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Week 6: Radio & Television – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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?

Week #6 – Radio & Television

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?

This challenge runs from Saturday, February 5, 2011 through Friday, February 11, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week #4 – Home

We lived in several homes as I was growing up. They were all in the Northwest Arkansas area but we moved quite a bit. I went to three different schools by the third grade. Then, we moved to Green Forest and we stayed there until I was a sophomore in high school. We lived for a few months in a white two-story house and then my parents bought a house on 6th street and we stayed there until in 1985 when we moved back to the Springdale/Fayetteville area.

The house on 6th street was a three bedroom house with partial brick and a carport. There was an older woman who lived next door to us who always thought we were too loud and shouldn’t be doing whatever it was we were doing – even when what were doing was just playing in our own yard.

My sister and I shared a room and my younger brother had his own room. I remember that my sister and I had many fights over that room because she was a slob as a child (Hey its my blog and I am allowed to remember it my way!).

Both my parents worked so when we came home from school we would have the whole house to ourselves to play for a couple of hours until they got home from work. Our living room furniture served as a stage for our performances as great actors and singers – Our stage shows were wonderfully inventive as we lip synced to the latest tunes on that wonderful new invention of song videos on the TV!!

We had Barbies and we would spend hours on end making clothes for them and forcing my younger brother to drive them around in his cars! This is when I discovered that I should never do my own or anyone else’s hair because I have this unfortunate tendency to get one side shorter than the other and keep trying to fix it until my Barbies were nearly bald!! I could make wonderfully fashionable clothes out of the quilt scraps my Grandmas would give me though and I still sew some today.

Thompson  Dad Mom Me and Mike  Outside our home i

We had bicycles and we probably rode hundreds of miles over those roads in that small town. My parents worked for the Tyson Chicken plant there and we had relatives from both sides of the family who lived nearby. We were just down the street from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Jerry Stout and their kids. We often went across the street from their house and played on the playground equipment at the elementary school.

As I recall it now, I don’t remember any special details about the house that would make it any different than any other house of its neighborhood. But it was our home and that made all the difference. I even remember how glad I was when we moved back to Springdale not to be living in that little town anymore where everyone knew absolutely everything that you did or even wanted to do! (Or at least it seemed so at the time.) Now, it holds some of my most cherished childhood memories.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week 3: Cars

My first car was just an old used car that we bought for me to drive.  It never had any real significance to me.  The cars that I really remember came later.  I had an old green datsun that I drove for a couple of years that I really liked until it started just dying and shutting off all the electrical stuff for no apparent reason!  When it stranded me on the interstate one night, it got traded soon after!
The next car that was of any importance to me was a blue Toyota Corrolla.  Mom and I went to a used car lot and bought it.  It was a good car for several years and I drove it everywhere.  Dad didn’t appreciate it as much when he found out that the oil dipstick was in the back of the engine next to the windshield and down under most of the motor!  He burnt his arm the first time he checked the oil for me!
I don’t really remember many of our family cars as a child but I do remember the cars of my grandparents!  My Grandpa and Grandma Treat drove an old station wagon for many years.  It was brown and it has the wooden panels on the doors.  Everyone of these that I see makes me think of them!
My Grandpa Thompson drove an old 1960s pickup for many years!  Later, in the late 1980s he got a yellow pickup truck that he drove until he died in 1997.
My Great-Grandpa Stout drove a green pickup with a camper on top for all of the time I can remember.  My Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons drove this little while compact car for all of the time that I can remember.

Thompson - James Thompson as small boy (4)

One of the funniest childhood stories of my dad is that when he was about 5 years old he decided that the car that they had at the time should be black.  So he was going to help out the family and paint the car!  He took a can of spray paint and painted the car!  Maybe it was the one he is kneeling in front of in the photo!

Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.This challenge runs from Saturday, January 15, 2011 through Friday, January 21, 2011.

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. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #2 – Winter Memories

Week #2 – Winter Memories

Week 2: Winter.  What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

I grew up and still live in Northwest Arkansas.  Winters here vary from very mild weather in the 40s and 50s to cold with several degrees below zero with lots of snow.  Most years there is a mix of both.  We have a saying in Arkansas that

if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change! 

Most winters would get at least some snow.  If we were lucky that would mean a SNOW DAY from school.  We would get to stay home from school and go outside and play in the snow.  If the snow was deep enough, we would build a snowman and have snowball fights!  Also, we would get to have that rare treat:  Snow Ice Cream!  We could never eat snow ice cream from the first snow though.  Mom was convinced that it was dirty so we would have to wait until the second snow of the season.

Winter was also a time for making homemade chili and soups on those cold winter evenings and having hot chocolate after school.  Sometimes when we were little Mom would make homemade hot chocolate with boiled milk and chocolate powder but even the little packets that you add hot water tastes great when you come in from the cold!

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.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #1 – New Year’s Memories

Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 1, 2011 through Friday, January 7, 2011.

We didn’t have a lot of New Year’s traditions when I was growing up.  I do remember watching the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve Celebrations most years and I usually watched the Rose Bowl Parade on TV on New Year’s Day but nothing really special is associated in my memory as New Year’s Traditions in our family.

As I grew older, I would usually make New Year’s resolutions.  These usually included my perpetual desire to become more organized and usually started with me visiting one of my favorite places:  The OFFICE SUPPLY STORE to buy more organizational gadgets!  In fact, this particular resolution is on my list for this year again but I have already gotten my new phone and I have a Remember the Milk account so I am trying that for my organizational plan for this year – Along with a couple of notebooks and other SUPPLIES I have gotten over the past few weeks to help me be ORGANIZED!!

The traditions in my family are changing from year to year as our family grows.  In the last decade, my family has grown to include my brother and sister in-laws and my niece and four nephews.  As they have grown and begin to become more evolved as individual people instead of just a child the traditions are evolving to keep up with them!

This year for the first time, I had a New Year’s Eve Party!  The party was me and my niece and four nephews.  My niece is 14 (almost 15) and my youngest nephew is 4.  We had a great time!  I had them all come over and bought a good supply of junk food (all the chips muffins candy and cake they could eat) and then I got pizza (their favorite kinds) and breadsticks for dinner!  I had some new board games and the WII at the ready and they played games and enjoyed being with each for most of the night!!  As the two middle boys tell it they stayed up all night!  There were only a couple of threats of bodily injury among them and a few fights over turns on the games but overall it was a great evening for me.  I love them and hope that they remember this as the start of a family tradition for them for years to come!    I didn’t last all night but I did make it to midnight with them and got to wish them all a HAPPY NEW YEAR at midnight!  What a great start to the new year!