The images on the screen were in black and white. The sponsors were cars, cleaning products, and hair cream. There was no nudity, no sex, and no profanity. The good guy always won in the end and there was never any doubt the heroes were all man. We kids had control of the television from after school, after chores were done, until supper and for a few hours of Saturday morning cartoons. We were stuck watching whatever dad or mom wanted to watch otherwise. There were three channels and one TV set. The rotary telephone was on a party line and you waited until after 7PM when the rates were cheaper. Granny’s kitchen appliances included a refrigerator, a stove, and a Sunbeam mixer. What she could create with them was nothing short of magical. You did your homework, your folks paid the bills and saw that you were safe and well-cared for. Dad never said ‘I love you’, but you just knew. You were taught to respect your elders, you watched TV together, ate together, and prayed together. I wish more of us still did.
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FRIDAY NIGHT ON CBS. YOU DIDN’T TALK WHILE THIS WAS ON. GRANNY WAS TERRIFIED OF WATER, BUT HAD TO SEE HER PROGRAM. EVERY EPISODE HE’D BE TRAPPED UNDERWATER AND RUNNING OUT OF AIR. SHE’D PUT HER HAND ON HER CHEST AND START TO GASP, BUT HE ALWAYS GOT OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE.
THE NAME OF HIS BOAT WAS ‘THE ARGONAUT’… BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT.
THERE HAVE BEEN TARZAN MOVIES MADE SINCE THE SILENT ERA. OLYMPIC SWIMMER JOHNNY WEISMULLER WAS THE ONE I GREW UP WITH. ‘TARZAN THE APE MAN’ CAME OUT ABOUT 1934 AND COULD NEVER BE MADE LIKE IT WAS TODAY. IT WAS SOOOO RACIST WITH ALL THE LOS ANGELES AFRICAN NATIVES SHOUTING ‘JU JU BWANA!’ AND GETTING EATEN BY CROCODILES AND LIONS.
NO ONE SHOULD HAVE EVER ATTEMPTED TO PLAY THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO AFTER CLAYTON MOORE AND JAY SILVERHEELS. NOT CLINTON SPILSBURY IN 1980 OR ARMIE HAMMER AND JOHNNY DEPP. NEVER SAW EITHER OF THEM. NEVER CARED.
I AM A STONE RIFLEMAN FREAK. IT WAS ON FROM 1958 UNTIL 1963. JOHNNY CRAWFORD AND I ARE THE SAME AGE. THIS SHOW CAN STILL BE FOUND ON MeTV AND I’VE SEEN EVERY EPISODE SO MANY TIMES I KNOW THE DIALOGUE. WHEN I WAS A KID I NEVER REALIZED WHEN HE FIRED AT ALL THE TARGETS WITH HIS WINCHESTER 44/40 IT WAS ALL SPECIAL EFFECTS. IT WAS SOMEWHAT SANCTIMONIOUS, HE RARELY KISSED A GIRL AND HIS KID WAS ALWAYS GETTING KIDNAPPED SO HE HAD TO KICK SOMEBODY’S ASS TO GET HIM BACK. I KNOW WAY MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW THAN A GROWN MAN SHOULD ADMIT TO.
HOPE THESE MIGHT HAVE BROUGHT BACK A MEMORY OR TWO.