Arctic weather and a boost in hot cocoa sales aren’t the only things that the Polar Vortex has brought this winter. Freezing temps and snowman weather always put me in the mood for sweatsuits, breakfast for dinner, and retro programming on PBS. I’m not talking about Downton Abbey or even Antiques Roadshow, but rather the good old days of learning to make a Valentine’s craft out of red glitter, taking a ballet class from a Joffrey company member, or touring a Crayon factory……..Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, and a series called Wonderworks.
With its hot air balloon logo, Wonderworks is the kind of show that reminded you of the kids’ room at the local library – the fun one with hand puppets and multi-colored carpet squares……(how I miss those Dewey Decimal card catalog racks……..) The Walt Disney produced program would feature film adaptations of popular youth literature, such as The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Caddie Woodlawn, and the oh-so-fun The Boy Who Loved Trolls :)
Konrad is a two-part installment of the Wonderworks series that first aired in 1985, starring Polly Holliday (Flo “Kiss My Grits” Castleberry from “Alice”), Ned Beatty, and one awesomely named child actor Huckleberry Fox (the Crunch ‘N Munch kid). Following in the ’80’s trend of shows about “robot-factory-made” children (D.A.R.Y.L., Small Wonder), Konrad was the story of the title character’s assimilation into the regular world, and the important lesson that being “imperfect” is what makes life fun. Perfect viewing for a snow-day or flu-day alike, the show is the kind of relaxing entertainment that makes an ’80’s kid grateful eternally grateful for YouTube :)
Now that our good friend the Polar Vortex is making it known that he doesn’t plan on going anywhere, you can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow my Kindle will be enjoying some quality comfort programming! Get the hot cocoa ready, because I hear tomorrow’s a snow day……;)