TV Shows We Loved




Photo–Me, Linda in front of my tv circa 1957


Claudia Allen began a Facebook thread remembering how she used to watch Hockey Night in Canada on her Grandfather’s TV as no one else owned one in the immediate family. I soon remembered coming home from school and watching American Bandstand every afternoon or listening to my Mother ramble on about what soap-opera horrors were on the Guiding Lightthat day. These small thoughts of course got the whole group remembering what their favourite shows used to be during the CHS years.

Paul Cournoyer- I remember getting home to watch American Bandstandon ABC Channel 8- Poland Spring, Maine with a snowy TV screen.

Decker Way– I Used to watch American Bandstand,  wished I could dance as well as they could and I also liked the Mickey Mouse Club with Annette.

Keith McClatchie– I hardly ever missed an episode of Queen for a Day and I remember being in total disbelief of some of these sob stories! Annette Funnicello and Cubby O’Brian on the Mickey Mouse Club. Do you folks remember The Adventures of Spin and Marty on The Mickey Mouse Club and at  supper time they had a different adventure/action show every day – Robin Hood, Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, etc.

Channel 8 Poland Springs was once owned by Jack Paar (Tonight Show Host) and on Saturday afternoon they would show a triple header Western Movie every week.


Bob Bromby – Only time I got to see Queen for a Day was if I could convince my mom I was too sick to go to school or a school holiday and there wasn’t something more interesting to do outside. In those days the outside usually won!

And now a word from our sponsor- Bob Bromby’s CHS Bus Complaints!

We got home too late from school after the bus ride as the bus dropped us off at about 4:30 and then another 15 minute walk from there. We left to catch the bus at 7:30am and returned after 4:30pm. Our bus was the 1st to arrive at CHS in the morning and the last to leave at 4:00pm. The bus did a double run to Dunham so we got dropped at school in the morning and it would head to Dunham to pick them up. After school it would drop the Dunham crowd off 1st and then come back to pick us up. Could never understand why if we got dropped off 1st in the morning and then why didn’t we get picked up 1st after school. You Dunhamites were a bunch of pampered woosies!

Audrey Bromby – You just forget Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Audrey, were Rocky and Bullwinkle part of the Dunhamites?


Decker Way – Fess Parker as Davey Crockett was a must watch but as Bob says outside stuff took precedent over TV. I had the hat, vest & pants—did you know that Davy & about a dozen others survived the battle of the Alamo but as they fought under a flag of no surrender, were put to death after the battle was over!



Bob Bromby – The Flash Gordon serials were before TV and played in the theatres..They were broadcast on American channel 8 after school for a while. Think they were produced in the 1930’s and Ms. Arden was Flash’s lady. I always had a thing for Jane Arden (no not that Jann Arden) of the Flash Gordon serials and talk about special F/X.

One of my favourites had three characters Sandy, Dusty and a third who was their comic relief. I can,t recall his name. Then there was Lash Larue, Whip Wilson, Cisco Kid with Pancho-all in dazzling fuzzy B&W.
Decker Way: Then a tad later came Gunsmoke with Marshall Matt Dillon & Chester was a woman to but forget her name—mustn’t forget the adventures of Palidin in Have Gun Will Travel!



It was Miss Kitty Decker- Technically she died of liver failure brought on by viral hepatitis, which was AIDS-related.” Blake’s secret was known only to a few intimates. “Once she knew she had it, she decided to keep it to herself,” says her closest friend, Pat Derby.
Bob Bromby – Gunsmoke- The barmaid was called Kitty.

I just said that Bob! Boy we both must be mindreaders today!



Manuel Greig ‎@ Bob-Funny,when I read Jane Arden, I thought of Jann Arden and her song “Insensitive”. I don’t recall a Jane Arden as it must have been before my time!
Claudia Allen: We’re much younger than Bob, Manuel . . haha
Hmmm- How old is Bob anyways??
Decker Way– How about the first soap La Famile Plouffe?

Manuel Greig– I think all these things are before my time- or maybe before we got a TV.
Claudia Allen– I was too young too Manuel but I did hear of the Family Plouffe and think they were on the radio first.

Audrey Bromby- I loved the Loretta Young Show in the afternoons. But, as Bob mentioned, we sometimes had to (fake) be sick to stay home to watch them during the weekdays. My Grandmother used to love to watch The Edge of Night and As The World Turns. I used to sit and watch them with her when she was visiting.
Manuel Greig-  I don’t remember these shows. I guess I had other things to do- like being a farmer!

Linda Seccaspina- I named my son after the villain of The Edge of Night – Schuyleur Whitney.

Insert sounds of silence and birds chirping as very few name their kids after soap-opera villains except Linda!


The Weather

Claudia Allen -Anyone remember Bird Berdan the weatherman? Bird Berdannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn?
Keith McClatchie: Bird Berdan the Weatherman from Channel 5 WIRI b4 they changed to WPTZ

Bob Bromby- Then of course there was Percy Salzman the Canadian weatherman with the chalk board. He would toss the chalk in the air at the end of his forecast.

Claudia Allen: Righto, Percy, he was a great weatherman! I remember the chalk thing !

We suddenly revisit The Mickey Mouse Club
Manuel Greig ‎@ Decker-there was another on Mickey Mouse, besides Annette, can’t remember her name,cute little thing…
Bob Bromby: Darlene was the blonde one and Annette the dark hair. Annette went on to those horrible Beach Party movies with Frankie. She was a role models none the less- overly naive but compared to the role models todays kids have!

Bob- are we talking Britney Spears here? No!!!! Not a role model? What a shocker!

Manuel Greig ‎@ Bob-Darlene…that be her…good man Bob!
Bob Bromby – I think Darlene went on to be a Dallas Cowgirl Manuel.

Manuel Greig ‎@ Bob –.No ,last I heard she was down on her luck…..:(

Linda Seccaspina – Manuel Has she hit The Enquirer yet?
Manuel Greig – Oooh ya !! Probably so, a long time ago….

In December 1998, Darlene Gillespie was convicted in federal court of aiding her third husband, Jerry Fraschilla, to purchase securities. She was sentenced to two years in Federal prison. Gillespie was never seen cheerleading behind bars.
Carole Beattie- I remember we would all sit around the T.V. to watch The Honeymoons with Jackie Gleason every Sunday night and I Love Lucy with Lucille Ball. I think they were much funnier than the comedy programs they have today.  The quiz show I remember was What’s My Line? and a news show with Harvey Kirk and Joyce Davidson (Can’t remember the name of it now).

Google does not compute Canadian television and Joyce Davidson was born Joyce Brock, used her first husband’s name even after marrying (and divorcing) the late David Susskind. Ever wonder why CBC’s news anchor Yvan Huneault mysteriously disappeared after a CBC  newscast joke about a Basset Hound named Isabel?

Paul Cournoyer- Jackie Gleason- One of these day”s Alice Pow to the moon?”

Yes, Paul that is what happened to Yvan Huneault 

Paul Cournoyer– Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In-  “sock it to me!”

Again Paul I bet that is what happened to poor Huneault too.


Bob Bromby- Anyone old enough to remember the Dobie Gillis Show with Tuesday Weld? The beatnik Maynard G Krebs who went on to be Gilligan.
Manuel Greig- Before my time, Bob….lol

Bob Bromby ‎@Manuel- What? Were you born in like 1980?

Bob Bromby- No one has mentioned the Howdy Doody Show. I know Manuel is too young to remember that far back.

Carole Beattie- It’s Howdy Doody Time…. it’s Howdy Doody time, it’s Howdy Doody Time…. it’s Howdy Doody Time 🙂
Carole Beattie– Kookie….. lend me your comb !!!! And then there wasDragnet.

Bob Bromby– Just the facts Mam!

Decker Way- Oh yeah Dragnet, looks like a young crowd here that don’t remember these old shows, more into the 60’s—-Route 66, swore to drive it one day, finally did some 45 or so years later, highly recommend doing so!
Bob Bromby- When we 1st got a TV, the only station was CBC out of Montreal and they broadcast in French and English. The Indian Head was on the screen until about 5:00pm and returned at 10:00 or 11:00pm. A kids show with a guy with a guitar who sang to a frog down in a well would start off the daily programming.

A frog in a well? What year was that Bob?

 Oh heck, this concludes our broadcasting day!

From Linda’s second book Cowansville High Misremembered


Those Darn Kids from Cowansville High School Facebook group




From the book Cowansville High Misremembered

Lanark County Genealogical Society Website

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


Those Darn Kids from Cowansville High School Facebook group

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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