TV Memories

by Harry T. Roman

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Whose the leader of the club that's made for you and me.......

On and on it went, week after week, as the Mouseketeers marched into my Newark living room. Real kids, just like me, on TV having all sorts of fun and adventures, Special adventure stories about Spin and Marty, classic Disney cartoons, and always lots of activities going on. Innocence on parade is what it was. Good clean fun, with plenty of happy endings. And let's not forget the Disney hour-long show every Sunday night! Talk about great stuff on the ol' tube.

Watch out you bad guys, in your black hats, the caped crusader is watching......can you remember this TV program intro, and the music……..

"Faster than a bullet.
More powerful than a speeding locomotive
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Up in the sky.....
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
Yes, Superman, strange visitor from another planet,
who came to Earth with powers far beyond those of mortal men.
Superman…...who can change the course of mighty rivers,
bend steel in his bare hands; and
who disguised as a mild-mannered reporter
for a great metropolitan newspaper,
fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice,
and the American way."

It still gives me goose-bumps when I say the words. A truly superman in a blue and red suit, always out there keeping vigil over us. In just 30 minutes every night those bad guys met their fate. How lucky we were to have this protector. There he was, zooming across the screen to save the day.

So many other great TV shows, little passion plays, dispensing morality, object lessons, and good triumphing over evil. My little Newark living room became a magical window into the world, a time machine for a little kid in cotton PJs, and coon-skin cap. Here are some other favorites I remember from way back:

Roy Rogers
Rin Tin Tin
Tales of the Texas Rangers
Wanted Dead or Alive
The Rifleman
The Lone Ranger
The Cisco Kid
Have Gun Will Travel

Sky King
Circus Boy
Highway Patrol
Sea Hunt
The Untouchables

Ozzie and Harriet
George Burns and Gracie Allen
The Jack Benny Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Leave It to Beaver
The Danny Thomas Show
The Honeymooners
Our Miss Brooks
The Real McCoys
Lucille Ball

Mystery and Suspense
Alfred Hitchcock
The Twilight Zone

Variety Shows
Ed Sullivan
Sid Ceasar
Milton Berle
Steve Allen
Lawrence Welk

I could go on for hours. Which ones do you remember?

We sat around as a family and watched TV together. We were closer back then. Not all running off in different directions. When you went to high school, maybe you didn't sit around so much with the family in the living room; but when you were young, you enjoyed the boob tube together.

Safe and simple days we enjoyed. Reinforcement about life and responsibility all day long.....from your teachers, from your parents, from your neighbors, and than one more time on TV. It made terrific sense. It can again.


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