Here's Mary Lou Metzger welcoming viewers for the 25th season broadcasting on public television.
But what's this? Through the magic of television, it's now black & white and Mary Lou looks like she's in Ozzie & Harriet's living room!
There's a reason for this, episode one for 2011-12 is the national debut episode of the series which originally aired July 2, 1955 on ABC.
As you can tell, the Musical Family were just kids back then.....
.....like Jimmy Roberts
...and Dick Dale just to name a few.
Little did anyone realize that Saturday night in July was the start of something special. The combination of music, singing, talent and dancing would make the Lawrence Welk Show an enduring television institution.
As I write this blog entry, four of the Music Makers appearing in this week's landmark episode are still with us. Dick Dale, Bill Page, Rocky Rockwell and Buddy Merrill.
To view the complete songlist from this week's episode, just go to THE DODGE DANCING PARTY on my webpage for that and more!
In the meantime, until next week....Goodnight Ladies, Farewell Gentleman and hope you had a happy time!