“WHO? COOTER BRONSON AND THE DUKES OF HARDY?”
by Rick Jones, Husband of the Minister's Wife
Last week I lamented that “I started feeling old when I realized how many people reading this might have no idea who Charles Bronson and Oliver Hardy were, and don't know that years before a very bad movie, Cooter Davenport and the Duke boys appeared in a very fun TV show.”
Many of you were aware of all three “cultural references,” but I focused on the comments that admitted unfamiliarity with them. And felt old.
Lots of things make me feel old. My collections of: cassette tapes; videos in VHS format; paperback books with a 35 cent cover price. I suppose that reveals something about my mental state: much of my “stuff” is simultaneously entertaining and depressing. It also proves that I'm parsimonious: if I own the cassette, I won't pay to upgrade to CD. It's cheaper to buy old cassette players for a buck each at yard sales.
I like “classic rock” music, but even that makes me feel old. The summer after I graduated college I became a radio DJ. Now, the oldies stations play “classics” that I played when they were in the top 10 on the pop charts!
I commented to a hospital worker recently that I wished the TV there got a certain channel because it aired “Perry Mason” twice a day.
She said, “Who?” I said, “The TV show, 'Perry Mason'.” She said, “What?” I said, “The – you never heard of – the TV show, with Raymond Burr?”
She said, “Who?”
I almost said that Burr was the actor who starred in the first “Godzilla” movie, but was afraid she might react by saying something about Matthew Broderick. Besides, I was getting achy and tired and wanted her to leave so I could take a nap.
As often happens on such occasions, I recalled Mick Jagger singing [from “Mother's Little Helper”], “What a drag it is getting old.” That was released back in 1966, and Mick is still singing it today, so “old” doesn't seem to be holding him back much. Still, I wonder if he feels odd when he sings “Time Is on My Side” . . .
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