October 25, 2016
Hey everyone! This is installment 17 of 30. I am way behind in my posts. So, I am trying to play catchup. For the past month or more, I have spent most of my time helping everyone else and neglecting the things I need to be doing for myself. I have one more major thing I still have to do for my family. I can’t get around that and it’s not my story to share right now. Maybe at a later date. Once this is done, my time becomes mine again and I have declared to myself, I have to say no and stop always being available to help others and start doing for me.
So, let’s talk about my favorite show as a kid. Well, here we go again. Westerns! I love westerns. Some of my friends might say I was obsessed with westerns. In fact, I still am. But not the modern westerns. Give me the old black and white westerns and the men who played in them. You might not see blood or the boy kissing the girl, but I liked them anyway.
Growing up in LA, we had seven channels to choose from and they all showed westerns. On Saturday and Sunday’s, four of those channels showed westerns almost twenty-four hours a day and I tried to watch them all.
I would sit close to the television so I could change the channels during commercials. We didn’t have remote controls in those days.
Some of my favorites were, Cheyenne, Lawman, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, The Sons of Will Sonnet, Track Down, Rifleman, Wagon Train, Cochise, and Maverick. That is only a small sample of the westerns I watched and does not include the western movies.
Now, watching all those westerns, you probably wonder if I watched anything else. The answer is, yes! I did! Amos and Andy and the Nat King Cole Show were the only black shows on television. I guess for that reason; they were my favorites. However, I saw almost all the cartoons and the family shows like, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, The Life of Riley, Ozzie and Harriet, and later The Julia Show with Diane Carroll. There were many others, like Walt Disney and they didn’t just show cartoons. They had Texas John Slaughter, El Fago Baca, Swamp Fox to name a few. There was also Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.
I used to watch television, listen to the radio, and read a book, all at the same time and I could tell you what happening in all three. If I had not done it myself, I would wonder at my ability to do all the things I did. Because, I still managed to find time to go out and play.
I can’t tell you what my favorite show was. I still watch westerns on the Western Channel, I still watch General Hospital, and I still manage to find time to read, to do a little writing, and help everyone else achieve their dreams.
What’s your favorite show? Leave a comment and let me know. I would enjoy hearing from you.
Until the next time, take care. lw