At our house we spend an inordinate amount of time in front of the television. In fact, I would go as far as to say our television is on 20 hours a day on average. Just keeping up with our tv schedule and recordings takes a DVR with two tuners, a TiVo with two tuners, EyeTV on our Mac Mini and we still manage to miss things we want to watch.
How in the world have our lives become so consumed?
My earliest memory is of my Mom watching JFK’s funeral on a black & white console when I was all of 18 months old. It was love at first sight. I suppose I’m of the generation where we had tv time. I can remember all the goodies Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Run, Buddy, Run (which I thought was just my imagination until the lovely internet was born).
Does anyone else have the vision burned in your memory of your mother doing exercises with the kitchen chair and Jack LaLanne? I remember curling up on the floor in front of the tv for the Ed Sullivan Show, Jackie Gleason and Dean Martin. Later on it was the likes of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Alias Smith & Jones, Hogan’s Heroes, Laugh-In, Magnum PI and M*A*S*H just to name a few.
Magnum PI of course featured Tom Selleck who was my crush for years! Who am I kidding, I still think he’s handsome. My daughter and I went to Universal Studios several years ago and I was thrilled to death to have my picture taken with the Ferrari! My daughter on the other hand was 12 at the time and thought her mother was crazy.
One of my favorite shows when I was in elementary school was Dark Shadows. I was in love with David Selby, my grandmother even let me put his picture up in the room I stayed in at their house and I belonged to the Jonathan Frid fan club with some of my other friends. It was a sad, sad day for me and my friends when it was cancelled. Just the first of many teenage heart throbs I would have over the years.
Some of my best family memories involve us all watching television together. After reruns started you would always find my grandmother watching Gunsmoke, Waltons or Little House on the Prairie.
I learned to avoid visiting at certain times if I didn’t want to have to listen to Pa and Half-Pint.The series finale of M*A*S*H was when I was grown and married but we had to go home to Mom and Dad’s and we all piled around the tv and said goodbye to Hawkeye, BJ and Col. Potter – television characters become part of the family and you hate to see them go.
This is why GetGlue is my latest addiction. I check-in to different shows and leave/read comments with peeps who like similar shows. Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Bones, Once Upon A Time, Lost Girl, Eureka, and Justified seem to have the most loyal followers and I love every comment.
Oooops, time to catch late night showing of Psych!
Magnum PI Ferrari, Universal Studios, California 1998