New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – NBC

NBC-logoNBC had 10 new shows on their fall 1966 schedule. Most of them would only last one season. Still. NBC ended up the the number one TV show of the year with Bonanza. This was the third year in a row that Bonanza was the top rated TV show. (Linked show titles go to a Wikipedia page for the show.)

  • Hey Landlord!; Sunday at 8:30. This half hour comedy starred Will Hutchins as a landlord of an apartments building with many crazy tenants. One of the tenants was an aspiring comedian played by Sandy Baron. This was the first TV series produced by Garry Marshall and his then partner Jerry Belson. A good cast didn’t help the series. It only lasted 31 episodes. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • The Monkees; Monday at 7:30. The series about a fictional rock group that was partial based on the early movies of The Beatles. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork all had some show business experience before the series. Micky Dolenz had starred in the TV series Circus Boy for two seasons starting in 1956. In that series he used the stage name of Mickey Braddock. Davy Jones had some success on the stage and even appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of The Beatles’ live American debut. Mike Nesmith had a solo record released in 1965 but it did not make the record charts. Peter Tork had played at Greenwich Village folk clubs before he moved to Los Angeles. The boys thought that they would be playing on the records of the group. When they got to the recording studio they found that the music had already been recorded and they were just needed to supply the lead vocals. This lead to people believing that they couldn’t play their instruments. Eventually they would travel as a group and prove that they could play.
    The series ran two seasons with the first season winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. After its original run, it ran on Saturday mornings and then went into syndication. There was a resurgence of the series in 1986 (20th anniversary) and the group toured, but without Nesmith. When they appeared at FL-PAC (now CMAC) in Canandaigua it was the largest attendance of any concert there to that date. Davy Jones died in 2012 but Micky and Peter have been on a tour that ends in December.
    The Monkees can currently be seen on Antenna TV (Rochester channel 31.2) or just view The Monkees Theme on YouTube.
  • The Roger Miller Show; Monday at 8:30. Popular country music artist Roger Miller was given a half hour variety show with musical guests. He may have been “King of the Road” but the show ended in December with only 16 episodes being made.
  • The Road West; Monday at 9:00. The story of a widower with children that marries a much younger woman. Then after the Civil War the family moved to Kansas which was just starting to be settled. Barry Sullivan starred as the patriarch. This series only last one year (29 episodes).
  • The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.; Tuesday at 7:30. A spin-off of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This starred Stephanie Powers, 13 years before Hart to Hart, and Noel Harrison. Leo G. Carroll was also featured as Alexander Waverly, the chief of U.N.C.L.E. The series only lasted one season with 29 episodes being produced. Watch the theme on YouTube.
  • Occasional Wife; Tuesday at 8:30. A half hour comedy about a bachelor that is told by his boss that he can only get ahead if he is married. So he has a hat-check girl pretend to be his wife; occasionally. Another series that only lasted one year (30 episodes). Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
  • Star Trek; ST_TOS_CastThursday at 8:30. The series premiered on Sept. 8, 1966. The ratings for the first year were slightly above average and it had fair ratings for the second year. It was going to be cancelled but a letter writing campaign got the series a third season. It was when the series went to syndication that it took off. Since the original there has been a cartoon series, 4 other series and 13 movies. Plus there is another series, Star Trek: Discovery, that will start in Jan. 2017. The original series was enhanced with new graphics about 10 years ago to make it look a little better. It currently is on MeTV (Rochester channel 10.2) on Saturday nights.
  • The Hero; Thursday at 9:30. A half hour comedy about the star of a fictional TV western series and how his home life was complicated by being on TV. Richard Mulligan starred. It only lasted until January.
  • Tarzan; Friday at 7:30. Ron Ely starred in this new version about the jungle hero. There wasn’t any Jane in the series but there was a Cheetah. Tarzan battles to protect the jungle that he loves. The series lasted two season with 57 episodes being made. Watch the open theme on YouTube.
  • T.H.E. Cat; Friday at 9;30. Robert Loggia starred as the title character, Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat, who had been both a circus aerialist and a cat burglar. Now he acts as sophisticated guard for people marked for death. Lots of long shots of stunt people in death defying locations. Mangaed to last a whole year. You can see the opening credits on YouTube.

Below is the half hour NBC fall TV preview hosted by Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber:

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

Old News – Rules of the Road

You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the right.

The Village of Honeoye Falls in 1916 passed laws saying that autos should drive on the right side of the streets. Then to control speeders they set a speed limit in the Village at 18mph. All this was done because of accidents like the second article.


Thursday, Sept. 7, 1916

Special Ordinance No. 42

Section 1. No automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall be operated or driven on or over any street, highway or alley within the corporate limits of the Village of Honeoye Falls at a greater rate of speed than eighteen (18) miles per hour. this section shall not apply to any vehicle carrying the United States Mail or to any apparatus of the Police or Fire Departments of said Village.

Section 2. Every automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall keep to the right, and when overtaking and passing others shall keep to the left and when turning at any intersection of a street or highway shall keep to the right of said intersection.

Section 3. All automobiles, motorcycles or any other vehicle shall only stop or stand with the right hand side of the curb.

Section 4. No automobile, motorcycle or any other vehicle shall stop or stand within fifteen of any fire hydrant.

Section 5. No owner or driver of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall allow or permit the same to make any unnecessary noise on any street of said village.

Section 6. Any person or persons duly convicted of any violation of the foregoing Ordinance, or any section thereof, may be punished by a fine of not less than One Dollar and not more than One Hundred Dollars.

This Ordnance shall take effect immediately.


Local Boy Injured by Automobile

Gerald Welch, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Welch was hit by an automobile and severely injured on Saturday afternoon last.

The following is an account of the accident as prepared by Mr. Michael A. Welch.

Last Saturday afternoon Gerald Welch, aged 6 and his sister Charlotte aged 8, received permission from their mother to go across the street to see Harold Bliss feed his ferrets. After having seen the ferrets, Gerald, accompanied by Harold Bliss was recrossong the street towards home and were in the triangle formed by the intersection of Monroe St. Maplewood Ave. at west end of park, near where the village hydrant stands, when an auto driven by Leon Lord came up Maplewood Ave. going west at a good rate of speed. Arriving at west end of park, he turned his car to the left, apparently to make a short turn to Monroe St. and towards where the boys were. When he saw the boys he turned the car back to right but not in time to save the accident, little Gerald was struck, dragged along and rolled over two or three times by the fender of the car. The car ran nearly to the Lehigh Valley tracks before stopping. Dr. Benham was called and found the little fellow suffering from a slight fracture of the skull, a broken collar bone and several other smaller bruises.

Top Songs of 1966 – #24

Donovan-Sunshine_Superman_single“Sunshine Superman” was the next song to go to the top of the record charts n 1966. It was written and performed by Donovan (full name: Donovan Philips Leitch). He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946. He had a few songs in 1965 that  only climbed the charts in the UK. Then “Sunshine Superman” became the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and the Cash Box chart for the week of Aug. 28 – Sept. 3, 1966. Some say that “Sunshine Superman” was the first hit song to be called psychedelic rock. Also in mid 1966, Donovan became the first British rock star to be arrested for possession of cannabis. Later in 1966 he released “Mellow Yellow” which managed to climb to the #2 spot on the US charts. A song by Donovan that is definitely psychedelic is “Hurdy Gurdy Man” that was released in 1968. After the end of a three year collaboration with British record producer Mickie Most, Donovan’s musical career started to fade. In 2005 Donovan published an autobiography; The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man. His last musical performance was in 2007.

Short Notes

I uploaded a chapter on directory research for my Genealogical Guide to Monroe County. A lot of the city and county directories are online. If you haven’t looked for your families in the directories, you should.

The Church Records Preservation Committee of Rochester Genealogical Society (RGS) has added records of Lakeside Presbyterian Church that was is in Charlotte. As with the other records that they have put online, these are a digitized version of the original church records.

RGS meetings start again this week with the DNA Interest Group and Computer Interest Group on this Thursday (Sept 8th) at 6 & 7;15 respectivilly. The general RGS meetings is next Thursday, Sept. 15th at a new meeting place. See the RGS meetings web page for details.

Last week was the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. This year it was in Springfield, Illinois. Randy Seaver has this blog post that links to other blog posts about the FGS conference. Seeing as today is a holiday, others may post about the conference later this week.

It is time again for my fall TV preview. It is not a preview for this year but for 1966. Some of the new shows for that year are still running. The previews will be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Marriages from 1854

vol.XII,no.1.pdfAt least 20 years ago a lady gave me a typed list of marriages from 1854 that were extracted Moore’s Rural New-Yorker. I’m not sure if she extracted the marriages or someone else did it. The newspaper was an agricultural newspaper that at that time was published in Rochester. It later moved to New York City. Why there were marriages in this kind of newspapers is a mystery. They only printed marriages and no deaths like regular newspapers. The new web page with these marriages has some marriages that did not appear in the daily Rochester newspapers.

Old News – Horse Show and Exposition

The show that is coming to Rochester the next week is primarily a horse show. There are also other displays of agriculture and a display of “Fine Arts” which was a building of paintings and sculpture by local artists. A dirigible, probably not a real Zeppelin, flies over the show and there are acrobats and band every day.

Exposition Park is now Edgerton Park and it is hard to believe that it was big enough to hold all the attractions of the show.


Thursday, Aug. 31, 1916


Rochester’s Show Offers Large Premiums in Every Department


The prize list at the Rochester Exposition this year aggregate $25,000, indicating the extent and scope of the show as it can be told in no other terms. Of this amount, $12,000 is given in prizes for the Horse Show, $5,000 for the new exhibit of Farm and Draft Horses, $3,000 for the Poultry Show, $4,000 for the Fruit and Vegetable Exhibits, $1,000 for the new Flower Show. The show opens Labor Day and continues for one week.

Giuseppe Creatore and his famous band will be the principal musical attraction.

As usual, the Horse Show itself will continue to be the center of attraction. The finest horses to be found in America will prance in the ring in front of the big grand stand each afternoon, under the eyes of thousands of eager spectators. For the Rochester Horse Show is, after all, the one all important, all-absorbing feature of the week.

The most important addition to the program for 1916 is the exhibit of farm, breeding and draft horses, for the accommodation of which an immense stable with 200 box stalls has been provided. The horses will be judged each morning. Prizes are offered for grades as well as registered stock, and there are several classes for the get of registered stallions.

The industrial exhibit will be confined to the Manufacturer’s Building, the huge structure with 50,000 square feet of floor space, which was specially constructed for exposition purposes.

There are numerous special attractions, some new and some old. The “Better Babies” contest will be featured again. There will be the usual Fine Arts display, shown in an adequate fireproof gallery. There will be the free attractions, chief among which will be the big Zeppelin air ship. The Original Diavolo, looping the loop on a bicycle; the Marvelous Melville, aerial gymnast; the Howards, high wire cyclists. There will be the Poultry Show, one of the best in the country. A sale of pure bred Holsteins will be held Friday, Sept. 8. the cattle will be on exhibition all the week.

Governor Charles S. Whitman will be at the Exposition on Wednesday, Sept. 6, which will be known as Governor’s Day.


Some of the greatest hunters and jumpers in the country will compete for blue ribbons and cash prizes at the Rochester Horse Show, which opens Labor Day, Sept. 4. The show will bring together not only famous horses from millionaire’s stables, but also some of the country’s most expert riders.

The Bank Jump is probably the trickiest of them all. In this the rider first encounter a rail fence. He covers this and lands on an embankment 3 feet high and 12 feet square. Horse and rider just have time to gather themselves for another fence at the other end of the bank. they rise to clear this three-foot fence and then have a six-foot drop onto terra firms.

The water Jump is a test of skill in covering distance. the water-filled ditch is concealed by a rail fence covered with brush and the horse does not know of the water beyond until he rises to top the fence; then he has to stretch himself to avoid taking an involuntary bath.