Secret fact about yours truly:
Some nights, after my wife goes to bed and the house is very quiet, I'll go on YouTube and watch.....
....old t.v. show intros/previews (such as the one above). You thought I was going to say something else, didn't you? Shame on you! :P
Sometimes, I'll spend a few hours doing this....taking me deep into the early morning.
Now, I've often asked myself "Why?"
The best answer I can come up with is my strong sense of nostalgia. It always seems that we look back on the past with rose colored glasses and believe that it was a more 'simpler' time....which it was, in many respects, but it was also just as complicated as it is today.
Still though, it's always nice to revisit a time when things didn't seem as hectic and when expectations weren't as high. I guess that's why I go back and check out the old t.v. shows.
I used to love television.
A lot of times, with moving around a lot due to being in a military family, it was one of the few constants/comforts in my life. It seemed, no matter where we ended up (in America), I could always find The Munsters, The Monkees, The Twilight Zone or Hogan's Heroes somewhere on the dial.
Maybe that's why I find myself being so critical of t.v. in this "reality show" era of programming. It seems like a lot of the networks have taken the 'easy' way out, as far as offering the public quality entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing all "reality" television. I used to be a huge Survivor fan....and when I say 'huge', I mean sending in three audition tapes and standing in line for six hours for a live audition, huge. I think shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are great in that they actually do something for people, besides showing them acting like idiots in front of the entire world.
Anyway, I think the sad state of television these days is another draw to revisit the t.v. of old and remember a time when four channels (if you were lucky) could keep you entertained all day long.
These days, even four hundred can't do that, in my opinion.
With that secret revealed, I'd also like to reveal something else I've been working on.....an award. Yes, I can see Gary over at Klahanie rolling his digital eyes as we speak....haha.
I'm calling it The Super Blogger Award, in keeping with my A to Z Challenge theme, and the criteria is simple. Take the award for yourself, then pass it along to someone who inspires you or you just think is 'super' in one way or another. Tell us why you think that person is super and deserving. Now, all the recipient has to do is reveal a (as in one) small secret about themselves (super people always tend to have a secret or two, right?) and pass the reward on to someone they think is deserving.
Anyway, I think I'd be remiss if I didn't award the first Super Blogger Award to the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh.....
Alex has been dropping by since the early days of this blog...always with an encouraging word about whatever topic (usually writing) was on tap for that day or about blogging, in general. I remember if he reminded me once, he reminded me a hundred times about turning off comment verification....lol
It's not just me that Alex has given a digital helping hand to. To this day, he remains one of the most helpful and supportive bloggers out there and, for that reason, I think he's super.
Thanks for all you do, Alex!