Labor Day Flashback

August 21, 2007 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

 

I think the 80s generation  (“my generation” who grew up in the mid 70s – late 80s) is in a weird spot for memories. Our childhood was spent with rereuns of our parents TV shows, and the icons from that time that were still popular. Maybe that’s why I just HAD to flip to the The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on and off on Monday 9/4. I feel an obligation to him-even though I’ve never met him, and only known him through the small screen. Used to be I tried to stay up as long to help the cause. If I woke up at 3am I would flip it on, see who was performing, and how Jerry was holding up.

That said, many of those American icons are special to me too even now at 38. Carson, Dean Martin, etc. Last week, we had Ed McMahon as a guest on Murphy, Sam, and Jodi before the telethon. It’s my first contact ever with him-and it occurred to me in a voice in my head that said “Oh my God, this is the ACTUAL Ed McMahon’. Sidekick to Johnny Carson. Living legend. Consummate pro.”

The older I get , the more sappy and sentimental I get about some of these people, many of whom are gone. Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson. My peers feel the same, but drop 10 years younger, and you enter a world where those names are known, but without any real meaning to the person you ask.

I ‘m not an “old fogey” – and not labeling anyone younger than me. Guess I’m trying to say that the world of ” a few channels and large audiences” ended with the 80s generation. By the 90s there were 100 cable channels, and in 2000 IM, email ,myspace – you name it. There really is no large forum on a stage where the world hears it all anymore–and that’s the reason our icons of today are not as universal.

So anyway, I made my donation to Jerry’s kids today – just like I have since I have been old enough to donate. Today I donate on line. I even watched clips of the telethon online. Not so much on regular TV. BUT for some reason a voice inside of me says I have to?.it’s just part of Labor Day??Jerry looks great at 80. McMahon still sidekicking him at 83. Would love to hear from you.

 

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