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TV Memories 10 | Arlene Radasky

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My first television memories. Wow, takes me back. I really have a hard time remembering much back that far, but I can remember the hour my brother and I had on weekend nights to watch our programs. We had a tv that has a tiny screen and it was black and white, but the images that came to the screen were fascinating, magic.

I had no idea how it worked and didn't care then, but when it came time, my brother and I would sit, cross-legged on the floor and mom would tune in Rin Tin Tin, The French Foreign Legion, Sky King (wanted to learn how to fly because of this show) or Lassie.

Mom didn't have to worry about the language or the content of these show, the violence was never more than a punch in the nose and the worst language was Gosh, mom, Lassie made me late for school!

Eventually the family shows made their way into our evenings, mom, dad, brother and I would enjoy Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marks and so many others. The earliest detective show I remember is The Naked City. "There are eight million stories in the naked city and this is one of them." That stuck with me. Now it seems that is all that is on tv anymore.

I fell in love with the westerns, Paladin, and GunSmoke. I fell into a serious long time lust for Steve MaQueen watching him in Wanted Dead or Alive. And Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin(David McCallum) in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Oh my goodness, posters of both men covered my bedroom walls.

Today tv is still entertaining, the loss of the world around you, step into the world of the writer and actors and become one with the characters. Leave your stress behind and imagine.

I think there are too many crime fighting shows, a very few are good because of the interaction of the characters, NCIS for one, but I long for the old comedies, the variety shows, and often resort to old movies for a night of escape.

And of course, I want Star Trek to come back......

Arlene Radasky
March 12, 2012

Arlene Radasky loves history. There are so many mysteries in history out there and she would like to provide answers to some. Her first novel, The Fox, is about an ancient couple and modern archeologists. It is available free to download in several places to all readers. She loves to write poetry and short stories and has fun recording them. She has two grown daughters who between them have given her three grandsons. She lives in Southern California with her husband and cats. She often goes to the beach for inspiration. Find out more about Arlene at

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