T is for Television

We had a big console with a black and white television in it. No remote, so there was always one kid sitting too close (ruining their eyes) changing the channel and adjusting the antenna. As a family, we watched early sitcoms like McHale’s Navy, and I Love Lucy. The Mutual of Omaha and Wild Kingdom Wonderful World of Color came into our home on Sunday nights with a color television. Cartoons were on early in the morning before school and Saturday morning before the chores. I was always up before everyone else and snuck down to the family room to get first choice on the cartoon lineup. Unfortunately, the only show before six am was the farm report.

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The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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  1. With this post you pushed me into a valley of nostalgia!! Maybe we had this black and white TV when I was born.. and till some years .. no cable TV we had…I remember watching all National TV serials, mythological shows and cartoons …. A song show only on Thursdays and cartoons only on Saturdays and Sundays made it special.. not like today where we are overloaded with content!!

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  2. The first TV I actually owned in my own right was a portable black & white set which I was really proud of, and I would pretty much watch anything, especially as back in those days there were only three TV channels to chose from in the UK.

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  3. I remember the first time we had a color TV after years of black and white. So magical! I do remember too the stations going off the air at midnight and the test pattern that would be on until they came back on again in the morning. Nowadays kids basically can watch TV 24/7 with so many offerings of stations . My how the times have changed!


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