Recently, one of my channel surfing expeditions landed on the comedy network. Ellen DeGeneres was doing an observational comedy routine about ‘back in the day.’ A myriad of memories surfaced accompanied by many smiles and the feeling of more innocent times gone by. In the forefront of those images were the early years of TV.
My cousin and I lived just a few houses apart. We were the same age and were more like sisters. Her family, being in a higher income bracket than mine, was the first to get a TV. A fancy console at that. Consequently, I spent many Saturday evenings at her house watching the great new form of entertainment called television. My recollection of those early TV days are spotty and not in any chronological order. AS I reminisced, I thought it would be fun to share a montage of these memories.
Full disclosure. My recall of the contents of some of the shows was very fuzzy. I did what any resourceful person would do. I checked You Tube for some episodes of those programs. Good Grief! I couldn’t believe I actually watched some of that stuff. But, then, I was a little kid which pretty much explains it all.
I remember seeing Beat The Clock. It was a game show in which people had to perform certain whacky tasks in a designated period of time, usually under a minute. I understand that show still exists in about it’s fifth incarnation.
When we finally got our TV, my first program was Howdy Doody Time. I could see myself, sitting in front of the TV eating a slice of home-made coconut bread as I watched. How interesting to note the pictures we have in our minds around our memories.
Another show I recall was Winky Dink. The only memorable part was the art kit you could get in the mail. It included a plastic sheet that fit over the TV screen. Special crayons and a special wipe cloth were part of the kit. As pictures were drawn on the show, we could trace the drawings on the coated screen. Great fun back then.
Certain cartoons appealed to me. Rocky and Bullwinkle Boris and Natasha and Snideley Whiplash stand out. There were a few others like Tom Slick, Fractured Fairy Tales and Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I believe they were also related to the Rocky series.
A final mention goes to Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Lone Ranger and Father Knows Best. Captain Video inspired me to create a space ship from cardboard boxes. My all time favorite even to this day is Leave It To Beaver. Who could ever forget Eddie Haskell?
Why not visit the corners of your mind for those misty water colored memories of the way TV once was? Let those memories bring you smiles and moments of happiness in the present.
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