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R.I.P. Saturday Morning Cartoons

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On Saturday, September 27, 2014, an American institution came to an end.  For most people, if it was noticed it all, it was only as a brief thought in passing and quickly forgotten.  Granted, the end was long and slow in coming but it still deserved better.  Saturday, October 4, marked the first time in over five decades that there were no cartoons on American network television.  The Saturday morning staples that multiple generations grew up loving were gone.

Saturday morning cartoons, an erroneous grouping that included live action programming as well, were an institution in the United States since the 1950’s, almost as long as broadcast television had been available.  They flourished in the 1960’s and 70’s to the point that the lineups were treated almost as reverently as prime time programming …