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Who could forget the excitement of getting out of bed early and planting him or herself in front of the TV to watch “The Archies,” “Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids,” “Star Trek,” “Groovie Ghoulies” and all the rest?
It was only today as – a-hem – an adult that I discovered so many of my favorite Saturday morning epics from the late 1960s and early ‘70s were a product of Filmation Studios and its head, Lou Scheimer.
ANDY MANGELS audio excerpt: “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won tons of awards and changed thousands of kids’ lives. That was a favorite show of Lou’s.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with writer ANDY MANGELS, author of LOU SCHEIMER: CREATING THE FILMATION GENERATION, by clicking the audio player above!
Heck, Filmation even put “Shazam!” the live-action adventures of Billy Batson and Captain Marvel on the air! What I wouldn’t give to have that on DVD today – although I’m sure it couldn’t possibly hold a candle to my memory of it.
Andy Mangels, my guest today, helped write the autobiography, Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation. Getting my hands on a copy of the book, which is jam-packed with photos – many black and white, the way I originally watched Filmation shows as a kid – was a thrill and a half.
If you remember these shows as fondly as I do and what to hear some great stories behind them, I encourage you to order a copy of this book.
Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).