New Fall TV Shows of 1968 – ABC

It is that time of year again. Time for new shows on your TV. Seeing as this blog is about historical things, I will be reporting about the new shows from 50 years ago. All of the new shows from fall 1968 are hard to impossible to find on your TV schedule today.

The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where you can find more information on each show. The broadcast times are all Eastern Time Zone.

ABC had 9 new series for fall 1968. The highest rated show on ABC for 1968-9 was Bewitched in it’s 5th season which was the 11th most popular show of the season.

  • Land of the Giants; Sunday at 7:00. This was another sci-fi show created by producer Irwin Allen. A small passenger space ship is thrown into a space warp and they end up on a planet similar to Earth except that the people are giants. The crew and passengers total 7 and they have to run away from a security agency that want to capture them. The theme for the show was composed by John Williams. The theme for the first season is different than the theme for the second season. If you want to watch this series it is on MeTV (Rochester channel 10-2) at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
  • The Outcasts; Monday at 9:00. A western with an ex-slave owner and a former slave that reluctantly team up as bounty hunters. All reviews mention that the series was very violent. This show only lasted for 26 episodes. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
  • The Mod Squad; Tuesday at 7:30. Three young people (Julie Barnes, Pete Cochran and Linc Hayes) who had minor run-ins with the law are recruited to be special detectives for the police. Their age would serve to get them into places that the police were unable to infiltrate. This series lasted five seasons. You buy a complete collection on Amazon but some of the episodes are going to look dated with cultural references from the 60s. Watch the opening credits on YouTube. Then in there was The Mod Squad movie in 1999 that didn’t make money.
  • That’s Life; Tuesday at 10:00. This was a comedy series about the courtship and marriage of a couple in New York City. Characters would also break into a song that would go along with the story. Starred Robert Morse. It only lasted one season. Watch a promo for the show on YouTube.
  • Here Come the Brides; Wednesday at 7:30. This was a western but it also had some comedy in it. About marriageable women from the east being brought to Seattle which at the time was not more than a logging camp full of men. Joan Blondell was in the cast but Bobby Sherman and David Soul were propelled to stardom by this series. It only lasted two seasons.Watch a promo for the show on YouTube.
  • The Uglist Girl in Town; Thursday at 7:30. Set in London, England and about a man portraying a woman model. Supposedly a comedy. It is known as one of the worse TV shows of all time. Somehow managed to stay on a whole season. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
  • Journey to the Unknown; Thursday at 9:30. This was similar to The Twilight Zone but made by Hammer Films from Britain. That company was known for their horror films. Only ran for 17 episodes until Jan. 1969 before being cancelled. You can watch a whole episode starring Barbara Bel Geddes on YouTube.
  • The Felony Squad; Friday at 8:30. A half-hour police drama starring veteran actor Howard Duff. This was being shown a few years ago on a channel that I no longer get. It was just OK. It ran for 3 seasons for a total of 73 episodes. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
  • The Don Rickles Show; Friday at 9:00. A half-hour comedy variety show with Don doing his insult act and some other comedy bits. Canceled in Jan. 1969. There is one very poor quality video taped episode on YouTube.

Sources used in this series of articles:

    1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
    2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
    3. Wikipedia

Mysterious Relationship

Richard R. Hastings

Richard R. Hastings is supposed to be a 2nd cousin to me. There is a lot of information on him that just doesn’t add up.

His mother’s maiden name was Mary Rupert. According to her marriage record to Frank Favaloro in 1923, it was her first marriage. Richard was born in 1918. Yet people in my family said the Richard was the son of Mary. So was Mary married to a Mr. Hastings or what?

To make this case even more complicated, Mary’s mother, Isabel, was married to a widower named Charles Frederick Hastings as her second husband. I thought that he could be the father of Richard. No way. Charles F. Hastings died in 1905.

Richard enlisted in the National Guard on 10 Feb. 1941. On that record he states that he was born in Buffalo. I can’t any records that anyone in the family ever lived in Buffalo.

Checking census records, the 1940 census showed Richard as a step-son to Frank Favaloro. That would suggest that he was Mary’s son. But in the 1925 NY census he was listed (age 7) as the brother-in-law of Frank. Richard is not listed with his mother in the 1920 census. I have looked for him in the 1920 census as Richard Hastings, Richard Favaloro and Richard Rupert but can’t find him.

Now that the New York State birth indexes are online, I looked for Richard under all three names. He isn’t in the birth index at all under any of those names.

His picture came from the 1937 Monroe High School yearbook. He looks a lot older than 18.

Richard married Doris Earl of Rochester about 1945. I can’t find a marriage record, either.

Richard died here in Rochester on 9 June 1947at aged 29. He was buried in Belfast, Allegany Co., NY next to his mother, step-father and his grandparents. He never had any children. I am probably the only person to ever investigate him. I still think that he is the son of Mary (Rupert) Favaloro but I can’t find any clue as to why he used Hastings as his surname.


Old News – Naz Student Union

This article is from the student newspaper of Nazareth College. At that time the college was only for women. It is now co-ed. In the last 50 years the size of the campus probably has doubled. In 1968, some students spent their summer helping to decorate the new Student Union.

The article, along with the picture, came from NYS Historic Newspapers. The quality of the picture is a lot better than from most digitized newspapers. I suspect these newspapers were digitized directly from old paper copies. Most of the digitized newspaper on the internet have been digitized from old microfilms. Those usually have terrible looking pictures.

Notice that the caption says that the students are enjoying cigarettes in the Student Union. I’ll bet they can’t smoke there now.


Thursday, Sept. 19, 1968

Student Union opens Sept. 20; debut for faculty, workers

The new student union is the place where Jane Douress, Mary Nugent, and Rose Sirois enjoy cigarettes, coffee, and conversation.

One of the additions to the Nazareth campus – the Student Union and adjoining Rathskellar – will be officially christened during a two-day ceremony this weekend.

Friday, September 20, will mark its debut as members of the faculty, administration, and a small number of students who helped work on the project view the completed rooms for the first time.

To add special atmosphere to the new student “coffee house” designed to resemble a Medieval castle, selected poetry reading and other entertainment will be provided.

Nearly 450 invitations have been distributed for this grand opening. Consequently, the area will be closed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. that way.

Opening to Nazareth and Fisher students for the first time Saturday, September 21, the Student Center will go into full-swing. The snack bar will be open in the main room, and the coffee-maker will be perking in the Rathskellar. A coat-of-arms, designed under the direction of Terry Allu, ’70 and other art students, will be hanging over the artificial fireplace, and a platform will set the scene for the voice of Hugh McBride.

For Sue Van Bell, ’71, idea girl of the project, the opening will mean the end of a summer-long endeavor. “It was tiring and exhausting,” Sue admits, “but at least, judging by student response, it was worth-while.”

Assisting Sue in the project were Kathy March, ’71, now a student in Buffalo; Thomas James, Nazareth business manager; Mrs. James R. Chatterton, Nazareth controller; Sibyl West, curator of Interiors by Sibyl and Charles Van Bell, maintenance man at the St. Joseph Mother-house and Sue’s father.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #45

In this article by William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he tells about about early meetings to get people to stop drinking alcohol.

The CURSE of Ardent Spirits

In 1827 the Rochester Presbytery resolved that the temperate use of ardent spirits (booze) ought in all ordinary case, (12 to a case) to be avoided and discouraged. In 1828 the first local public temperance meeting was held in the Monroe County Court House. Doctor Joseph Penney, the versatile pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, fed the agitation among the clergy; and Ashbel Riley, among the laymen. It is claimed for Doctor Penney, that he also preached the first temperance in Ireland; and for Mr. Riley, that he made over 8,000 temperance addresses in Europe and America, always at his own expense. So intense was the drive against drink that, by 1830, social drinking was banned from church groups. Several bars in the village were closed, after a two-hour speech at a powerful temperance meeting in the Brick Church in 1831, to a vast and breathless audience. It was declared that intemperance made 30,000 drunkards, 200,000 paupers, and 20,000 convicts.