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memories of the ’70s – The Solar Eclipse March 7, 1970

In the first year of the 1970s, a solar eclipse occurred in March, visible across North and Central America. It was the first time a solar eclipse occurred that was shown in colour on television. CBS Television aired The Solar … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Be My Valentine Charlie Brown

In the mid ’70s, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang faced up to the day devoted to hearts in the tv special Be My Valentine Charlie Brown. Released in 1975 prior to Valentine’s Day on CBS TV, this was the … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas

Bing Crosby’s last television Christmas special had a unique pop culture inclusion – a duet with David Bowie for Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The storyline of the holiday special was a visit to England by the Crosby family to see a … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Midnight Hour

For kids of the 1980s, they got to know the fear of zombies with the Halloween special The Midnight Hour, starring Levar Burton and Shari Belafonte. This two hour tv movie, focusing on how a small New England town becomes … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – The Hobbit

In the 1970s, a favourite novel from the 1920s first hit the small screen: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Created by Rankin/Bass, who were best known for their holiday animation specials, the tv special closely followed the Tolkien story, but compressing … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Pound Puppies

For those writing their lists to Santa in the 1980s, the soulful eyes of these toys was an instant hit: Pound Puppies. Created by Tonka, the stuffed animals came in a variety of colours, with floppy ears and droopy eyes, … Continue reading

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