The Shadow always knew, Kingfish was always in trouble, the Lone Ranger always rode his trusty steed Silver and Abbott and Costello worried about who was on first.
If you don’t remember, then you were born too late to remember listing to WSM radio each week for the Grand Ole Opry. You may not realize it, but the Opry today – the one in the fancy surroundings of Gaylord Entertainment - is still broadcast live over the radio.
But then again, the choices in those days were limited. No one ever heard of FM stations and the AM stations dotted every little corner of the country. Now the FM stations are filled with almost any variety of music of your choosing while the majority of the AM stations are flooded with talk shows that discuss everything from politics to who shot J. R.
Radio has now expanded its technology to make sure the traveling public – the majority of those listing to radio – don’t have to worry about changing channels as they move up and down the freeway. For a small fee each month you can tune in your choice of a number of musical genres as well as talk shows that will stay constant as you travel from one side of the country to another.
For most of us the radio has become something that fills the background space with noise as we go about our daily tasks or travel from home to work to shopping.
We know things change, but we still miss The Hornet, Amos and Andy, Jack Benny, Bud Abbott and the others that kept us entertained many years ago.
(A footnote: Did anyone realize that actors on the Amos and Andy show were white? Only when the show moved to television were the actors portrayed by black actors.)
Young people can be a bit exasperating at times. Especially when they are your younger siblings. And especially when they are the female members of the family.
Like younger sisters!
We received an email from the one who can write chastising us for getting the birth order of the family a bit confused in a recent column.
"I will have you know that number three in the series of six is NOT having a "procedure", that would be number four," she writes. "I will expect to have a retraction made in the very NEAR future. I will have you know that number three seems to be in a healthy state----at least healthier than numbers one and two."
It was signed number three.
Well, actually she is correct. It is the number four sibling who is apparently beginning to fall apart and not number three. Number four recently managed to reach the age of 50 in fairly good shape. Now he has to face what we all have found to be a reality: more and more visits to the doctor.
So, dear sister, here is your retraction.
This is a non-related item but we thought it appropriate: My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a seatbelt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the passenger side door's map pocket.
(Never argue with the press. We buy ink by the barrel).
Every day we either read something or otherwise notice that we are getting older. That’s not a bad thing when you consider the choices.
Having an employee go to a meeting only to return and tell us the speaker "was old" doesn’t help when they also add "they looked to be about 50 or so."
Well, it doesn’t get any better.
We were reading the news release about the Kentucky Sports Authority making an announcement of a Senior Women’s Professional Golf tour event planned for Kentucky. The announcement was apparently the first official action of the group.
As we read the article, we read across the list of names of those committed to appear. Admittedly, we didn’t recognize some of the ladies mentioned. Mostly, because we just don’t watch women’s tour golf. (They’re too good!)
But the part that caught our attention was the qualifications required to play on the
Senior tour: To qualify for the Women's Senior Golf Tour, players must be at least 45 years old.
Spring chickens, if you ask us.
Vyron Mitchell is editor and general manager of The Cadiz Record. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.