No, this isn't an article on the exploits of Delta House, nor the havoc they raised at Faber College or on the Omegas, or the nuances of throwing toga parties, or taking "road trips," or taking fraternity pledges to the Food King to shop for a big party.
No, this particular piece is about television animals and their part in home and family entertainment throughout the years.
It's easy to remember the stars of our favorite television programs. It's a bit tougher to remember the co-stars, but how many remember the famous furry, four-legged or feathered friends of the characters on those television shows? Let's walk down the path of television memories once more and try and answer questions about these characters of the small screen:
1.) The name of the hound dog on "The Beverly Hillbillies"
2.) The name of the mutt on "My Three Sons"
3.) The names of the two seagulls voiced in skits on "The Red Skelton Show"
4.) The name of the Flintstones' pet
5.) The name of the dog belonging to the Jetsons
6.) The names of Top Cat's five feline friends
7.) The name of Ed Sullivan's little Italian mouse
8.) The name of the Munsters' pet dragon
9.) The famous equine voiced by Rocky Lane
10.) Dennis the Menace's pet dog's name
11.) The dog's name in "The Little Rascals"
12.) The pet dog of the Nash Family in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
13.) The names of Radar O'Reilly's (M*A*S*H) two pet guinea pigs
14.) Radar's pet mouse's name
15.) What kind of animal was Quick Draw McGraw?
16.) What kind of animal was Baba Louie?
17.) The name of Baretta's cockatoo
18.) The names of the two famous magpies of cartoon fame
19.) The name of Jeff, and later Timmy's, famous collie
20.) The Lone Ranger's horse's name
21.) Tonto's horse's name
22.) The name of the dog on "Petticoat Junction"
23.) The name of Fred and Doris Ziffle's pig "son" ("Green Acres")
24.) Sabrina the Teenage Witch's cat's name
25.) The name of television's most famous dolphin
26.) The name of The Addams Family's pet lion
27.) Paul and Jamie's dog's name on "Mad About You"
28.) Character name of TV's big, friendly bear
29.) The name of Martin Crane's dog on "Frazier"
30.) The name of the dog on "Topper"
31.) The name of Ross's pet monkey on "Friends"
32.) The name of the dog on "Full House"
33.) The name of the dog on "Empty Nest"
34.) The real name of extraterrestrial ALF
35.) The name of the cross-eyed lion on Daktari
36.) The name of the chimp on the same show
37.) The name of the Munsters' bat
38.) The name of BJ's chimp
39.) The name of the Robinson's pet on "Lost in Space"
40.) The name of Walter Lantz's famous cartoon bird
41.) The name of a Saturday morning television horse
42.) Another Saturday morning television horse
43.) The name of the cricket often appearing on "The Wonderful World of Disney"
44.) The name of the big feathered character who resides on "Sesame Street"
45.) Who, whenever he gets in a fix, reaches into his bag of tricks?
46.) The name of Charlie Brown's beagle's bird friend
47.) The name of a famous television German shepherd (maybe the most famous)
48.) The name of Luther Van Dam's dog on "Coach"
49.) The name of Opie Taylor's imaginary horse in the Mr. McBeevie episode of "The Andy Griffith Show"
50.) Mr. Ed's favorite song about his favorite female horse.
Well, hopefully this will jog some memories and bring back some good thoughts of old-time television. And as in past columns of this nature, I will list the answers, even though I know you won't need them. I know you'll all do well on this latest edition of the "Voice from the Bullpen's" TV Trivia quiz.
3.) Gertrude and Heathcliff
4.) Dino (the Dinosaur)
6.) Benny, Spook, Brain, Fancy and Choo Choo
7.) Topo Gigio
9.) Mr. Ed
10.) Ruff the dog
11.) Pete (or Petey)
13.) Babette and Bongo
18.) Heckel and Jeckel
24.) Salem Saberhagen
26.) Kitty Cat
28.) Gentle Ben
34.) Gordon Shumway
39.) Debbie the Bloop
40.) Woody Woodpecker
44.) Big Bird
45.) Felix the Cat
47.) Rin Tin Tin
50.) The Pretty Little Philly with the Ponytail
So how did you do? I know these little bits of information aren't going to change your lives, but as stated in previous columns, it's nice to go back and visit times of our lives that were happier and less stressful, times where the whole family sat in front of the television, sometimes snacking on popcorn that mom made in the frying pan on the stove, vigorously shaking it so it wouldn't burn. They were calmer times, gentler times, times my generation likes to remember. Most of the animals in this piece are from those days, days that meant so much.