The Day
Mickey Mouse
Came to
Anchorage TV

by Will
(Los Angeles)


I remember when TV viewing in Anchorage meant mostly watching a test pattern.

But there was also this more exciting development.

I was a 10-year-old 5th grader at Inlet View School when we learned that The Mickey Mouse Club was coming to Anchorage TV. This was in the fall of 1957.

Inlet View immediately announced that for the premiere episode of the Mickey Mouse Club, classes would be dismissed early for most students. Great news!

But I had important responsibilities.

I was a crossing guard assigned to get my classmates safely across busy L Street at 12th Avenue.

I still remember my mad dash from my street side post back to school to dump my cape and flagpole before sprinting home to my family’s 9th floor apartment in the 1200 L St. building just in time for “M-I-C-K-E-Y….” and the gang.

A Note From Anchorage Memories

Will:

Love your story.

Isn't it amazing that a family TV show would be so significant that they would let kids out of school early, so they could watch the show?

By the way, the original Mickey Mouse Club had its television premiere in 1955 on the ABC television network.

KENI-TV channel 2 was the Anchorage affiliate for the ABC network, and it probably took some time to get the show to Anchorage.

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