But there is one other thing that some people may not have known about him. I heard a radio ad for the "Guiding Light" last month and memories flooded back. I lived with my grandparents while I was finishing college. I used to come home from my classes at ASU and get home around 2pm. I didn't have air conditioning in my car (I know . . . my kids can't believe it either). After my drive home from Tempe, I would be sweaty head to toe, the core temperature of my body would be about equal to the outside temperature, 109 degrees or so. Anyway, I would sit in Grandma and Grandpa's den, in front of the oscillating fan and cool off and watch "Guiding Light" with Grandpa. (No, I didn't get him hooked on it. I had never watched soap operas before. He was already a regular viewer).
There has been an ad on the radio recently. The ad reviewed the story line of one of the main characters : "When Phillip left Springfield, he was in one word: insane. Phillip kidnapped children, faked his own death, and spawned a daughter who is just as crazy as he is." Hmmm . . . just as I remember. I suppose I could sit down and watch it today and catch up with the characters and story line within a day or two. Same characters, same drama.
(Oh, Reva, Reva, Reva . . . how do you keep up that high drama for 25 years?)
Last month, they were promoting the show like crazy. This month, CBS is pulling the plug on "Guiding Light" after a 72-year run. That's before television was even around. I'll bet Springfield was a crazy little town even on the radio.
With "Guiding Light" all the talk in the media this week, it brings back warm fuzzy memories of me and my Grandpa. Ahhh, good times.