It is remarkable how many cultural icons began with television in the 1960’s. The first six notes of Giligan’s Island brings to mind a silly plot line yet we watched it. One merely has to say “phasers on stun” and we all recall Star Trek.
And who can forget the introduction of The Outer Limits?
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits.
This 12 minute podcast is about that special time growing up where television was finite, back when the only networks were NBC, CBS and ABC. We all shared the same experience and held together better as a people.
For me this time is bookended by the Kennedy funeral and ended with his dream, man walking on the moon, all on television.
And we all shared it together.