May 23 was a most auspicious day for thousands
of families across our land. For on this day, they
joined one another in support of "morality in
television," by keeping their television sets off
for a full day.
After school, our day went as follows...
"Hey mom, you mean we can't even watch
The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family?"
"Hey honey, we'll skip Harry Reasoner, but
don't you think it's a bit unfair to make us
miss Walter Cronkite?"
"Time for Crosswits."
"Hey honey, you know how much you like
to watch the $100,000 Name That Tune show.
"I'll bite my nails. We've got to show the world
that no sacrifice is too great in this matter."
"They're showing 'The Yearling,' tonight at
eight. We really ought to watch it. It's a
"Didn't you see it originally, in 1946?"
"Honey, you really ought to let me watch
Country Night of Stars. Charlie Pride and
Tennessee Ernie Ford are appearing."
"Sorry, no show."
"I'm going to bed. I don't feel well.
"Good night, Johnny Carson, wherever
(Written in May, 1978)