I saw something yesterday about VHS tapes, and after I stopped chuckling to myself, it got me walking down memory lane about TV’s. And how much television has changed since I was a child.
My first recollections of television in our house, was my sister and I bounding around through the house on our stick horses, as the theme from Bonanza played on the TV. LOL I remember the song to Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (Color! Color!)
My first crush was on Zorro. I mean, COME ON. How could a young girl NOT be attracted him?!
I watched Captain Kangaroo religiously. (Sheriff John, too.)
I remember Mighty Mouse….my favorite cartoon.
I remember little box TV’s…I remember having to adjust the antennas, then foil on the antennas. I remember the drudgery of having to get up and change the channels before remote controls were invented. Later, fighting over which show to watch.
I remember later, when married, when ON TV came; it was the first (pay) subscription TV. I remember getting sports games of local teams, even hockey, which was very rare in Los Angeles back then.
Of course I remember using VHS tapes to tape programs. Later DVR’s. And now, hubby and I are pretty avant-garde; we have ditched DirecTV and are using a Roku device to get PS Vue. It’s a cloud-based system. We also stream Netflix and have subscriptions to Acorn TV (British series for $4.99/mo), and temporarily CBS All Access. (for me, for The Good Fight and right now during the summer I’m binge-re-watching The Good Wife. I’ll drop All Access by the end of July, until The Good Fight comes back next March. It’s $9.99/mo to be ad-free.) PS Vue only costs us $39.99/mo for the package we chose; MUCH cheaper than DirecTV!
So yup, much has changed in television in my lifetime. I’ll save typewriters to smart phones, Prodigy $3.99/minute computer time to wifi, mimeo machines to laser printers and beyond…for another day and another post or three. 🙂
Some lasting cheer from Sheriff John: