Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Television Learning Curve

I am part of that generation that will remember a time when we had no television and part of that generation that remembers the first TV. My grandfather had an enormous radio that could pull in worldwide stations. We had a console radio that was built into a table. We were content with what we had and didn't know what were missing.
Dad and Mom finally saved enough money to get this new thing called television. Mom had her heart set on a blonde television set. Blonde furniture was a very light finish which was popular at the time, and it matched our piano. This big boxy TV sat in the corner of the living room with a round glass bowl on top filled with fake flowers. Why TV's came with this bowl was beyond me but that was the way  new TV sets arrived. I was always afraid that if we took the bowl off the TV, we would lose the picture. The bowl wasn't attached to anything. We had an antenna, so it didn't affect the quality of the already hazy picture. Perhaps it was there to make the TV a bit more attractive.

Our neighbors did not believe in such frivolity as a television yet when major events took place, they stopped in for a visit and sat for hours watching the coverage on TV.

As a small girl, I watched the Uncle Al show. I learned the hard way to never believe a man who dresses funny and hangs with children. Uncle Al promised all of his little TV buddies that we were taking a trip in a plane. He asked if we all wanted to go along. No doubt about it. I planned to go. I packed my bag and waited. And waited. And.....well,  Mom finally had to tell me that I wasn't going anywhere with Uncle Al. So we sat on the sofa watching, me in tears, watching Uncle Al step into his cardboard airplane leaving us all behind.

I think I miss the simplicity of the radio and the family gathering around to listen. However, the TV hours I spent watching the Arthur Godfrey Hour, Ruth Lyons, Libarace, Show of Shows and Ed Sullivan expanded my world. Yet in all that watching time, it never did learn the purpose of that round, glass globe on top.

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Janet Rhoades said...

What happened to Howdy Dowdy? That was the show I always watched after school. We would fix a bread, butter, and jelly sandwich, pull up a chair right in front of the little box TV, and watch Buffalo Bob, Finius T. Buster, Clarabell the Clown, and all the other HD characters! What fun!

Anonymous said...


It had a light bulb in the bottom covered with colored marbles and it was a TV lamp~~~We turned it on in the evening so we wouldn't go blind watching TV..EJ