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February 25, 2014

Looking back as television came about

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When the Lone Ranger came on, I was in heaven, my favorite radio program was now on TV. A lot of the old radio shows were tried and found to be way off when on live action TV. If you listened to Lum and Abner or the Great Gildersleeve on radio, you had to use your imagination and that was the best part of it. On TV, you could see what was going on and at times it was far from as much fun as what you may have thought in your mind.

One of the things I remember is Miss Ball some how knew one of the professional wrestlers of the time. A fund raiser for something, the school was having a real live actual Professional Wrestling match in Rushville at Memorial Gym. One of the detested wrestling villains of the time was Ivan Rasputin, a barrel chested squat nasty guy who did every dirty trick that there was. And Miss Ball knew him.

Prior to the match when I was just goofing off, I saw both Ivan and Miss Ball and wondered what was going on? It seems some where along the line they met and knew and liked each other. Both hammed it up for the crowd and the gym was full and loved the extra entertainment. I will never forget that evening and my respect for Miss Ball, which was pretty high anyway, went way up.

Dad sold Philco televisions and so that was what we had. I loved to watch the Philco advertisements and thought dad surely had something to do with that. Auto dealers then as now were heavy into TV. Furniture stores were too and usually had a pretty stupid ad to go along with it . And of course there were some auto dealers who like to make a fool of themselves too, so guess it was the camera that made people be stupid. Just look at the reality shows of today to see that. We had Admiral, Philco, DuMont, RCA, General Electric, Sarkis Tarzian television sets sold in Rushville and all the dealers did a land office business.

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