opened his first of hour variety shows performing his biggest number one hit.
(and his label, Atco, didn't want him to record it!) (CBS)
*There's more Bobby below: hosting a beauty contest & on the OldiesTeleVision Video Juke Box.
7 WESTINGHOUSE DEBUTS HI-TECH "ADVANCED TV" (1951)
Show the kids hi-tech video blossoming before anyone heard of cable, satellite or HDTV. They may chuckle,
The "one knob-no antenna-black matrix pix tube" had viewers in awe..but it was a technical disaster. (TVC)
8 WILLIAM BENDIX AS LOVABLE CHESTER A. RILEY (1956)
The Life Of Riley with Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'andrea, Lugene Sanders, Wesley Morgan
Once played by Groucho Marx & Jackie Gleason, Bendix's Riley was the definitive blue collar family guy.
Watch Riley, delirious over having his tonsils removed, drive family, Gillis, & hospital nurse (Honeybee) crazy!(CBS) 
9 ICONS I: WHAT MADE 50'S TV GOLDEN (COMPILATION, (1952-60)
Art Carney, Rod Serling, Manicurist Madge, Ted Mack, Annette & Frankie, The Champs, Don Adams.
It was Ted Mack's Amateur Hour that introduced Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Pat Boone. (UPI)
10 THE PATTI PAGE SHOW (1958)
The Singin' Rage sings the immortal Tennessee Waltz, it doesn't get anny better than this.
Also from her show, Patti croons over that cute little Doggie In The Window. (syndicated)
11 BLOOPERS FROM THE HONEYMOONERS (1957-58)
On live TV: Audrey misses her entrance cue, Jackie's fly is open (watch how brilliantly he improvs).
Jackie slips on the set (happened again at CBS, where he broke his leg) ( Du Mont ) see also ch.30 & 82,
12 THE CENSORED JERRY LEE LEWIS HERE UNCENSORED! (1957-59)
Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls Of Fire! The' "Killer" smooches his child bride cousin on a filmed news interview
on stage, he goes wild performing (looks like today's metal rockers). The networks nixed both. (UPI)
13 A TRUE 50's DOO WOP TV CLASSIC(1958)
Rare Clip: The Del Vikings Perform Jitterbug Mary (taped at WOOK-TV Baltimore) 
*There's many more classic Doo Wop Originals On The Classic Oldies Video Jukebox below.
14 the original FAMILY AFFAIR (1966)
Brian Keith & Sebastian Cabot sin the last of the sentimental family sitcoms (despite failed 2004 remake_.
An affluent bachelor and his butler uddenly gain custody of adorable orphaned nieces and nephew (CBS)
15 ALAN FREED'S BIG BEAT DANCE PARTY DANCERS (1959)
Local NYC Ch. 5 Freed show regulars dance and post-payola Alan Freed's parting statement (Metromedia);
plus Dick Clark's rigid payola statement to an angry Senate investigator (UPI)
16 THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW (1957)
Steverino's classic rock and roll poetic hate reading of Be Bop A Lula, no apology to Gene Vincent. 
Steve snubbed rock, had no rock acts on his show, but then booked them on his shows to get ratings (NBC).
17 The Inventor Of TV Sketch Comedy ERNIE KOVACS (1954)
Long before SNL, imitated by his contemporaries (Berle, Gleason, Skelton), he was the true inventor of TV sketch satire.
Ernie's Kovacs; vignettes could have been taped yesterday~still look contemporary, he was a TV comedy visionary
There are more Ernie Kovacs comedy innovation in our Oldies Television Trivia Quiz, link below.
18 THE RED SKELTON SHOW (1959)
Red as Clem Kaddiddlehoffer going to college, with guests: Reed Haley ("Racket Squad") & Marvin Kaplan ("Meet Millie")
We included Red's traditional, eye candy June Taylor Dancers' sketch opening and Red laughing at his own jokes (CBS)
19 ICONS: THE DELINQUENCY RAMPAGE! (COMPILATION, 1957-60)
Hoods, Dolls, Street Fights, Make Out Points & ...Barry Goldwater. "Cool man. Ya dig it? Like, Wow! Ya square'r sometin?"
This, kids, was how your parent's parents perceived the next out of control, immoral generation (AIP)
20 FATHER KNOWS BEST (1953)
Full Episode of The definitive aspartame family sitcom: Betty & Kathy fued begin over a bathing suit
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin. (CBS)
21 PETTICOAT JUNCTION (1962)
Bea Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up three perky teenage countrypolitan girls in Hooterville,
at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the precursor to Green Acres Toot toot! (CBS) 
22OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS (1956)
1952 Olympic Triathalon Champ Discusses The games & movie debut with mild mannered Herb Sheldon.
Sheldon hosted several shows ranging from talk, to teen dance, to Ricky Tick Piano. ( Du Mont ) 
23 : DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE HAND JIVE (1957)
Teens perform the Hand Jive dance to Johnnie Otis' Willie & The Hand Jive adlib with Rockette precision ( DuMont )
What do Johnny Otis, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton & Grease have in common? Read how the Jive goes on today.
24 GROUCHO MARX YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1959)
Contestants: Then 11 year old Candice Bergen appearing with dad, Edgar; also Groucho's daughter, Melinda.
Are the dads smarter than the 6th graders? In part 2, Dads join daughters in the quiz. Say the secret word! (NBC)
25 the original DRAGNET(1959)
The grandaddy of all TV cop shows and the definitive police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, 
Ben Alexa nder as Officer Frank Smith. Olan Soule as the lab tech. Just the facts, ma'am. (NBC)
26 THE IMMORTAL MUSICAL COMEDY OF VICTOR BORGE 1951
Victor and the symphony orchestra give a new twist to Listz and it is a classic Borge, both a musical & comedy genius.
Victor Borge's precision piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS 1953
Eddie croons I'm Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These Hands, Oh My Papa on his TV show.
Like the era crooners, Fisher got 15 minutes a week to enthrall fans..and also Liz Taylor & Debbie Reynolds.. (NBC)
28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO:L WHO'S ON FIRST? 1951
This is the signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello comedy routine that is often imitated, never duplicated.
The duo did hosting stints on The Colegate Comedy Hour and Hollywood Palace . (NBC)
29 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's THE JITTERBUG 1958 
It started with Cab Calloway and ended up the most popular moves on American Bandstand, et al.
Here, it becomes the domain of Bill Haley & The Comets' ripping off Little Richards' "Gonna Rip It Up." (AIP).
30. THE HONEYMOONERS ...IN COLOR! 1969
Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris , accused of counterfeiting. Ed's escape plan backfires with hilarious results.
Gleason wanted the show taped by Wometco TV in Miami , Audrey Meadows & Joyce Randolph had NYC commitments
Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played wives Alice & Trixie; TV audiences didn't accept the change. (CBS)
31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON SERIAL theatres-1939; TV-1960's
Before TJ's doo wop concerts, PBS used Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon cinema serials rattle the PBS tin cup.
From Captain Video to Captains Kirk, Picard & Janeway, scifi and space travel was always a TV niche. (PBS)
32 Full Episode THE LONE RANGER 1955
Hi Ho, Silver! It's the grandaddy of weekly TV western series starring oft masked Clayton Moore.
The Lone Ranger was the top rated #1 of the many Saturday afternoon "thataway" exciting oaters
Here is the full version of the debut episode, Enter The Lone Ranger Hi, Ho Silver! (syndicated).
33 THE ENDEARING GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR 1952
Hosting The Colegate Comedy Hour, Eddie pantomines a sketch as the hapless victim of a vixen.
A forgotten legend, Cantor's expressive face and singing style warmed the cockles of viewer's hearts. (NBC)
34 BOBBY DARIN NERVOUSLY HOSTS A BEAUTY CONTEST 1957
Long before having his own weekly show, Bobby's first TV emcee gig, hosting a product hyped beauty pageant
Uh oh, , what a disaster! The contestant names are mixed up and so are the sponsor's promo lines ( Du Mont ) 
35 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE LINDY HOP 1959
From American Bandstand in Phillie, to a Dick Clark special in St. Louis to The Jersey Shore,
everybody was Lindy Hopping to Danny & The Juniors "At The Hop" You can swing it, you can do it (ABC) 
...and there's more Danny & The Juniors, here to stay, on our Classic Oldies Video Jukebox (below)
36 SHAKE, BABY, SHAKE! IT'S THE KILLER AGAIN! 1958
Jerry Lee Lewis brings down the house again for his rehearsed fan club prez on Dick Clark's show.
The fireball shooter misses the song cues and a camera catches a guy trying to jump on stage. (ABC)
37. THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW 1958
"Make Room For Daddy" with rare Danny Thomas, Marjoriie Lord, Rusty Hammer, Angela Cartright.
The kids wreak havoc on daddy and mommy with a divide and concur tactic. (CBS)
Please support St. Jude's Children's Hospital founded by Danny. Help save lives of children with cancer.
38 SID CAESAR: YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS 1957
Legendary sketch comedy with co-stars Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner & Howie Morris as "Uncle Goofy"
doing their classic takeoff on This Is Your Life, also a glimpse of The Timepiece (CBS)
39 HERE COMES TOBOR! 1954
Before Captain Video got a hold of Tobor, little Robbie ran the prequel to "Tobor The Great."
Madison Ave jumped on ship with a cardboard Tobor mask. Don't laugh, they sold. ( Du Mont )
40 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 1954
After the animation came TV's live Superman series starring George Reeves and Noel Neill as Lois Lane
Lois gets is abducted by a gangster, Superman sans Clark Kent saves the damsel in distress. (CBS)
41 THE ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER 1964
Let's get our minds off killer whales and go back to this beloved, adorable dolphin.
Each week this amazing mammal fascinated kids and adults by solving mysteries! (synd.)
42 SPIKE JONES 1951
Spike & the gang of hilarious musical whackies perform their signature "Cocktails For Two."
As you see this wild musical circus, know Spike Jones choreographed the zany antics. ( Du Mont )
43 CAPTAIN VIDEO & HIS VIDEO RANGERS 1950
Before Captain Kirk, there was Captain Video chasing those bad guys around the galaxy.
The "Star Trek" of its time, network program directors made the very same mistake. ( Du Mont )
44. THE LIBERACE SHOW 1952
Walter Liberace brought style to candlelight piano music, with, of course, brother George on violin.
This rare clip captures the musical heart and soul of the flamboyant pianist. ( Du Mont )
45 MEDIC 1954
First and still best medical drama series. Richard Boone as Konrad Steiner MD. 
Still as relevant: prizeighter befelled by Diabetes. This is pioneer medical TV drama. (NBC)
46 THE BIG VALLEY 1965
Outstanding Western series with Barb ara Stanwyck, Lee Majors and Linda Evans
Full episode: "Heritage" Fanatics threaten to blow up the Bartley mine (NBC)
47 THE ROOTS OF TV BASEBALL 1950-57
Visual newsreel memories of baseball's great early years, featuring a tribute to Jackie Robinson
So relevant now: Robinson broke the color line in baseball, Obama in the US presidency. (Movietone)
48 Mc HALE'S NAVY 1962
Before cracking up Harvey Korman, Tim Conway was sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this military sitcom
View a full half hour episode and watch Tim fall (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse. (NBC)
49 HOPALONG CASSIDY 1952
The Saturday afternoon TV Western staple starring William Boyd as frontier vigilante Hoppy.
Of the many Saturday TV matinee oaters, this ranked #2 in ratings. Giddyap! (syndicated)
50 DARK SHADOWS 1966
The first Weekday afternoon TV gothic soap opera, Jonathan Frid as the Vampire Barnaby Collins.
For a brief time, this breakthrough gothic drama out-ranked established serial dramas in ratings. (ABC)
51 FADS & FANCIES OF THE 50s & 60s 
The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Beauty Contests, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird, more
set to the music of The Olympics' "Dance By The Light Of The Moon" (edited by CI)
52 I LOVE LUCY 1952
Highlights from TV episodes involving the coming of "Little Ricky" that captured viewer's hearts.
Ricky gets the news during his club performances, he and the Mertzes go frenetic when "it's time".
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley. (CBS)
53 full episode THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW 1962
You asked for it, here it is, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest Bob Crane (Hogan's Heros .
Dick is directing a community theatre show, Mary sings & dances a vampy Calypso song Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
54 THE BEATLES FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE 1963
Not yet on Sullivan or in the U.S. , the Fab Four debuted "She Loves You" On The Mersey Sound (BBC)
*There's more Beatles & other British Invasion classics on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below.
55 BAT MASTERSON 1958
Gene Barry stars as the debonair Bat Masterson, this episode "The Stampete In Tent City
Guest stars Robert Conrad as the vigilante out to avenge his brother's killer (NBC)
56 MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW 1964
Back in the 60's, Holiday Inn funded half hour shows for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton & Marty Robbins
Before his own show aired, Marty sang " El Paso " on Johnny Cash's short lived TV gig (syndicated)
57 FRANK SINATRA SPEAKS CANDIDLY 1954
Would you believe, a humble Frank Sinatra? He speaks openly about the bad years,
gratitude to Bob Hope & his all time favorite movie role (can you guess which one?). (CBS)
58 PASSWORD 1962
Allen Ludden hosted this enormously popular game show 1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks & syndication
Allen vies celebs Carol Burnett and Gary Moore against contestants to win $250-big prize then (CBS)
59 The Phenomenon STAR TREK TV ON DEMAND 1966-present
Now you don;'t have to sit up and wait until 3AM when stations run Star Trek episodes. Get them here right now!.
Watch Full Episodes of Star Trek, Star Trek:The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Enterprise (synd Paramount )
Also a clip of Trek's post cancellation UK placebo, SPACE:1999 w Martin Landau, Batbara Bain (ITV).
60 MORE DANCES OF THE 50's: THE SWINGBACK 1958
New York teens dance The Swingback (also called The Sway) to Duane Eddy's "Forty Miles Of Bad Road"
The hips swayed and the preachers prayed rock & roll would go away. It didn't. (MGM)
61 THE LIVE TV FRIDGE COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE 1954
Poor Westinghouse. If their built in antenna TV fiasco wasn't enough, more flawed, chagrin causing infamy:
the automatic referigerator door that jammed on this live nationally broadcast commercial. Bet heads rolled! (CBS)
62 THE ARTHUR GODFREY SHOW 1957
He ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on the air, fixed talent contests and made Godlike demands on execs, crew;,
yet still got big ratings, ruled corporate airwaves and network, sort of like Oprah does now, sans chicanery (CBS)
63 BUILDING THE 1958 DODGE 1957
What a retrospect! A TV industrial film goes inside the Dodge automotive plant foundry to finish<.br> In 1979, Chrysler received a government bailout to make new Dodge cars. Sound familiar? (commercial).
64 FIGHT CLASSIC: ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT 1952
Highlights from that historic championship boxing match in Philadelphia September 12, 1952<.br> Of course you'll see that boffo KO comeback in the 13th round~this is the true Rocky, Sly. ( DuMont ).
Check out Dynamite Joe Rindone's fights, too, on Oldies Television Ch 79!
65 AND MORE GREAT ICONS OF THE 50's VOL III 1952-59
Richard Nixon's first scandal, John Wayne 's PSA, Marilyn Monroe's Motor Oil, Jimmy Durante's Schnozz,
George Burns & Gracie Allen, Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy, Jackie & Art's "Hello, Ball!"
66 ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS 1959
With a "good evening," came melodramatic thrillers from the Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchccock
The man whose big screen movies kept us on the edge of our seats brought the same to small screens (CBS).
67 SATURDAY NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE SNL 1954-58
All Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope Show, The Liberace Show, The Ken Murray Show,
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, The Steve Allen Show, The Pat Harrington Show, The Jackie Gleason Show
Sid Cesar's Your Show Of Shows. Watch many surprises with regulars & guests. (ABC-CBS-DuMont-NBC).
68 FELIX THE CAT 1959
In 1928, RCA testing Vladimir Zworkyn's iconoscope , Felix The Cat was the first image ever on TV;
Oldies Television's roster would not be complete without Otto Mesmer's historic cartoon icon.
Here is his 1959 Saturday cartoon show with a new, hip updated opening that we can just ignore.(NBC).
69 THE DONNA REED SHOW 1958
Donna mugs nervously to the camera when daughter, Mary (Shelley Fabares) sings at a school dance.
The song she sings? "Johnny Angel," of course. Dad (Dr. Stone, Carl Betz) allays Mom's fears.
Full episode soon and check out the Donna Reed Christmas Show below on ch 79 (NBC)
70 full episode THE GOLDBERGS 1952
Gertrude Berg served as executive producer and co-writer as well as star
of this beloved sitcom about the matriarch (Molly) of a middle class Jewish family.
Frank Sutton, who would later be Gomer Pyle's Sarge, guest stars in this episode. (synd.)
71 LUCILLE BALL & CAROL BURNETT 1965
Two queens of comedy together with Gale Gordon as straight man on "The Lucy Show".
Lucy wants to join Carol on a trip to Palm Springs , they scheme to fool Boss Mooney. (CBS)
72 THE LITTLE RASCALS 1955
The top Saturday morning TV attraction in the 50's was the re-worked MGM "Our Gang Comedies"
This favorite classic episode has Darla wooing Alfalfa rather than vice versa on Valentine Day.
Of course, the other guys would throw a hilarious gremlin in Alfalfa's romantic ballad crooning. (synd.)
73 full episode HIGHWAY PATROL 1956
Before there was "Book 'em, Dano" in Hawaii , there was "Ten.Four" in California . Brodericj Crawford starred,
If you think dope smuggling was a thing of the 70's, wait 'til you see this narc bust in the 50's. (ZIV/MGM synd.).
74 full episode LOST IN SPACE 1966
Danger Will Robinson! The world's first and last outer space sitcom; today, like "Trek," has fan conventions.
This episode guest stars Mercedes Mc Cambridge (The Exorcist), here as matriarch of alien hillbillies
who grow a "Little Shop of Horrors" intruded upon by Dr Snith (Jonathan Harris) and Will (Bill Muny) (ABC)
75 BEULAH 1951
Long before The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son even before Amos & Andy on TV.
there was the talented Ethel Waters as supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as next door Orio
Sadly, Proctor & Gamble canceled the highly rated, popular show after only two seasons. Guess why.(CBS)
76 BEWITCHED 1966
Wriggle your nose, it's Elizabeth Montgomery as that saucy, sassy, beautiful, bedazzling witch
and Dick York as her befuddled hubbie, Darren (or as Agnes Moorehead would say, "Durwood" (NBC)
77 I DREAM OF JEANIE 1966
Out of the bottle comes that lusciously capricious Jeanie, Barb ara Eden (blink-blink).
Larry Hagman is her adopted master, Bill Daly is the bewildered buddy (CBS).
78 SEA HUNT 1957
The "Dragnet" of the ocean floor, Lloyd Bridges fights underwater crime with only a snorkle.
This syndicated show, along with "Flipper" (coming soon), got high tide ratings in its era (ZIV)
79 DYNAMITE JOE RINDONE 1954
Like Rocky Marciano, Joe Rindone was the son of Italian immigrants who rose to boxing glory.
Here is Dynamite Joe in action from the era when boxing was true sportsmanship.
produced by Andrew Bertino. (Vimeo).
80 THE MILTON BERLE SHOW 1957
Featuring Arnold Stang & guest Mickey Rooney; Berle's swan song after 8 Tues. Nite Years.
Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so he feigns a broken leg for a press conference (NBC)
81 THE LEGEND OF DOO WOP
That streetcorner harmony from the 50's that will never die, the music we know call Doo Wop
Here are video specials which tribute the unforgettable part of R&R and R&B
Plus   REMEMBERING DOO WOP RADIO
with commentary by Don K. Reed. music by The Crests, Frankie Lymon & The Knockouts.
82 MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R. MURROW 1952-54
If you thought Mike Wallace was tough on "60 Minutes," wait 'til you see him on the fifties!.
You won't believe what he said to Steve Allen (neither did Allen, most likely), but Kirk Douglas got his say)
Legendary Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy go at calling the other "un-American"..(CBS)


THE PIONEERS OF KIDVID: 1950's CHILDREN'S TV SHOWS
Howdy Doody, Junior Frolics, Winky Dink, Willie Wonderful, Rocky & Bullwinkle

With the earliest TV production and animation techniques, these popular programs
were the father of children's television, long before PBS and Nickelodeon. This was the "kiddievTV" 50's
Full episodes of these Golden Age first generation shows for tots on separate submenu~click title link

 


 



 
 

 
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