Television and Birthday Parties

Not exactly sure which of us is in this picture, but that's the TV !

Not exactly sure which of us is in this picture, but that’s the TV !

Birthdays must not have been a big deal when I was a kid. I only remember one, and what’s memorable was not the party. We had just gotten a TV set and I was much more interested in watching Saturday morning cartoons than eating some cake.

TV was a big deal in 1959. Having one in our house was a big deal, too! Prior to our getting that set I had to go across the street to watch cartoons. Thinking about them now, the picture was nothing like we have today, it was snowy and distorted, and only black and white. Actually shades of grey, less than fifty shades of grey. The content wasn’t all that good, either. My favorites were Mighty Mouse, Popeye, and Woody Wooden Pecker. That’s what I called him, much to the amusement of my mother and grand mother.

Woody’s show is what I wanted to watch that morning, so we all took a break from the cake and watched TV for a while. (There’s a You Tube video of an old Woody Wood Pecker show below the fold.)

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