Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And now for the evening news ...

(ok, maybe there WAS some hype back then)

I'm old.

"how old are you?"

I'm so old, I remember when the news was only on once a day.

"what? like, you only turned it on once a day?"

No, like it was only ON one time each day. At first, the evening news was only 15 minutes long. And only on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, there was no evening news.

"even on the cable channels?"

There were no cable channels. There was NBC, ABC and CBS. That was it.

"you're kidding"

Nope. People would read the newspaper, watch the news at night, and just live their lives the rest of the time.


It wasn't all bad. If something outrageous happened, like Miss California having an actual opinion, or the press corps standing up when the President walked in, it might be days before you heard about it. By that time it often wouldn't seem like such a big deal.

"sounds boring"

Not really. Imagine today's news without the hype, exaggeration, personalities and political spin. What would be left?

"just the facts, i guess"


"wow. i'd rather eat dirt. hey, i hear there's a video of the obama puppy pledging allegiance to the koran on youtube. gotta go."



  1. Hmmmm. I too remember the good old days.
    And we played outside, got dirty, rode bikes, and got exercise! All without video games.

  2. Funny... But then again, not so funny. I think we were better off with the way the news was back then.

  3. Rae: I know, it's amazing that we found things to do! Kids nowadays have no idea.

    MzzLily: I agree. Too much of a good thing is not so good sometimes!

  4. Lesley, That's the great thing about TV. We don't have to turn it on. I confess to being a news junkie. Recently though I began to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news so I took a few days off from the news. Now I'm more judicious about how much news I allow to saturate my consciousness.