April 11, 2008
When I was a kid I used to live in front of the television on Saturdays. It would begin early in the morning when I would get up, make myself a bowl of cereal and turn on the television to watch cartoons. One of my favorites was the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. There is just something about a flying squirrel and a talking moose that intrigued me. And don’t get me started on Boris and Natasha and the evil Fearless Leader. But it wasn’t just “moose and squirrel” that kept me entertained. There was also Sherman and Peabody and the whole Peabody’s Improbably History segment. Who doesn’t love a genius dog and his pet boy who has a time machine aptly named WABAC which was pronounced “way back”. For those of you who somehow missed this animated classic let me explain the premise. Mr. Peabody and Sherman would travel back in time to important events only to find out that things were not going as planned. The boy and dog would then assist historical figures to get it right finally saving the day. Before returning to their own time each episode would end in a very bad pun that would cause the characters and the audience to groan. It was classic television and the perfect way to bridge the span of time until the Baseball Game of the Week with announcer Joe Garagiola making the calls. So why exactly did I just take that trip down memory lane?