You’re looking at the picture again, aren’t you? Trying to figure out how this bulb and tubing could be a remote control? Well, this is what changed the channels on our old Philco television when I was growing up. You plug the non-bulb end into the t.v., then use the bulb to pump air through it, which would then switch something inside to change the channel. Only up, no down. But with only 13 or so channels to cycle through back then, it didn’t take long. AND, it meant less getting up to change the channel, a chore that fell to the five of us children at that stage of life.
I thought it might be fun to chat about what television shows you watched as a child. For us, Sunday nights were spent mesmerized by the acts on the Ed Sullivan Show. Does anyone still remember that? The Beattles, the death-defying acts, the plate spinning, Topo Gigio (LOVE that little guy!)
I fell in love with a short-lived show called Maya, about two boys traveling through India on an elephant. I think I was a little in love with Sajid Kahn. My brothers used to terrorize my on Saturday nights, saying they would change the channel when my show was coming on. The horror!
My husband’s favorite shows from “back then” were Dobie Gillis and The Phil Silvers Show (Ernie Bilko anyone?). He’s been able to catch some of these shows on the tvland channel and has been enjoying the heck out of them.
How about you? What did you watch growing up?