Monday, August 06, 2018

RIP Charlotte Rae (a.k.a Mrs. Garrett)

Charlotte Rae, the Broadway actress who played the beloved housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes and the nutritionist/housemother on The Facts of Life passed away on August 5, 2018 at the age of 92. Like Florence Henderson's "Mrs. Brady", Ann B. Davis' "Alice" or Marion Ross' "Mrs. Cunningham", Rae's "Mrs. Garrett" was a beloved fictional TV matriarch that featured prominently in the 1970s/80s and remained a pop-culture staple.

An outpouring of tributes followed the news of her passing.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Secret Railroad: Jolly Roger

Here's a lovely treat. After some clever deductions, a wonderful reader from Greece has uploaded an episode (in English) of The Secret Railroad for us to enjoy on YouTube!!! Here's how they did it:

ss sk has left a new comment on your post "The Secret Railroad":

"More greetings from Greece. It seems we were blessed that those in charge of the kids programme on Greek national television during the 80's had good taste.

After reading the wiki page I realised there is another source for our beloved animation: The Great Space Coaster. I decided to check it out on Youtube and luckily one of the few uploaded episodes includes some "Secret Railroad" for us! Split in two parts, I managed to extract, join and upload it here (

I trust it's the "Joly Roger railroad" episode. The quality is horrible, my editing software is basic (and it shows) but at least it's in English!

Funs of "Coaster" were (still are?) trying to crowdfund the digital transferring of the original tapes (they have all the episodes) before they age beyond salvation ( That was a long time ago and I don't know the outcome. But still, we get something extra to expect from."

Many thanks to "ss sk"! For those curious about the cartoon and its devoted fan base, read my previous post and its comment thread. At long last, a glimpse of a much loved but elusive childhood favourite. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Schoohouse Rock: RIP Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough (December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018), the jazz musician (composer/singer) who masterminded the unforgettable tunes featured on Schoolhouse Rock—the educational animated series that mesmerized legions of children Saturday mornings in the 1970s and 1980s, sadly passed away earlier this week. He was 94.

Some of his songs included: "Conjunction Junction (What's Your Function?)", "I'm Just a Bill", "My Hero Zero", "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here", "Ready or Not Here I Come", "Three is a Magic Number", and "Electricity, Electricity".

It was a fun time to be a kid. And he was a legend. RIP.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

RIP David Cassidy 1950-2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017


 Via Twitter

As we approach the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, a lovely clip from ABC News circa February 26, 1979 (the date of the last solar eclipse) has been making the rounds. In the video, the anchor rather beautifully says: "That's it, the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent, in this century". He reminds the audience that only in 38 years will another "eclipse be visible from North America".

I remember walking home from school that afternoon in February 1979 with my mother and brother. Mum tightly held onto our hands and sternly reminded us: "Don't look up! Keep your heads down." So we stared at the snowy ground below us, all the way home, in awe and amazement of what was transpiring.

As the reporter signs off, he says: "May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace."


Saturday, June 10, 2017

RIP Adam West

September 19, 1928- June 9, 2017
Whether he was The Caped Crusader or the Mayor of Quahog, everything Adam West did was iconic. He graced so many of our childhoods as a super hero and thanks to that beautiful voice we were blessed to have him in our lives as we grew older. What a loss. What a legend. RIP you lovely man.

Adam West on The Simpsons

Mayor of Quahog: Adam West (Family Guy)

From the iconic 1960s Batman series

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dream Come True

Mum in black and white on the right, circa late 1940s
Me in colour on the left (2 pics), circa late 1970s

As Jackie mentioned in her lovely tribute to her beautiful mother (see previous post), we both not only have in recent years mourned our beloved mothers but we've been so profoundly blessed to have had such strong and loving relationships with them throughout our lives. As we write and reminisce over our childhoods, our words and experiences attest that our earliest journeys were so deeply intertwined with our mothers—their compassion, wisdom, charm, humour and sense of adventure follows and guides us wherever we go.

As anyone who has lost a family member will know, grief is a daily battle but love doesn't die; it just seems to grow. My mother's influence in my life is as vibrant now as it has ever been.

My mother Susee, as a student nurse (and midwife) in India 1961

Ever since I was a kid, I longed for a photograph of my beloved mother as a little girl.

To have just one glimpse of her in childhood would have made my life. Of course, we had wonderful and iconic photographs of my mother during her teens and twenties but never one from her girlhood. Amid my desperate pleas, Mum would often lovingly console me:

"Not everyone had cameras back then, Amma (daughter). That's just how those days were."

Flash forward to October 2016: an inconspicuous visit by a family member living in the U.S. to an old friend, paved the way for my lifelong dream to come true.

Mum, circa 1947
At the home of his friend, my uncle stumbled upon an old black and white school photo circa 1947. As school photos go, it was standard fare with rows of neatly groomed teachers and students in classic school day poses. As my uncle searched for familiar faces, the sweet-faced little girl at the bottom of the photograph made him stop in his tracks. My uncle excitedly exclaimed:

"I remember that little face."

His old friend as it turned out was one of my mother's former teachers from her Adventist alma mater in India during the late 1940s. This retired school teacher had the holy grail that I had spent four decades looking for.

My uncle, kindly made a copy and sent the priceless photograph to my dumbfounded family.

My brother, father and I wept tears of joy, and in one instant: felt such deep and abiding love for (and from) my mother and relived the heartache and immediacy of her loss. It was such a powerful and unforgettable moment.

Mama Bear and her cubs
For me, receiving my mother's childhood photo was both a gift and a dream come true. An heirloom for the ages. It was like a message from my mother across time and space. I had spent decades praying, wishing and searching for her childhood photograph and it somehow found its way back to me—a year and a half after her passing.

Not only did I get to see what my mother looked like as a child but it confirmed what my mother always told me:

"I looked just like you did!"

She truly did. The photograph above leaves me speechless. A carbon copy of how I looked in kindergarten. It's as if I existed in a photograph thirty years before my time.

Best friends forever

My mother and I were so close. She was my best friend and the love of my life. It's as if heaven sent Mum back to me. I waited over four decades for my dream to come true. It was worth the wait.

Whenever Mother's Day approaches, there's always that pang—that gut-wrenching feeling that says: you're not here and I'm not done loving you or looking after you. It's that dance with grief and stability, that's so tough. But somehow, inexplicably, strength kicks in and you keep moving. It's that overwhelming feeling of love and being loved that gets you through. I wish this for everyone. Happy Mother's Day everyone.

And Happy Mother's Day Mama. Love you. 💗

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dear Mama

It's Mother's Day Weekend all over, and though it is being recognized officially on Sunday, you know that we wanted to get started celebrating early here at "I Miss My Childhood". As we stated before, Chelly and I have so many warm, funny as well as serious, but all loving memories of our beautiful mothers. May they both rest in peace and maybe hang out together this weekend knowing their daughters are collaborating over them... have a little glass of wine and smile at us from that next dimension they're partying in... We Love You Mom!!!

So I think what I personally want to do, since we always share so many stories already is to encourage not only us, but YOU, THE READER, to share some of your memories with us below in the comments... We'll share any we think of there too. Let's celebrate those ladies that brought us into the world, whether in person this weekend, or in spirit and ultimately with unconditional LOVE.

Here's my tribute... please add as much as you want, share with us. xoxo

Your favorite Aunt Jackie
(Who Misses Her Childhood)

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