Friday, January 13, 2012

Today Sixty Years Later

The Today Show is my morning newspaper. I settle in with a cup of coffee and catch up on world news as well as bits of our local news. Snow a possibility on Sunday. Politicians still throwing barbs at one another. My visual newspaper begins.

Today on Today (a bit repetitious) the show airs as it has for 60 years ago. I remember as a child watching Dave Garroway on the Raytheon, black and white television sitting on the south wall of the living room. I was almost five when the show first aired. Of course, back then we watched anything and everything that TV offered. It was my first introduction to the world beyond our home back the lane.

Ruth Lyons was perhaps the first to bring new ideas into our community with her variety of Ohio talent. She was a home girl who invited us into her life. The Today Show brought the world into our homes. New ideas and different ways of thinking came to visit and many stayed. I saw that there were women who did more than keep house and raise a family. They were an inspiration to a generation of baby boomers.

In some ways, the experience was confusing for me. I knew I wanted to do something with my life, but I didn't know how to get there from Neff Road. It was a long way between me and those women on the TV. Of course, none of us knew how to get there. Girls were just beginning to go to the city to work and live on their own. The Today Show opened doors to viewers.

I watch the anniversary show today seeing faces from the past who were part of my life. Those who inspired me. Those who opened windows to the world for me. Those who brought news of tragedy and sorrow sharing their own pain. Introducing me to history in the making.

This morning I raise a cup of coffee to the years of the Today Show. Thank you for giving me a window into possibilities. Thank you for allowing me to be aware of the world beyond, allowing me to be part of it.

I think I need another cup of coffee to go with my Today Show.

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