Thursday, September 20, 2012
Happy ANNIVERSARIES, "DuckTales"!
Well, this is most unfortunate. Here I am, retrospecting on DuckTales on a weekly basis, and I completely neglected to note that Tuesday, September 18, marked the ACTUAL 25th anniversary of the first syndicated broadcast of the "two-hour movie" version of "Treasure of the Golden Suns"! Thanks to Eric Wing of PlayControl Software for reminding me of this through the medium of the Disney Comics Forum. (Eric, by the way, has just published his own silver anniversary retrospective on the show, and it's well worth reading. I'll be discussing it in a future post.)
My tail feathers might still be salvageable. The two-hour "Golden Suns" was broadcast at OTHER times during that epochal weekend. I was living in Providence, RI at the time, and two TV stations -- TV 38, Boston, and (I think) WPIX TV 11, New York -- had the rights to the series in our area. One of them broadcast "Golden Suns" that Friday night, while the other did so on either Saturday or Sunday. So, it's entirely possible that TODAY represents an anniversary of sorts. Call it "a celebration of exposure to DuckTales within the penumbra of the initial broadcast window," or something like that.
Tomorrow is unquestionably a well-defined milestone: the 25th anniversary of the broadcast of the first syndicated half-hour episode, "Send in the Clones."