Sunday, January 13, 2013
40 Years Ago Today: The Debut Of Schoolhouse Rock!
The series eventually expanded beyond math to include grammar, history, science, computers and economics.
Now, I have to admit that as a kid I was skeptical at first. There had been a move afoot for a couple of years by that point to tame Saturday morning cartoons, transforming them from the pure entertainment of Bullwinkle, Jonny Quest and Looney Tunes into bland nuggets of wholesome goodness—and trust me, kids weren't fooled one bit. As (I think) Shakespeare once said, that which sucks, sucks regardless of whether it's "good" for you or not.
But despite my initial resistance, Schoolhouse Rock quickly won me over and as with many kids my age, became a permanent part of the cultural flotsam and jetsam bobbing around in my brain.
If you don't know Schoolhouse Rock, or even if you do, here are three of the best:
The jazzy "Conjunction Junction":
The classic civics lesson, "I'm Just a Bill":
And a personal favorite, "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here":
Haven't had enough? You can catch all the Multiplication Rock videos here and Grammar Rock here. And I'll bet the rest are floating around out there, too!