Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Forbidden Entertainment

In 1952 television was fairly new in Kansas City, Missouri. Having a set was a novelty. Most had small black and white round viewing tubes. During the summer when I was preparing to leave for college, I found an entertainment combination set which included a 7 inch B&W television, a 45 rpm record player, and an AM radio. It was about the size of a 21 inch table model today.

When I arrived at Pasadena Nazarene College in Pasadena, California, I found that TV was a no-no there. So I put the set in my closet and did my viewing quietly. Anyone coming into the room couldn't see the set and didn't know I had it.

One night about 15 of the guys were watching something on that 7 inch TV in my room and a knock came on the door. One of the guys opened it and there stood the dorm Pop who was in charge of the building. He saw the TV and told me I had to get rid of it. So ended my career as entertainment provider.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dick, I sure didn't know there was that kind of activity going on in our dormitory. You sneaky guy!
Dr. Mayfield, our dorm pop was one great man and we all gained so much from his wisdom and kindness. He was my Greek language professor and a tough task master.
Great story!
Dave Cole