We didn't get a gazillion TV channels 50 & 60 years ago. Thanks to coal region cable TV pioneers Bob Tarlton of Lansford & John Walson of Mahanoy City, we were able to watch TV channels from Wilkes Barre, Philadelphia, & New York. No cable TV would have meant very limited viewing options or no TV for many when lived in the valleys & shadows of mountains & coal banks.
I'm sure many have memories of the TV hosts pictured below. Recall when they made personal appearances to places like Angela Park, Lakewood Park, Dorney Park, & Rocky Glen Park?
Remember watching Officer Joe Bolton & Chuck McCann on WPIX Channel 11 out of New York? They hosted 3 Stooges shorts & introduced a new generation to movie theater cliffhanger serials from the 30s, 40s, & 50s. Remember Soupy Sales & his puppet sidekicks White Fang & Black Tooth? When I was a little kid, long before Sesame Street, I recall my mom having me watch an early morning show called "Operation Alphabet" on WFIL Channel 6 Philadelphia.
The face of TV has changed much since many of us were kids. Saturday morning cartoons are gone--replaced with a wasteland of infomercials. But, thanks to a nostalgia surge, networks like Antenna TV & ME TV have launched & have brought back many prime time TV shows we grew up with in the 50s, 60s, & 70s. It's nice to watch shows like Gilligan's Island, Mission Impossible, Man from U.N.C.L.E, Adventures of Superman. What was your favorite TV show?
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