Raise your hand if you grew up watching black and white TV. Remember when you only got 3 channels on your television? And eventually 4! And the day started, and ended, with that familiar TV Test Pattern. It meant the idea of watching television 24 hours a day had not yet been invented, developed, or common place.
Television in Black and WhiteYou could hardly see for all the snow,
So you spread the rabbit ears as far as they’d go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
“Good night David, Good night Chet”
Depending on the channel you tuned,
You’d get Rob and Laura or Ward and June,
Andy Griffith and Barney Fife,
Lawrence Welk or This is Your Life.
I Love Lucy and The Real McCoys,
Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys.
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train.
Superman and Lois Lane.
Father Knows Best and Patty Duke,
Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too.
Donna Reed on Thursday night,
Life looked better in black and white
They were simple folks living a simple life,
Where everything always turned out right.
The good guys always won the fight.
I wanna’ go back to black and white.
In God they trusted, in their own bed they slept.
A promise made was a promise kept.
They never cussed or broke a vow,
They’d never make the network now.
Nowadays nothing’s the way it seems
In living color or on the screens.
The good guys don’t always win the fight,
Life doesn’t always turn out right.
If only I could, I’d rather be
In a TV world of ‘63.
It felt so good, it felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.
I’d trade all the channels on the satellite,
If I could just turn back the clock tonight
To when everybody knew wrong from right.
Life was better in black and white!
Remembering Those Black and White Words
"Barney, you promised me when I gave you that bullet you'd keep it in your shirt pocket. Now, why'd you take it out?" ~ Andy Taylor
"Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” ~ Ricky Ricardo
Rob Petrie: "How's your white satin evening gown? "
Laura Petrie: "Fine. How's your red flannel bathrobe? "
"Gee, Mr. Wilson - you're the best friend a kid could ever
"Gee Mr. Wilson, for a grownup, you're swell". ~ Dennis the Menace
The Lone Ranger: "Don't worry about this mask, it's on the side of the law. "
Alice Kramden: "I've got to admit it, Ralph. For once in your life, you were right: we never should've gotten a television set." ~ The Honeymooners
In the Words of Festus Haggin from Gunsmoke
"He ain't got the gumption to pound sand down a rat hole."
"The onliest thing you get from stradlin' the fence is a sore backside."
"You couldn't burst a bird's egg with a ball-pene hammer."
"Tighter than the feathers on a prairie chicken's rump."
"No more chance than a grass hopper in a hen house."
"Ain't you startin' to itch before you git bit?"
"When you learn a thing a day you store up smart."