|Sesame Street in the 1960s!|
Try to imagine having to get up and walk across the room to the television set whenever you wanted to flip the channel or adjust the volume... Luckily there were only the 4 channels to choose from so channel surfing didn't take up too much time and you could walk back over to the couch and sit back down. Lawd those were rough times indeed!
|Hey is That Morgan Freeman?|
Yes it is!
All through the week when mom yelled, "It's time to get up!" I would moan and groan and roll over in bed and try not to hear. The dread of waking up just to head out to feed the animals and then go to school... But the anticipation of seeing those cartoons on Saturday morning would have me up at the break of daylight ready to slip down stairs and sit in front of the TV. Mom often commented about this. "when you're going fishing with your dad or you're gonna watch your cartoons you can get up early. Why cant you get up so easy when its time for school?" Well, the answer to that is fairly easy. You have heard of selective hearing? Well I suffer from selective waking! I like to wake up to good stuff don't you?
I have seen the Electric Company recently and was very disappointed in it. The "new" Sesame Street is Ok but nothing like it use to be. Captain Kangaroo was another favorite. I also watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood occasionally but I never really liked it too much.
I found something else on PBS that my mother definitely would not have approved of if she had actually watched it. I found British comedy; Monty Python and Benny Hill. I didn't get to watch them often but when I did I really liked it. I was around 10 years old and here were a couple shows that had scantily dressed girls and even showed partial nudity from time to time. I am still a Monty Python fan today.
At around midnight or 1 am the TV would just "sign off" Some station might show "snow," another might show a bar of colors with a sign, "Off the Air". Just before going off the air they would play the National Anthem. It didn't really matter much though since no one ever stayed up that late anyway.
People didn't start staying up late until the modern age of 24 hour a day TV, indoor plumbing, microwave popcorn, and a better selection of breakfast cereals. Strange stuff you say? Yep, me too. Just glad to be here and this story just happens to be 99.9% pure truth.
What a long strange trip it still is!
|Benny Hill and some of the crew|
Wild stuff indeed for a 9 or 10 year old boy in the early 1970s!