Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 18, 2010

Perhaps You Remember These!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Many of you read yesterday’s blog as history.  Perhaps today will be the same, but there are some readers who will remember . . . .

As the 40’s began to transition to the 50’s,  television began to replace the radio.  We were introduced to new programs and series.  Rather than daily programs on radio, most of these were a weekly series. These are some of those early television programs I remember.

Hoppalong Cassidy.  We had listened at times to his adventures on radio, and had often seen his movies at the Saturday matinees, but now he was on television!  He always seemed too old to be a cowboy.  But he was still a hero.  And heroes inspire us!  He was kind and gentle, and always seemed to be sympathetic to people.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  We can never forget the weekly episodes of Ozzie and Harriet.  Americans tuned to watch this television family deal with life.  They represented the best of American families.  They constantly displayed a puritan work ethic that everyone felt was the model for what our lives should be.  They dealt with the changes and challenges of life.  They faced the problems of their boys becoming teenagers.  We watched as the boys struggled with their development and social changes.

Father Knows Best.  No teenager wants to hear these words.  But this television series kept this thought constantly before you.  The Anderson family dealt a lot with a spirit of teen rebellion in the household, yet the children never seemed to get into serious trouble.  The parents were always seeking to get the children to choose the moral path over fun.  No one can deny that such a direction is right.  I often thought the writers of this series saw some of my life and got their episodes.

The Honeymooners.  This series starred Jackie Gleason as a city bus driver.  He was a loudmouth husband who expressed anger, with a lot of yelling at his wife.  It dealt with universal kinds of problems that people face in everyday life.  It was  truthful in approaching the subjects.  Gleason always reacted in anger.  His anger would bring a similar response from his wife.  Yet, the reality of the conflict was that they truly loved each other.

Route 66.  Route 66 was a weekly series about two young men.  Todd Stiles and Buzz Murdock traveled across the United States on US 66.  They traveled in a Corvette, stopping at a whim and spending time in various small towns.  It was as though they knew the direction they were headed, but yet they had no real purpose.  They were always looking for a place to settle down.  It seemed they were wasting time, but yet they obviously were learning much about themselves.

The Fugitive.  This series ran for almost four years.  Richard Kimble came home one evening to see a man running from the house.  Inside, Dr. Kimble discovered that his wife had been murdered.  Kimble was falsely accused for the murder, convicted, and sentenced to prison.  On the way to prison there was an accident and Richard Kimble escaped.  Thus, he became a fugitive.  Each episode of this series was an adventure of his being on the run as a fugitive.

Dobie Gillis.  Dobie was the romantic son of a grocery store owner.  With his best friend, Maynard G. Krebs, he was constantly seeking to find a place in society.  Most episodes dealt with Dobie trying to be a part of the community.  From relationships with his girlfriend, Nelda, to his school mates and adults in the community, this was his life focus.

Leave It To Beaver.  In 1957 this wonderful series captured the attention of America’s television watchers.  The Cleaver family seemed to reveal the best of families.  Families not only saw what they desired for their families, but they saw a reflection of the many situations that parents must face with growing children.  Most of the episodes focused on the youngest brother, Beaver.  His parents and his older brother, Wally, were constantly helping him face the changes of life that confronted him each day.  Beaver was struggling to develop his own identity.  At times he sought to model his life after the older brother, and yet he found he must become his own personality and character.

The Andy Griffith Show.  For all the days of my life I will hold captive in my mind the introductory scene to his show.  Andy, as Sheriff of Mayberry, was an easy going father and neighbor.  He had a young son and each show would present Andy and his son walking toward a lake carrying their fishing poles.  The predominant sound was the whistling by Andy Griffith.  There was something assuring about the scene and sound.  You felt it was a wonderful world and that the contentment and joy expressed through the whistling conveyed a peace that everyone desired.

Again, for some of you, this has been a trip down memory lane.  Perhaps for every reader, the thought has come that these programs had a purity and a positiveness.  For me, there is a regret that this has not been continued in all the programs of today!

Thanks again for allowing me to remember!

Lawson

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