One in particular is YOUNG SAMSON & GOLIATH (1967). Of all the shows listed above, that was the one show I used to play by myself. Samson was a teenage boy (way before Ben 10) voiced by Tim Matheson of JONNY QUEST, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE and THE WEST WING – talk about a wide-ranging career -- who rode around on a cool motor scooter with his dog, Goliath. His only bling was a pair of gold rings around his wrists.
Their superpowers (great strength, lasers shooting out of the eyes) varied from episode to episode depending on what was needed to defeat the villain of the day. And defeat them they did! Before moving on, just a boy and his dog.
Before I wanted to be a writer. Before I wanted to be a racecar driver. Before I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to be Young Samson.
The motor scooter had to be left to my imagination (I wasn’t riding a bike yet).
“What is HE doing?” I remember Grandpa blurting out.
“Oh, well,” my Aunt Donna stammered, “He’s playing, ah, well, he’s got these rings, you know. And he bangs them over his head [Aunt Donna banging her wrists over her head]. I don’t know. He’s playing.”
And Grandpa shook his head like it was the dumbest thing he ever saw. I remember feeling really embarrassed.
Almost half a century has gone by since I last watched that show but if I were going to be any kind of superhero, it would still be Young Samson.
I’ve got the rings. I’ve got the dog. I’m still working on the motor scooter.
And that transformation changy thing.........(smile).......