Mar 10, 2009

Tuesday Special Guest

Today is Tuesday and every Tuesday my friend ADHD-Jo hosts a special guest (blast from the past). Today I'm following suit.

Yesterday I posted a Birthday Song for Chatty Kelly and asked if you knew who sang the song. No one guessed it. :o The song was sung by Sheriff John. I used to watch his show when I was growing up. Let me add that it was not at the beginning of his career lest you think that I'm older than I am ... ah-hem. So today Sheriff John is my special guest and here's a little about him taken from Wikipedia.

Sheriff John was a long-running children's television character who appeared on KTTV in Los Angeles from 1952 to 1970 on two separate series, Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade and Sheriff John's Cartoon Time. He was played by John Rovick.

Sheriff John started each program by entering his jailhouse office singing "Laugh and be happy, and the world will laugh with you ..." before doing a routine which included the Pledge of Allegiance and a safety bulletin. He would also show cartoons, including Crusader Rabbit and Porky Pig among others, have a visit from various farm animals and from an artist "Sketchbook Suzie," who would draw pictures requested by young home viewers. When we kids ate lunch with Sheriff John, we said grace:

"Heavenly Father, great and good, we thank You for our daily food. Bless us, even as we pray. Guide and keep us through this day. Amen." The unquestioned highlight of the show was the Birthday celebration. The Sheriff would read off as many as a hundred names on the show, and then bring out a cake and sing the Birthday Party Polka.

Sheriff John went on giving lessons about safety, good health habits and encounters with strangers for 18 years before his retirement in 1970. Rovick won an Emmy in 1952.

This video is a bit long but if you listen to the 2 minute mark you will see the Laugh and Be Happy song and the Birthday Song. Then skip to the 4:30 mark to hear how he closed out the program's era in 1970, "God be with you." Times certainly have changed.


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27


debrah said...

thank you for posting this. what a nice show - I don't think the shows I watched while growing up mentioned God. have a great week.
Be Blessed
In His Love,

My ADHD Me said...

I don't think I ever saw this.
Too bad shows today don't end that way (children AND adult shows!)

P.S. Sorry I missed the party yesterday. We had a tree taken down and OF COURSE it broke the cable wire. No phone. No internet. No was like living in the dark ages...haha.

That was a nice surprise on CK's blog!

Chatty Kelly said...

Now I know how you felt after Tuesday Tips. NO ONE guessed it? No one? Except the birthday girl who googled it. Even in 1970 I was only 2, so still.

They don't make shows like that anymore.

Thanks for the GREAT day yesterday!

Beverlydru said...

I grew up in S. Florida and I don't think our stations carried Sheriff John as I've never heard of him either. Well, you've equipped us for a trivia game answer! (And a memory from your childhood - sweet)

Dennie said...

Hi Eddie.. just dropping by to say Hi to my sistyer and friend..

blessings to you and your family

Chatty Kelly said...

I can't fix my blog...I messed it up. Can you upload my header for me? I got nothing right now!

Chatty Kelly said...

I fixed it. whew. I need a valium or something after that. Gee whiz. I am as gifted on the PC as you are!

From the Heart said...

Let's see in 1970 I would have been 30 but that program must not have been on around here. When TV first came out I had to go to a neighbor's house to watch "Howdy Doody" (that was my favorite). When my girl's were small we had "Captain Kangaroo" and my grandson liked "Barney".
My granddaughter came five years later but I can't remember which program she liked. As she got older it was "Hanna Montana". Wow,
amazing how much you remember when you start thinking. There was also at some point a "Mr. Rogers" but I can't remember what his show was about but it was for children.

Barney's favorite song was "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family with a great big kiss and hug from me to you, won't you say you love me too."
I can't sing but my grandson would play with his granddad until he got tired then he would come upstairs and crawl on my lap and wiggle around until he found his favorite spot in my arms and I would sing that song and some Christian songs to him until he went to sleep. Everybody says they went to sleep so they couldn't hear me sing. We were going to Virginia Beach one year with my daughter, her husband and the two grandchildren. My granddaughter got fussy so I started to sing and she said no, no, no. She knew that when I did she would go to sleep and she was fighting it. Sorry, I'm on a memory lane.
Thanks for the great post,
AliceE. :D

Andrea said...

I never saw this, but wouldnt we be blessed to have this kind of show on tv today for our kids and grandkids...

LisaShaw said...

"God be with you until we meet again". Beautiful! Take me back to wholesome family shows. Ahh....

Melanie Dorsey said...

My preschool faves were: Captain Kangaroo, and Romper Room...she never "saw" me. I still remember the feeling of waiting with such hope for the teacher to say, "And I see Melanie."
She never did.
I told this story to my husband and every once in a while he will say, "I see Melanie."
And he does.

Sharon said...

Nope never heard of this one! But like I said in my post, tv today is nothing like yesterdaysssss tv
bring back the little house on the praire---waltons---leave it to beaver... those are great shows!

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Debra said...


I hopped over here real quick from your comment--You may have ANY photos of mine you want AT ANY TIME---I don't mind at all-and actually, I am not very concerned about my photos. I'm not worried about getting credit for them either, because I feel the Lord shows me beautiful pictures-I just aim the camera!
Love and hugs-Debra

PS So sorry you have had that copying stuff happen to you....

Greg C said...

I never saw this one either. I used to watch Miss Nancy on Romper room though.

B His Girl said...

I never heard of this show Edie. Should I b upset about that? B

The Patterson 5 said...

Wow what a great show! I wish they had this show for kids today! Thanks for sharing with us!

Marla said...

I don't think that I ever saw this show! If so I don't remember it on little bit!