All-New Super Friends Hour

All-New Super Friends Hour

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When I was four or five years old, I loved the Super Friends cartoon. I remember the All-New Super Friends Hour, which ran from 1977 to 1978.

The only reason that matters is that the date confirms my memory. I never met Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog. Instead, we had Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna and their pet monkey, Gleek. The pair activated their superpowers with a fist bump and saying the phrase "Wonder Twin powers, activate!"

Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna

Anyway, that's not the important part. More important is that the Super Friends lived in my bedroom closet. The year is crucial because we moved a lot, and I remember stuff based on the state or house where we lived. It was only in Kentucky that the Super Friends lived in my closet. After Kindergarten, we moved to New York, and the Super Friends must have stayed in Kentucky.

I'm sure I missed them when we moved away (have empathy, I was an only child). The Super Friend I would have missed the most was Wonder Woman. I could hold her in my hand, and she was about two inches tall. The Wonder Woman TV show with Lynda Carter started in 1975 and lasted for three seasons. If I know me, and I do, I'm pretty sure I wanted Wonder Woman all to myself. I was way better than Steve Trevor. What did she see in that guy anyway?

One of the most extraordinary things about being a kid is that I never wondered, "why are the Super Friends in my closet?" or "why are the Super Friends only 2 inches tall?" That's the part about being a kid I probably miss most. It's not just that kids have wide-open minds; it's that I can still remember what that was like. I mean, why wouldn't tiny Super Friends cartoon characters live in my closet?