Even though Jackie and I have been living here in the Ark-Mo area for more than six months, our TV has never been hooked up to the cable or Direct-TV. There are several reasons for this.
First, I don't watch the filth and trash which is so readily accessible on most programs and I do not intend to pay my hard-earned money to have such rotten stuff piped into my home.
Second, I have enjoyed movies, especially the old ones, and one of my smart brothers said I could just hook up the video player and watch all I wanted. He was right. And I do. The video rental folks like me.
Third, for years I have been an avid fan of public broadcasting. Kept it turned on almost all the time. When I was unable to pull it in here in the hills, the same brother who clued me in about the video player climbed on top of my house and affixed a large FM radio antenna to the chimney, and now I enjoy my old companions, Garrison Keeler and "Prairie Home Companion" (5 p.m . Saturday), "Car Talk" with the Tappet Brothers, Click and Clack (9 a.m. Saturday), and a wonderful selection of semi-classical music off and on all day with breaks for the news of the day. That suits me fine.
But the last and best reason of all is the fun I have when someone asks me if I saw such and such a program and I say, "No, I don't have a television." One would think I had suddenly grown a second head or even a third. I may very well be the only person in Fulton County who has been weaned from the tube.
Please do not think I am preaching and I certainly do not mean to offend anyone. I know there are a few good shows on television. To each his own, but many times down through the years I have wondered what my parents and grandparents would have thought about the programs our kids now watch.
I know exactly what Daddy would have done. He didn't keep a loaded shotgun but he always knew where the shells were.