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  •  A few random thoughts. (3+ / 0-)
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    I won't bother to try and string them in any logical order.

    TV sitcoms from the 60s had a profound impact on those of us who lived in that era. Just the other day the theme song from Green Acres emerged from it's resting place in my brain and hung around for a few hours. Very strange.

    I remember three sitcoms set in WWII (there may be others), Hogan's Heroes, McHale's Navy, and one-season wonder, Broadside. There were WWII action-drama series galore. The proliferation of these shows was no-doubt connected to a huge interest in the era and I suspect a great deal of revisionary romanticism.

    Interesting that through much of the WWII genre heyday, real-life was bringing us Vietnam, a war that was tearing the country asunder and to my memory never spawned a TV series.

    I hated Leave it to Beaver because it caused me emotional stress. Like Beaver, I was always getting into deep shit for pulling some dumb stunt. But unlike the "Beav" I didn't live in a kind and understanding world where everything was ultimately forgiven. I felt the same way to a lesser extent about The Andy Griffith Show.

    I Dream of Jeannie, in hindsight, was pretty damn kinky and politically incorrect. A scantly-clad woman kept in a bottle by a man she referred to as "master?" Seriously? I don't think that would fly today.

    Barbara Eden from Jeannie, Meredith MacRae of Petticoat Junction, Barbara Feldon of Get Smart, Donna Douglas of The Beverly Hillbillies, and Dawn Wells of Gilligan's Island. Thank you for all those prepubescent fantasies.

    About a year ago I was walking through a restaurant and I passed a table at which a fellow was serenading his lady with the theme song of My Mother the Car. So I stopped as if on cue and sang along.

    The woman looked at us as if this stranger and I were criminally insane. It was a special moment.

    •  Begining to think I was (3+ / 0-)
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      the only person who remembered "Broadside"

      “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

      by markdd on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:24:08 AM PST

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      •  Broadside (1+ / 0-)
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        and "Hennesey," with Jackie Cooper, who several years before had starred in "The People's Choice."

        A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

        by PSzymeczek on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 04:26:50 PM PST

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