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There was a time TVs were special. If you were lucky you had a black and white model in your home and a neighbor with a colored picture for special events. Stations signed on and off each day. Antennas where the mode of reception. People would gather together to watch.

I have fond memories of Sunday evenings eating leftover cold chicken while watch “The Wonderful World of Disney” as a child. Eating in front of the TV was only allowed for this show and when you were ill. Songs from shows became standards in our house like “Where O Where” from Hee Haw. Ed Sullivan was a great window on the world during my childhood. Christmas specials started with Thanksgiving: Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”, were regulars we watched as a family.

TV was such a rarity it holds strong memories. Things with strong memories make for great conversations.Why not share some theme songs from a variety of old shows and see what kind of conversation comes forth? Older adults at home and in senior living communities will have a lot of fun with these:

The shows included (but not in order) are:

Here are some questions:

  1. Can you name the show?
  2. Do you remember watching it?
  3. Where were you when you watched the show?
  4. Who watched with you?

A big thank you to my Twitter friends and fans of Music Sparks on Facebook who helped create this list. You are the best!

* While the memories I have shared are good ones, know there are others that carry an emotional charge among them hearing about the Kennedy assassination, images from Vietnam. Be prepared for an emotional shift if these topics surface.

What memories of TV would you add to a musical conversation? Please share them in the comments below.