Friday, September 10, 2010
It's been several weeks since I joined in on Flashback Friday but this week was one I could really relate to.
Tell about TV when you were growing up. Did your family have a TV? Was it color or black&white? How many TVs did your family have? Did you have one in your room? Did your family leave the TV on most of the day or turn it on for specific programs? Was the TV on or off when you ate meals as a family? Were there rules about watching TV? What were your favorite shows? Are there any particular memories you have of TV in your younger years?
The first TV I can remember was in the living room of our house and was a console black and white. It was there as far back as I can remember so I'm not sure what year we may have gotten our first one. That was the only tv in the house for several years. Until I got one in my bedroom when I was 15 I think. The best I can remember. By then there was only my brother and I at home and I can't remember if he had one in his room or not.
I'm not sure if my Mom watched it during the day while we were all at school during the week. On the weekends and during the summer we were outside most of the day. I do remember waking up on Saturdays and watching cartoons until we saw other kids outside. You know that was back in the days that you played outside until the street lights came on. I also remember watching Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo, and Mr. Rogers, but I think they were on during the week in the mornings.
Not really rules but Dad controlled the TV if he was home. He worked shift work, so one week every month he was at work in the evenings. When he was home I can remember watching Red Skelton, Hee Haw, Petticoat Junction, and always the news. The local weather had Captain Sandy, he would stick his hand in a clam shell and pull out a card with the weather on it. My how technology has changed since then. Later on was The Waltons, Allin the Family, The Jeffersons, and Bewitched. I'm sure there's many more.
Once I had a TV in my bedroom, must see couldn't miss was One Day at a Time.
The Cosby Show, and Happy days were also some of my favorites.