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Saturday, January 28, 2012

No Matter Where You go, There You Are

January marks the beginning of a new year and as I sit here watching late night TV, I can’t help but notice how many things from my youth are starting to resurface. I had anticipated the onset of my childhood ‘tunes’ becoming ‘classics’ but the first time it happened still surprised me.

I remember my youngest son coming hope from school all excited about a song he’d heard. “You've got to hear this great song by this new group—Queen. It’s called Bohemian Rap!” He cranked the tune up for me to hear and recognize. Yeah, it was the same old Bohemian Rhapsody I’d grown up appreciating.

“Well,” I told myself, “at least the kid’s got good taste.”

On a trip, once his older brother complained to him about wanting to listen to music from, at least, within the current decade.

To this day he keeps his car radio set to a station which plays ‘classic’ music.

And I know all the words—to every song. How’d that happen?

Also, I’ve recently noticed Denny’s is doing it too. I have to stop myself from toe tapping and singing along in public. WHEN did that happen?

I thought it strange enough to be surrounded by so much of the music from the “good old days,” but recently I realized a general trend in television heading that way too.

Now, I gave up paid TV the day it started to cost more than $50.00 a month in the ‘90s, I think, so I still watch local stations. When everything turned digital, the THIS channel appeared and with it came all the old ‘classic’ movies. Alongside some of the old black and white television programs: Mr. Ed, The Patti Duke Show, Sea Hunt, Highway Patrol....

It sure was nice to see Yul Brenner, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayward, etc again. Not to mention the original Outer Limits and I just finished watching Buckaroo Bonsai. What fun.

To ring in the New Year they celebrated by playing some ancient-even-for-me movies featuring Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Mae West, even the Marx Brothers.

Barely a month ago, MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television) also appeared carrying nothing but programs from “a wide variety of the iconic series, stars and genres that have defined pop culture and television for decades.”

Looks like black & white TV is back to stay too.

I remember when Lost In Space and the original Star Trek first came out on opposing stations at the same time on Wednesday nights. Now they play back to back on Saturdays, right after the original campy Batman complete with Robin, the boy blunder.

Golly Gee, talk about blasts from the past! I’m starting to suspect the presence of a time rift.


Maybe that’s why I have no problem writing futuristic science fiction; I’m having trouble outrunning my past!

Happy New Year & let's all have a great year of the Dragon.

Mary Andrews

Psionic Sci Fi:
The inevitable fusion of
Man, Machine & The Paranormal

Look for book III this year too!

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