Letter: ‘Old geezer’ offers advice to younger generation
Published 10:05 pm, Monday, December 28, 2015
To the editor:
This is about old geezers and the 1950s and ‘60s.
We didn't grow up with Wi-fi and cell phones and iPads, computers and a gimme society.
We grew up with an old-fashioned radio, and a rotary phone and teachers who taught us the value of life.
We didn't grow up on wild crazy music.
We grew up on old-fashioned country music and rock-and-roll, which was the best music and the best error in time, period.
The young generation today does not even know anything about our time and our culture and the value of all that we saw and were taught about the real values of America.
We were introduced to television and you had to be rich to afford one.
Today, the young generation has everything handed to them on a golden platter and with a golden spoon to pad anything they want and they get it all without earning it.
In our day, the day of the Old Geezer, we watched shows on television like “Fury,” “Adventures of Superman,” “Roy Rogers,” “Sky King,” “My Friend Flicka,” “Lone Ranger,” “Lash Larue,” “Alfred Hitchcock,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Twilight Zone,” “Combat,” “Dessert Fox,” “Hop Along Cassidy,” “Lawman,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Bat Masterson,” “Tails of Wells Fargo,” “Cheyenne,” “Wagon Train,” “Sugarfoot,” “Laramie,” “The Virginian,” “The Rifleman,” “Gunsmoke,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Honey West,” “The Avengers,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Wild, Wild West,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Ozzie and Harriet,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “Hogan's Heroes,” “Get Smart and “He and She.”
Moreover, the old geezer of the day watched “Ted Mack's Amateur Hour,” “High Q,” “The Match Game, “General Hospital,” “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Edge of Night,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “No Time For Sergeants,” “The Wackiest Ship in the Army,” “Daniel Boone,” “Walt Disney” and “Daktari.”
Now, many of us old geezers may look old fashioned and out of shape and a menace to society, but I can tell you, that the old geezer can remember all of these shows and tell you about a lot of them because they were instilled in our minds and they all had value that we learned from.
Ask any young person about any of these shows and they become more dumbfounded because they can't remember any of this and they will be out of touch with the value of history because they are not taught the true value of what America is and what it took to make her what she was then.
The old geezer is the real, last and true generation of Americans that were taught the true and meaningful value of their country and what she meant.
The old geezers of the ‘50s and ‘60s fought in two wars that were not of their making and both times, the greatest fighting force in the world during those times returned home is disgrace, especially the Vietnam War veteran, where the then-young men and women who are the old geezers of today.
We were looked down on and called baby killers and spit upon and never once greeted home.
The old geezer of today is one who is at the ready to welcome home all young veterans who are trying to create peace in the world and love them and hug them and cry for them when they sacrifice their lives on the altar of freedom for the country that they loved.
Their families suffer as well and the American veteran of the ‘50s and ‘60s suffer with them, because they know the value of giving up ones child for the Freedom of today.
The old geezer says thank you from their heart.
So, today, I say to the young generation, if you want to get a good education and learn about history and love and respect, sit and talk with an old geezer.
They are all a walking wealth of information that will always be of value until the day the last one passes into the ages for ever and ever.
If you do not learn from them, you will be lost to the ages one day, as well, and your opportunity to create a lasting legacy will not even have been touched and all that we learned and all that we had to offer, will be lost, because no one ever asked.