Saturday, September 24, 2005

Just A Bill

I grew up on cartoons and yes, many may note that I haven't given up on them entirely (the Smurfs killed everything good about Saturday mornings in the U.S.) One staple of the weekend flurry of morning entertainment was School House Rock (great DVD collection, btw.) This was the perfect vehicle to teach children as you entertain them with catchy songs.

As you know, my mind wanders and sometimes finds some odd items in the nooks and crannys of my brain. Today, for some reason, I couldn't get one thought out of my mind... 'What kind of bill was he?' In the song "I'm Just A Bill", we find out that Bill is waiting in line with lots of other bills to get passed in either the House or Senate with hopes to be a law. For some reason, I just want to know what kind of bill he was.

The episode was first aired in 1975. Could it have been the amendment to federal voting rights laws adding protection from voting discrimination for language minority citizens? Could it have been the Age Discrimination Act? Maybe the Education For All Handicapped Children Act, the Metric Conversion Act, the Firearms Control Regulations Act, the Pension Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Buying Services Act, the Energy Policy And Conservation Act, the Tax Reduction Act, the Financial Institutions Act or even the International Development And Food Assistance Act could all have been possibilities. There are many more that I can list... but I'm starting to think that it was a very long year in line for some of those bills.

8 comments:

Moose said...

No matter what Bill it was, I'm sure it was full of a lot of extra spending.

Lily said...

He wanted school buses to stop before railroad crossings.

Teri said...

Sorry to dissapoint you but Liliy is right is was for the school buses. I grew up on school house rock as well and learned so much from it. It is funny that you mentioned this because on Monday was Constitution day and they played this song in the morning at my school. Most of the teachers (including me) were singing along and my kids are going huh? What is this? I vote to bring it back on the air.

Davydgrey said...

I want School House Rock ringtones!

LoraLoo said...

I loved School House Rock! I vote they bring them back too...

RT said...

Thanks a lot, Martin. I'm going to be singing that song all night now.

Vavoom said...

Get ready to be jealous...

I, yes I, have the Schoolhouse Rock CD!

I don't watch Saturday morning cartoons, but is anything remotely as educational or entertaining on these days?

New White Keds said...

You can actually get the lyrics to most of the Schoolhouse Rocks on line. I used them to do an educational program at work. The sad part was that the "grown ups" in the room looked at me like I was nuts! Made me feel bad for them. How could you NOT know and Interplanet Janet or good ol' Bill? Come on!