Monday, January 14, 2008

Old friends...dear friends...

Once a long time ago it seems now, I wrote a post raving about the old game shows that were running on GSN's "Black and White Overnight" slot in the wee hours. Shortly after, of course, they pulled them in favor of other things.

Two of them are finally back; "What's My Line" and "I've Got A Secret". I've caught a few episodes these last couple of weeks, and though I taped them the last time through and watched each one, it's still a treat to have them back. I wish I didn't get home an hour after they are done each night! It's no wonder that John Daly, the host of the first one, became the first announcer on the "Voice of America" radio broadcasts.

Garry Moore, the host of the second one, has to have been one of the gentlest souls to grace the airwaves. A different era, when one didn't have to be cruel or rude to "get ahead" or get the ratings...

His closing for each episode has been an inspiration to me:

"Please be kind to each other!"

Knowing that each of you that I find here will do that without exhortation from me, I have paraphrased him a bit and asked that the day, or the week, or the weekend ahead be kind to each of you.

So after my 6 day work week, and my one day off; after waking to a house full of grandkids who spent the night and watching "Evan Almighty" with them (10 thumbs up); after finding my Netflix movie ("America" from 1924) to be actually broken; after running laundry (5 loads today) and doing dishes while Dottie, Bill and Laura caught up on "Stargate: Atlantis" before we watched the pilot movie for "Heroes"; I shall ask once again, before I wander off to the shower, and then to bed to begin the week anew tomorrow, that...

May the week be kind to each of you!

I am grateful to each of you for your examples in how to live and survive this world; the words of wisdom and kindness that always find their way here; for showing me so many ways to become someone better in this life! Thank you each for being you!

alan

13 comments:

ZILLA said...

I always get a lift when I stop by here. Back atcha, brother!

ConnieJane said...

I always look forward to your words of wisdom.

Personalities in the "old days" were being themselves for the most part when we saw them. Gary Moore, Carol Burnett, Red Skelton, Perry Como, et.al. where who we saw not someone playing what they thought we thought we wanted them to be. We loved them for who they were naturally. Today if you don't fit the mold you're voted off (i.e. Rosie).

It's nice to be here because, well, Alan is Alan. Thanks for being you.

Akash said...

Wonderful Blog Alan, thank you!

fineartist said...

Oh Alan I wish I could give you a big old hug a roonie! Maybe some day...because you're the cat's meow, you're the bee's knees, you're my friend, and I loves ya!

Connie Jane mentioned Red Skelton, oh man I loved that man. Loved his comedy, and remember watching his show faithfully as a kid. when I got older I wondered if he was really as funny as I remembered him being, so I went and bought a couple of old videos, yep, still just as funny. I especially love the skit he does about the man and his wife going up in the empire state building. heh.

xx

Deb said...

I love the GSN but haven't caught the old What's My Line or I've Got a Secret. I did see the NEW I've Got a Secret, and had to usher my daughter out of the room as it was verrrry risque. My how times changE!!

von Krankipantzen said...

Aw, you're so sweet. May the week be kind to you as well.

Jess said...

Thank YOU Alan! I hope you have a great week..and I agree..Evan Almighty was a good flick! :p

robin andrea said...

It is so good to be reminded that there really was a gentler time, that we didn't imagine it. Is there any reason to hope that we could go back to that? Probably not. But we find that kindness and the nostalgia for it, in places like your blog, alan.

Barbara said...

I just love dropping in here to read what's up with you, Dottie and the grandkids. I love that you love to fish, fix things and love jazz. I love that you are who you are and that's what keeps me coming back.

MB said...

May the week be kind to you, also, Alan. It'd only be fair return for the kindness that you consistently offer others.

CrackerLilo said...

Oh, Alan, that is so sweet. And so typical from you. And so very welcome this week! May the week be kind to you as well!

On a less-mushy note, I always like Jerry Springer's closing: "Take care of yourselves, and each other." It almost cancels out the 59 and a half minutes that preceded it!

Sassy said...

This week hasn't been very kind to me =(

I'm curious about the new lie detector game show that's coming out. haha

Even Almighty was an excellent movie!

Hope you are having a kind week =)

ryssee said...

May it be kind to you as well! You deserve it.