Friday, August 05, 2011
The Electric Company - Red, Rip and Run
When I was growing up as a Kid in Chicago during the early 1970's, one of My favorite PBS educational TV shows on WTTW Channel 11 Chicago that I enjoyed viewing, was a show entitled "The Electric Company".
The Electric Company, was an instructional TV show, that would show Kids how to read. Many times the lessons were intermixed in to goofy and quirky comedy sketches, wich made it fun to watch after school.
One of My favorite sketches, for obvious young "Railfan" reasons, was a sketch I vaguelly remembered from approximately 1973 entitled "Red, Rip and Run".
In this performance, the African American male actor who normally played a character named "Easy Reader", put on railroad work clothes, and was now superimposed to work in a small town train yard on an H.O Scale model railroad layout.
When You consider bottom line inexpensive toy and hobby store sold Tyco equipemt with Horn Hook couplers, and plastic structures from Atlas...the low budget "Red, Rip and Run" railroad sketch is very memorable many years after the fact.
I watched the Electric Company on PBS after school from 1972 to 1974.