Forget the newbies; the oldies are still goldies

By John Pierre | Sep 26, 2013

Television.  Isn't it wonderful?  Not wonderful?  Would you buy tolerable?  Some of us who are a little older'n the average bear find much of the modern programming to be far less than tolerable.  But… "oldies?"  We love 'em.

A while back I stumbled (that actually happens when I forget my cane) across KVOS TV,  a Bellingham-based operation that shows almost nothing but oldie programs.  I have become a regular viewer of their offerings, and I would highly recommend them to some of my senior friends.

I won't attempt to list their entire lineup, but to mention just a few that may, or may not, whet your TV appetite, there are regular listings of shows such as Gunsmoke, Dragnet (just the facts, Ma'am), Gilligan's Island (a three-hour tour), F-Troop and Hogan's Heroes.

One of my favorites is Perry Mason, the never-lost-a-case lawyer played by Raymond Burr.  My late mother loved Burr for many years, and probably saw most of Perry Mason's brilliance from 1957 when the show made its debut.  Burr was a Canadian who spent much of his life in Hollywood.   He was a 6' 2'' large man and probably weighing less than 200 in the early days.

Burr was famous for his fabulous dinner parties, which featured gourmet dishes.  It would seem that he enjoyed his dinners better than most of his guests shown by the fact that, during the Perry Mason years, he continued to expand and became… to quote an old family saying… "fatter'n three pigs in a windstorm."  Don't ask me to clarify the meaning of that saying, even though I'm the guy who invented it.  It simply works for me.

As time continued on, Burr became wheelchair-bound, probably due to his immense weight.  I can only guess, but he appeared to be north of 400 pounds.

Perry Mason not only had the distinction of never having lost a case but, in fact, was probably the only lawyer in history who managed to cause his client to be cleared of all charges and caused an accuser to admit, under cross examination, to be guilty of the crime (usually a murder) in front of a packed courtroom.

Amazing!  These days, with a rare exception or two, an accused never admits to anything other than his or her complete innocence.

Having said all of that, I would love to encourage some of you to start watching KVOS "MeTV" which I find on channel 12.  I'm not sure if that works with all TV connections but, since it is one of the "local" channels, I suspect it does.

Just the facts, Ma'am.

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