Thursday, January 26, 2017

RIP Mary Tyler Moore

December 29, 1936 - January 25, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Retro Episodes of Tiny Talent Time, Anyone?

Bill Lawrence with performer, 1974.
Photo: B. King (Toronto Star)

Received a lovely comment from a sibling of a former Tiny Talent Time performer asking if anyone had recorded old episodes of the show from 1982, with the hopes of finding footage of her sister tap dancing on the show.

"My sister Jennifer Aucoin was on Tiny Talent Time in/around 1982... anyone out there have a home copy of any of that years shows? Our family didn't have a video recording device yet but I know they were starting to become popular around that time... I'm hoping that maybe someone else out there may have a tape of it... not sure what the air date was.. she was wearing a white fluffy dress with red polka dots and I believe her routine was a tap dance to the song 'chirpy chirpy cheep cheep'? Would love to get a copy for our family. I think it would be cool if everyone who had any recordings from the original runs would share them, we could probably make our own archive of the show... even if CHCH didn't save them... I know it would bring great joy to a lot of people to be able to share their moments of fame."—Amanda Aucoin

Love the idea of fans creating an archive of old footage. Can anyone help out Amanda? Fingers crossed.

Monday, November 28, 2016

RIP Ron Glass

Ron Glass, Jack Soo, Hal Linden (Barney Miller)

Ron Glass (1945-2016) had a long and vibrant career in television and film but I'll always fondly remember him for his portrayal of the suave Detective Ron Harris on that classic 70s police ensemble sitcom: Barney Miller (1975-1982). Barney Miller was just one of those iconic television comedies with a gloriously talented cast that were offered to us in abundance back in the day. Glass was my mother's favourite, her face would light up every time he appeared on the screen. "I like his smile! He makes me happy." she would often say.

Indeed. RIP Mr. Glass.

Cast of Barney Miller (1974)

Friday, November 25, 2016

RIP Florence Henderson

This one really hurts.

Florence Henderson 1934-2016

The world's beloved TV-Mom, Florence Henderson (a.k.a Carol Brady) sadly passed away yesterday, November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day in America) at the age of 82.

How blessed we all were to have her vibrant and kind energy in our lives as we made our way through childhood (and beyond). Who could ever forget that melodic voice? A fierce talent and a gem of a lady. RIP.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Random Brady Pic

Peter Brady and Arthur Owens
Two Petes in a Pod, The Brady Bunch (1974)

That moment when a transfer student with glasses is actually your doppelganger. Hilarity, the ol' switcheroo and groovy dance moves ensue. One of my favourite Brady episodes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RIP Garry Marshall

Some of the happiest and most vivid memories from my childhood are of being seated comfortably amid my loving family watching the assorted works of Mr. Garry Marshall 1934-2016.


Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Odd Couple were his works in our orbit and we devoured them. Being a kid in the 70s and 80s was a treat because we were still in that golden era of television where new territories were being charted while still paying homage to the old. Different stories were being told and different eras of nostalgia were being explored. They ranged from the emotional to the ridiculous but they always made us smile. He even contributed to our vernacular with terms like "sit on it", "aay", "nanu-nanu", etc.

Garry Marshall was an artist, a legend and a good man.


Whenever I hear the theme song from Laverne and Shirley, I get a pang—that waft of emotion and joy from when I was a care free kid and when my mother was still alive. Such happy days.

RIP Garry Marshall and thank you for all the joy.

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