Any Canadian child who lived between 1958 and 1985 will remember the joy that was CBC's Friendly Giant. That renaissance recorder music at the beginning and the order to 'Look UP...LOOK WAAAAAAAY UP' till we saw him. With his leather boots and medieval clothing Bob Homme welcomed us into this castle and even arranged the furniture for us so that we could sit closer to the fire. He didn't try to teach us numbers but instead his thing was turning us on to reading and installing a love of music with his co-stars - Gerome the Giraffe, Rusty the Rooster (who played a harp and lived in a magic bag from which a myriad of items could be instantly pulled ) and Angie and Fiddle, the Jazz Cats (I could never figure out who they were exactly but they were very cool, man.) The show was gentle and sweet and created by Homme who you immediately felt comfortable with. Captain Kangaroo was too manic while Mr Rodgers seems to be that creepy bachelor guy who lived down the street and had candy for the kids all year round. Even Mr Dressup never took the time just to relax for ten seconds. The Friendly Giant was at a different pace and would never survive today when kids need to be stimulated every two seconds. If fact we all chose the recorder in music class since we had already been primed to its greatest by our beloved Giant. I challenge you to find any Canadian child who would say a single bad thing about this show. This show is so engrained in our consciousness and we would defend its greatness to the death. Over 3000 episodes of this sweet show was produced over nearly 30 years. Thanks to BookSteve for showing off the below album and reminding me again how great my childhood was.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.