Now This Is How Kids Should Spend Saturdays

How great were Saturdays as a kid growing up in the 60s?

You’d start the morning off with a bowl of cereal (or two); here’s a list of some of my favorites at the time:

  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Alpha-Bits (educational too!)
  • Life (allegedly the healthiest one on my list)
  • Lucky Charms
  • Cap’n Crunch
  • Fruit Loops
  • Honey-Comb
  • Frosted Flakes (my dad’s favorite)

And then plop yourself down in front of the TV for the next several hours (with your cereal if you were lucky).

Here’s the schedule from up above again:

It’s a little fuzzy, but this is what I remember my schedule looking like:

8:00 (not shown): Gene London
9:00 Mighty Mouse

9:30 Underdog (occasionally switch to Atom Ant if Underdog was a rerun)

10:00 The Flintstones

10:30 to be honest, none of the shows listed ring a bell, maybe I spent the time doing math problems

11:00: Secret Squirrel, but I certainly remember watching my fair share of Casper

11:30: The Jetsons, with the occasional Milton the Monster

12:00: wow, tough call, they were all great. I’m guessing I rotated between all three, Road Runner, Cool McCool, and Bugs Bunny. Why would the networks do that to kids? Remember, this is before DVRs and VHS…

12:30 Magilla Gorilla

1:00 Tom and Jerry

Once that was over, it was probably time to get out of my pajamas, have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and start watching sports.

After the sports were over I would have probably gone out in my backyard or driveway and imitate all my favorite athletes. At the time I’m sure I knew the complete Phillies and Sixers line-ups, some of the Eagles, and some of the Big 5 players.

Then it was time for a nice family dinner, followed by:

with the highlight of the night clearly being Get Smart.

Then it was time for bed.

Now that’s a great day.

I’m thinking that thanks to YouTube, I could actually recreate such a day. The only change would be almond milk in my cereal and a new pair of cowboy pajamas.

P.S. this post got me thinking about other great cartoons I used to watch:

  • Top Cat
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • Astro Boy
  • Speed Racer
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Fearless Fly
  • Bullwinkle
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • George of the Jungle
  • Woody Woodpecker

and of course, there was Sally Starr, Pixanne, Captain Kangaroo, Lorenzo…

I’m sure there’s more; it was certainly the golden age of cartoons.

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