Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know about me. My first “crushes” — at age four, incidentally — were Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and Mighty Mouse, a couple of genuine TV “he-men” from the early 1950s even though one of them was technically a rodent.
“Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” starring Dick Simmons ran on TV from 1955 to 1958 and I’ll bet I never missed an episode. Not only was I nuts about my gorgeous Royal Canadian Mountie, I was nuts about the theme song, nuts about his horse (Rex), nuts about Yukon King the wonder dog, and I used to dream about being rescued in Sergeant Preston’s dog sled. (Sergeant Preston was always rescuing somebody. Stop laughing.) As for Mighty Mouse, his accomplishments are already well-known to many of you ... a teeny musclebound hero who was always rescuing helpless female mice in nightgowns, saving the day, righting a wrong, punching a villain or stopping an avalanche. Sigh.
Here are the Sergeant Preston and Mighty Mouse intros for your Monday evening entertainment.
Wondering why I decided to write about this tonight? It’s because I just ordered myself a “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” two-DVD set from Amazon for $5.95! IN A GENUINE SERGEANT PRESTON COLLECTOR’S TIN! Please stay tuned for details of our upcoming “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” viewing party with free snacks.* Thank you.
*May include a concurrent sock-folding event.