Wednesday Trivia Question

What fast food chain used Mr. Rodney, an obvious Mr. Rogers parody, in commercials during the mid-80s? Continue reading

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Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Trace Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world in a compelling six-part series. Join author and history professor Jonathan Phillips for THE ROAD FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE – beginning Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-EX.

Did you know Dame Judi Dench received an award last week in Santa Barbara? Check out 13 Things We Learned About Judi Dench At Her Santa Barbara Tribute. Continue reading

My Top Five: Birds

It’s Thanksgiving week so I thought I’d ponder the birds of public broadcasting. There may be some pretty obvious ones from which to choose but I tend to gravitate towards the deeper cuts, so to speak. So here you go – MY TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING BIRDS. Not the best or whatever superlative you fancy – simply MY personal Top Five.

5) X THE OWL – Voiced by Mister Rogers himself, X the Owl was one of the denizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. X lived in the old oak tree next to Henrietta Pussycat and was always eager and cheerful. 

4) THE “IT’S THE PLUMBER” PARROT – One of my favorite animated bits from the original The Electric Company featured an earnest plumber and a precocious parrot. “Who is it?” “It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the remarkable, two-year, 25,000-mile attempt to retrace Marco Polo’s legendary trek from Venice, Italy to China. Tune in and travel In the Footsteps of Marco Polo – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Doctor Who fans may already know that David Tennant is voicing Scrooge McDuck on the Disney remake of Ducktales. But did you know Tennant will soon be joined by former companion Catherine Tate? Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.

It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.

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