The Saturday Morning Historical Re-Enactment society on livejournal is planning another watch along tomorrow June 1st. There have been previous watch along in 2011 and 2012, with very good turn outs. Grown-ups and kids alike watched the streaming on youtube, while chatting and reminiscing in specially set up chat rooms.
Smurfs had previously been a staple in the stream, so expect an episode or two. Sugary cereal and jammie-wearing isn’t mandatory but expected and posting pictures of nostalgic breakfasts is very welcome.
I personally had two bowls (to my peril) of Lucky Charms cereal during the first watch along, September 2011. It was the most fun I’d had as an adult since I got to meet my hero, Alice Cooper.
Afterward, in the livejournal community, discussions of everyone’s favorite and least-favorite spiced up the following week, with people continuing to post themselves or their children enjoying the livestream.
The surreptitiously-named “Captain Slinky” (livejournal username) is the genius behind putting together the cartoons, which comes complete with original commercials. He and livejournal users aurora77 and teddy0bear mod the community during the rest of the year in which cartoon previews are posted and members can post questions, looking for hard-to-find cartoons or answers to cartoony trivia. This Saturday is called “Summer Re-Run Rewatch”, so named for the summer re-run season before the new cartoons debuted, traditionally in September. If you can’t make it to this re-watch, don’t feel bad, there’s another one scheduled for July 20th. The streams typically start at 6 am PDT (9 am EDT) but don’t feel bad if you oversleep, Captain Slinky thoughtfully provides a link on each hour so you can watch with the community where they left off and catch up later!
Keep in mind this goes back to the days predating remote controls, digital tv, dvr and home-served internet….You had to GET UP to change the channel on an actual dial, (adjust the antenna, sometimes,) or if you were a REALLY FANCY home you DID have a remote…With a thick short wire running to the tv, so you still had to be pretty close. Once the cartoons were over, and “American Bandstand” or college football came on? That was it. That was it unless you were one of the lucky ones who had a station that re-ran “The Bugs Bunny/RoadRunner Hour” in mid-afternoon, while your mother was grocery-shopping.
Watch along starts tomorrow morning, see the Saturday Morning Historical Re-Enactment society for links to streaming and chat. You do not have to be a livejournal member, all posts are public.
We’ll see you THERE!