Question: I remember a '70s show called Hot Dog. It aired before or after Love, American Style on weekdays, if I remember correctly. Is this show a figment of my imagination? If not, where can I find information about it? Elizabeth D., Chicago, Ill.
Televisionary: Where do you find more information? Right here, my dear and you're about to.
I don't know if you saw re-runs on weekdays or not, but Hot Dog's first run was on NBC's Saturday-afternoon schedule, where it aired for a year beginning in September 1970. Created by Frank Buxton, who cut his educational teeth as host of the earlier kid's program Discovery, the show did its darndest to teach wee viewers something after they'd just had their noggins filled with cereal ads plus half-hour programming that was really cereal and toy ads in disguise.
Hot Dog revealed the secrets behind how things were made and how they worked, including why people snore, how milk gets into the carton, how popcorn pops, etc. Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen and Jo Anne Worley helped keep things light by riffing on the topic at hand and pop band The Youngbloods provided the soundtrack for the learning.
And it's only fitting you watched Hot Dog
after Love, American Style
. Buxton directed episodes of that, Mork and Mindy
, Happy Days
and The Odd Couple
. A stand-up comic, he also appeared in such big-screen fare as Overboard
and Frankie and Johnny
and did some voice work in the Allen classic What's Up, Tiger Lily?