Monday, May 12, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories - My Favorite TV Shows

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

I don't remember what I watched on TV before the age of four. Probably just cartoons on Saturday. I do remember watching The Wizard of Oz in black and white on TV one evening with my mom. I didn't like it then. It scared me.

Here I am in my footy pajamas (I think I'm supposed to be a bunny rabbit)! Our black and white TV is in the background. We had it for years. I don't remember when my parents got their first color TV. 

After we moved to our current family home when I was going on four, I remember watching game shows sometimes during the weekday with our across-the-street neighbors in the summer (but we mostly played outside). My favorites were Let's Make a Deal with Monty Hall and Hollywood Squares with Peter Marshall. I sometimes watched The Mike Douglas Show in the afternoons. During lunchtime, the soap operas would start coming on--The Guiding Light and The Secret Storm are two that I remember. My favorite cartoon was Mighty Mouse!

Several shows that I watched at night over the years when I was a kid are The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Andy Griffith Show; The Danny Thomas ShowRawhide (with a young Clint Eastwood); Bonanza; Wagon Train, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, The Real McCoys; The Wild, Wild West; Perry Mason; Petticoat JunctionLost in Space, and Gilligan's Island. I watched Green AcresThe Beverly Hillbillies, and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. sometimes, because some of my siblings watched them, but I really disliked those shows. They just weren't that funny to my young mind.

By the time I was in junior high, I'd rush home every afternoon to watch Dark Shadows with Barnabas Collins the vampire, and I'd get upset when I was late getting home. It came on at 4:00 p.m.

Writing this post, as with all the others in this 52 Weeks of Sharing Memories, sure brought back childhood memories! I had forgotten about some of the shows I watched until I started researching!


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