This is the 50th consecutive post with a title that begins with a “W.” And today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA (Happy Thanksgiving!). So although I am at work, it is a very stress-free environment because most of the people I deal with are observing that holiday. So this is going to be a pontification-free post, and will deal strictly with the W title.
Remember Hawaii Five-O? It was one of the few TV shows that my mother would actually make a point of coming downstairs into the basement rec room to watch. I think she was crushing on Jack Lord. I also enjoyed the show. I just Wikipedia-ed it and was surprised to see that it ran 12 seasons. That’s more than M*A*S*H! I betcha that the division line between people who know the significance of the phrase, “Book ‘im, Danno” and those who don’t would be about the same as those who remember dialling a phone number, or turning the dial on a TV. But, oddly enough, I betcha that even today’s teenagers would recognize the theme music from the show. But would they know the source? Hmmm.
This post’s title also alludes to another long-running TV series, W5. For those of you outside Canada, it is a newsmagazine show like 60 Minutes, that airs on the CTV network here. It’s still on, although I haven’t seen it for years. But when I was young, and watching the TV news was about the most boring thing I could imagine, its story-telling style actually engaged me. I think that the idea of making the news more entertaining and compelling than when it’s simply spoken from a talking head, was a brilliant marketing decision.
Just thinking about that last thing, I wonder if it’s good or bad. When you sensationalize and package “news” to make it more attractive and palatable for young boys, perhaps you’re heading down the slippery slope that ends at National Enquirer or Entertainment Tonight. (Wow – there’s a theme of long-running TV series developing here. As an aside, when I first saw Entertainment Tonight, I was amazed at how much of its time was spent referring to itself. I actually used a stopwatch to time the amount of actual content that was being presented, vs. self-promotion of what was coming up later in the show, or later in the week. Out of the 22 minutes (commercials excluded), less than 10 were “fresh.”)
Anyway, all of this nonsense is in honour of the number that appears below.