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Many of you may recall this line from the hit song from Gladys Knight and The Pips, although not in the same context which I am referring to.
“Imagination” is defined as, “the ability of the mind to be creative of images not present to the senses.”
Here’s a little background on myself…as a young boy of 9, (yes, I was a boy once…) my father was transferred to head the office of Johnson & Johnson in Lima, Peru. So, off went the family to an unknown territory only heard of in geography books!
As a child being raised he in the U.S., TV played an important part of my Saturday mornings! Do you remember the cartoons? Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Sylvester and Tweety, and Casper the friendly Ghost all showed up to entertain us. Then, of course, there appeared The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles, Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Fury, The Circus Boy, etc… Boy, the list goes on and on!
Ok, now imagine, (there’s that word again) living in a country where, at that time, there was NO TV! Yep! Nothing! Nada! My dad, seeing my predicament, bought me a shortwave radio that brought U.S. programs into my bedroom! Wow! The Lone Ranger and most of my other friends were there, if only in sound! My sense of imagination was created! I could “see” the horses galloping by the sound of their hoofs or the bullets flying by the shots I heard. I could hear and “see” my beloved baseball game by imaging that long fly ball, that was just hit with the crack of the bat, in my mind! I was enthralled! Couldn’t wait to finish my homework and turn on my alter world! Boy, it was hard to get to sleep after listening to “The Inner Sanctum” and that squeaky door or “The Shadow” starting with a creepy voice, “who knows what lies in the minds of evil men?”
Today, when alone in my car, I turn on Sirius radio to Radio Classics and listen to Dragnet, Paladin, Marshall Dillon and Gunsmoke, Johnny Dollar, Boston Blacky, Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello and so many more! Some of these shows were the predecessors of the TV shows that appeared later! Many of these recordings come with the ads of that time. Now, these are really interesting! They are for products that no longer exist or sadly enough, there are the ones for the war effort (WWII). Note: Who would have thought that there were “ration” cards and the saving of grease and tin cans?
This was, and still is, known as “The Golden Age of Radio.”
Unfortunately, the use of the imagination is lost mainly due to modern technology. You can see everything on all sorts of devices that are out there! But, what can we do to stimulate our young youth’s imagination? How about reading to them where we can take the place of the radio? Can we make those sound effects? Change the voice of the characters? I am sure you can. But, I ask, where are Capt. Kangaroo and Mr. Rodgers when we need them? I guess they have been replaced by you and me!
So, try this…go with me back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and go to a place where, “You’ve gotta use your imagination!” You just might be tuning in more often than you think!
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