Reality TV of the ’80s

My family never had a TV until 1982. Even then, it was a simple, small black and white TV that sat on the kitchen counter. Dad told us we should use our imaginations to entertain ourselves. Besides, the entire world was out there for us to experience. We didn’t need to breed mediocrity by watching what everybody else was watching. If we couldn’t entertain ourselves with activity and we wanted to watch TV, he said, look out a window. If you want to watch something different, look out a different window.

A few years ago, some hooligans broke into my parent’s house. Of the things they stole were my parent’s TV and VCR machine. I remember talking to my parents about the break-in. Dad asked, what am I going to do without the TV? I laughed and told him, look out a window. If you want to watch something different, look out a different window.

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