This is a timely piece to play during April 23-29. Backed by stats from the Turn TV off Network, I talk about TV useage today compared with TV at its birth.
This week is National TV Turn-off Week. Critics of TV claim watching too much makes us fat, lazy and violent. Watching less, they say, promotes healthier lifestyles and more engaging communities.
An average American youth is in school about 900 hours a year. In the same year, the kid watches 1,023 hours of TV. Couple that statistic with the obesity epidemic and perhaps you can share my concern. I don't see many fat kids playing soccer or baseball.
Some of us arrived home from the hospital to find a TV in our nursery while some older people recall the arrival of their family's first TV in much the same way as they remember what they were doing when they first heard President Kennedy was shot.
My family's first TV was a 1950 Du Mont. It looked like our console radio except it had a little gray screen in place of a radio dial. We got one station, KVFD-TV, Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Richer...
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