Sunday, March 05, 2006

Television was better when I was a kid....

Those of us who had both the blessing and the misfortune of growing up in the seventies may remember the greatest Atlanta cable channel ever - WTCG Channel 17. It had wrestling AND Old horror movies. If you wanted to see Vincent Price doing something Eeevil, and we all did - admit it, This was the channel to watch at 1:00 a.m. or so.

But it got even better - After watching Mr Wrestling #2 and Dusty " The American Dream" Rhodes battle Abdullah The Butcher and Ole Anderson AND after watching Vincent Price bury someone alive or worse, There was a special 3:00 a.m. or so treat : the news! Why did kids get fired up about a brief newscast that only b-movie fanboys and insomniacs would probably ever see?

The answer is: Bill Tush. In a fit of nostalgia, I looked him up on google to see if I could find any info about these broadcasts. Lo and behold, Bill Tush has a blog and clips from the old show! I snagged two funny clips and posted 'em here. Check them out.

Damn, I miss the seventies sometimes - back then you could wear a bag over your head and be a comedian. Try that now and you'll be answering to Homeland Security.

One thing hasn't changed though. Over the top self-promotion of television journalism resources. The "Fair and Balanced" boys can suck it - These guys have a mobile news fleet!

One of my favorite Bill Tush related memories (Is it sad that I even have those?) occurred a few years later in the early eighties. I was hanging out with bandmates from the semi-fictional garage band "Seasons of Ice" and was participating in the age old game of singing new lyrics to established tunes -Weird Al made a fortune out of this pastime so don't make fun. After launching into the intro to "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, our singer and resident lunatic Steve Hanson kills all of us by screaming, in tune,"Bill Tush is a funny man! He used to have a show called 'Tush"!" If you know the melody, That is pretty damned amusing, if not I'm babbling again...


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