Posted on December 14, 2011
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Remember the good old days when you woke up early for school to watch the Ramblin Rod Show? Every morning they played Popeye, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and those beautiful cartoons from the 1930′s and 1940′s. In between the cartoons, Ramblin’ Rod would ask the studio audience filled with kids questions about their favorites. One of the highlights of the show was the smile contest; the camera would pan across each row of children giving off their best smile to win a prize. It was a very special thing to actually make it into the audience at The Ramblin Rod Show, and there was always a happy, filled audience.
Ramblin Rod always ‘rode’ into the studio in this boat, wearing his famous button sweater filled with hundreds of buttons the children had given him over the eyars. His morning show was on for decades, and I will always have fond childhood memories of Ramblin Rod, and feel as though perhaps today’s kids are missing out on a little tradition that made my childhood a little bit richer. Then again, maybe today’s children are too sophisticated for old cartoons and smile contests, or so they would like to think, right?