If you grew up watching television on Saturday mornings in the 70s and early 80s, you probably recall the networks doing their best to sneak in a little educational material between the weekly doses of Super Friends and Scooby Doo. Over on ABC, they chose to teach us about grammar and government, thanks to the ever-popular Schoolhouse Rock. But if you happened to tune into CBS, news anchorman Christopher Glen taught you about current events via In The News. Running from 1971 until 1986, In the News enjoyed a respectable fifteen-year run and made us all a little smarter along the way.
Christopher Glenn, who sadly passed away in 2006, had a wonderful talent for communicating often -complex news stories in a way that a kid of most any age could comprehend, without dumbing down the story, nor boring them to tears. Most importantly, the information seeped into our cartoon-addled brains almost effortlessly, without us ever realizing that we had been stealthily educated between segments of Bugs Bunny and Far Out Space Nuts.
If you happen to remember watching In the News during the Saturday mornings of your youth, share your memories with us as we tip our hats to these informative segments and their memorable host, here at Retroland.