Friday Night TV, 1966

6:30-10:00 p.m.

6:30-10:00 p.m.

Friday nights over forty years ago is as crystal clear as if it were today. Piano

lessons right after school with the nuns. Many bruised knuckles, but I guessed I deserved them. I had to walk downtown for the lessons. My grandmother lived only two blocks away.

The evening was saved by watching color television with her. (The first that I had ever seen.) It was a real treat. A sandwich to eat and a Friday night of television to devour.

6:30 was “Wild, Wild West,” the theme music still haunts me. 7:30 was “Hogan’s Heroes,” just fun. 8:00 was “Gomer Pyle,” still haven’t matched his acting voice with his singing voice. 8:30 was “Mr. Roberts,” this was a thirty minute break for me; don’t know why I didn’t care for that show. The highlight of the evening was last, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” an engaging drama that I’m sure I’d now laugh at compared to today’s programs.

Then I would make the long walk back home.

Silly? Yes. Enduring? Absolutely. My grandmother? Accommodating with her color television.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. Serving as Administrator, St. Catherine of Alexandria, 8661 N. 76 Place, Milwaukee, WI. 53223. www.stcatherinemke.org. Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on Amazon.com.
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