The Flintstones that was airing on Christmas Day.
As a BabyBoomer, I’ve mentioned before how as a kid I used to look forward to these photos in the Journal for holiday specials (including these for Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas).
This episode is a pretty good one. Fred gets a job as a department store Santa Claus, working for Mr. Macyrock (no doubt one of the less inspired puns on the show). Ultimately, Fred ends up being recruited to fill in for the real Santa, who has taken ill.
The episode’s got a lot of heart – something that’s sadly missing from most of today’s cartoons. It even a few special Christmas songs written for the show.
But it also has some funny subliminal marketing gimmicks (below) in it as well, as Fred strolls through the Macyrock store.
here for free. So grab a nice, refreshing Cactus Cooler, get comfortable and revisit your old Bedrock pals.
Looking at the other Journal TV listings brings back some memories. Most of the Cleveland TV icons are there: Woodrow the Woodsman; Captain Penny; Mike Douglas; Paige Palmer.
Note that Channel 3 was still KYW at this point; the switch to WKYC would happen a year later.