Ah! Some asked in a group “What’s the first Doctor Who you saw?”
I couldn’t figure it out. Had no idea. But I wanted to know. I’d ask my grandmother (I saw it with her) but she’s been gone for years. Long story short, I figured it out. I was 6.5 – same age as that picture above, much earlier than I thought.
ah, my research was going to be “What *exactly* were the Sherlock Holmes shows that I’d have seen by age 6.5 that inspired me to want this costume. [which I then considered both Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Who together because after the costume and before Halloween, I’d seen my first Doctor Who and I guess I must’ve liked it]
So, off to ancient TV listings from 1978 for New York/New Jersey area and see if I can get to the bottom of this mystery. Whose Sherlock Holmes did I see?
tep 1: Wikipedia and some “trying to remember” [it’s hard to remember stuff from when you’re 6!]
TV-Guide really did a good job of trying to be super accurate. I’m hoping to find something with that level of details. Most of these sites are prime time only – which is helpful but I *might* need more detail than these.
Is that Kimba? Kimba was before my time but the clips I saw of it were hauntingly beautiful, as if someone took the Lion King and made it the way it was supposed to be.
Looks like I’m going to have to go to dig deeper. I’m finding just seeing ABC/NBC/CBS isn’t enough. I should see if someone has an old archive of TV guides up somewhere.
These are the broadcast channels for that area. Looks exactly the same as they did back then, with a few letter changes). Hoping to find a historical TV listings database that has all of them. Fingers crossed! My quest continues.
Channel 2: WCBS-TV – (CBS) – New York City, CBS 2
Channel 4: WNBC – (NBC) – New York City, NBC 4 New York
Channel 5: WNYW – (FOX) – New York City, FOX 5, WABD when it was the Flagship station of the DuMont Television Network, became WNEW before 1986
Channel 7: WABC-TV – (ABC) – New York City, ABC 7 or Channel 7
Channel 9: WWOR-TV – (MyNetworkTV) – Secaucus, NJ, My 9 (New York City), known as WOR before 1987
Channel 11: WPIX – (CW) – New York City, PIX 11 (formerly WB 11)
Channel 13: WNET – (PBS) – Newark, New Jersey/New York City, Thirteen
Channel 21: WLIW – (PBS) – Garden City
Channel 25: WNYE-TV – (Independent) – New York City, NYCTV Life
Channel 41: WXTV – (Univision) – Paterson Univision 41 Nueva York
Channel 47: WNJU – (Telemundo) – Linden, Telemu
Thanks! I _did_ finally track down Doctor Who’s airings which was yesterday’s fun research.
Turns out that it started on WOR for a few years, first on Saturday evenings, then Saturday mornings.
Then in 1983, the 5 Doctors played to 1/2 the planet simultaneously, which was a pretty huge deal at the time (for me) and that was the premeire of Dr Who on NJN, which oddly I don’t see here. I though it was channel 51? Hm.
Right now I’m on a quest for Sherlock Holmes: Which Sherlock Holmes did 6 yr old me see.
I loved Greatest American Hero. I was just the right age for it too. The schoolteacher misfit hero who got everything wrong but everything ended up alright? Loved it.
Same era timeframe that I was into Mork & Mindy. I think I saw every episode of Greatest American Hero, which was one of my obsessions. [It was also one of the first TV themes of many I picked out on the piano to play by ear]
Original episode aired: March 18, 1981 ? I know what I was doing on March 18, 1981 then.
I remember bits from the Misfits of Science. The Phoenix I definitely remember: I liked the story the guy told in the beginning, the weird triangle thing, the eagle going “cawww” and the whole mystical thing of it.
I’m just glad I didn’t stick with an interest in that kind of stuff. I got over my “ancient aliens could be real” by the time I was 12 or so, although occasionally I’d still think, “But maybe..”
It’s really a great song and it holds up well I think. While I couldn’t take Tom Petty seriously since he looked like a scrawny Mad Hatter I still enjoyed his music, his singing, even the videos. I guess I’m a fan
He had the gift of “earworms”. The songs are like old TV jingles that once you get them in your head, they don’t leave. But his were always easy to listen to so I didn’t mind.
om Petty’s always been smart about it. He lets people think what they want about it. He says it’s just what it’s says, about a girl who pushes away from her hometown, goes to the city to find herself, goes to far, ends up killing herself but if people think it’s really about pot then that’s fine too.
That’s what I like about Tom Petty. I’ve seen interviews with him about it before, well, one long ago, ’cause people have always debated this song. It’s one of those “How GIF is pronounced” things.
He won’t say “yes it’s about pot” or “not it’s not”. He just repeats the story as it’s told in the song, gives some background, and leaves it at that. Smart guy.
It feels like a strange investigation but I’m glad it makes sense! I still haven’t tracked it down [I’ve been working on it on and off tonight]. I was hoping I’d find some very clear example of Sherlock Holmes that I’d seen that i could point to and go “and THAT’S what inspired me not only for the costume but my manner of deduction and thinking things through and such”… but no luck yet.