Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Does One Begin to Tell the Story of One's Life?

As a fan! I get a ridiculous amount of pleasure from quoting things, obsessing about things, and letting things change my life...

The title of this is pulled from an episode of the TV show, Remember WENN. This show aired on American Movie Classics from 1996-1998. I was a teenager. I pretended I was best friends with the main character. Yes I did. Spanning the years 1939 to 1941 in an independent radio station in Pittsburgh, this lovely little comedy delivered drama, big time! The major plot line centers around the Blitz of London, with a mighty big nod to Edward R. Murrow. My love for WWII, history and having a good laugh all met here, and because of it, I met my second family (unofficially adopted) and my husband (officially).

As a kid, there were a few TV shows and films I liked best:

Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood... down-to-earth, normallness. I was wonderfully sheltered as a child, not even knowing there were problems, such as racism, in the world. Fred treated everyone equally... and he was honest. This was a big role model for us.

Re-runs of F-Troop. This has got to be the silliest thing in the world to shape your life, but it was in watching F-Troop that I fell in love with the military as a young kid. It had to have been the uniforms, or something. Maybe because Ken Barry and Melody Patterson were so darn cute! I so wanted them to get married!

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Sign of Zorro (1958), The Chronicles of Narnia (1980s). My sisters and I played each of these stories out a thousand times in our big backyard. They were our favorites. It is what made me love reading Howard Pyle's King Aurthur books, and propelled me into a infatuation with medieval times. Also, it's where I got my very old-fashioned love of chivalry. Later on, Beauty and the Beast (1991) could have been added to this list. We filmed our very own production downstairs with our home-school friends.

I also grew up watching re-runs of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart, Mister Ed, and other 1960s silliness, including the plethora of wonderful live-action Disney films from the same time. I think Mary Poppins is my favorite... and maybe That Darn Cat. The Adventures of Tintin was a staple of my early reading. Maybe that's one reason I like to travel so much.

Recently? Oh, you mean what things did I like that were made when I was alive? LOL

Well, I loved the TV show Monk... all 8 seasons! The Sharpe's Rifles series (1993-1997, 2006, 2008), the Horatio Hornblower series (1998-2003), and Foyle's War (since 2002)! New episodes next month!

Movies? Goodness! Besides those already mentioned, I love Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland... we watched a lot of classics growing up... there's too many to think of.

Oh, recently? I really like Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman... Ever hear of Arn? That's a neat series! It's Swedish, but that makes it more awesome. Comedies like The Princess Bride, Galaxy Quest, Dave... I feel kind of burned out on action movies... but I do like The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, Ender's Game... I really love serious historical stuff... 12 Years a Slave, The King's Speech, The Blind Side, Miss Potter... ever seen To End All Wars? I've only seen it once, but I can't forget it. And yes, the romantic stuff... Jane Eyre (1983), Pride & Prejudice (1995), Emma (1996), Sense & Sensibility (1995), Hitch, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Ever After... there's so many. This is a really random list, but I think you get the idea.