Treasure Island

Bri Edwards

TV Memories: As I Stare At A Black Screen....[1950-1960s U.S. (kids) TV shows; Personal; Long]

My Dove and I 'save a lot of time' by not having TV service at home,
but we have a TV and, as I sit staring at the big black screen, my mind through my life does roam.
Unlike my wife, who grew up without TV, I grew up sitting in front of a 'set'.
There happiness, laughter, guidance, new experiences, AND education I did get.

Early memories are filled with cartoons..., many violent, some tame.
Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, Bugs Bunny, and Porky Pig are some I can name.
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Popeye & Olive Oyl, Mickey & Minnie Mouse,
Donald Duck & Daisy, Mr. Magoo, and The Three Little Pigs (each Pig with its own house) .

There were kids shows with human actors, and also 'actors' that were puppets.
There were Captain Kangaroo and Buffalo Bob long before there were the Muppets.

The Little Rascals, Laurel & Hardy, and The Three Stooges were sequel movies not too long.
There were Tarzan jungle movies. And each year was shown The Wizard of Oz, with its Over the Rainbow song.
Then there were movies for older kids and adults. Shirley Temple sang and played with toys.
There were movies starring Mickey Rooney and movies about The Bowery Boys.

Comedy shows on TV when I was a boy seemed to star especially men.
Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners) , and Red Skelton were a (laugh) 'riot' then.
And I Love Lucy, with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz was often about marital 'mess'.
I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched featured magical wives MORE, and husbands less.

There were TV movies about both Old West and more-modern cowboys and such.
The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Zorro, and Roy Rogers I liked very much.
And who could forget Superman, 'Man of Steel', disguised as newspaperman Clark Kent?
Why he was 'faster than a speeding bullet' and over 'tall buildings', flying, he went.

There were fun game shows galore which tested people's mental or physical skill.
You Bet Your Life, Truth or Consequences, and Concentration I remember still.

Has my life been better with TV? Would I have been better off having to go to work at age twelve?
I enjoyed my TV upbringing......, and into philosophy I'll not now delve.


Submitted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Edited: Monday, February 18, 2013

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it's all true folks! my cousin connie can recite the 'introduction' to the Superman TV series! she did it over the phone for me today (50 years after the fact) .

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  • Danny Draper (2/20/2013 1:52:00 AM)

    A great recollection of tv and yes those theme songs stay with you for sure. I grew up with tv and also spent a ot of time out doors, hang on that's called balance, as in most things. As I still say to my dog called Snowy, .... goooooo Rinnie! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (2/18/2013 6:25:00 PM)

    I watched all those cartoon programs not at the period that mentioned by this poet, but latter..i have never developed the habit of sitting in front of TV, as I used to read that TV is an idiot box, but recently with all those informative programs, I watch TV once in a while, though I had watched 'Roots', a well documented serial until the last episode. Thank you, Bri Edwards, you have brought me back to my with TV and without TV days! ! (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (2/18/2013 5:54:00 PM)

    It's a big list 'Bri' and, ha! I, an Australian, know nearly every one of them except Captain Kangaroo. I guess we had the real thing and wouldn't have been fooled into believing one could attain the rank. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/18/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    it is ok (sort of) that someone gave this poem a 5 rating (out of 10!) . this is the poet typing. WAIT A MINUTE! ! !
    i rate poems by leaving a comment or sending a message to the poet. maybe someone is just jerking poet chains? someone working for poemhunter? no, i am NOT paranoid. bri (Report) Reply

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