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The Story of The Nick Jr. Channel

Sorry I didn’t do any posts for March or April, but I’ve just been more busy with my “plans and other things”. This will be a pretty long post, so be prepared.

In 1995, the Children’s Television Workshop began plans for its own educational channel. The channel would feature several of its programs other than the famous Sesame Street. At first, channel was going to be called “New Kid City”, but soon that plan was withdrawn. But a few years later, the CTW teamed with Viacom to make another attempt to launch the channel. This time, the new channel would be known as “Noggin”. Noggin would feature several children’s programs that “had the goal of positioning programs at the forefront of the digital cable movement”.

And, on February 2, 1999, Noggin finally launched at 6 in the morning. The first ever program to air on the channel was the pilot episode of Sesame Street from 1969.

After that, the first few episodes of The Electric Company from 1971 aired on Noggin. At the time, those episodes had not been broadcast in more than two decades.

When Noggin first launched, only satellite providers EchoStar and Dish Network carried the channel.

Anyway, during the channel’s first three years of service, most of its programs were aimed at pre-teens. Shows like 3-2-1 Contact, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Square One Television aired on the channel.

What was bizarre about the channel, however, some its programs were aimed at preschoolers. Shows like Allegra’s Window, Gullah Gullah Island, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, and Kipper, aired on Noggin during its first 3-year run as well.

Noggin’s first mascot was Phred, a bizarre-looking pickle character.

However, Noggin’s ratings had gotten low. So on April 1, 2002, the channel went through some major upgrades…

Noggin’s programs were switched to fully-preschooler aimed.

At this time, Noggin got new shows, like Tiny Planets, Play With Me Sesame, and Blue’s Clues, and other preschool shows.

But that some day, a new nighttime programming block called The N was launched on Noggin.

The N was a network that broadcasted programs aimed for older audiences than Noggin, Nickelodeon, and Nicktoons. Noggin and The N shared time space with each other: Noggin ran from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, while The N ran from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM Eastern Time seven nights a week.

Also on April 1, 2002, Noggin removed Phred and replaced him with a new mascot named Feetface.

Every day when Noggin signed off, it showed a message that Noggin would be back at 6:00 AM the next morning. Down below is what Noggin showed when it signed on during its first year as a time-shared preschool service.

A few shows that were on Noggin during its pre-teen service, like Sponk! and A Walk in Your Shoes, moved to The N.

That same year, Sesame Workshop’s rights to the channel expired and Viacom gained full control of it.

Noggin used Feetface just fine for almost a year, but on March 8, 2003, trailers featuring Moose A. Moose and Zee began…

At 6:00 PM Eastern Time on April 6, 2003, Noggin signed off with Feetface for the last time. Kipper and Allegra’s Window were dropped from the schedule as well. When Noggin signed on the next day, Moose and Zee took over as Noggin’s mascots. Also, six new shows premiered on Noggin: Bob the Builder, Coonie the Cow, Oobi, Dora the Explorer, Tweenies, and Miffy and Friends.

Beginning then, Noggin used the “Fantastic Day” song whenever it signed on…

…and the “Done Day” song whenever it signed off.

In April 2004, Gullah Gullah Island was pulled from Noggin’s schedule. In the next month, it was announced that Tiny Planets, which aired as 5-minute segments in shows, would get expanded into a half-hour show due to popularity. By early June 2004, the Tiny Planets expansion was complete, and Tiny Planets was then broadcasted on the 7:30 AM slot. At that time, Noggin also added Rubbadubbers to its lineup.

In early September 2004, Noggin added Lazytown to its lineup.

That same year, Noggin began broadcasting the annual Worldwide Day of Play, as with all of the other Nickelodeon Channels.

In January 2005, Noggin premiered a new original program, 64 Zoo Lane.

The Goodbye Song was last used for a while on June 19, 2005. The following evening, it was replaced by a new sign-off segment called “See What That Cat Is Up To”.

On September 11, 2005, when Noggin’s rights to classic Sesame Workshop programs expired, 1-2-3 Sesame Street, Bob the Builder, and Rubbadubbers were pulled from Noggin’s lineup. The next day, a new Noggin show called Jack’s Big Music Show premiered on Noggin.

At that time, to allow more shows, Tweenies moved to the 6:00 AM slot (the first show slot of the day on Noggin). In November of that year, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends was added to Noggin’s lineup. Down below is a series of Noggin shows recorded from 2005.

On January 1, 2006, to allow more shows, Tweenies were permanently pulled from Noggin’s schedule, with Tiny Planets moving to the 6:00 AM slot and taking its place. There was a rumor that Tiny Planets would get pulled from Noggin’s lineup like Tweenies did.

On March 23, 2006, Noggin added The Backyardigans to its lineup. That same day, Noggin began advertising for a new show called Pinky Dinky Doo, which premiered in the UK nearly a year earlier.

On April 10, 2006, Pinky Dinky Doo made its premiere on Noggin. Then, Tiny Planets was finally pulled from Noggin’s lineup.

On July 4, 2006, “See What That Cat Is Up To” was used for the last time. The following evening, the “Done Day” song returned. Later that year, Noggin added new Nick Jr. shows like The Wonder Pets and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy to its lineup.

In August 2006, Noggin began advertising for the short-lived The Upside Down Show.

On October 6, 2006, The Upside Down Show premiered on Noggin.

On April 2, 2007, Noggin got a minor upgrade. It was renamed as Nick’s Noggin now that it was carrying more Nick Jr. programs. At this time, Bruno, Connie the Cow, and Miffy and Friends were pulled from Noggin’s lineup. Also, Play With Me Sesame moved to the 6:00 AM slot.

That year, Viacom decided that Noggin and The N needed to be separate channels. By then, Nickelodeon GAS, the sister channel of Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nicktoons, and The N, was only airing an automated loop of old Nickelodeon game shows.

So, on August 13, 2007, Nickelodeon announced that December 31, 2007, Nickelodeon GAS would shut down, with The N taking it over, allowing both The N and Noggin to become 24/7 services.

In early September 2007, Play With Me Sesame was pulled from Noggin’s lineup when it moved to PBS Kids Sprout. Later that month, Noggin added Little Bill, a former Nick Jr. show to its lineup. In early November 2007, Maisy was pulled from Noggin’s lineup as well.

Finally, on December 30, 2007, after the Little Bear episode “Emily’s Visit”, the old timesharing version of Noggin signed off for the last time.

The last program to air on the 12-hour version of The N was the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode, “Do You Want Me, Part 2”, followed by the music video of “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles. After that, when Noggin signed back as a new 24/7 service, the “Fantastic Day” song was not shown, instead it went straight into a 64 Zoo Lane episode.

At that minute, Nickelodeon GAS had just showed an episode of Figure It Out. It then aired a bumper, followed by a longer one, but the longer bumper was cut hallway through when it switched to The N with the pilot episode of Instant Star.

That evening, Noggin hosted a movie marathon in honor of getting its 24/7 back.

Well, that’s how it was on most cables. DirecTV and Dish Network had problems during the switchover, so they both kept Nickelodeon GAS on the air. At 7:25 AM Eastern Time, DirecTV finally switched Nickelodeon GAS to The N, while Dish Network still had problems…

While Noggin and The N’s 24/7 services were peaceful on most cables, they were not on Dish Network. Dish Network again tried to switch Nickelodeon GAS to The N on January 31, 2008, but even then it had problems, so it kept Nickelodeon GAS and Noggin and The N’s timesharing through all of 2008 and even into 2009.

On February 24, 2009, it was announced that Noggin would rebrand as Nick Jr. and The N would rebrand as TeenNick. It was said that it was to fully bring both channel with the Nickelodeon brand. But even 2 months after this announce, Nickelodeon GAS and the timesharing will still kept on Dish Network. Would Noggin and The N timeshare as Nick Jr. and TeenNick on Dish Network?

On April 22, 2009, as part of a minor channel shuffle, Dish Network announced  that the Pacific Time Zone feed of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim on channel 181 would move to channel 177 (the channel Nickelodeon GAS was on) and take Nickelodeon GAS’s space. At first, no one thought it would happen, but at 3:30 the next morning, Nickelodeon GAS had finished airing an episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple and had just aired a bumper when it switched into the Pacific Adult Swim with an episode of Squidbillies.

A message saying that ToonWest moved to channel 177 temporally took over the channel 181 slot until May 6, 2009, when The N moved to channel 181, with Noggin remaining on channel 169. Therefore, both channels finally become 24/7.

Even though Noggin and The N were now 24/7 on Dish Network as well, their rebrandings as Nick Jr. and TeenNick had already been announced, so both channels only got four months of 24/7 services on Dish Network, but they spend those entire 24/7 services as soon to be rebranded channels.

I know that sounds kind of unfair, but let’s just be thankful Noggin and The N got at least SOME 24/7 service time on the Dish Network cable.

Anyway, on June 18, 2009, Nickelodeon unveiled the new logos for these channels…

Finally, at 6:00 AM Eastern Time on September 28, 2009, Noggin and The N become Nick Jr. and TeenNick for good. When Noggin become Nick Jr., 64 Zoo Lane was pulled from the channel’s lineup.

It’s not like the channel actually rebranded, however. The channel kept its same shows and designs. It even kept its mascots, Moose and Zee! It’s typically only the name that changed.

On July 17, 2010, LazyTown was pulled from Nick Jr.’s lineup. On October 30th of that year, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast was also pulled from Nick Jr.’s lineup. Nick Jr. acquired some more shows from Nickelodeon, however, such as The Fresh Beat Band and Team Umizoomi.

On February 5, 2011, Peppa Pig, which had been airing on Nick Jr. as 5-minute segments between shows, got its own half-hour show. On April 8, 2011, Pinky Dinky Doo was pulled from Nick Jr.’s lineup as well. On July 19, 2011, Pocoyo, which had been airing as 7-minuted segments between shows a for year, was expanded into its on half-hour show.

In November 2011, Viacom announced that in the 2012-2013 television season, a new block named NickMom would launch. The new block would be aimed at mother audiences.

In early January 2012, Gullah Gullah Island was pulled from Noggin’s lineup.

There were originally plans for a NickMom version of the sign off message from when Noggin switched to The N. But on February 29, 2012, Moose and Zee appeared on the channel for the last time…

On March 1, 2012, Nick Jr. pulled Moose and Zee and got new 3D bumpers.

Some shows that were on Nick Jr. got pulled from this retheming, but a few of them returned to the lineup later that year.

Finally, on October 1, 2012, NickMom launched. NickMom ran from 10:00 PM Eastern Time to 2:00 AM Eastern Time.

On March 11, 2013, Toot and Puddle, Oswald, Oobi, Jack’s Big Music Show, and Franklin were pulled from Nick Jr.’s lineup.

On February 24, 2014, Little Bill was pulled from Nick Jr.’s lineup, with Wow! Wow! Wubbzy being dropped in April and Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends being dropped in September.

On September 9, 2015, due to a 2015 Viacom cutback and low ratings, NickMom announced that it would shut down at the end of the month. On September 28, 2015, NickMom went off the air for good. Therefore, Nick Jr. once against become a 24/7 service.

The channel has not really gone through any upgrades since then, but it has been dropping old shows and adding new shows, respectively.

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Hello Post

Sorry this isn’t a real post for the third in a row! Don’t worry though, my next real post will be in March.

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ANOTHER Hi Post

Sorry this isn’t a real post either.

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2017 Has Made It Through

Sorry this isn’t a proper post. Today was the last day of 2017. I’ll be 15 in just 2 days from now!

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The Tiny Planets Hour

Posts two saturdays in a row!

I admired several shows on Noggin (now Nick Jr.) when I was little. One of them was this 3D-animated show called TINY PLANETS (some people call it Bing and Bong). The show is produced by Sesame Workshop and Pepper’s Ghost Productions. I must say that this is one of the most unusual children’s shows ever.

In this show, there is this place called the Home Planet…

Here, in the Crystal Cave, live two white, furry aliens names Bing and Bong. The larger one is Bing, and the smaller one is Bong.

Every day, Bing and Bong get ready to go to these six “tiny” planets:

The Tiny Planet of Light & Color:

The Tiny Planet of Nature:

The Tiny Planet of Stuff:

The Tiny Planet of Sound:

The Tiny Planet of Self:

And the Tiny Planet of Technology:

After they’re ready, they get onto their unusual white sofa, and fasten their seat belts.

Why this sofa is so unusual? Bing then pulls a lever in the sofa’s controls, and then the sofa gets pushed up to their “fantastic machine”.

There, a long rope gets attached onto the back of Bing and Bong’s sofa. Then, a hand-shaped catapult throws the sofa into the air, and then they’re off!

Bing and Bong are joined by this small, wide-eyed alien named Halley, who is named after the comet. Halley flies around with Bing and Bong and narrates their adventures.

Halley was just said to be voiced by the singer of the theme song, but the TINY PLANETS website at one point said that Halley herself signs it.

Halley has a twin sister named Hale-Bop and two cousins named Eureka Encke and Ikeya-Seki. They were present in an earlier version of the TINY PLANETS world, along with Halley herself, but do not appear in the current version.

Speaking of earlier versions, TINY PLANETS originally started as a segment called “Tiny Planet of Colours”, in 1999. In the pilot segment, Bong looks quite different from his current version.

The actual series, however, would not premiere until June of 2001, on CITV in England. They made a total of 65 five-minute long segments, with the final one airing in December of 2002.

In May of 2001, a TINY PLANETS website was launched. On the website, you can watch the TINY PLANETS episodes. You can even create your own Bong and play around with it. A Spanish TINY PLANETS website exists as well.

There’s even an app on iTunes called TINY PLANETS BUBBLE STARS.

On each of the Tiny Planets live these aliens called Flockers.

More often than not, Bing and Bong are helping the Flockers around. A different species of Flocker lives on each Tiny Planet. Flockers can have one or two heads, one or two legs, and only a few of them have arms.

Also on each Tiny Planet live these small beings called Locals.

The only Locals who have mouths are the ones who live on the Tiny Planet of Technology. Like the Flockers, a different Local species lives on each Tiny Planet. They often appear in larger groups that the Flockers.

Also in the Tiny Planet universe are these robots that are shaped like spheres and either get around by wheels or helicopter rotors. They are found mostly on the Tiny Planet of Technology.

After Bing and Bong have completed their adventure, the home alarm rings on Bing’s watch and then Bing and Bong get back onto their sofa. Bing then cuts the rope in front of them with a pair of scissors and the fantastic machine pulls the sofa back to the Home Planet. In a DVD video of the show called “Bing and Bong’s Big Adventures”, however, the first time the sofa is going back to the Home Planet, a robot traffic gate signal stops them, and then a robot comes and tells Bing and Bong that they have more work to do. This happens two more times, and afterward, the gate finally goes up and Bing and Bong return home. After Bing and Bong get back to the Crystal Cave, they prepare for bed, and the sofa leans back more to become a bed. A picture of Bing and Bong on their adventure for that episode is then laid down by the, and they go to sleep until the next episode.

Anyway, the American version of TINY PLANETS on Noggin premiered on April 1, 2002. When Noggin first started airing TINY PLANETS, the five-minute segments were shown between half-hour shows. Below is an episode of TINY PLANETS from Noggin from 2003.

TINY PLANETS, however, became so popular than in early June of 2004, the show expanded to a half-hour show. Several episodes of TINY PLANETS were shown in this time slot.

In September of 2005, a British show called TWEENIES that also aired on Noggin moved to the 6:00 AM slot in order to allow more shows. On January 1, 2006, to allow more shows, Noggin pulled TWEENIES from the air for good, with TINY PLANETS moving to the 6:00 AM slot as well. There was a rumor that despite its American creative origins (unlike TWEENIES), it would also be pulled from the US market. On April 9, 2006, Noggin pulled TINY PLANETS from the air for good as well.

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10 Events That Should Have Happened But Never Did

I’m the kind of guy who prefers things when they’re completed. I know sometimes, something that is planned to happen gets announced, but ends up getting folded. Also, I feel like some things just aren’t making it through. For this post, I will talk about 10 events, beings, and places that should have went to their places or should have been completed, though they never did so. These 10 events will be from both TV and real life.

#1: ALF’S DEPARTURE FROM EARTH IN THE “CONSIDER ME GONE” EPISODE

ALF, as we know, stood for Alien Life Form. We also know that his show premiered on NBC in 1986, when he crash-landed on Earth when his planet, Melmac exploded, and he landed where the Tanner family lived. The final episode of the show called “CONSIDER ME GONE” aired on March 24, 1990. During the episode, ALF gets a message from his alien friends, Skip and Rhonda, saying that the Melmacians have been planning to make their new homes on a New Melmac planet, and ALF agrees to go with them. During the night, Tanner family drops him off, and then Skip and Rhonda’s spaceship comes. But just as the spaceship gets closer, the Alien Task Force arrives on the scene, and then the spaceship flies away! The Alien Task Force captures ALF. Despite the “TO BE CONTINUED” message at the end of the episode, the network would not allow any more episodes to resolve this, but ABC aired a special called “PROJECT: ALF”, in 1996. There, contrary to the Tanner’s worries, ALF was doing just fine in captivity, until the Alien Task Force president ordered him to be executed. Luckily, his plan failed and he was arrested. Then, ALF finally gets released from captivity, but then, something else occurs: he is declared Earth’s intergalactic ambassador, so he was then to represent the planet. Who thought making ALF Earth’s ambassador when he was trying to go to his new home was a good idea? I’m okay if your opinion is different, but I prefer extraterrestrials when they’re on THEIR planets, not on Earth.

#2: FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA’S KALAHARI RESORT

The Kalahari resorts as we know are some of America’s largest water parks. The Fredericksburg, Virginia location of Kalahari was announced in late 2007. Kalahari currently has locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, and Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and another location is coming to Round Rock, Texas. What kind of sucks is that Fredericksburg isn’t a real resort town like Wisconsin Dells, Sandusky, and Pocono Mountains. Anyway, Kalahari president Todd Nelson said they had found a great location for it. The Fredericksburg location was to be located along the Interstate 95 and was to be larger than the Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky locations. This location was announced for groundbreaking in 2008, and for opening in late 2009. However, with lack of funding, they project was delayed. The Fredericksburg people said they had been looking forward to the resort. Currently, this location of Kalahari could have been a dead project, or at least one that’s on hold. Without Kalahari, I’m sure many attraction enthusiasts will have no reason to go to Fredericksburg (unless they need to pass through it to get to other places).

#3: THE SEATTLE SUPERSONICS’ NEW ARENA

The Seattle SuperSonics of Seattle, Washington were an NBA team formed in 1967. They introduced a brown, furry mascot named Squatch in 1993. In the 2000’s, their old arena, KeyArena, was the smallest one in the NBA. Also, with heavy losses, a decision was made to get the team a new arena with Howard Schultz, a CEO for Starbucks Coffee Cooperation. After failing to get a new arena in the Seattle area, the team was sold to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2006. When the team finally moved in Oklahoma City in 2008, they got a complete makeover, and they formed the Oklahoma City Thunder. Squatch must have been heartbroken when his team folded.

#4: SOO LINE 2719’S 15-YEAR REBUILD

The Soo Line 2719 steam locomotive was built in May of 1923, and it ran until its 1959 retirement. It was then displayed in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until 1996, when a restoration for it began. It then returned to service in 1998. Then, in 2013, its 15-year boiler operations were to have expired in the summer, but it went further, as late as September. It was said to have gotten its 15-year overhaul afterward, but for some reason, it was soon loaned to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for display instead. Though the 2719 has an unknown future, if it DID get that overhaul in the first place, it could have been back in service by now.

#5: WISCONSIN’S VICTORY OVER DUKE IN THE 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The Wisconsin Badgers had made to the NCAA Final Four in 2014, where they played the Kentucky Wildcats, though Kentucky won that game by just one point. Afterward, they made a goal to make their first national championship since 1941. The next year, they made it to the Final Four again, where they faced Kentucky again. But this time, Kentucky was then undefeated, but Wisconsin won, 71-64. Then, the Badgers faced the Duke Blue Devils in the national championship game. Wisconsin and Duke had already met earlier that season in December, but Duke won 80-70. Duke had already won 4 national championships. At one point in the second half, Wisconsin had a 9-point lead, but after Duke took a time-out, they managed to make a comeback, and within the last 5 and a half minutes, they took the lead for the first time in the second half. The Blue Devils ended up winning 68-63. Badger assistant coach Greg Gard said that the Badgers knew they were going to win. With all that I said above, it would have been more fair if WISCONSIN won that game, wouldn’t it?

#6: THE FINISHING CONSTRUCTION OF WHITEWATER, WISCONSIN’S ROAD TO NOWHERE

When this road was constructed in 2004, it was originally going to be made for houses, but as beyond where it stops isn’t so great, the rest of the construction was cancelled. It stops in a cornfield, but it is used for dog walks. I’m sure the last thing this road needs is to permanently stay like this. I’m trying to imagine where there are other “road to nowheres” like this in the world?

#7: SPIDERMAN 4 (2011)

Development for this film began in 2008. This Spiderman franchise had a first film in 2002, a second film in 2004, and a third film in 2007. Sony also gave this film a release date of May 5, 2011. The Green Goblin was the villain for the first film, Doctor Octopus was the villain for the second film, and the New Goblin, Venom, and Sandman were the villains for the third film. The Lizard and a few others where going to be this film’s villains. But with so many issues during 2009, the film was cancelled in January 2010. However, here’s one good thing about the film’s cancellation: it lead to the creation of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN film of 2012.

#8: MAC AND ME’S SEQUEL

MAC stands for Mysterious Alien Creature. The film MAC was in is called MAC AND ME, which was released in August of 1988. In the film, an NASA spacecraft comes to MAC’s planet, and he and his family get sucked in the spacecraft before it makes its way back to Earth. But MAC and his family have an amazing power: they can destroy or heal anything they touch! They use their powers to get rid of all the people who are attacking them. MAC’s family gets stranded in the desert, will MAC himself gets into a car with the Cruise family moving from Illinois to California. Their youngest son, Eric, who is in a wheelchair, befriends MAC. Together, they find MAC’s family in an abandoned mine. When Eric is killed in a crossfire explosion, MAC and his family use their powers to bring him back to life. The final scene shows MAC and his family riding in a car, along with the kids who helped them. When they are driving, a bubblegum message shows up, that reads “WE’LL BE BACK!”, but then it pops as they are going under a highway bridge. However, with so many box office returns and negative reviews, the sequel for this film was then cancelled. The reason I’m putting this in my post is because of that “WE’LL BE BACK!” message. I guess now because the sequel was cancelled, this is now a bit of a cliffhanger movie.

#9: THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO STORE’S NEW OWNER

The Warner Bros. Studio Stores were a chain of shops where you could buy figures and items with Warner Bros. features. The first Warner Bros. Studio Store opened in 1991. In 1993, the chain pulled into 5th Ave. and 57 St. in New York City, as well as one in Times Square in 1998. The 5th ave. store expanded with 6 higher floors in 1996. This chain also came into malls, as well as a few locations in Chicago. The WB Studio Stores proved very successful in their early years, but they said their sales in their later years were disappointing. In January of 2000, a plan was announced to have Time Warner and America Online merge. Under the new agreement, they said the chain would have to look there a new owner that sold anything WB-related, and they warned that if they didn’t, they would shut the stores. The following year, after failing to find the chain a new owner, all WB Studio Stores went out of business for good.

#10: THE RETURN OF ASH’S PRIMEAPE

In POKEMON episode 25, “PRIMEAPE GOES BANANAS”, a wild Mankey appears. Team Rocket then makes Mankey angry, and it evolves into a Primeape. After a lot of encouragement, Ash and his Charmander work together to finally capture Primeape. Four episodes later, in “THE PUNCHY POKEMON”, Primeape begins to listen to Ash’s commands on the P-1 fighting tournament, and they eventually win the tournament and they championship belt. Just then, a man named Anthony who was also in the tournament offers to train Primeape for a while to have it become a true P-1 champion. Ash agrees, and leaves Primeape with a tearful goodbye. So far, Primeape is the only Pokemon left for training that has not be reunited with Ash. Also, giving a Pokemon that you caught not so long ago, that has just start listening to you, and has just won a tournament for training for so long has to be one of the saddest things in the anime. The Pokemon Wiki even said that this Primeape is now Anthony’s. But this anime as we know it is still in production, and you never know what might just turn up.

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Happy Halloween 2017!

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The Summer Of 2017 Concludes

Well, this is my last day of summer vacation for this year. Here are some of the things I did during it:

In July, my parents, big brother Jacob and I went on a Metra train to Chicago and back. We went to Shedd Aquarium.

And in August, we went to Illinois to see Lincoln’s Tomb and to Missouri to see the solar eclipse.

Tomorrow is my first day of real high school.

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Lover Songs Unleashed

Well, now it’s August again, but believe it or not, my school year does not start until September 5, meaning summer will not end at the end of August, so I will probably actually upload my summer-end during September 4. It’s hard to believe I’ll be in high school in one month from now….

Well, this post was pasted two years ago, so you may not remember it, but I did one in August 2015 that features many duet love songs.

In THIS post, several of those songs from that post will be listed, though not with their videos. The songs that are NOT from that post WILL have their videos.

First thing first, you may have heard of Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A WHOLE NEW WORLD” song from Disney’s ALADDIN.

Peabo and Regina recorded three others songs together: “WITHOUT YOU”, “I CAN’T IMAGINE”, and TOTAL PRAISE”.

A year earlier, Peabo had recorded with Celine Dion, “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”.

James Ingram and Linda Ronstant sang “SOMEWHERE OUT THERE” in the late 1980’s, though there was a rumor that Celine and Peabo sung it.

Okay, and now for the NEW love songs on my website:

In 1980, the duo group England Dan and John Ford Coley performed, “JUST TELL ME YOU LOVE ME”.

Finally the last song for this post is, “UNCHAINED MELODY”. Down below are two versions of the song, sung by the Righteous Brothers and Barry Manilow. With the “UNCHAINED MELODY” title, you’re probably not quite understanding why this song is so romantic. Well, all you have to do is listen to the two videos below and you will know why.


If you are lucky, you JUST MIGHT hear one of the love songs on my website while you are out on a drive!

Well, at least you have heard the love songs with videos in this post, but for this post’s love songs without videos, they have them in that post from August 2015. Go back to that post if you want to hear (or remember) what those songs sound like, but the videos in this post sound like a lifetime, don’t they?

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Long Gone Lyons Rails

My only post of July. Down below are two photos of abandoned wig-wags and rails in Lyons, Wisconsin in 1997.

The wig-wags and rails look like they are in pretty bad shape. The line that was abandoned was the Milwaukee Road SOUTHWESTERN line in 1980. Finally, in 2000, the wig-wags were removed to a private collector from Minnesota, and the rails were turned into a trail as well.

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