Do You Remember This Saturday Morning Show?

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
–Friedrich Nietzsche

Over a year ago, I posted some memories of Saturday morning cartoons. While I remember a lot of my favorites, today I am stuck trying to remember one specific show. I have searched imdb and wiki, to no avail.

Since I am unable to find it, I thought I would send out the sketchy details that I remember to the brain trust and see if any of you out there in web land can help me.

Though it may have been produced earlier, I watched this Saturday morning show somewhere between 1982 and 1984. I believe it was a mix of both live action and animation. There may have been a kids-themed news segment to it.

The part I remember most, though, is an animated globe of the Earth with blue arms coming out of his sides and a face and big nose right on the globe. Or maybe he was supposed to actually be Earth and not a globe. In any event, he asked you to write in to join a pen pal group.

I actually did this and corresponded for about two letters with a blond-haired kid named Ray C. in some other state, possibly Minnesota. [I actually remember his full name after only two letters from him. I have a weird memory like that, though. Despite the fact that I can’t remember the actual show!]

I know this is not much to go on, but does anyone remember the name of this Saturday morning series that aired in the US? I figure the best clues are the animated Earth/globe and the pen pals bit. Post a comment below or drop me an e-mail if you remember.

[3/25/2008, Update: I found it! It was called “Big Blue Marble.”]