Saturday, September 11, 2010
Flashback Friday # 11 ~ Jim's early TV days
All about our early TV watching is what Linda wants from us this week. Linda asked several questions. Click her icon, right, if you want to read others or participate in this.
TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.
Did your family have a TV?
Our family did not have a TV. TVs were fairly new when I was still in high school and my parents would not buy one. They thought the radio had all the news they needed and some real good programming for listening.
Tell about TV when you were growing up.
On Saturday nights Mom, Dad, Lois (sister), and I would go up to Grandpa and Grandma's (pictured on the right) home to watch TV with them. Really we would go up to watch wrestling because that is all that Grandpa would watch on Saturday night. When wrestling was over we would go home.
Sometimes some of my aunts and uncles and cousins would come to watch with my grandparents. Not usually though because they had their own TVs. I watched TV cartoons sometimes with my cousins on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We always had that at my grandparents.
Was it color or b&w?
Grandpa's TV was B&W because that was all they had back then. After I got married, six years out of high school, only then was my first TV, also a black and white. I don't think there was color TV yet then either.
How many TVs did your family have?
My parents bought a TV right after I left for college. They only had one. Until I married Mrs. Jim much later, I only had one TV. Now we have one in every room except the dining room, bathrooms, and the mud room.
Did you have one in your room?
When I was in college I still didn't have a TV for my room(s). My TV watching was either at the Student Union Lounge or at work when someone brought one in on University of Nebraska football days.
Did your family leave the TV on most of the day or turn it on for specific programs?
Back in those days the TV was never left on when no one was watching. I think people thought it might self combust. I generally shut them off to this day when not in use, mostly to conserve energy.
Was the TV on or off when you ate meals as a family?
My landlady always had hers on at meal time because that was also news time. The TV couldn't be seen from the table but everyone could hear the news and didn't need to see it. Except maybe for the weather, that was nice to watch.
Were there rules about watching TV?
I was too old for rules. With our own kids there weren't any rules either. All the time they were at home we only had broadcast TV--no cable or dish TV-- so the programming was decent for them to watch.
What were your favorite shows?
Football has always been my favorite show. That is because I began to like football about the time I had my own TV. I watched the Late Night Show and/or the Tonight Show about from the time they started.
Are there any particular memories you have of TV in your younger years?
I can still see us all siting on the couch or a straight chair watching wrestling with Grandpa. Also in my mind someplace is watching cartoons on Thanksgiving Day after dinner with my cousins.
Until I got my first tv at 29 I had really bad insomnia. TV is my sleeping pill and I always have one in my room now. There are several shows I watch the first 20 minutes of every episode of and don't know how anything ends.
I enjoy watching the Antique Roadshow, too.
Have a great weekend. Kathy
I think we got a TV when I was 7 or 8 years old. It's so different being a kid now compared to what it was like back then! Back then we had to create our own fun, and I think it was more healthy for us to run through the fields and play rather than watching TV and video games! But with progress things have changed!
TV and/or putting my feet almost as high as my head usually puts me to sleep right away.
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