Even thought you tried your best to keep my face out of the tv, and took me to Helen's book store every day after school saying, "Twink, I don't care what you read, just READ!" and then let me pick out three books from any section (it was always the same section; Science Fiction/Horror), I want to thank you for letting me watch tv against your better judgement.
My awesome 60's and 70's television education consisted of such wonders as, Star Trek (I was practically raised by Captain Kirk), Twilight Zone (Rod Serling was a complete genius who understood quantum physics before it was a thing), Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space, (Even at a very young age, my favourites were always the Science fiction and horror. That has never changed), Creature Feature (somewhere there is a polaroid from the Sarasota Fair of me and Dr. Paul Bearer) Tons of great Music/Variety shows like Donnie and Marie, Sonny and Cher, The Partridge Family, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Nana(My Hungarian great grandmother) always had to watch Lawrence Welk, Don Kirschners Rock Concert every friday. For comedy I had the greats; Bugs Bunny on Saturday mornings, but only if I got up early enough which was hard for me (already a night person), Abbott and Costello on Sundays, Monte Python, who affected me so much I still sing their songs at every show, and of course the most incredible Carol Burnett. I challenge anyone to find a funnier show, I had tears in my eyes, and it still works today when you rewatch it. And then of course educational shows like Hogans Heroes and Gilligan's Island.
I'm sure I've missed some, but I feel that I would be remiss if I didn't give a great big thank you to those shows and my Mom for raising me right. Thanks for buckling under when I begged you for just one more, I think it did alot more good than harm. And then when the set was finally turned off, all the books that you bought me were still waiting for me to dive into, each a world of their own. God I loved them. Remember when I read The Chronicles of Narnia in one week? I don't think I slept at all, and I still went to school. Oh, and A Wrinkle In Time? Every Stephen King? The Talisman? Bulfinch's Mythology? Wow, Those were awesome days, thanks for the great education mom.