Television usually is in the top 10 when "they" make lists of the most influential changes or inventions of the last one-hundred (100) plus years. The boob tube has given us a lot......good, bad, and fugly.
Living on Macomber Street (Toledo) in the early 1950's, we were the first family on the block with a television. I was hooked, and all of you have been hooked at least for a portion of your life.
Today I watch news, sports, documentaries, HBO movies, The Sopranos, and not much else. But over the years there have been some "personally defining" television moments. Just the fact that I can still recall them is the first clue that these listed moments belong on my list. Not in any particular order.....
The Death Of JFK President Kennedy's assasination featured a television news world that was in its' infancy.....and it was handled wonderfully. We were all glued to the sets as the events of that November weekend unfolded.
September 11, 2001 You all were witness to this and how television recorded it. Still unbelievable images.
Watergate OMG, they were actually broadcasting investigations into the conduct of a President. It went on forever and NOBODY could view all of it. As it rolled on, you could sense the Office of the Prez unravelling.
The Viet Nam War This Bear was draft age and they were broadcasting battle scenes every night at 6:30 PM. College deferment policy was in so I was out.
Chirstmas Episode Of St. Elsewhere I was hooked on this off-beat medical drama, in the 1970's. The Christmas episode was marvelous, as a stout Catholic who used to love Christmas, was questioning his believe in God because his son had just died. Meanwhile, a non-believer was adjusting his thinking because of the spirit of his daughter and his autistic son. Tears, off course.