When I was young we lived so close to my elementary school that most days I could run home at lunchtime.
Yes, I ran... so I could spend every minute possible watching the noon-hour cartoons broadcast on one of the three (yes, THREE!) stations we received on our black and white console television.
I don't recall the lunches my mother lovingly prepared each day... I just remember munching on something while sitting cross-legged on the floor, laughing along with Yogi Bear, Pixie and Dixie (and Jinx the cat), Mighty Mouse, Rocky and Bullwinkle (with Sherman and Mr. Peabody, natch), The Flintstones, Jetsons, Tennessee Tuxedo, Underdog and Quickdraw McGraw. Cartoons were my favorite form of entertainment.
Actually, they still are. Along with the original Bugs Bunny episodes, those shows gave me some of my first artistic inspirations. During class I didn't doodle unicorns, flowers or hearts in my scribblers like the other girls. Nope, my margins were filled with portraits of Quickdraw or Boo Boo.
At one time I really contemplated becoming a cartoonist. I wanted a lightbox, tilted drawing table and tall chair to create magic with. I checked out books at the library on how to animate. I even tried my hand at a few original characters... but as I grew up, my priorities changed and the cartoonist inside me never did emerge as anything more than a silly fantasy.
I wish I still had some of those early drawings... I still remember the curve of that horse's snout, the bandana and huge cowboy hat. I drew him so much I could do it from memory.
Little did I know that 40 years later, I would STILL be drawing him, wishing I had followed my dream of being an animator.
Ah well. At least I can still get my fix of some of those old shows watching the new Teletoon Retro station. I don't need 100 cable TV stations; heck, I don't even need THREE anymore. I just turn it on to Teletoon and I'm happy.
I only hope one day they expand their repetoire and add Quickdraw, Yogi and more to the lineup; just like it was in 1967.
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