Sunday, March 15, 2009

Back in the Day

We will forever be indebted to the creators of the Star Wars films for giving us a new storytelling cliche, "a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . "

When I was a little girl growing up on the cutting edge technology of television, we still listened to radio. I remember one big event that brought them both together. One night the Walt Disney Show held a simulcast on radio and tv. That was really ahead of its time--BEFORE stereo, even!

Mom had a wonderful old RCA victrola cabinet that contained a record player, an am radio, speakers, and space on the bottom to store her 78rpm record albums. Her favorites were Jose Iturbi, Judy Garland, and classical music. I listened to all of it as a child, and loved every minute.

What I REALLY enjoyed were the Sunday morning broadcasts of the local newspaper comic strips. I can almost hear the announcer's voice as he gave the page number and began reading Red Ryder. Even after I learned to read for myself I still tuned in.

If you are feeling nostalgic, you can go to this website and create your own comic page which you can view on their site, by email, or rss feed. Here's a sample.

Moderately Confused