Another different thing about growing up when I did is the paucity of TV. We had five, and then six channels. VCRs hadn’t been created yet. Saturday mornings were full of cartoons and there would be a Fall preview of the Saturday morning lineups I always looked forward to.
After school there would be reruns we’d watch. Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, etc.
Late night, 10:30 pm CST, there were the talk shows (Carson and others) but the interesting thing is there weren’t that many movies on. I seem to recall there typically only being one channel showing a movie. As a result I watched a lot of things I probably would have skipped if the offerings had been more robust. Really, I was game for about anything once I was at that age where I might stay up until midnight, especially in the summer when school was out.
So I ended up seeing lots of musicals. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Anchors Away. Singing in the Rain. They were often on and it was watch those or watch a talk show. And movies like The Robe or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or Barabas or The Agony and the Ecstasy.
Because there was so little on, I watched a lot of movies that I normally wouldn’t have, and many of them were quite good!
Oh, and the National Anthem playing at the end of the broadcast day when I was in my teens during the summer and staying up really late. And then the test pattern. How many have seen the test pattern on their TVs?