TV Guide #4: Oct. 28- Nov. 3, 1972

For some reason this one hit me squarely in the "nostalgia zone".  Lots-o-memories from this particular issue.  Let's stroll through another issue, shall we?

Channel 5 has The Lineup of the Gods tonight.  Yes, even Hee-Haw is welcome in my dream lineup.

Will the world of tomorrow be extinction or peace?  Buy this book and find out.

ZOOM - I watched the hell out of those striped shirted pre-teens who spoke Ubbi Dubbi back in the day.

Don't look now, but Miss Junior Varsity Quiz host is pointing at me and giving that sexy look.  Grrrr.

What's it going to be - MTM or It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?  Decisions, decisions.

I've said it a million times: there were far less channels, but so much more selection.  It was an eclectic bag, a diversity of choices: The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine', Carol O'Connor does a political lampoon special, there's Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, MASH, Sanford and Son, and a kick ass Sixth Sense.   And this is just Saturday evening!

I wonder what that Sunday afternoon "Jack and the Witch" (Japanese) is all about?  And, yes, I watched the hell out of Wild Kingdom in the 70s.  Who didn't?

For some reason, the Guinness Book of World Records was huge back then.  And speaking of 'huge', what child of the 70s doesn't remember the picture of the fattest twins riding their motorcycles?

"Should Marijuana Be Legalized?"  It's been 36 years, and we're still having the debate.

The Golden Age of the Mall was upon us in 1979.  I remember when indoor malls felt like cavernous dungeons, with fake cobblestone and fake gas lamps... and Orange Julius, of course.  Then, the Eighties arrived, and fancy shmancy malls like the one above started to become the 'place to be'.

Never was a huge fan of 'Here's Lucy'; although, Pet Clark as guest would've been fun to watch.
Also - introducing the "family laxative".

So much going on on Tuesday day: Cool Richard Dawson on Merv Griffin, UFO's on the Today show, and Lidsville.  One thing I notice when looking through these old TV Guides is the plethora of movies I've never heard of:  "Cyborg 2087"?  That sounds amazing.

Also note the abundance of soap operas.  Today, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and Y&TR are the only survivors.  I'm not ashamed to admit I watched "Edge of Night" one summer and loved it.

Dennis James didn't have the mojo of Bob Barker. Also note: Bridget Loves Bernie.... before Meredith Baxter came out that he was abusive.

The Dunwich Horror and lesbians on the Bold Ones.  Hells yes.  However, you'd think there'd be more Halloween programming tonight.  Yes, this is Utah TV, but that wouldn't make a difference.  In fact, Utah is one of the biggest celebrators of the holiday in the country (It's true - look it up.  Lots of haunted houses and such in the Mormon state believe it or not).

Homosexuality is explored on the good ol' Movie of the Week.  This looks like an interesting one - were Holbrook and Sheen lovers in this movie?

I remember Kreskin - he was the man of mystery for over a decade.  There's Charo on Merv - "Cuchi! Cuchi!"  And what the f**k is Big Bird doing on the Electric Company?

And now a word from our sponsors...

I love how the box is appropriately the color of snot.  the "Scenics" logo even looks like boogers.

And we'll end with a sanitary napkin ad.  Cheers!


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    1. I just watched it - thanks for the link! This is comedy gold.

  2. The scenic boxes bring it all together. Amazing.

  3. Seems whenever I visited my grandmother(fathers side)the tv would only show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.When I visited My grandfather(mothers side)the only shows on were Hee Haw or Gunsmoke.My memories must be from about the time this TV Guide was published.

  4. Yes, Holbrook and Sheen were in a committed gay relationship in that movie.

  5. Cyborg 2087------You can watch it on youtube. Don't know if Harlan Ellison sued over this one, but it's the plot of The Terminator.

    Scott Lovrine

    1. Sure enough. https://youtu.be/oN9GlHnhXCc
      Just scanning through, it looks pretty lame.... that's the problem today. It would've been a fine way to pass a Tuesday evening stumbling across it in 1972; but going out of my way to sit and watch it on YouTube probably will never happen. I can't explain it.

  6. primoseannyApril 04, 2015

    I actually own this edition of TV Guide and actually this edition was from 1972, not 1979, as this post implies.

    1. Dammit! Thanks primoseanny. The date is so microscopic on inside cover, I must have misread it. Yet, the lineups each day should have been a dead giveaway that this was definitely not 1979!

  7. An embarrassment of riches these t.v. guides are. Thanks for taking the time to scan them.

  8. Oh man, I miss classic TV Guide.