And for Someone Who Likes to Rock

The Friendly Giant was a staple of my childhood, arriving on Canadian TV in 1958, or about the same time we got our first TV.

Looking at the Wiki entry showed me there was a lot about the show I didn’t know.  That it started in Wisconsin and was coaxed to relocate to Canada.  That it was ad libbed.  That it was on the air until 1985, producing 3,000+ episodes.

Watching a clip of the lead-in to a show showed me that it wasn’t only my knowledge that was lacking.  I didn’t remember that episodes were only 15 minutes.  That the effects were so cheesy.  (Have you seen that paper mache castle?  Oh my goodness.)  That the pace was soooo slow.

What I remember most clearly – although I couldn’t have quoted it accurately – was the welcome to the castle:

One little chair for one of you,
and a bigger chair for two more to curl up in,
and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle.

Followed, of course, by this:

Look up.
Look waaaay up.

Now what made me think of The Friendly Giant?  Just this, seen in Conway, near where we were staying this winter.

5 rocking chairs overlooking a river

For someone who likes to rock, indeed.  It might have been cheesy and slow, but it made a lasting yet gentle impression.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Jim Taylor

    “one two three o’clock, four o’clock, rock…. we’re gonna rock around the clock tonight…” I just can’t imagine Bill Haley in a rocking chair.
    Jim T

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