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April 17, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

There are some who will travel down memory lane with me in this blog.  In the 1940’s, the big floor model radio commanded attention in the room.  It was always playing.  But the late afternoons were for the kids.  Serial programs were demanding of your time.  Playtime turned to listening to your favorite programs.  We would lie on the floor close to the speaker to catch every word of each episode.

Remember some of these programs?

Jack Armstrong — All American Boy.  He was a young man who always did the right thing.  I believe parents encouraged listening because he was a good role model, even though fictitious.  He always presented the upside of life.  It was a positive life and what everyone dreamed life should be.  It truly reflected the mood of the era.  He presented a life of responsibility.  He was a good American boy who loved his family, helped his neighbors, and was morally upright.  Such a contrast to many serial programs of today.

Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.  This program caused you to imagine great adventures.  This brave Northwest Mounted Policeman, with his faithful dog, King, stretched my mind from being the great  rescuer to the hero capturing the criminals.

The Shadow.  I never got excited about horror movies.  Perhaps that is why I did not get excited about this program.  I would listen on occasion, but there was something about the music and the scary introduction that caused my spirit to turn away.  I can still recall the scary voice in the introduction that would say, “Who knows what evil lurks?”

The Lone Ranger.  Now who didn’t like the Lone Ranger?  Everyone knew the cry, “Hi-Yo, Silver, away!”  The Lone Ranger was my favorite radio character of my childhood.  Daily we would listen as the radio speaker resounded with “From out of the past comes the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver . . .  the Lone Ranger rides again!”    Soon we would be in the yard reliving the experience in our own imagination.  This radio hero provided more reenactment opportunity than any other.  We all liked to play cowboys and Indians, and the Lone Ranger had Tonto, his trusted Indian companion.

Superman.  “Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . .”  This was another mythical person that we all tried to impersonate.  And often we would point to the sky and exclaim:  “Look . . . up in the sky.  It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s Superman!”  Superman, often disguised as the mild mannered Clark Kent,  proved to us that right will prevail.  We never forget such heroes!

Down memory lane . . . a pleasant trip!  And as Bob Hope used to say, “Thanks for the memories!”

These heroes have now been replaced in my life, however, by One Who is alive.  My hero and model today is Jesus Christ.  Yet, I am thankful for these fictitious characters that were a positive in my early life.




1 Comment »

  1. Wonderful Memories! Especially about The Lone Ranger — Now I can’t stop humming Rossini’s William Tell Overture! HI-HO SILVER!

    I recently posted a “Memories” piece — about Bob Hope and Nat King Cole:

    Comment by Richard Kleeberg — April 17, 2010 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

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