My mother used to turn off my Saturday morning cartoons and make me listen to 40s radio cartoons, very unsuccessfully as you might guess. But she did introduce me to something different, and knowing a bit about that genre later let me impress the coolest guy in my college English class, who had actually wanted […]

brady bunch

I will be forever grateful to my dear friend Jenny for telling me to get the Brady Bunch dvd set for our daughter. Recently we have had several 6 hour-plus road trips, and the dvds were a major factor a pretty much whine-free trip. They’re especially good for a child who doesn’t like anything scary, […]


One cold, house-bound weekend when we had exhausted every board game, my Dutch friend Inez turned our family on to the Thunderbirds—the mid-60s British science fiction show created by a husband and wife puppetmaster team, who pioneered a sophisticated brand of live-action marionette puppetry called “Supermarionation.” A kind of mashup of James Bond and Mr. Rogers, […]

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