Thursday, April 23, 2009

Betty made me watch these shows

We grew up with 3 TV channels (4 if you count PBS). And we had to get up and go change the channel. No remote controls. And the TV had an antenna you had to adjust to get the picture right. Anyway, I have one sister who is 3 years older than I. The TV shows I wanted to watch were mostly half-hour sit-coms. I liked The Monkees, My Mother The Car, My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, etc. Betty liked ADVENTURE and WESTERNS!!! Since she was older, I was forced to sit through every Taran movie, every Hercules movie and weekly series such as Rawhide, The Texan, The Wild Wild West, Sugarfoot, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Branded, Fury, The Real McCoys, Bonanza, Maverick, Daniel Boone, Paladin and any other show she deemed worthy. She would sit mezmerized by them and I would fidget and complain. The thing is that I can still sing every word to the theme songs of each of them and tell you who the stars were.
I think she still secretly loves those shows. Betty is a wise, successful, intuitive woman and I bet none of her friends, co-workers or social contacts know that she could tell you the names of every monster that Hercules ever fought or the entire history of Jason and the Argonauts.
Even now, when I amaze my friends with my obscure trivia knowledge of old TV shows they don't know that my usual refrain is "Betty made me watch it".
Ha! This cracks me up.

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