4.15.2007

Child of Television

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can change the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits." — Opening narration – The Control Voice – 1960s

As a fellow couch potato (and proud of it!), I have been feasting at the altar of TV since 1962. I cut my teeth on such entrees as the original TWILIGHT ZONE and THE OUTER LIMITS, which gave me delightful nightmares and set my imagination on fire.

I remember being chastised by my Mom for procrastinating at getting dishes done after supper because of running back and forth between the kitchen and the living room so I could catch snatches of DANIEL BOONE or TIME TUNNEL or VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.

Yes, I have watched the bad with the good, but I like to think my 'bad' was still better than most. Speaking of which, I now bow at the altar of TiVo, which has allowed me the heretofore unimagined ability of customizing my viewing such that I pack even MORE into my viewing regimen. Between reading, writing, TV, online, etc., it's a miracle I have time to work or sleep...zzzzzzzzzz....