The list author says: "Yes, now we know it was all lies, all those perfect families and that, but DANG IT, President Eisenhower SAID it was all so! *.*
This was truly the Atomic Age and we saw lots of Sci-fi movies at the Drive-in Theater as a result. But TV mostly focused upon the perfect family, I suppose a form of mass brain-washing. Anyway, it didn't work because us Baby-Booming Woodstockers eventually came along, challenged EVERYTHING (pretty much ruined the country), and busted up all the Mona Lisas and Ivory Towers!
But just once in awhile, I like to take this nostalgic media tour to see how things were before my pals and I totally wrecked the perfect world that we lived in, where there were no video games and no McDonald's trash along the roadsides (but LOTS of Pabst Blue Ribbon long-necked bottles!).
Lionel train sets (Biblical in magnitude!), Daisy BB Guns (and Red Ryder ones), stallion guns (revolvers), cap guns, Roy Rogers guns [we LIKED guns!!!] and all manner of other Roy Rogers stuff like lunchboxes, German Eyeball pocket knives, chemistry sets with REAL chemicals (Wo-Ho!!!), cool Boy Scout stuff.... we had it all!
Oh, yeah! And the crooked evening TV game shows for money all got busted!!!"
"This western series began in '58. I have known many western TV and film stars and not ONE of them ever had one good thing to say about Chuck Connors! But I really liked this show (except for that noxious kid who shouted "Paw!!!" all the time)."
"OMG! My dad NEVER missed The Lawrence Welk show which I always thought was really creepy... but I've taken to watching re-runs lately and the man was a brilliant producer of professional entertainment."