If you grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, there’s a good chance you learned at least some of your multiplication tables while you were watching Saturday morning cartoons on ABC. “Schoolhouse Rock!” debuted on television in 1973 as part of an effort to add an educational component to children’s programming.
Bob Dorough, who wrote all of the show’s multiplication songs – as well as some other favorites including “Conjunction Junction” – talked about the cartoons and how he turned math facts into something fun.
‘Making people happy, that’s my favorite game/
Lucky Seven is my natural name/
Slipping and sliding my whole life through/
Still I get everything done that I got to do/
Because I was born beneath a lucky star.’ ”