Welcome to members of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, new and old.
I live in upstate New York in the United States,
and I like to write about anything that strikes my interest. I do not
do this as a business, but because I enjoy writing. I also enjoy
photography, as you'll see from time to time.
On Sundays, I
write a United States Civil War post. (I'm not a historian or a "buff"-
just a person who likes to investigate the human side of the war.)
On Wednesdays, I have a Spring Things feature. On Saturdays I try to concentrate on farmers' markets, local foods, or sustainable growing. The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so you will see pictures of flowers.
Every other day I write about-well, you'll have to visit daily to see. You can't say I didn't tell you what you were getting into.
So today, on April Fools Day, I want to talk about-The Good Old Days.
April Fools Internet pranks are fun to find each year but if you think about it, enough of the top hoaxes of the last hundred years (including the famous BBC Spaghetti Tree Harvest Documentary) pre date the Internet. (Sorry, I can't bring that documentary to you, because You Tube is offline until 2023.)
But we used to have a lot of fun "in the old days" with April Fool's jokes in magazines - including special TV supplements published in TV Guide magazine. I wonder if anyone else remembers this, because I can't find anything online about these April Fools issues.
Back "then", before cable TV systems had online TV programming information, and before cable TV further homogenized the weekly TV listings, a weekly magazine called TV Guide published the listings. They had tens of of regional editions and I loved to collect them when I went traveling. Just think of how much work this all took.
At least twice in the early 1960's I remember the issue that would have contained listings for April 1 having a special section, with hoax TV shows and other non-information.
This, of course, was part of a distinguished April Fools tradition of hoax magazine articles. I just think it would be so cool if anyone else remembered what TV Guide did - and if I could even see some of those issues.
Does anyone else remember?