I have always been told, hind sight is 20/20 and now that I’m older, I see the truth in those words of wisdom. When I was younger, there were a number of things I thought I knew so much about – that now I am not so sure of and if truth be known, I didn’t actually know a thing about. Let me list a few examples:
- All the money I had in my hand that I didn’t know about when I used my mother’s clothes pins while growing up to attach Mickey Mantle baseball cards to the spokes of my bicycle, baseball cards that now are worth hundreds of dollars.
- That most of my childhood friends and I would not remain best friends even after making a pinkie promise to that effect. Time would push and pull us in different directions and leave us miles apart later in life. (This year, I hope to reconnect with some of those friends at the 40th reunion of the RCHS class of 1974.)
- That is was possible there would be more choices and channels to watch than just 4, 6, 8 and 13 — and that nothing could be more annoying than falling asleep in front of the television only to wake up to the test pattern after a station had signed off for the night and an obnoxious sound emitting from the television. (Now we have infomercials that are worse than any test pattern and I pay for 200 more television stations than I watch on a monthly basis.)
- That shows like The Lone Ranger, Roller Derby, Sky King, Leave it to Beaver, Roy Rogers, Bonanza, Lassie and Lawrence Welk would go by the wayside and be replaced by shows such as The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, Perry Mason, All in the Family, Dynasty and Barnaby Jones, that would in turn be replaced by a slew of really bad reality shows today.