Category Archives: television

Annette Funicello 1942-2013

Annette Funicello–an icon of my growing up. On our new and fledgling TV screen that our Aunt Nola bought us, on The Mickey Mouse Club, she seemed just like me and my friends (especially my best friend JH whose family … Continue reading

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Taking up the Banana Man’s baton

Yesterday was JM’s birthday and he brought a banana cake and banana bread to class to celebrate. The cake was iced with cartoon figures from Futurama. My students asked why he had brought so many kinds of bananas to class? … Continue reading

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Nothing standardized about this teacher– or about this series

For the last week, some of my more hip students have been asking me if I have ever seen Portlandia. I’m not much of a TV watcher. Ever since Northern Exposure went off the air, I have not watched much … Continue reading

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Lunch with Soupy

In commemoration of my birthday I am looking back on one of the major influences in my life—Soupy Sales. Every day from first grade to sixth, I would walk home at lunchtime (almost a mile), sit in front of the … Continue reading

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Orchids and my narcissistic minute of fame

We went to the orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens today. A ritual at this time of year– our birthdays and anniversary— to purchase at least one stunning and celebratory orchid (actually all orchids are pretty stunning and celebratory). … Continue reading

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Five for Halloween

Twilight Zone was one of the most creative and clever television shows ever produced. Rod Serling was a genius. Its theme song has become part of our every day parlance. (My favorite shows were “In the Eye of the Beholder” … Continue reading

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