Sunday, April 29, 2012

Newsday TV Book, April 30-May 6, 1972.

This week, 1972, "Mod Squad" hits the cover of the TV Book, including Long Island's own Peggy Lipton (from Lawrence).
TV Line is where goggle-eyed LI tube watchers write in with their questions, usually redefining the meaning of "trivial." Here, Carol Burton alleviates their sore puzzlers about such inane matters as "All in the Family" theme lyrics and whatever happened to Adam Cartwright. (Answer to that last one: he left the show eight years ago, you dolt.)

Speaking of trivia, here's a program inset for "The Dark Side," just in case you were wondering "What was NBC's first use of videotape for an on-location dramatic shoot in New York City?" If you weren't wondering that, never mind. I'm wondering if Phil Leeds was Jerry Ohrbach's inspiration for Lenny Briscoe.

Suburban Dream: Champagne wedding with 4-hour smorgasbord!

"No, Not My Child," insist delusional Nassau County parents regarding teen drug use, even when faced with the incontrovertible evidence of their bell-bottomed kid slouching inside a giant syringe. 

Check out the nutty AM radios at the bottom right. And in crazy colors--like white! Oh, you kids!

Obscure Long Island Advertising Character: The Macrose Beaver!

Holiday Spa serves up the cheesecake!

Suburban Dream: Beautiful-lawn-in-a-bag! (Although when it comes to your landscaping, I would think "friendly" and "frost" don't go together...)

Why did booze always look so good in these old ads? Oh, right... it's booze.

Just a little reminder that daytime TV always sucked. I do admit, however, that I have a real hankering to see a little of "The Rosey Grier Show" at the moment. As for the topic of "Galloping Gourmet," I think someone at Newsday sneezed into the typesetter.

Since the back cover ad is one I've already shown, I leave you with the crossword puzzle. Print it out and ask strangers on the bus for help with it. Good luck with the first clue--even I don't know that guy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Newsday TV Book, April 23-29, 1972.

We begin the fourth week of April 1972 with one-third of the Partridge Family. (Remember, you can click on the pics to enlarge them, which would make David Cassidy almost life-size!)


A Yiddish phrase worth memorizing, the whereabouts of Jack Lescoulie, inchoate Nassau County cable, Little Ronny Howard and the Rifleman's rifle: topics on the minds of curious Long Islanders.


A car that fits your pocketbook! (And the only car I can ever remember thinking was cool.)


Celebrity Sighting: Esther Williams, all extruded.


 A coupla Ray Charleses, as envisioned by Gary Viskupic. Can you find the hidden bong? (Answer: It was in the bottom drawer of Gary's Newsday desk.)


Hey, Holiday Spa, some of have spent a lot of time cultivating "that soft-as-dough look!" 


Speaking of bongs... What's it gonna be, 70's stoners: Dr. Strangelove, Terror From the Year 5000, or sitting four inches from your portable Emerson to toggle between them?


The price tag is great, but the sportcoats are better!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Newsday TV Book, April 16-22, 1972.

The second 1972 TV Book in my collection features Mary Tyler Moore on the cover, looking as if she is perhaps a bit allergic to marigolds.
Linda Lamel weighs in with the LI feminist's perspective on Mary Richards.

This week's TV Line addresses such topics as Jeannie's bottle, a touching toast from Me and the Chimp, and the possibility of a Desi-Patty-Liza threesome.


Suburban Dream: Plastic-covered furniture!


Suburban Nightmare: The unkempt toupee!

Check out the kiddie shows, preview next Sunday's programs, and buy confidence all on one page!


Saturday night viewing, 1972 style. Did anyone miss church the next morning
because they needed their Charlie Chan fix?


Suburban Nightmare: Termites!


And on the back cover, indulge yourself with a "Man-size Easy Chair!" Spacious and gracious!


Thursday, April 05, 2012

Newsday TV Book, April 9-15, 1972.

Since I've been neglecting this blog so disgracefully, I've decided to at least try to do a weekly Newsday TV book posting. My collection of the books begins with this one, featuring Oscar nominee Jane Fonda on the somewhat tattered cover. [Editor's musing from several years later, 8/16: I recently noticed that this issue, unlike all the others I have, does not have an answer for the previous week's crossword puzzle, leading me to believe that it is indeed the very first edition! That might also explain the condition--it's worse for wear because it's been the one sitting atop the TV Book pile for decades now. Well, it's resting snugly in plastic nowadays...]
Here's the TV Line Q&A column, with inquiring LI minds asking about Pete Duel, Jane Withers and Sandy Duncan, among others whose names you haven't heard in thirty years or so. (Click on pic to see it larger. In fact, I just noticed that you can now click twice to enlarge it again.)

How many of that year's nominated movies have you seen? Is it just me or is it rather strange
to see the smoker's toothpaste up for Best Actor?
Suburban Dream: Automatic irrigation!

Obscure Long Island Advertising Character: The Color King!

I myself was once... uh, communioned, but I don't recall the arm bowtie. Or being required to say "Charge it." Betcha anything I had Buster Browns, though.
Look Everybody, it's... Fred Gorman!

Rags and Toots, together at last!

Suburban Dream: A pool from Harrow's!

A late-night page, just to see what seventies stoners were watching that Friday...

And finally, the back cover. You may laugh, but I assure you I can rock a polymeric monk strap, my friend.