Episode 93 – Salute Your Shorts
There was a time, not so long ago, when kids were encouraged to spend time outside. In fact, the phenomenon was so common that parents would often send their kids away to summer camps to spend their days swimming, playing baseball, going on hikes, doing arts and crafts, and whatever else the camp counselors could come up with. Personally, I went to several summer camps in my youth, from religious to sports oriented to more outdoor oriented varieties.
It was so popular, in fact, that Thomas Hill and Steve Slavkin wrote a book about it in 1986. A few years later, Slavkin sold the idea to Nickelodeon as a new show aimed at a somewhat older audience than Nickelodeon was used to. That show was Salute Your Shorts.
Salute Your Shorts is an American comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992. It was based on the 1986 book Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp by Steve Slavkin and Thomas Hill.
The series is set at the fictional summer camp, Camp Anawanna. It focuses on teenage campers, their strict and bossy counselor, and the various capers and jocularities they engage in. It was primarily filmed at Franklin Canyon Park and the Griffith Park Boys Camp within Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
The title comes from a common prank campers play on each other: a group of children steal a boy’s boxer shorts and raise them up a flagpole. Hence, when people see them waving like a flag, other children would salute them as part of the prank.
Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp, Steve Slavkin, Thomas Hill, Nickelodeon, Griffith Park, Franklin Canyon Park, Jan Hammer, Kirk Baily, Star Trek: Voyager, Felicity, NYPD Blue, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Megan Berwick, Haiti, Michael Bower, Moonwalker, Tales from the Crypt, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Venus DeMilo, Family Matters, Sister Sister, Trevor Eyster, Heidi Lucas, Erik MacArthur, Pleasantville, Blake Sennett, Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, Elected, Boy Meets World, Danny Cooksey, Diff’rent Strokes, Montana Max, Tiny Toon Adventures, Static Shock, Dave the Barbarian,
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