Guitar Amps Weren’t The Only Things With Tubes In Them

Guitar Amps Weren’t The Only Things With Tubes In Them

When I was a kid televisions had vacuum tubes in them and were in black and white. And we only got five channels, one of which was Canadian and they mostly showed hockey and curling, or sometimes The Friendly Giant or Mr. Dressup. But I didn’t care because Gilligan’s Island or I Dream of Jeanie or The Andy Griffith Show was on. But then when the really cool grown up shows were on my parents would make me go to bed because there was stupid school in the morning. So I didn’t get to watch The Immortal or The Fugitive or other cool “grown up” shows. 

Then we got a color TV and the world changed. But then it broke and a guy had to come over to our house and take it apart to fix it because TVs were giant wood boxes back then. And then I tried to sneak around the couch so I could see inside the back of the TV because it was full of glowing stuff and wires and other cool things. And then the guy fixed it and it worked again and Bonanza came on. But then I had to go to bed again because there was stupid school in the morning. 

Then on Saturday, I had to watch what Dad wanted to watch which was Star Trek. Or military shows like Combat or Rat Patrol (I liked military shows like McHale’s Navy and F-Troop better.) And Star Trek. And sports shows like ABC's Wide World Of Sports (which I liked because the guy fell off the ski jump every week - the agony of defeat.) And Star Trek. But Dad made popcorn. So it was good.


Photo by Pawel Kadysz

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