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The Lone Ranger et al

I once saw my heroes on the printed page
They made noises like “Pow”, Arghhh” and “Ooof”
They were larger than life and drawn to be precise
One might conjecture in their portrayal, a spoof

In the fifties and sixties some of my idols
Fought ferociously on TV in black and white
There were few plots but lots of guns, swords and horses
Always there was a conflict of wrong v.s right

Today, these figures appear in technicolor on the silver screen
Though are technically more impressively presented
Their characterizations and dialogues are over-worn
Their creators are lacking the spark of invention much needed

I no longer have those super heroes I adore
The present offers no one so great as before
Maturity and overexposure to life unfolding
No production of media has given me a worthy encore

I feel nostalgic for the radio dramas with great vocal and sound effects
At least in this format, there was ample room for imagination
My juvenile mind could conjure images of great valor
The loss of creativity in entertainment renders in me a vacuity of mental motion


------
Stephanie Millican


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The following comments are for "The Lone Ranger et al"
by EchoMarm

Radio Heroes
Hi Stephanie...I too remember those good ole days, when we sat around the radio and intently lisitened to our favorite programs.

I remember specifically, "The Shadow", "A witch's Tale" (scary!)"Fibber McGee and Molly", "Grand Central Station" "The Lone Ranger" "Milton Berle"
"Fireside Theatre" etc. etc., etc.!

We sat glued to the radio as intently as we do to our television today...but the difference is, we all inagined it differently...each with his own vision!

The reporting of the "Hindenburg" zepplin tragedy, was as horrifying as later newsreels of it were...I'll never forget the terrified voice of the newsman reporting it to this day!

I also can never forget the day in 1944, when the newsflash of President Roosevelt's sudden death
interrupted a program I was listening to. (I was only 13 or so at the time!) Even now...if I don't have the television on, and a newsflash comes over the radio...it still has the same...if not more impact than watching it on TV!

Good nostalgice poem Steph!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: April 15, 2009 )





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