MY CHILDHOOD HEROES

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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THE ORIGINAL. IT ALWAYS AMAZED ME HOW GEORGE REEVES COULD PUT ON A PAIR OF HORN-RIMMED GLASSES AND NO ONE RECOGNIZED HIM.
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JACK WEBB AND HARRY MORGAN (TOM TULLY WAS SGT. FRIDAY’S FIRST PARTNER, BUT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW THAT)
WEBB WAS NEVER ACTUALLY A POLICEMAN, BUT HE WAS BURIED WITH FULL POLICE HONORS.
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I SO ENVIED RUSTY… HE GOT TO HANG OUT WITH LT. MASTERS AND RINTY AND HAD HIS OWN PONY. SOME KIDS HAD ALL THE LUCK.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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AT THE END OF THE OZZIE AND HARRIET SHOW, THEIR BABY BOY WOULD OFTEN SING HIS LATEST HIT
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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.
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ART LINKLETTER STRUCK GOLD ASKING KIDS QUESTIONS, AND ALL IT COST WAS SOME CANDY. GENIUS.
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HOPE THESE MIGHT HAVE BROUGHT BACK A MEMORY OR TWO.

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6 responses to “MY CHILDHOOD HEROES

  1. Love it, Pete! We were just in the Wayback Machine last night, as well, watching the John Wayne & Maureen O’hara classic, The Quiet Man. Made us feel a lot better after watching the State of Denial speech.

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  2. Pistol Pete

    I have several other subjects in the hopper II haven’t posted yet.It always fascinated me that the wild West only lasted about 30 years,from 1860-1890,yet it was the most colorful and popular period in our history.

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  3. Pistol Pete

    not to mention the rapacious nature of the white man to steal all the land and the resources from the noble red man.All they got in return was welfare,alcoholism and gambling casinos.But they gave us tobacco so hundreds of thousands would expire from lung disease.I guess we’re about even.

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  4. One show we’ve enjoyed watching lately is early Hopalong Cassady. One of the good guys, on and off-screen, like Clayton Moore.

    I think the first TV shows were re-cuts of the theater releases. However! In one, Hoppy and his crew help a naive settler work a mine on his property. Bad guys were a corrupt banker and the ranchers who thought they’d sold a worthless property to naive settler. They swindle, and nearly murder several times over. In the end, Hoppy tells them all to git outta town, when they should all, by rights and frontier justice, be strung up. Guess maybe that wouldn’t have been good-guy enough for a “kids'” flick, but all I could think about was them escaping justice to perpetrate their evils on others.

    For some reason (Dragnet?) I’m reminded of Highway Patrol. Didn’t get to see that very often, and haven’t seen one in decades, but I remember liking it.

    There was a “TV memories” thread on Ace the other day, mostly just about classic lines from old shows, but of course wandered off into movies and commercials. Lines from Bygone Days

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  5. Pistol Pete

    Mindful:stay tuned;I’m doing a post very soon on Hopalong Cassidy,the first TV star.As you probably know,I dealt in cap guns and western memorabilia for many years and have met his widow,Grace several times.Its a fascinating story and I think you’ll enjoy it.
    BTW:Highway Patrol starred Broderick Crawford,who often appeared in other shows as a bad guy.The only line I can remember is when he scolded a speeder:’when you’re in a car doing 60 miles per hour,you’re not drivin’ it,mister…you’re aiming it!’

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