So apparently there was this thing called Channel One, which was a news program reported by teenagers/college students and shown in high schools via satellite in the United States.
Well, how fancy for you!
I did not get to see this program, seeing as I grew up in Canada and we were still watching filmstrips of Hinterland Who’s Who on the loon and the muskox.
However, a couple of these young ace reporters look kinda familiar now …
(p.s. Hinterland Who’s Who is awesome, by the way. The flute solo is like our third national anthem behind the Hockey Night in Canada theme song … eh.)
(p.p.s. As some people have now commented, Channel One still exists. My bad – blame Canada! And the fact that I didn’t care enough to read more than two sentences of the Wiki page. It’s Anderson Cooper, dammit. That’s all that matters.)
Hinterland Who’s Who: The Canadian Beaver, ca. ~1970s.
“Hinterland Who’s Who is best known as a series of 60-second public service announcements profiling Canadian animals and birds, produced by Environment Canada Wildlife Service and the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s and 70s, and re-launched by the Canadian Wildlife Federation in the 2000s. In the original announcements, a distinctive refrain of flute music (John Cacavas’ Flute Poem) opens the ad, and is accompanied by the low-key style of the narrator, John Livingston, describing the animal over footage of it taken in the wild.”
Text reads: The Wolverine has the reputation of being the most ferocious, gluttonous, and fearless animal in Canada. But is this true? Find out more about this amazing and mysterious species […]. Getting to know the wolverine a bit better is a great start to help conserve it!
Hello, Sneakers! It’s the first show of a new century! This week Ian and Dave celebrate by pretty much doing exactly what they’ve already done two hundred times – get off to a rough start; be impressed by iPhones; have trouble with voice activation; hear about Hinterland Who’s Who; spoil Portal; hate Mondays and Doug; have some fun at the video store; feel bitter about old video game consoles; get phone scammed; ride the Wild Mouse; talk abandoned amusement parks and empty malls; choose Wes Craven’s best film; recycle a classic story; hear about sub-standard comic book heroes; and, finally, discuss Frank Miller and the Manga problem.
Thanks for listening.
Department of Corections:
Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was a Canadian actor, but did not voice the Hinterland Who’s Who film shorts – they were actually voiced by a gentleman named John Livingstone, originally the executive director of the Canadian Audubon Society.