Technicolor Dreams, (and Ponderosa Eye's)

I remember this just as vivid now, as it had happened then, and it has been over half a century. My father had been gone for over a year and a half, and I missed him more than anything. He was in the army, a military lifer, stationed in Germany. He would always take us with him when he was transferred to a new army post, but because of my mom, he went to Germany alone, and left us in North Carolina. I hated it.

My mom would not go to Germany, because she was afraid to fly. My dad, did everything he could to talk her into it it, but she refused. I had to do without my Dad for a long, long time, because of my mother's fear of flying. In our house, we had an old TV my father had bought off a fellow soldier, who had transferred out. It was an old box-shaped, black and white TV, that would barely get any reception at times. Well, most of the time.

I loved watching my cartoons, especially on Saturday mornings, along Howdy Doody and the other kid shows. But on our television, we could only pick up one channel, in black & white, and a horizontal line kept coming up, over and over and over. I finally had to quit watching, it was so frustrating. But, as in all things when my Dad was alive, he rode in on his white steed, and fixed the problem. My Dad, came home.

When I first saw him, I ran to him like you see the little kids on TV today, when their mothers and fathers come home from Iraq. I rode him as long as i could, and when he sat down in the living room, and I turned on our television, he was shocked. Right away, he said "What is this? This won't do. Let's go and get a new TV". YESSS! We loaded up and went shopping.

My Dad was a Zenith man, when it came to TV's, just like he was a Dodge man, when it came to cars. He bought a brand new, color, Zenith TV, and I remember this vividly. There were not a lot of TV shows in color at the time, but Bonanza was, and by the time we got home, and hooked the TV up to a new antenna, it was time for the family to sit down and watch our first TV show in color.

The music started for Bonanza, and the Cartwright family, Ben, his son's, Adam, Hoss and "little" Joe, rode up on their horses. Then, the coolest thing in the world happened. They showed a map of the Ponderosa, on fire, and all these beautiful Technicolor, colors, would come out of the screen, as they showed the beautiful scenery of the Ponderosa and the Cartwright house. My dad had done it again. He had again made his son proud. He died at 42, and to this day, not a day goes by when I don't think of this great man. Also, I still remember the first time I saw Technicolor, color, and it was beautiful! 


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Comment by Kenneth Sibbett on September 29, 2012 at 10:11am

Hey Kim~~Hope you're doing great~I'm trying to re-everything my computer after it tore up last night and I had to take everything off. An all day job. AAAHHHaaahhhhaaa!!:-)

Comment by Kimberly on September 29, 2012 at 8:40am

I know I read this over.  I still like it.  I like the memory of your Dad coming home.  Hey Kenny!

Comment by Kimberly on June 23, 2012 at 12:58pm


:-)  Now you have five comments.  

Comment by Kimberly on June 23, 2012 at 12:57pm

My Dad died a few years back.  He was never around much.  My Grandfather died when I was 23 and he was my true Father figure.  I miss my Grandfather too.  This story was wonderful and let me a glimpse into your own life as a child.  Thank-you for sharing.

Comment by Kenneth Sibbett on December 3, 2011 at 6:07pm

Wow, two comments, hah~~My lucky day. I had forgot I wrote this, until Violet commented. Thank you Violet, and Creek, you ole' goat, thanks a lot, and kiss  (ugh) FreD for me~~

Comment by Violet on December 3, 2011 at 12:05pm



Comment by Kenneth Sibbett on November 13, 2011 at 8:01am

Thanks Guys! I should have edited it some more, but after writing the "parent" one, I was tired, so I went to bed.

Comment by Jason Giecek on November 13, 2011 at 3:17am

This one made me cry!!!! Good stuff my friend, good stuff indeed!!!!!

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on November 12, 2011 at 6:15pm

Isnt it nice that we can relate to Technicolor.. Kids today have no idea.

Thanks kenny for blogging.. HUGGGGGGGGG

My Dad was a Zenith man

so was mine hahaha


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