My mother wasn’t particularly strict about TV. I don’t recall earning TV time or losing TV time. The TV was on or it wasn’t. We watched TV when we ste dinner…my mother would roll the TV over to the table and then roll the TV back to the family room. Shhh, don’t tell my kids!
Of course the TV in question was a black and white TV on a stand…that had a picture that rolled…when the TV picture started rolling my mother or father would slap the top of the TV…careful not to knock off the foil covered the top-of-the-TV antennas. It was the mid 70s and everyone had a color TV except our family…or so it seemed to me. So maybe my mother felt sorry for me…let me watch what I wanted to…or maybe kids got less homework back then in elementary school. I know that kids did far less activities.
Of course all the shows I watched were in black and white. Would a color TV have made any difference to my viewing of Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and Mr. Ed? I think not. So let’s see it was the 70s and I was watching mostly shows from the 50s on a black and white TV. Can you say time warp?!
We moved back to England when I was about 9 and I believe we had a color TV, but the shows were still in black and white especially Saturday morning TV shows. So no dramatic change to my viewing habits. Just as my children wake up super early on a Saturday morning leaving a sleepy mommy and daddy in bed, so did I when I was 9 or so. I watched Buster Keaton, Zorro, and of course The Lone Ranger.
I loved The Lone Ranger so much that I spent my First Communion money on a Lone Ranger doll and horse. Soon I had amassed a small collegtion of action figures, including Tonto, Butch Cavendish, Silver–Lone Ranger’s horse, and Tonto’s horse, and scads of accessories. My pride and joy was Lone Ranger’s covered wagon. I spent many a Saturday morning reenacting The Lone Ranger TV episodes with my action figures and horses. As a teen, I gave my collection to my younger cousin. Now and then, I still search ebay for Lone Ranger and the beloved covered wagon.
Just heard about a new version of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Sounds like good casting doesn’t it? Here’s a sneak peek at the just-released trailer:
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