Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Space Racewas a 90-minute program featuring the titular Yogi Bear (Daws Butler)
and a cast of returning and all-new Hanna-Barbera
characters. The program was comprised of four unrelated segments that shared
some of those characters. It failed to perform on the struggling NBC and was cancelled halfway through its sole
season. In order to make it more maneuverable on their schedule, all of the
segments were broken up into three separate programs. Buford and the
Galloping Ghost was a combination of the two 11-minute segments of Space
Race: The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost.
The Buford Files was the
latest clone of Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo franchise. It followed the
adventures of lazy bloodhound Buford (Frank Welker). Buford lived in Fenokee
Swamp with twins Cindy Mae (Pat Parris) and Woody Boggs (Dave Landsburg). Together,
the three of them solved mysteries that baffled local law enforcement: Sheriff
Muletrain (Henry Corden) and Deputy Goofer McGee (Roger Peltz). Buford, when
actually active, could move his ears around like radar dishes and had a nose
that worked like a Geiger counter when looking for clues. However, two things
often stood in his way: his penchant for howling at the moon (usually at the
worst times), and an antagonistic raccoon that knew karate.
The Galloping Ghost was about
the ghost of a gold prospector named Nugget Nose (Welker), who had taken a
shine to two young girls who worked at the Fuddy Dude Ranch: Wendy (Marilyn
Schreffler) and Rita (Parris). They met Nugget when they accidentally crashed
into his resting place (think bed rather than grave) in a cavern in an
abandoned mine. Nugget took great delight in tormenting their grumpy old boss,
Fenwick Fuddy (Hal Peary), whenever he did something mean towards the girls.
Wendy could summon Nugget whenever they needed help by rubbing the special gold
nugget necklace she wore. Along with having traits typical of a ghost,
including levitation, Nugget got around by riding his invisible horse.
Following the conclusion of Buford
and the Galloping Ghost and Yogi’s Space Race where the characters
also appeared, Buford, Nugget Nose and their friends all largely disappeared.
The series was seen again in reruns as part of USA Cartoon Express
and on Cartoon Network
Swamp Hermit / Phantom of the Horse Opera” (9/9/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy
Mae discover their friend has been kidnapped by escaped convicts. / Wendy and
Rita dream of stardom when a Hollywood producer visits the ranch.
Vanishing Stallion / Too Many Crooks” (9/16/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy Mae
witness a horse disappear during a race. / An escaped convict takes refuge at
Swamp Saucer / Sagebrush Sergeant” (9/23/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy Mae
investigate a UFO that landed in the swamp. / Fuddy’s army sergeant sister
visits the ranch and puts everyone on a strict exercise and work regiment.
Man with Orange Hair / Bad News Bear” (9/30/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy Mae
investigate the theft of silver skates stolen by someone with orange hair. /
Nugget and the girls try to hide a bear from Fuddy and a safety inspector.
Demon of Ur / Robot Round-Up” (10/7/78) – A statue disappears from a train
under Goofer’s watch. / Fuddy hires a robot to work at the ranch, threatening
the girls’ jobs.
Missing Bank / Pests in the West” (10/14/78) – Goofer sends off $10 million in
an armored car, but the bank claims it never arrived. /
in the Air / Rock Star Nuggie” (10/21/78) – An amphibious plane goes missing. /
Nugget becomes jealous when the girls fawn over a visiting rock star.
and the Beauty / Frontier Fortune Teller” (10/28/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy
Mae must investigate the kidnapping of a movie star dog. / The girls turn to
Nugget to help expose phony fortune tellers looking to steal Fuddy’s furniture.
in the Park / I Want My Mummy” (11/4/78) – Buford, Woody and Cindy Mae try to
get a job at the amusement park, but the park is shutting down due to sabotage.
Magic Whammy / Mr. Sunshine’s Eclipse” (11/11/78) – Banks are being
mysteriously robbed. / Nugget is called to scare away an annoying TV prankster
visiting the ranch.
Haunting of Swamp Manor / Klondike Kate” (11/18/78) – Burford, Woody and Cindy
Mae investigate a haunted mansion. / Nugget is reunited with the ghost of an
old girlfriend he promised to marry when he struck gold.
Case of the Missing Gator / A Ghost of a Chance” (11/25/78) – Smugglers go
through the swamp looking for stolen diamonds. / Fuddy tries to capture Nugget
in order to get $1 million from a guest looking for proof ghosts exist.
Monkey with Buford / Elmo the Great” (12/2/78) – Duchess’ diamond collar is
stolen during a parade by a chimp. / The girls buy Fuddy a horse for his
birthday, but he ends up being too much trouble.