Today, the era of television has eloped from analog transmission to digital television and broadband cable and Satellite TV in a few short years.
In its early birth, I remember walking in neighborhoods seeing television antennas mounted on top of our neighbors and friends homes, including that of my family as well, in order to get the local television station, we wanted to watch. The “rabbit” ears antenna was the most commonly used antenna for those that couldn’t mount an antenna on the roof of their home or apartment building – but, that on top of the television set itself, which worked just as good.
A couple of weeks ago, in the wee hours of the night, while sitting in bed, flipping through the remote control looking for something to watch and for something to put me to sleep. I settled on a program that brought back so many memories of television in its early days.
I settled for an old spat of comedy from the late Queen of comedy, Lucille Ball and her late husband Desi Arnaz in the classic, “I Love Lucy Show”, as their son little Rickie was playing the drums in the background driving Lucy and Desi nutcase during the show. It reminded me of sharp acting, the cast put together along with the crew that made the show an American icon and an impromptu classic.
The show brought tears to my eyes as the era of television expanded into a new era of television history.
Growing up in an era where a zillion television shows were icons, left a lasting memory of my childhood. Such shows as “Barney Miller”, “Welcome Back Kotter”, “The A-Team”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Lassie”, “Lone Ranger”, “Eight is Enough”, “The Walton’s”, “Dynasty”, “Knots Landing”, “Emergency!”, “Adam-12”, “240-Robert” and zillion more were nightly favorites, including the “Rockford Files” with James Garner was always, a Saturday night favorite before the runs of the fire-rescue show, “Emergency!”, was shown on NBC each week.
How can I ever forget that show, where Paramedics John Gage and Roy Desoto and the crew of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 51 responded to emergencies in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. It was later credited in shaping the nations fire-rescue programs with Firefighter-Paramedics in todays Fire and emergency services.
At least Police drama’s were the norm as well, but a few favorites included, “SWAT”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “Kojak”, which was a favorite of my late grandfather’s! Believe me he was Telly Savalas fan for life, he even settled for the silly ol’ Archie Bunker character in “All in the Family” with the late Carrol O’Connor.
America’s prime time television viewing from analog to digital has taken today’s television viewers to new heights in electronic television, from the IPod to the Laptop computer and the reveal of such Internet icons as “YouTube” and “Hulu” have brought television viewing to even greater ambitions for the classical icon’s of television.
The memory of the good old days of television is very much alive and twisted in one’s memory of television viewing as generation passes on for nearly have a century of my life, I had only wished, that “Eight is Enough” would’ve survived many more years on the year as the “Partridge Family” did with David Cassidy and Susan Dey & Shirley Jones.
As the director would say – “That’s a wrap folks, we’ll see you next week”, I couldn’t have said it better myself.