and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (5. KSS EWDG – 6. fp EWDG ), those particular fantastical melodramas capturing in my callow, naïve imagination, all that was wondrous and awe-full in the awaiting world. The excitement of travel to far, exotic places, the danger inherent in such a pursuit, the advent of technological dystopian enclaves being run by whack Shakespearean actors and midgets (presaging by a year -I believe- Fantasy Island). And then, o then, the Bollywood-meets-American-porno-super-heroine pastiche of EW and DG! 7. ! How my little mind thrummed with excitement! 8. !! How my little body pulsed with sexuality yet bound 9. !!! – Although, looking back, I prefer Dyna Girl by far at this point; she with her clever little electro-quips, sassy pony-tails and wide, compliant mouth!
Somewhat lower in my esteem, but not without their own merits, were the standard entries of Wonderbug (10. KSS WB – 11. fp WB ) and Lost Saucer – with Jim Nabors and Ruth Buzzie, no less! (12. KSS LS – 13. fp LS ). Yes, obviously not as inspirational to my developing aesthetic,but nevertheless, fodder for my improvisational skills.
Then there was, also from Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost (which evidently inspired a more elocutionary approach – ), Big Foot and Wild Boy and H.R. Puffin Stuff; the Jap-animated manga cartoons Speed Racer and Marine Boy, Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot, Ultraman! So much stuff to get a boy’s mind boggled and started on a life of absurdity – .
Though the TV, for that year at least – our bicentennial!, only provided some of the foundation for this young man’s artistic endeavors. There was also practicing stage presence, and ; the first evidence of an aptitude towards composing for brass ensemble, and a penchant for things British, . In addition to these, more idle, childish moments, there were the rigors of my classical piano training, and literary pursuits, , all painstakingly captured on my gramma’s Realistic portable tape recorder (though she would have preferred a more, shall we say, pacifying and child appropriate toy – . On I’d go until Papa came and relieved that dear old woman’s, not quite infinite, patience (she hadn’t yet gone blissfully deaf, I believe) – . Indeed, on I’d go, as we drove away. One could always rewind and start all over again next time….