Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Recently, I was playing around with an old wooden television cabinet.  I am working on putting a new display in it and planning on hooking up a DVD player to the display.  Watching black & white television shows from the 1950’s appeals to me.

The display is from an old computer, but the cabinet is from the time of the original Mickey Mouse Club television show.  My Papa worked on televisions in much the same way as folks now build computers.  It was his hobby and a form of income for him.  I like touching stuff my grandfather touched.

Annette Funicello passed away last week; she was an original “Mouseketeer.”

I was born in the 60’s, but I’ve seen my share of reruns of The Mickey Mouse Club from the 1950’s.  I remember Jimmie Dodd, the Head Mouseketeer.  He often had little bits of advice encouraging children to make the right moral choices.  It is doubtful you will find something like that regular television these days.  If you do, I would be scared to think what some folks would now consider “the right moral choice.”

In the 1970’s, they came out with The New Mickey Mouse Club.  I was a little old for the show by then.  In the 1990’s, Disney brought in future stars Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to be part of The All New Mickey Mouse Club.  My children weren’t old enough to be interested then and neither was I (interested).

To me, The Mickey Mouse Club’s face will always be Annette Funicello.  She is who I think of and who I want to see on my 1950’s television.  I want to see her in black & white at 13 years old when television was better in my opinion.   They say Walt Disney personally picked Annette as one of the original Mouseketeers.

In the 1960’s, Annette did a number of those somewhat hokie beach movies; everybody was doing them.  They usually involved some bad guys or a funny guy like Don Rickles and of course, Frankie Avalon.  They were silly; but you got to see girls in bikinis in living color.

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