Going ape for a day

For those of you who grew up in the Big Apple metro area and are old enough to remember the former New York television station WWOR, Glenn Kenny has an unexpected bit of Thanksgiving nostalgia for you. Yes, sprouts, there was a station that understood there are more important things than football on T-day. The perfect capper is the old opening of the Million Dollar Movie segment. That montage of scenes from old Gotham set to the theme from Gone With the Wind is pretty poignant now, don’t you think?

5 thoughts on “Going ape for a day

  1. Jeff says:

    Dang, man. That burst of nostalgia completely rounds out my Thanksgiving weekend (and makes me miss the glories of local TV).

    Are you also of the right generation to remember kids using Channel 11 to play Intellivision over the phone by shouting “Pix”?

  2. Fred Kiesche says:

    I remember that. Also “Chiller Theatre”, and the 4:30 movie on ABC, which had “Monster Week” and SF Week and other great theme weeks.

  3. Steven Hart says:

    I don’t remember Intellivision, but I do recall “Winky-Dink and You,” in which kids were supposed to send away for a plastic sheet to put over the TV screejns. That way they could draw in a raft or anything else W-D needed in a tough spot. Of course, lots of kids drew on their screens without bothering about the plastic sheet. That’s probably why the series didn’t get renewed.

    Until my second or third year in high school, when I finally saw the flick, I thought of the “Gone With the Wind” theme as the “Million Dollar Movie theme.”

  4. Jeff says:

    This would have been around 1980. It was called “Pix.” WPIX would put broadcast a screen from an Intellivision game, and a contestant, a kid reached by phone, would shout “pix! pix! pix!” to activate the firing button. (I suspect it wasn’t really voice-activated and was instead just some dude pressing a button.) If I remember correctly, participants received t-shirts. In retrospect, the makeshift nature of the whole thing is rather charming.

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