Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vintage favorite

Today I was following a post on Facebook that was speaking of a certain vintage commercial. I followed the link to check it out. Below that link was a slideshow of television commercials from the fifties and sixties. I followed along that as well. It was amazing to see how advertising has changed over the years...doctors touting cigarettes, blatant sexism in both print and media and things that today, seem just like they were simply made up, not that we couldn't still say some of the commercials we watch/see today isn't just something someone made up in a room with five others idiots.

That got me to thinking, what about stuff I used to watch as a little boy back in the sixties? I'm sure someone has put some of those things on You Tube or someplace else. Well, sure enough, I found my all-time favorite 'cartoon' from when I was a very young boy in the first half of the sixties.

I don't know how many of you would even have heard of this or remember it if you are my age, but here it is.

Fireball XL5

I'm sure very soon I will see what episodes have been loaded into the You Tube machine. This was likely the catalyst that gave me an interest in space and science. The first books I read as a youngster were a series of "Johnny" books which I have not been able to track down. I think the first title was something like 'Johnny and the Red Balloon' or something like that. Perhaps a project for a rainy day.

Today, it's grass-cutting day.  Hope you enjoy.


  1. Wow - lots of memories. Now I want to go check the library desk I have to see if you carved XL5 into it like you did on the headboard of your bed.
    It wasn't the Tom Swift books, was it? I bought one of those for Mr. Krinkles one year for Christmas.

  2. Actually, now that I think of it, the books were titled "Peter" and whatever. I'll still have to do some digging when I get the chance.

    I might have carved it there also. Not sure, but if it's there, I did it. ☺