Throwback Thursday

The 2019-20 prime-time TV “season” began this week. Of course, with streaming, DVRs and the like people watch TV far more on their schedule than the schedule of TV networks.

September, 2019 is the first September since 2006 without a new episode of The Big Bang Theory. I am still having a little difficulty dealing with that.

What was the #1 rated show, based on Nielsen, in the 1969-70 season? Here’s a big hint:


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From a Pinterest page a picture of the cast (plus Tiny Tim and John Wayne, not sure from which season but I’m certain it’s later in the series than 1969-70) of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. The show could have not have been more different than the one it replaced in NBC’s Monday 8 PM timeslot in January, 1968, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. From The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network And Cable TV Shows by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh:


Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was one of TV’s classics, one of those rare programs which was not only an overnight sensation, but was highly innovative, created a raft of new stars and started trends in comedy which other programs would follow.”


I remember watching the show, but remember very few details. The Arte Johnson character of the German soldier smoking a cigarette and remarking, “Very interesting, but…” (in a German accent) with a different punchline each time is one of the few bits I do remember. The 1969-70 season was the second of two consecutive seasons in which Laugh-In finished first in the Nielsen ratings.

Not that this really matters to anyone, but I only watch one major network prime-time show, The Good Doctor. Occasionally I have tried to watch some current shows, but have never been able to get through more than a few minutes of any episode. In general, the entertainment apparatus does not care about my demographic and that fact is evident in the programming.


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From a picture of a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday hardtop coupe. I have expressed my affinity, largely sentimental in nature, for the 1956 Buick Century. While I don’t think I will end up purchasing such a vehicle anytime soon (if ever), I am fascinated by the concept of owning and driving a car that was built before I was born, such as this Olds. Also, I think this car looks great.

Oldsmobile produced both an 88 and Super 88 series in 1956 in addition to the Ninety-Eight. Olds made about 75,000 88 Holiday hardtop coupes AND 43,000 Super 88 hardtop coupes. The “higher” brand was designated as the DeLuxe Holiday coupe for the Super 88 and 98 in 1955, but according to Encyclopedia of American Cars by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide® it was not given the “DeLuxe” name in 1956. The engine for the Super 88 (and Ninety-Eight) was the same displacement as the 88 engine (324 cubic inches), but had ten more HP (240 vs. 230) and ten more LB-FT of torque (350 vs. 340). The 1956 Olds 88 hardtop coupe was priced at $2,599 (less expensive than the sedan) and the Super 88 coupe was priced at $2,808.

Remember that Oldsmobile is the only American car company that produced vehicles in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and was the company that introduced the modern automatic transmission.







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