“Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight? “

The morning is again chilly. It is almost officially the fall so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. All the doors and windows are closed so I’m comfortable here on the couch even with bare feet. The red spawn was at the feeder this morning, but it ran away as soon as I got on the deck. The spawn knew the hose was next.

It was raining last night when I went to bed. It wasn’t a heavy rain but was enough for Gracie to get her business done quickly. She didn’t even go far enough into the yard to trip the sensor lights. She was back in the house almost immediately. I totally understand.

When I was a kid, TV was still bit of magic. I never questioned how Superman flew. I just knew he did, and he always flew to the same music. Glasses were the ultimate disguise. I knew Perry Mason would never lose. That didn’t bother me at all.  Perry Mason was the hero. Poor Hamilton Burger was just hapless. Lieutenant Tragg always wore a fedora out side. I do remember Perry losing one, but he exonerated his client just as she was going to the electric chamber. Of course he did. I didn’t watch all the westerns. I did watch Roy and Dale, the Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy. The whole family watched the Wild, Wild West. I remember Dobie Gillis, Sergeant Bilko and Joe Friday. We watched all the Quinn Martin productions. I remember the voice announcing at the beginning of each show,”A Quinn Martin Production.” The Invaders were one of my favorite shows. David Vincent went all over the country looking for people with weird, stuck out little fingers. By the end of each show, he had convinced another person to believe that aliens on Earth existed, that they were dangerous, and that he needed their help. The Fugitive was another QM production. Dr. Kimball is chased all over the country by Lieutenant Gerard. Kimball is really a good guy trying to find the real killer of his wife. He is hunting the one-armed man. Like David Vincent, Dr. Kimball was usually able to convince someone that he was innocent, and they usually help him getaway just before Gerard shows up. We all wanted him to find the one-armed man.

On Star Trek and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the crew leaned to the left or the right when their ships were fired upon. The camera moved with them. That was an old time special effect. I never made fun of it, never even questioned it, though I do chuckle a bit now.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    Foggy and rather cold here this morning, so I lit up a fire in the stove. Later on I went to vote because today is election day here in Sweden. Unfortunately the fog had blown away by then otherwise I had planned to go to one opf the big fields here that are filled with old tombs. It’s not the same if it only is cloudy 🙂

    We had ery few of those tv series You mention but we did have Perry Mason. I was to young to stay up that late so I rarely saw any of those episodes. I did however see Columbo a lot and yes we always knew who the murderer was and that Columbo would catch him.StarTreck was also very big here, as a tv series anyway, the movies never really got much attention except for these two latest, they were very popular.

    Time to do the laundry and then to start watching how the election went.
    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I read your blog and couldn’t believe the number of political parties you have. The list seemed to go on forever. Yes, the republicans block just about everything of value. They even blocked legislation they once approved. I live in a state dominated by democrats. We were the only state who voted for McGovern instead of Nixon. We have always been proud of that.

      We have a station called METV which has old shows all the time. They are fun to watch. I realize, though, that many f them are bad.

      My laundry tomorrow.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    First Lassie, Daktari, Bonanza and ? (can’t remember the name of the squeaking dolphin). Later Star Trek, Quincy, Columbo and more.
    Every now and then a rerun of our own sci-fi series Space Patrol Orion was on TV. 1960’s black&white TV. The world was threatened by extraterrestrial frogs and -against all physical laws- spaceships could drive faster than light. You can see irons and water faucets as spaceship control panels and the special effects are cheap and bad. I think you would like it too.

    • katry Says:

      That was a wonderful trailer. I loved the frogs in space and the dancing underwater. What fun!

      I was never a Columbo fan but my mother was. If I was visiting, she sometimes watched. Flipper was the dolphin.

      You can find the original Star Trek and the Picard Star Trek on some channel all the time. Yesterday the syfy channels had all the Star Trek movies. They are everlasting!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Thank you Big Puffy, much appreciated.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You should be thanking Daniel Nava who hit a grand slam!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, ever seen a team mess up an intentional walk ? Cleveland managed it and in came a critical run

        Is Nava Little Big Puffy ?

      • katry Says:

        I have seen intentional walks come back to haunt the team which did the pitching.

        Nava is the best story. He didn’t even make his junior college baseball team and then played in the International League. The Sox bought his contract for a dollar. He moved up the ranks and got to AAA Pawtucket last year, was called up and ended up making the top ten American League batting average list by the end of the season. This year he started off so slowly so he was sent back to Pawtucket but was recalled to the Sox in June. He has hit 310 since then.

        On his first ever at bat in the majors he hit his only other grand slam.

        I like Nava.

      • Hedley Says:

        A great story, and only the second person to hit a Grand Slam from the first pitch he faced ? I am thinking of sending the ironing chick over to his house as a thank you

      • katry Says:

        He doesn’t seem the type to accept your wonderful offer. He is unassuming.

      • Hedley Says:

        Ok, forget the ironing chick with the nice shoulders, where do I send the new Lennie album ?

      • katry Says:

        I’d think you’d want it for your collection to make it complete. You can listen to him talk his way through the whole album.

      • Birgit Says:

        Speaking of Lennie’s album…
        It’s quite listenable, but don’t listen while driving. ZZZzzzz…

      • katry Says:

        I have never been a lover of speaking songs. I don’t think I’ll be buying this. The only album of his I really liked was his first. I do like the songs he writes.

      • Birgit Says:

        Buying the album was also never worth consideration for me, but I was curious and took the chance to listen for free on NPR. It wasn’t as bad as expected and suitable as background music while doing other stuff on the computer.

      • katry Says:

        I think I’d distracted by wanting to hear the words. That’s what happens a lot when I listen to music while doing something which needs my attention. I start singing alone and little gets done. Doing the dishes or cleaning demands music.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I watched most of those same shows but I never noted if the they were Quinn Martin productions. I only remember logos like the Paramount mountains and the MGM lion and Mary Tyler Moore’s little kitten. 🙂

    The original Perry Mason was my favorite. I didn’t like any of his later incarnations. Too much color, I think. Perry should be forever in black and white. 🙂
    Walter Moseley is an author who writes mysteries set in LA in the late forties, early fifties. When I first read him, I thought he had to have been there because he got the details so well. It reminded me of every Perry Mason show I ever watched. I saw the author’s picture finally and he’s not old enough to have been there. Maybe he watched Perry Mason as kid, too. 🙂 I recommend him, by the way. Good reads.

    It rained here, too. It’s cold now. I’ll close the window by my bed and add another blanket and a couple of dogs. 🙂
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Quinn Martin Productions had so many programs and the voice which said, “This has been a Quinn Martin production,” was distinctive and easy to remember.

      I agree about the black and white. It seemed a bit strange when Perry Mason changed to color. I think I have read a book or two of Moseley’s though I don’t remember which. I loved Paul Drake’s jackets. Even in B&W they look a bit garish.

      I left my bedroom window open so it will probably be chilly, but I will add the afghan and the two animals will join me, invited or not!

      Have a wonderful rest of the evening!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    When there were only three networks the choices were limited. You and I must have had our TVs talking to each other through mental telepathy 🙂 I remember that at the end of Dragnet the big sweaty arms would hammer a large thing that impressed the letters QM into a stone wall.

    Every household on Sunday night was watching Ed Sullivan’s “big shoe” on CBS. I think the largest TV audience was in 1964 when the Beatles appeared on his show. Those were the days before the NFL dominated prime time from Thursday through Sunday nights.

    Star Trek’s first episode was a major TV event. I remember sitting on the floor of the crowded lobby of my college dormitory with all the other residents as we watched Captain Kirk and Mister Spock go where no man had gone before. That line became the line guys used to describe older unattractive single woman.

    I’m back again in Toronto for the week. I’m glad I brought my jacket.

    • katry Says:

      Once I wondered whose hands and arms those were so I went hunting. The hands were those attached to James Drake, one of the construction crew members. Mark VII was the company, and it belonged to Webb.

      I loved TV back in the days of three networks as there seemed to be something on to watch. Now with so many channels I sometimes can’t find anything I want to watch. I usually end up On Demand to watch something there.

      We all watched Ed Sullivan too and The Beatles. They were not to be missed. I loved Star Trek and was so disappointed when it was cancelled.

      Enjoy the coolness of Toronto!

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