Week 6: Radio & Television

I am r-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Feb 5, 2011.

Week 6: Radio & Television.  What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?

Well just one favorite TV show is impossible for me to pick so I am going to talk about a few of my favorites.  I grew up in the 1970s.  My favorite shows as a young child were the cartoons, of course.  I remember watching Scooby-Doo, the Smurfs, Superman and Wonderwoman.  There was also Batman and Yogi Bear.

As I grew older, I remember liking dramas.   As a young teenager, I waited every week for Dallas.  I loved JR!  I remember being so mad that I had to wait all summer to find out who shot him!  However, I didn’t watch the series after the year when the opening episode showed that the previous year had all been a dream!  Even I can’t suspend that much reality!!

Some of my favorite comedies were The Cosby Show, All in the family, the Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and the Carol Burnett Show.  I especially loved it when it would show the Mama’s Family clips.  I used to watch that show when it was a spin-off of the Carol Burnett Show.

One of my favorite dramas was a show called Family.  I loved it and watched it every week!

I also remember watching the who Bionic people series of shows and movies.  I watched faithfully the 6-million dollar man, the Bionic Woman, and the show with the bionic kids.  I loved Lindsay Wagner as the Bionic Woman.

I also watched a lot of cop shows.  I remember Ellery Queen, Dragnet, Adam-12, Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Hill Street Blues, In the Heat of the Night, Murder She Wrote,  and I was watching when the Law and Order Series started!

I love movies too.  I especially like some of the old movies.  I watch Dial M for murder and a lot of those old murder mystery movies over and over.  I watched the Rocky Series.  I watched the Back to the Future series.   A couple of my favorite romantic movies are Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman.  I just can’t get enough of the happy endings!

For music, I am a country music fan but my sister loved Rock.  I also loved the oldies of the 50s and 60s.  I was a teenager when all the music video shows began and I remember my sister and brother and I coming home from school and watching those as we turned the living room into our stage and singing along (well at least we called it singing even if others might not have been able to identify it as singing!).  What fun we had doing that!

I have also been a political junkie since I was a little kid.  I like to watch the news shows and I remember being around when MSNBC started.  I watched the opening night of the new network.

I have watched at least the clips of the presidential inaugurations from President Carter to the present.  I watch the news conferences and as much of the political shows as I can.  I liked it better though before so much of it has become trashing the other guys instead of doing what needs to be done for the country.   I am one of those people who watches and probably keeps the 24-hour news shows in business but sometimes I wonder if we wouldn’t be better off with just a little less knowledge of what was going on in the rest of the world every minute of every day!??

My sister and I have always been interested in the Kennedy presidency and I have probably seen every TV show about the assassination and the theories of conspiracy surrounding it.

I also remember watching many historical events on TV.   There were the war scenes that were happening as we watched on TV from the comfort of our homes.  For days, I have been watching the coverage of the fight for freedom in Egypt!  I remember the challenger explosion and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma and none of us can forget the World Trade Center on 9/11.  I also remember the minute by minute coverage of the little Jessica who was stuck in the well and the sighs of relief when she was removed safely!

I was one of the viewers of the original court TV.  I like the concept of the trials being made truly public.  I watched much of the OJ Simpson trial and I still struggle to maintain my view of the trial as from when I watched it to now when I have read and viewed so much more and know so much more about the people involved.

My sister is a huge Elvis fan so I think I have seen every movie he ever made at least twice!  My younger brother insisted that we watch Forest Gump and the Christmas Story every time they were on TV so I have those two shows almost memorized!  He also used to go around reciting every commercial he saw on TV!  How annoying!!

My dad watched wresting with his dad and later with my brother.  There were some sports for my dad and brother but my dad’s favorite shows have always been westerns!  He has watched every movie with John Wayne that was ever made – at least three times and too many times to count for the better ones!

Mom has never really had just one show that she liked but she loves to watch the music and TV Award shows!  She also loves those variety music shows.

When I was a kid, we had one TV in the living room.  As I got older, Mom and Dad got another TV for their bedroom and we thought that was just extravagant.  Now, there are three people in my house and one dog and we have four TVS!  Also, I am still young enough that I was one of the kids told to get up and change the channels.  At least until my younger sister and brother could do it and then I made them do it!

The other day we lost the remote to one of the TVs when my niece and nephews were visiting and they thought the world was going to come to an end because they couldn’t turn on that TV!  I explained to them about turning it on with the button on the TV.  Then, they just didn’t understand how they were going to change the channels!! How much things have changed!!

In closing (I bet you thought I was never going to get to that didn’t you?)  What shows do you remember and why?

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.