“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.
After a successful one-time special in September 1967, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” (its official title) debuted in January 1968. It ran for 140 episodes, to 1973.
The title of the show derived from popular phrases of the day, including “love-ins,” “sit-ins,” and “be-ins.” Dan Rowan (pictured above on the left) played straight man to Dick Martin, and many of their gags were reminiscent of old vaudeville shows, but with sexual innuendo or political overtones. It introduced us to some memorable comedians, including Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, and Goldie Hawn.
Here’s the #35 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968
“A Beautiful Morning” by The Rascals