|“We’re gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zoom-a, Zoom…
Come on and Zoom-a, Zoom-a Zoom…
Ev’rybody’s doin’ it,
Ev’rybody’s groovin’ it,
Ev’rybody’s havin’ a ball, yeah!”
A product of WGBH-TV in Boston, this half-hour children’s series was meant to be both educational and fun. Intended for pre-teens and elementary school kids, Zoom was hosted by an ever-changing cast of seven to ten children, all clad in matching striped rugbys. The show consisted of games, stunts, films, songs, jokes and quizzes, all performed by the cast members themselves.
The topics covered were wide-ranging, running the gamut from art and science to baking to child safety. Viewers were encouraged to submit letters and ideas to the show, many of which were either read on air or used as inspiration for the show’s various sketches and songs (like the unforgettable sing-along, “Ubbi-Dubbi,” which spawned its own language). Fans could also request colorful “Zoom cards,” which were educational pamphlets that provided extra information about the topics discussed on the show.
The show ran successfully for six seasons. In 1999, WGBH began a new Zoom series, following the old show’s format and starring a new batch of youngsters.
"That's Zoom, Z-double-O-M,
Boston, Mass 0-2-1-3-4
Send it to Zoom!"