Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TV, Then and Now

What you might have watched in May, 1960. And there were no commercials suggesting that you "see Alice" or that ED (and Mrs.) can be happy if only he will use Le---ra or Vi--ra. I have tried honestly to keep this blog "family friendly." But sometimes a rant just has to get out. I am sick of this crap on my TV; and I certainly do not mean after the midnight hour, or on blockable cable channels. I'm talkin' after-supper time, before the kids go to bed time. Okay, I don't have any kids at home, but there are millions of American homes out there that do have, and they are watching this crap.

The pharmas ought to be ashamed of themselves, but they aren't, nor will they ever be. So long as they can promise "The Fountain of Youth," so long as there is a buck to be made, they will build and advertise any kind of "Feel Good Elixir" they can ideate. And good grief! we are so stupid we wonder why drug abuse by our young people is rampant. Mom does it, Dad does it, Grandpa is getting turned on.
Okay, rant over, but I'm still mad.

Edmond O'Brien 1915 - 1985 RIP


Andrea said...

I am tired of hearing and seeing all those commercials, too. I do not even watch TV much and every time I turn it on...there they are.


Anonymous said...

Bob said:

I have often wondered how I would have felt watching these commercials When I and Mary were dating? I am not a prude, but I would have been embaressed.

Secondary Roads said...

The best thing I've done lately is upgrade to HD satellite service with a DVR. I'm able to pause, replay and jump 30 sec forward while watching live TV. (I have to buffer to be able to jump forward. Just hit pause and give it 20 minutes/hour.) Or I can record and watch later. I don't watch much TV, but I enjoy what I do view.

Edmond O'Brien was an interesting fellow served in the US Army Air Corp in WWII. He played Irving Miller in the 1944 film Winged Victory, which was based on a play by Moss Hart. Dad said that movie was accurate in portraying the techniques and pressures of training for would be fliers.

vanilla said...

Andrea, no doubt the "off" switch is the better choice.

Bob, they still embarrass me. I guess nothing sells like a bunch of grizzled, sunburned old men sitting around a campfire singing bastardized lyrics to "Viva Las Vegas."

Chuck, interesting note via your father's experiences. I remember O'Brien as Pierre in the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and I believe it was "The Barefoot Contessa" for which he won an Oscar, though I don't really recall having seen it.