Part 2 of the series “Wonder Women of Advent”
A couple of years ago we cut the cable cord, bought a digital antenna, and we now only get the free over the air channels on our TV. At first I thought we would be missing out (and I do miss the occasional game on ESPN), but I also discovered a few gems out there I hadn’t imagined. For example, buried on the free TV dial are some channels that show old, old reruns of TV shows I grew up with—shows like Happy Days and Black Sheep Squadron (which was always one of my favorites), Wild, Wild West and even The Love Boat (which looks even cheesier now than it did back then!).
One of the channels runs a series of old westerns each afternoon—shows like The Rifleman, and Wagon Train. You can see a young Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Gaines in Rawhide or Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive. Then, of course, there were the shows that were on our black and white Philco TV every night back in the late 60s and early 70s: Bonanza (which I loved and which they named a steak house after in our town—that’s where I always wanted to eat for my birthday), and then there was Gunsmoke, which is probably the quintessential western of them all.