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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mikebennidict, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    anyone here remember the original 70s series? there are a lot of yahoo groups wich are about the current series but none about the original.
  2. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Well-Known Member


    Some info. for you Mike,on the original series.I watched it as a kid,and had the record album too.Glad to see someone else at MC remembers.I still watch the current Zoom.:D
  3. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    i watched it myself though i might of been young for the target age and don't rememebr everything about it. 1 skit i'd thought i'd mention and i'll probably mention more was their performance of the cat came back witch was also done on the muppet show. this Zoom version sounded more jazzy than folk and an actual cat appeared at the end of the skit.
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    1 of the zoomers Edith Mooers who was on the original series has a birthday today. she turns 41.
  5. Beth C

    Beth C Well-Known Member

    I vaguely remember this show. I know I watched it just like I watched the Sesame Street and Electric company at the time.

    I don't remember much about it except -

    Roll out the barrel, let's find out what's inside today!

    I think that meant it was mailtime or something. I was a bit young when it was on, but it was a kids show - so I watched it.

    ~Beth C
  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    Michael Row The Boat Ashore.

    anyone remember when they did this song? it was somewhat different compared to other songs they did. from what i remember,unlike most song performances witch were done on the set, this was done outdoors on either a lake or river. can't rememebr much else about it. i'm sure many have heard the song. it's a spiritual song and i think was written by Pete Seger but was made a hit in 1961 or 1962 by a group called The Highwaymen. what's also interesting is even the the current series doesn't really has the zoomers performing song but if they were still doing it, Michael Row The Boat Ashore wouldn't even be considered for obvious reasons.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Is it just me, or is the Ubbi Dubbi language a total ripoff of Mushmouth from Fat Albert? :halo:
  9. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

  10. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

  11. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    Hubbi Frubbens

    I was a kid in the 1970's and grew up in the Boston area. I also watched LOTS of TV...Zoom was a favourite of mine. As an adult I lived near the WGBH-TV studios and drove by it daily on my bicycle commute to work in Cambridge.

    It's too bad the new Zoom was dropped, I guess kids of the 21st century are too busy with their game-boys & cellphones.:grouchy:
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    well it ran 6 years so it wasn't a flop.
  13. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    You're right

    By today's TV standards 6 years is a l-o-n-g time.
  14. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

  15. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Well to the best of my knowledge, the old Zoom lasted 6 years.
  16. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    Actually it ran from 1972-1981 the official site for the present day series has a section for those to post questions and that's the exact date they give. However they only made 6 years worth of episodes making the last 3 years of it's run just being reruns.. I don't know the reason for that I myself do remember the original series though probably didn't follow it all that well but I myself sort of recalling it going off the air about that time. It's amazing You get different informantion from different sources.
  17. Rosewood

    Rosewood Well-Known Member

    I remember her....

    I remember her. Her opening intro showed her playing a flute. I also remember another one named "Mike" whose opening intro showed him throwing a ball and then catching it, too.

    I always used to watch Zoom as a kid. I remember "The Barrell", the jokes, the "Zoom Doodles" and, of course, the "Ubbie Dubbie" talk (which I still don't understand to this day! LOL!) It's really sad that it's being canceled - again!

    Remember the old closing poem? "You got an idea sittin' on the shelf? Send it to Zoom! Send it to Zoom! Or a poem or a play that you wrote yourself? Send it to Zoom! Send it to Zoom! Or a doodle or a riddle that no one can guess. Or something for the barrell that's a sure success! Then you write it all down with your name and address. But you've still gotta send it to Zoom! Who? Thats Zoom; Z double o,m, box 350, Boston, Mass. 02134! Send it to Zoom!!!!":p
  18. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    As I mentioned before, they ceased production on the current series due to low ratings. But here's something somewhat strange. I emailed WGBH and asked them about why there's no mention about it on the shows official website? They said the producers felt it was time to refresh the series and at the same time PBS became interested in creating a new series to further its goal of attracting 6-8 year olds. That in itself is kind of interesting because while we know Zoom's not aimed at the preschool audience I thought the show's target audience was greater that that since the zoomers range from 8-13. As it is with the exeption of Between The Lions which it's audience is aorund early elementary school age, most of PBS's programming is pre-school age. But the strange thing is the person responding says while it's out of production they still will be airing Zoom for at least the next 2 years. Sounds strange for them to says it's no longer popualer and continue to air it for a while. Now the original Zoom ran from 1972-1981 though they ceased production after 6 years. Now I wouldn't know anything about that but with The Electric Company that went out of production in 1977 becuase of cost which is why it probably continued in reruns 8 years later and the show was probably still popualer.
  19. Ringlet

    Ringlet Member

    I loved this show when I was a kid. I watched it, Wonderama, Electric Company, Fat Albert and about 100 more. (Okay. That may be a slight exaggeration.)

    I still watch Zoom once in a while. Too bad they're cancelling it. I think the current version is still a good show.
  20. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    Though She's had the site up for a while Bernadette Yao, the one famous for her arm trick has her site updated with new pics from her ZOOM days.


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