By 1965, my parents were determined to find better digs than a cold water tenement flat.
I remember hearing nightmare stories about how they had to stick my crib's legs in cans of kerosene at night to keep roaches and other vermin from waking me up. Now that I think of it, that wasn't a very safe option considering they were both heavy smokers at the time.
Mom worked standing room only in the operating room right up to my birth day and went back two weeks later, and dad's auto detailing and sales business was growing. It's only natural their hard work would yield some rewards.
We moved into a spanking new deluxe apartment in the sky called, Academy Spires. We had a park side view on the fifteenth floor, hot water, a bathtub, and I had my own room with a black and white TV.
It was in the Spires that I had my first Christmas as a child of privilege. The fake tree covered in glass ornaments reached the ceiling. I got my first record player called the GE Show and Tell which also showed slides in sync to a story. I still treasure my classic favorites from Peter and the Wolf and Peter Rabbit.
But what really had my interest was dad's new stereo cabinet, much like this one. I learned to use it quickly because I was hooked on three of his albums, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and the Incredible Jimmy Smith's Monster album with sound tracks to movies and TV shows like, Bewitched.
Jimmy Smith is not to be confused with my dad's untouchable collection of Little Jimmy Scott and other albums he collected when he worked for Savoy Records.
I have to say I'd never let my toddlers handle my electronics, but things were different back then. I think kids not only had more freedom, but were more accountable and responsible. Hum... why ... is something to consider.
I do know some "children's" programming was not for the little, but I was hooked. Watch an episode of the Flintstones or Bugs Bunny today, and you'll see what I mean. Saturday morning was the only real kid time. Johnny Quest inspired my archeology craze, Kimba the White Lion, my early anime phase, and Magilla Gorilla ... You gotta love Ogee.
But still in the running for my all time favorite TV show is Lost in Space. I think the seriousness of the topics it confronted got lost in transition from script to screen. Loneliness, vanity, loyalty, racism, it was all covered and ahead of its successor, Star Trek.
Kudos network TV for strengthening my moral fabric in an entertaining way. Full episodes of LIS can be found here.
Of all the TV shows, one stuck in my mind, and embedded itself for all time. We were staying down the shore in a motel. My parents were watching The FBI, thinking I was asleep. At the end of the show came a profile and mug shot of a criminal on the loose. I've had trouble sleeping ever since, thinking a cold blooded killer might break in like the one profiled. Silly huh?
No sillier than Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gilligan's Island. They all came out on 65' and also became staples on my must see TV list.
Anyway, here are a few other trinkets of the times.
The best movie of all times... IMHO:) I didn't see it until I was 7 but... we had the album of course.
Did you ever wonder what's up with the steam punk genre? The answer's here in this 1965 debut.
Stir up some memories with this 65' YouTube video.
Talk about bad for your teeth.
There were big changes coming in 1967, and we were in the eye of the storm. Anybody out there remember?