It's National TV-Turnoff Week,(Ladies Drink Free!), poke here for proof! So's I wuz thinking that I'd divulge the fact that, except for fits-n-starts, our family grew up without a TV in the household.
Below, a high school friend's gentle teasing:
Because of no TV in the house, I had to grab it where I could get it. After Sunday's church service would be over, I'd dart over to the education building and go into the church library. There to greet me was an old black and white TV with really poor reception, but with the allure of watching Abbott & Costello reruns on Channel 11. As long as I'm not standing in a shallow pan of water, I'm quite proficient with a wire hanger, tin foil, and electricity (Mr. Wizard)!
While in high school, I was teased because I wrote for a homework assignment that "Love Boat" (or, "Love BLoat", as my sister Jane calls it) was my favorite show. Well, that show was on Saturday nights, which was my greatest opportunity for viewing TV while sleeping over a friend's house. And not because of a fascination with Charo. I assure you. No offense, Charo. (None taken, Megan, ai yiyiyi!!!)
Benefits of growing up without a TV: I can amuse myself for hours with just a kneaded eraser.
Drawbacks of growing up without a TV: Pop culture trivia knowledge from the 60s-early 80s: woefully missing. :-(