Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Car 54 Where Are You?

The show originally ran on NBC. Joe E, Ross starred as Gunther Toody and Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon. The ad is from September 1964.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Lawman starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and Peter Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay. I got to meet Peter Brown at Tweetsie Railroad up in Boone,NC one summer during the sixties. I believe it was 1967. This ad is from September 1964.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Peter Gunn

Craig Stevens starred as Peter Gunn. The ad is from January 1964.

77 Sunset Strip

This ad is from March 1965.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

WSJS Tuesday Night's in Nov.1960

Highway Patrol

Highway Patrol starred Broderick Crawford as Captain Dan Matthews. This ad is from September 1961. At that time, Highway Patrol was airing on WFMY channel 2 five nights a week at 6:00 p.m. WGHP channel eight aired the show again during 1966-67.

The Untouchables

This ad is from June 1964.

Friday, March 27, 2009


My first opportunity to see a Tarzan movie came when I was in the third grade. It was during the 1961-62 TV season. I saw Tarzan Triumphs (1943) on WDBJ channel 7 Roanoke ,on the Wednesday night "Big Show" that aired at 7:30 p.m. that season. I would later get to see many more on WSOC Charlotte channel 9's "Jungle Theatre" on Sunday afternoons and beginning in October 1963, on WGHP channel 8 in High Point on "Adventure Theatre". I was very excited when WFMY made the decision to air the movies in primetime beginning on February 8,1974. During the first month the movies aired, the station started receiving complaints about how the natives were portrayed in these movies. I may be wrong,but I believe it was after the fourth week when "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" aired, that WFMY made the decision to end this movie festival.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Superman 1964

The Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves as Clark Kent/Superman, returned to the Piedmont on Monday August 31,1964 after an absence of nearly five years. During the weeks leading up to the show returning, channel 12 promoted it very well, even during primetime. The commercial that the station made did not feature film footage. Rather, they used a montage of probably the best publicity photos from the show I have ever seen. It was an exciting Monday afternoon when "Superman on Earth" came on. This ad is from November 1964.

WFMY TV Line-up 1964

This is the afternoon line-up for channel 2 in Greensboro for September 1964.

M-Squad 1965

Lee Marvin was excellent as Lt. Frank Ballinger in this police drama. This ad is from October 1965.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wanted Dead or Alive 1964

The 'King of cool", Steve McQueen, starred as Josh Randall in Wanted Dead or Alive. We were lucky here in the Piedmont Golden Triangle viewing area. Channel 12 carried many great TV series in the afternoon and early evening, after their original network runs. This ad is from December 1964.

Cheyenne 1966

Warner Bros. Studios produced a bunch of TV westerns. Cheyenne was one of my favorites with Clint Walker starring as Cheyenne Bodie. This ad is from January 1966.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Texan 1968

This ad is from October 2,1968. Timeless Media has released 70 episodes of this series in a 10 disc DVD set. I would rate this set as very good.When the credits roll at the end, some of the episodes have the original sponsor image intact, such as Viceroy cigarettes and Praise soap. Generally, it is those episodes that are the sharpest. When the show went into syndication, the sponsor image was replaced by the state of Texas. Which brings up another point. Timeless Media says that the show had not been seen since being re-run on the ABC network in 1962. That was not the case here in North Carolina. The show aired here in reruns each Wednesday night from early 1966 until the spring of 1969. Within that same timeframe the show also ran Monday through Friday on WNBE in New Bern,NC. The last confirmation I have for the show airing in Winston-Salem is on Saturday afternoons in 1970. It is hard to imagine that North Carolina was the only area that got the show in syndication.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Superman 1962

This is the front and back cover of Superman #157 with a cover date of November 1962.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Adventures of Superman

I have always been a huge fan of the Superman TV series starring George Reeves.These trading cards were produced by the Topps Company in 1965. You got five cards and a stick of gum for a nickel. Those were the days.

Yogi Bear Mug & Cereal Bowl

This is the inside cover of the Cheyenne comic. Yes, I did have a set of these. I loved getting those cereal premiums in the mail.

Cheyenne 1961

I grew up on a small farm about 8 miles west of the small town of Mount Airy,NC during the fifties and sixties. It was a real treat if we got a chance to go to town maybe once a month on a Saturday morning. Back then I would save up my nickels so I could buy and trade used comic books from a nice, elderly gentleman by the name of Bill Whitaker. His news stand was in a small room to the right of the entrance of the "Canteen". By the way, the Canteen had the best hamburgers in town and they served their bottles of "Pop" ice cold in the bottle, but that is a story for another time. Anyway I was going through some old stuff the other day and came across this old Cheyenne comic from 1961. It is the Oct/Nov issue #24. The comic brought back all those great memories of my days of dealing with Mr. Whitaker. If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can probably see the store stamp on the back cover. The original owner of the comic bought it new at Roses 5-10-25 cent store in Galax, Virginia. Bill Whitaker's news stand and the Canteen have been long gone.There is an alley decorated with greenery leading to one of the town's public parking lot's. The alley is where the building once stood.

The Texan 1966

The ad is from July 13,1966. Rory Calhoun starred as Bill Longley. The series original run was on CBS from 1958-1960.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Star Trek 1969

August 4, 1969

Dick Bennick 1968

Dick Bennick presents a check to Mrs. Leander King.I loved the movies on channel 8. The ad is from August 1968.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins as Tom Brewster. The ad is from May 18, 1958.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Jim Crockett & The Becker Bros.

The photo above is from April 1954. On the left is Bobby Becker, Promoter Jim Crockett is seated in the center and on the right is George Becker. Bobby Becker passed away on Thanksgiving day in 1954.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Jim Crockett,Promoter

That is boxer Tony Galento in the photo with Jim Crockett. Tony Galento was coming in as a special referee on a wrestling show. Jim Crockett moved to North Carolina in 1933. In early 1940, Mr. Crockett acquired a building in Greensboro,NC at Neeses Hall on the corner of Washington and Davie Streets. The building was completely renovated and painted.Then new seating and a lounge for the ladies was added.This building was transformed into an arena for wrestling,boxing and other types of shows. The first wrestling show was held there on Wednesday night April 17,1940.For much of the forties and fifties, Jim Crockett promoted weekly wrestling events on Wednesday's in Greensboro.