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Need help with '70s kids shows aired on PBS stations!!!


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#1 of 6 Jeffrey Nelson

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Posted May 21 2005 - 08:44 AM

OK, how many of you out there remember the following kids programs from the '70s, broadcast on PBS?

Ripples (don't remember too much about this one, except that in one episode a kid went to get a check-up at the doctor's office)
Inside Out (filmed dramatic show teaching values and morals)
Art Cart (how-to art program)
Art Starts (same show under a different title I think)
All About You (science show about the human body)

And there was a music program, the name of which unfortunately escapes me, starring two women, one a bit stocky with short hair, and one with long dark hair, if I'm remembering correctly. The autoharp was utilized quite a bit. One of the songs I remember vividly from this show is:

Sh, be quiet
Sh, be quiet
Running down the hall
Don't you even try it!
Old Mr. Grump
Who lives down below
Will come right up
First thing you know!

Another bit of a song I remember from this show:

The fireboats are spraying in the alley-alley-O!

Can ANYONE here shed some light on any of these programs? Who wrote, directed, starred in, and produced them? The companies that own them? How to possibly obtain copies of them on video? I wrote to my local PBS affiliate (KCTS-9, Seattle), but they said they no longer had any information on these programs, since they hadn't run them in many years. The PBS website says that, due to staffing limitations, they are unable to respond to inquiries regarding programs which aired prior to 1994. Great.

I'm hoping against hope that the original broadcast masters haven't been wiped from the face of the earth...or, at the very least, that some enterprising forward-thinking souls managed to tape a few of them in those top-loading behemoths with channel-changer knobs on the front...another of my hopes is that someone managed to tape a few episodes of local Seattle icon J.P. Patches' show in the late '70s, 'cause the makers of the show only have five left that weren't wiped by KIRO-TV (Seattle). Five, out of thousands aired over 20 years. A tragedy.

#2 of 6 Jesse Skeen

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Posted May 21 2005 - 06:05 PM

I remember the theme music to "All About You", and I've probably seen those other ones since PBS was once the only thing my parents would let me watch! A lot of that stuff would be great to see right now, but I'll be thankful enough if they'll just put out the OLD Sesame Street stuff!
There was one show I remember that showed a closed toy shop, and the tricycles and stuff started moving by themselves. It freaked me out!
ADDED- I just remembered some elementary schools used to tape some of these shows on those big Sony U-Matic VCRs. That'd be a good place to check for any surviving recordings, I still need to find a working U-Matic machine that I can afford. The school I went to even kept some tapes on hand of Saturday morning cartoons to show during recess when it was raining outside, I'd love to get my hands on those too.
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#3 of 6 Garrett Lundy

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Posted May 22 2005 - 02:57 AM

I saw The Bloodhound Gang a few times. I personally think that their band is alot better than the show Posted Image
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Posted May 23 2005 - 05:01 AM

Will this suit your needs?

#5 of 6 Jeffrey Nelson

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Posted May 23 2005 - 05:16 AM

WOW!!! What an incredible site! Thank you so much!!! Well, that takes care of Inside Out and All About You, plus a bunch of other stuff I'd never even heard of. I managed to track down someone who has access to Ripples as well. No leads on Art Cart/Art Starts. And I found one other person who remembers the music show, but he can't remember the name of it either. It was broadcast in black and white.

#6 of 6 Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 23 2005 - 05:58 AM

Check with the Museum of Television and Radio in New York & LA. If anyone's got tapes of this stuff, they will.
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