T.V. clips offer timeline for memories

Pickett Line

I've been going through all my old radio programs, putting them onto other cassettes, and I've been struck by a series I did on television memories. And I propose a kind of kaleidoscope of things I've been hearing:

Dave Garroway, our NBC morning friend ... the Hollywood 10 hearings ... Milton Berle, who maybe had to be seen ... Ed Sullivan and his big "shews" ... Lucy and Desi, Fred and Ethel ... the Cisco Kid, "must" in our house ... "Here comes Arthur Godfrey, our talent scout emcee" ... "It's Howdy Doody time" ... "Mr. Peepers, Wally Cox ... Gobel, "I'll be a dirty bird" ...

Jack Benny, "I'm thinking, I'm thinking" ... the Army con man, Sgt. Bilko ... Ernie Kovacs and sight gags ... the majesty of "Victory at Sea" ... Captain Kangaroo every morning ... "Mickey Mouse Club, Mickey Mouse Club" ... "Borned on a mountain top in Tennessee" ... "Love and marriage, love and marriage" ... Rod Steiger, Marty, the butcher ... Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now" ... "Peter Gunn" ...

The Army-McCarthy hearings ... Frank Costello's hands ... "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" ... Marlin Perkins, "Wild Kingdom" ... Groucho Marx ... Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca ... Kukla, Fran and Ollie ... Steve Allen to Jack Paar to Johnny Carson ... Murrow, "Person to Person" ... "Just the facts, ma'am" ... "The Honeymooners" ... the panel on "What's My Line?" ... "Your Hit Parade" ...

Perry Mason and Della Street ... Charles Van Doren confessing ... Kennedy and Nixon debating ... Ozzie and Harriet ... Robert Young, "Father Knows Best" ... Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti ... "Be careful, Matt" ... Hitchcock on the tube ... "77 Sunset Strip" ... Wagon Train, will it get to California? ... The Four Days after an assassination ...

Political conventions with drama ... the five on "Bonanza" ... "Masterpiece Theatre" ... Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare, young doctors ... "The Beverly Hillbillies" ... Andy Griffith and Don Knotts ... all the years of "Star Trek" ... Carol Burnett as Scarlett O'Hara ... Flip Wilson as Geraldine ... Efrem Zimbalist Jr., "The FBI" ... the awful Democratic convention of '48 ...

The Smothers Brothers ... Culp and Cosby, "I Spy" ... "Mission: Impossible" ... "Would you believe 'Get Smart'" ... the big wave on "Hawaii Five-O" ... "one small step for a man" ... "You bet your sweet bippy" ... Little House and Walton's Mountain ... Korean War surgeons on M*A*S*H ... slavery on "Roots" ... "Holocaust" ...

Mary in that Minneapolis newsroom ... Archie and Edith ... "Happy Days," the Fonz ... "I am not a crook" ... Olympics every four years ... "I'm livin' on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, WKRP" ... "Movin' on up to the east side" ... "Taxi" ... "Jeopardy" .. Vanna White knowing the alphabet ... "The Flambards" ... Boston Pops ...

"Who shot J.R.?" ... "Falcon Crest" wine country ... the phony rich on "Dynasty" ... a dirty police station, "Hill Street Blues" ... "Marcus Welby, M.D." ... Jack Klugman as "Quincy" ... "Charlie's Angels" ... "Kojak" sucking a lollipop ... a fat private eye named "Cannon" ... "Sixty Minutes" ... "Saturday Night Live" ...

Tall ships for the Bicentennial ... "Cheers," where everybody knows your name ... that wild hospital, "St. Elsewhere" ... four guys, "The A-Team" ... "The Equalizer" ... lady cops, "Cagney and Lacey" ... Don Johnson on "Miami Vice" ... "Matlock," who loves hot dogs ... Walter Cronkite ...

"Moonlighting" ... Jerry Lewis and his kids ... World Series ... NCAA basketball ... Master's and British Open ... Jessica Fletcher, a murder on every vacation trip ... Miss Marple ... Benny Hill, near-raw comedy from abroad ... Reagan, the pope, Sadat, assassins and would-be assassins at work ...

Bill Cosby and his family ... "We're off to see the Wizard" ... Bert and Ernie, Big Bird ... Siskel and Ebert, movie reviews ... Oprah ... slime and Morton Downey Jr. ... "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" ... MacNeil-Lehrer ... "L.A. Law" ... Archie a cop on "In the Heat of the Night" ...

"Brideshead Revisited" ... "Winds of War" ... "The Thorn Birds" ... "Lonesome Dove" ... David Letterman lampoons Dan Quayle ... young marrieds on "Thirtysomething" ... Wide World of Sports ... Monty Python ... and all the shows that have come since my series ended ...

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