Monterey County Herald. It was taken June 20, 1966,
at Nepenthe, Big Sur, a popular tourist destination on
California's Central Coast where the Santa Lucia
Mountains rise sharply from the Pacific Ocean
offering stunning views to visitors.
be seen performing in front of an ABC camera.
On the bench in back of Percy are the series
regulars, the dance troupe of Pete Menefee
and The Action Kids.
shot a segment at Fisherman's Wharf. I was
thrilled to find video shot at that location.
Here's the Syndicate of Sound, a garage
band from San Jose, performing their
accompanied by The Action Kids.
Unfortunately it is typical of the remnants of Action and many other television shows
of the 50s and 60s. Programs that lacked the potential to make money as reruns were considered disposable in those days. Entire series were wiped (bulk erased) and the tapes reused. Apparently all that remains today of the 400+ episodes of Action are a few dozen low tech Kinescopes like the one you just saw, leaving millions of Baby Boomers and younger fans alike wishing and hoping for a remastered DVD of the series that will probably never come. It's a painful reminder that show business is just that... a business.
Quite often it makes dollars but very little sense.
dancers, The Action Kids, in color. In this three part
series I will focus on the talented troupe and show
you some of their greatest performances on Action.
bowling alley surrounded by The Action Kids.
highest position #1)
and you'll see intermittent shots of The Action Kids
dancing in the street as the Vogues perform their
top 30 hit, "The Land of Milk and Honey."
about the dancing. The music is secondary.
Try your best to disregard the poor sound and
video quality of most of these clips while you
enjoy the fancy footwork of The Action Kids.
They danced in the mountains, at the beach
and youth, California style.
members of The Action Kids and see
so please be here next time!