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!