I'm So Old That I Remember When Television Was Classy

Mamacita says:  I really miss those old variety shows, and I miss them even more at Christmas time.   At Christmas, all of the variety shows had their Christmas Specials, and some of those Christmas Specials were classy far beyond what any modern television show could ever dream of being.  Standards were higher back then, and it was safe to assume that the audience could actually bring some prior knowledge to the table.  People were expected to have schema, so they had it.

Julie Andrews has long been one of my favorite performers, and I’ve ADORED the King’s Singers for many, many years. The combination is irresistible. Add John Denver and you’ve got some really great stuff.

Julie Andrews and the King’s Singers.

. . . and with the King’s Singers and John Denver.

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Julie was performing in public even as a child. Here is her test, to see if 12-year-old Julie had what it took to be a recording artist. I think she did. Can’t you just see her on “Britain Has Talent?”

Here is little Julie singing “God Save the King.” If you’re patient, you’ll then see her sort of growing up before your eyes, being interviewed about “My Fair Lady,” etc.


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I'm So Old That I Remember When Television Was Classy — 10 Comments

  1. Carol Burnett was my favorite! Did you see Rosie O’Donnell’s lame-o attempt at reincarnating the variety show on Thanksgiving Eve? Pretty forced, pretty pitiful, if you ask me. I don’t think she did those of us who would like television to re-invent itself and go back to the Good Old Days any favors!

  2. Carol Burnett was my favorite! Did you see Rosie O’Donnell’s lame-o attempt at reincarnating the variety show on Thanksgiving Eve? Pretty forced, pretty pitiful, if you ask me. I don’t think she did those of us who would like television to re-invent itself and go back to the Good Old Days any favors!

  3. I am merely coming by to spread some Merry Christmas wishes and to tell you and your family how much we love you.
    I finally caught the spirit. HB told me that we didn’t have to get him anything for Christmas because Santa had it taken care of!!!! That just took the load off.
    Merry Christmas dear friend.

  4. I am merely coming by to spread some Merry Christmas wishes and to tell you and your family how much we love you.
    I finally caught the spirit. HB told me that we didn’t have to get him anything for Christmas because Santa had it taken care of!!!! That just took the load off.
    Merry Christmas dear friend.

  5. I love this comment: “People were expected to have schema, so they had it.”

    Apparently children today have no expectations placed upon them; they have nothing to live up to; so they live up to nothing.

    Enough with my commentary on the sad state of today’s system — Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. I love this comment: “People were expected to have schema, so they had it.”

    Apparently children today have no expectations placed upon them; they have nothing to live up to; so they live up to nothing.

    Enough with my commentary on the sad state of today’s system — Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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