Lately, I've been frequenting my local library a lot. Libraries have been my friends ever since first grade when my then best friend, Stevie Jo (Stephanie Joyce) asked me to go with her after school to the library branch after school. Since we tended to dawdle on our way home, our mothers didn't worry too much if we (Imagine two six-year-olds walking fourteen blocks alone today!) were a bit late so I said okay because I wanted to see what it was all about.
Stevie Jo turned in her books and began choosing books to take home. I wanted books, too, and she told me I had to have library card and should go ask the lady at the desk for the application and she would tell me what I needed to do. So I did and then we walked home and I couldn't wait to get to my house to ask my folks if I could have a library card.
It wasn't a problem -- they knew I liked to read and that I read well and they liked it that I did. They didn't know that it created a monster. I would take the allowed three books and be back a couple days later for more and quickly was allowed to take out 2nd and 3rd grade books. My sister, age 3, liked it, too, because I read my books to her and sometimes brought home picture books for her.
Libraries today are a lot different. In addition to books and reference material, they truly are media centers with everything from books to computers. When I was first separated, I didn't have a computer and I would stop by to check my email from the Internet friends in those pre-blog days.
Lately, I'm haunting the video department for DVDs of old movies and television programs. My latest find is "The Fugitive" -- not the Harrison Ford/Tommy Lee Jones movie but the television series starring David Janssen, who for my money, was one of the finest-looking specimens of masculinity ever to grace the tube. The show was on for four seasons (1963-1967) and three of them so far are on DVD. It was one of the most popular shows on television and the finale still ranks is in the top 20 of most watched episodes!
We loved it at our house and I have been having a blast watching them and marvel that each season had THIRTY episodes!!!! And seeing the list guest stars is a delight. Imagine a young Ed Asner, Tuesday Weld, and Telly Savalas and many, many more!!! The one that really gave me a giggle was Betty Garrett who most of us remember best from "All in the Family" and "LaVerne and Shirley" and is my blogging friend TheOldOldLadyoftheHills's best friend. By the way, Betty is still working at age 90!!! What a gal!
I'm a tad irritated that season 4 isn't available yet but I guess I can wait but as soon as they have it, my name will be on the reserve list! And yeah, I still think David Janssen is my kind of hero.
Remember the opening?
Is there favorite program/series you would like to see again? Check your local library for a blast back to simpler times and enjoy your favorite shows.
It's nice to visit old friends, isn't it?