Those WERE the days. I grew up in Cleveland and we had similar people. Most of the kids walked home from school and mom had lunch waiting. We’d watch the shows for a 1/2 hour or so and walk back to school.
Captain Penny was a train engineer. Barnaby was an elf with pointy ears. Woodrow the Woodsman. Mr. Jingeling, the keeper of the keys for Santa Claus. Franz the Toymaker.
They showed cartoons and had interesting people on such as Jungle Larry who brought wild animals, birds, and alligators.
None of them pandered to the little kids. They treated them with respect and tried to build them up by encouraging good behavior. They were “squares.”
Just like Romney who is ‘unlikeable’ because he is a “square,” too. Those old-fashioned values just don’t cut it with today’s cool people.
Now they have those rapid-fire, high energy, flashy shows with some super-slick adults, or worse, super-hip kids as hosts with the latest music pounding in the background. Each segment lasts about 30 seconds.
And they have shallow guests like some druggie movie star, singer, or some pandering politician like that barack obama guy.
Perhaps it will one day be "hip to be square" again?
(Couldn't find any record of political donations by Hugh Anthony Cregg III aka Huey Lewis, so I don't know who he supports.)