When I was a kid, there were 3 channels. Black and White Television. No remote channel changers…unless you count my brother and me. We were the human channel changers. And I vividly remember when we got our first color television. I could not get enough of those three channels. And then…there were four! How were we possibly going to have enough time to see all there was to see? I know, that makes me old.
I loved watching the old Shirley Temple movies. And there was nothing better than seeing commercials in color. I could finally see the avocado green appliances and the color of the shag rugs in the homes of the characters who were wearing bell bottom jeans and psychedelic mini dresses. They were awesome colors! But I also remember being shocked that black & white movies didn’t turn to color just because the tv was a color tv.
This love of television did not stop at the shows. Since my early childhood, I have been fascinated by commercials. The funny ones, the sad ones, the ones with catchy jingles. I love commercials. Nothing made me cry as much as the Hallmark card commercials. And the old commercials like “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop” and “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan…” still run through my head like they were just shown yesterday. And who can forget the Spot commercials from 7-Up? My favorite was Spot climbing up the chimney and finding a forgotten toy on the roof (and then swooping down the roof in that toy fire engine, through the tree and a window, landing under the Christmas tree).
Looking back now, I can’t get over how much fun television was back then. Sometimes, I wish we could go back to that simpler time. And then I turn on the tv and find hundreds of channels to view…and one dedicated to old movies, another dedicated to old sitcoms from back in the day…and the Food Network. I LOVE the Food Network. And since we CAN’T go back in time, I’ll stay in the here-and-now and enjoy it.
Although the shows have changed and the channels have drastically increased over the years, my fascination with television ( and with commercials) hasn’t changed at all.
“Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.” ~ Alan Corenk