Back in 1973 as my brother and I, and later my sisters watched Saturday morning cartoons on ABC, some of the advertising breaks were taken up by the Emmy Award winning educational cartoons that later became known as Schoolhouse Rock.
It ran on ABC from 1973-1985, and then was revived for a second run from 1993-1999.
Those musical education cartoons that dropped knowledge on math, science, grammar and history have become so beloved that I and a lot of peeps own them on DVD.
I bought the 30th Anniversary DVD in 2009 when I lived in Louisville, and when I purchased it, Dawn Wilson and I spent several hours watching them and singing along to our fave ones like ‘Conjunction Junction‘, ‘Interplanet Janet’,’ Suffering Until Suffrage‘, ‘Three Is A Magic Number’ , ‘Interjections! ‘ , A Noun Is A Person Place or Thing and ‘Hey Little Twelvetoes‘ as the rest of our roommates and friends watched us with bemused looks on their faces .
Of course, as you probably guessed, the political junkie in me loves ‘I’m Just A Bill’ which explains the legislative process an has been parodied by Saturday Night Live to lampoon 45..
But I was also in love with the ‘Verb; That’s What’s Happening’ one as well because it was one of the few in the original series of School House Rock videos in which the main protagonist looked like me.
So happy 45th Anniversary School House Rock!. Those videos helped a lot of kids get to math, science, grammar and history tests.