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My Old Black And White

What I’d give to wake in the morning and hear those church bells ring
To turn on my old black and white and hear Gene Autry sing
Turn back the time to simpler days with Roy and Dale too
Wait for the Late Show and watch the antics of Bud and Lou
All the girls thought Kookie Byrnes was really hip
Driving a convertible on Seventy Seven Sunset Strip
Kryptonite was the only thing that could make Superman falter
Ramar’s friend Charlie talked to a parrot named Walter
I watched Kitty and Chester on Gunsmoke and listened to Ricky sing
There was Circus Boy, My Friend Flicka and don’t forget Sky King
There was Jeff and Lassie, Davy Crockett and the Wild Frontier
I’d watch Robin Hood and Marian in the days of Queen Guinevere
Remember The Thin Man, The Whistler and The Shadow Knows
Alfred Hitchcock and Inner Sanctum were two of my favorite shows
I remember Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Perry Como would croon
What’s my Line, Beat the Clock and Name That Tune
The Life of Riley, Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best
Palladin, Sugarfoot, and Cheyenne in the Old West
Boxing from Madison Square Garden on Friday Night
I saw it all on my old black and white.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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Date: 2/6/2011 12:23:00 AM
I sure love this kind of poem. I was born when this stuff was hot I think but a lot of it I recall from the reruns on the old black and white! Luv, Andrea
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Date: 8/22/2009 11:52:00 AM
Wonderful!! What about Amos & Andy and George & Gracie? Was Fibber McGee & Molly ever on T.V. or was that just radio? So glad you're here with all your nostalgia, Vince!!
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Date: 8/21/2009 1:57:00 PM
A remarkable account of the old TV stars that graced the "black and white" screen. What I'd give to see Robin Hood and Marian again, but Hitchcock was my favorite, second only to Sky King. It seems like family values have slipped away in the last couple decades. (My aunt dated Perry Como and I have a ring he gave to her.) This is definitely going to my faves, Vince! So many wonderful memories here. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 8/21/2009 12:00:00 PM
This is awesome! Your words flow like a perfect river and bring so many memories with it! I love this! Great Job!
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Date: 8/21/2009 10:53:00 AM
Provided the weather was good and we didn't get too much snow. Interesting thoughts put to pen. Keep writing. Sara
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Date: 8/21/2009 10:39:00 AM
Vince, thank you for the memories. Those were the days weren't they. It would be nice to be back there sometimes. But I will settle for life now and the memories. Thank you for sharing Vince. Love, Carol
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Date: 8/21/2009 10:00:00 AM
Vince this is truly a Gem to be cherished - a fav - I grew up with my Grandparent's and we had an old black and white that would heat up just about the end of every game or movie and go to snow - God that used to make us so mad - We would have to turn it off and let it cool down and then just about the time the show or game was all over it would come back on - You know on TVLND they still have a bunch of the old shows Andy Griffith, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, I Love Lucy, etc - God Bless you Vince, MJ
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