Does anybody know a shortcut to Memphis, Tennessee? Beverly and I are going to see our Tennessee family Thursday afternoon. We have to come back on Saturday afternoon. I hear it's about a 9 hour drive. That used to not bother me at all. When I was in school at ACU, Beverly and I would often drive to La Marque (near Galveston) on the weekend to see her parents. But that sure seems like a long drive now.
When Beverly and I were in San Francisco, we wondered why "The Streets of San Francisco" was never shown in reruns. I remembered it as a great detective show of the 70s. It starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Well, when we got back -- guess what? It is on one of the local independent stations. So I started DVRing it, and we have watched several episodes. The plots are pretty good, but other than Malden and Douglas, the acting seems to be poor.
And the clothes! Did we really used to dress like that?
It's funny watching shows from that era. Typewriters on the desks. Large, bulky phones. 19" TVs. HUGE cars. PAY PHONES! Telex machines.
The episodes we are watching right now are from the '75 season. That's the year Beverly and I started dating, so I'm sure we never saw them before.
There used to be some great detective shows during that time: "Barnaby Jones," "Kojak," "Columbo."
The genre I am waiting for a return to, however, is westerns. It seems like 80% of the shows from the late 50s and 60s were westerns. I still like to see them, too. "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "The Big Valley," "The Rifleman," "High Chaparral." And of course my favorite -- "Gunsmoke."