Strange But True:
Tales from the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth
Did you know, my faithful and undoubtedly-younger-than-me readers, that there was a time when NOBODY had color television sets?
"you mean all of them were black? how boring"
No, I mean the picture was black and white. And there were only 3 or 4 channels. Usually at least 2 of them were all fuzzy.
"you're making this up, right?"
No, I swear. And get this - there were NO remote controls.
"oh come on. how did you change the channels, then?"
You had to get up and twist the knob. Oh, and they only showed movies once a year. If you had a favorite, you'd have to wait a whole year for it to come on again.
"very funny. what, was Blockbuster too far to drive?"
There was no Blockbuster.
We watched The Wizard of Oz once a year. And Peter Pan. And Amahl and the Night Visitors.
"and those were your favorites?"
The rules were pretty strict back then, too. No swearing. No political controversy. And the married couples on TV shows had to sleep in twin beds.
"if they weren't married, could they sleep together?"
No, my little Twisted Products Of The Current State Of Depravity. There was none of that going on. Everyone was happily married, with perfect polite children and mothers who cooked dinner in dresses and pearls and husbands who relaxed at night wearing a suit and tie.
"no wonder your generation is so uptight"
We had some great shows, though. There was My Favorite Martian, with this funny guy who had antennae, and Mr. Ed, who was a talking horse - oh, and Shari Lewis, who did a whole show with this cute little sock puppet!
"ok, now i just don't believe you at all. i'm gonna go watch a movie that i downloaded onto my phone yesterday"
Sure. No problem. You know how I am, always making things up. heh heh ... I almost had you fooled, though, didn't I?