Conjunction Junction Your Way To The ‘Schoolhouse Rock Updated Guide’ On The Wednesday Run

Oh, who here didn’t lie down on the old shag carpet as a kid, pillow stuffed underneath tummy, perhaps a thumb in mouth and a sucky blanket tightly clenched in hand (ok, maybe that was just me, for too much of my childhood) while thoroughly enjoying their Saturday morning cartoon programs?

From Looney Tunes, to G-Force, from Scooby-Doo to Blackstar, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Dungeons and Dragons, Voltron, The Pink Panther and The Super Friends, the cartoons we watched in the 1970’s and 1980’s were the best cartoons.

At the time, they formed the basis of our entire childhood-existence! Breakfast would be had in front of them. Playtime with fiends would be had after them. But during those beloved shows? We were riveted, eyes glued, minds anchored on the television screen and the colourful images that danced within the “boob-tube”.

You’d think that commercial breaks and those few minutes in-between shows were a time to bug parents for new, just seen, toys. Well, those hoped-for pleads certainly did occur, but during the greatest decade of carton commercial time viewing, we were also treated to the best kind of education.

Take a trip down memory lane with the just-released, ever-popular, and ever-green Schoolhouse Rock Updated Guide!  

Authors George Newall was an ad exec in the mid 1970’s who was tasked with putting the multiplication tables to music and Tom Yohe was another ad man who oversaw the visuals of the endeavour. No easy feat! Together, they created School House Rock, short and educational snippets (and always memorable to young eyes, ears and minds) that ran on Saturday mornings in-between other top cartoons of the 70’s and 80’s.

Who could forget the jazzy melody and words to “Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function?” or the ridiculously fun singalong “Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here!”, the woeful imagery of the sad looking and hopeful Bill who yearns to be a Law, or the folksy and political history that made up the anti-monarchy “No More Kings” animated music video?

There were so many great memories! School House Rock gave lessons to every watching child on grammar, math, science and history. It was a great way to learn and many of us adults still remember the Saturday morning educational degree that they received – without even realizing it!

As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Schoolhouse Rock premiere, today sees the release of the Schoolhouse Rock Updated Guide. Published by Hyperion Avenue, the 112-page hardcover contains lyrics, imagery, facts and behind the scenes material that make up a wonderful nostalgic re-visit of a childhood touchstone. Beside us adults who remember, it’s also a great reading experience for those yet to find the Schoolhouse Rock magic.

Remind yourself or learn something new. Make the run to your better, local bookstore (and maybe even comic book shop) today and pick up the Schoolhouse Rock Updated Guide.

After all, we’re all still growing and “As your body grows bigger, your mind must flower – it’s great to learn ‘cos knowledge is power!”

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