Friday, September 11, 2009

Larry Gelbart

One of the best things about my childhood was Saturday nights.

It was my mother's night off, so my father was in charge. And that meant a trip to the YMCA for swimming and then home for one of the two meals that my father could cook: either pork & beans (heated and poured over bread, of course -- can it be served any other way?!?) or pancakes, fresh off the griddle. Either way, we got one of my favorite dinners, followed by my father's famous popcorn, cooked the old-fashioned way, heated over oil and salted -- and peppered!!! -- before serving. I just don't think it gets any better than that.

And of course, because it was Saturday night in the early 70s, there was the TV (I was only 10-ish, so clubbing wasn't an option). And back in the day, that was a good night for television. What a lineup! All in the Family, M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show. Classics, all. Not a dud in the bunch.

The man who brought us M*A*S*H*, Larry Gelbart, died today at the age of 81.

Thanks for the good times, Larry. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the chlorine in my hair and the popcorn in the air...

6 comments:

Keera said...

If I close my eyes, I hear choppers. M*A*S*H will forever be my favorite sitcom.

Ruthrocks said...

I remember in highschool, one of the years tommy was living with us, the repeats of MASH were on every week day at 7pm and 11pm. Then that one week day, I think maybe Monday the new episode was on at 8pm or 9pm. My mom and I always watched every time along with Tommy if he wasn't studying.

BTW what would Geffie do on her night off?

alice said...

That was very mysterious. I don't know. I remember her going with us to swim just once or twice, but other than that, I think she was off doing Geffie things.

Kenmon said...

I remember sharing one of those Saturday nights with you all and the pork and beans and the trip to the YMCA.

Julie L said...

They just don' make TV like they used to, eh? I'm with Keera on the choppers - but the Carol Burnette show was da bomb. Loved it, still do.

alice said...

Kenmon, do remember what our moms were doing while we were swimming and porking out? Now Ruthrocks has got me wondering...



Julie, I saw Tim Conway in something recently and it just reminded me of what a genius he is -- and what a great case Burnette put together back in the day!