Yesterday I went to
my daughter’s house for a few moments, and sitting in front of a 47”
high definition flat screen was my 13 year old grandson. I stood behind him
while he was playing a video game about war. With the screen that
large, high definition, and excellent graphics, it all looked so
real. Back at the house I told Linda what Marcus was doing. She said
she never wanted my son to play with toys of war. At that time he
was too old for cowboys, but he got in on the end of Daniel Boone on
I started to think
about how war with all of it's killing and destruction are the norm
today. We get a daily dose from the media and we get desensitized to
where it’s become an “Oh well, and we go on” situation.
During the 30s, 40,
and 50s, we had westerns, in which there was a lot of shooting but
they seemed ‘kinder & gentler”, and morals were always present. Good
won over evil, the bad guy, in the black hat went to jail.
There were still
westerns in the 60 and later but they mirrored life as it is.
Hollywood had invaded the screen with the world and the main reason
the movies were so popular was lost.
sometime in the 60s released a surprise recording that got a little
air play and it was entitled “Hoppy, Gene & Me” (listen
to a sample.)
I sure do miss
Hoppy, Gene & Roy.