Station Identification

Station Identification

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This is a memoir by a thirty-one-year-old man who has just given up the most meaningful, heartwarming and enduring relationship in his lifea€”with his television set. The tale begins with Donald Bowiea€™s discovery of a€˜Howdy Doody, a€™ and ends as he bids farewell to the television world after the last episode of the a€˜Mary Tyler Moore Show.a€™ In the span of Donalda€™s young life, he trades reality for the better life on the tube. TV becomes Donalda€™s family, his friends, his classroom and, ultimately, his undoing. Station Identification is his hilarious confession of that beautiful friendship. Grappling with the urges of puberty, he finds that a€œthe whole business of womanhood seemed easiest to understand when it was jammed into Elly May Clampetta€™s jeans.a€ Years later, after a wonderful night on the town, Donald brings his date home to watch TVa€”something close to having her meet the folks. a€œShe fell asleep during a re-run of a€˜The Honeymooners.a€™a€ He writes. a€œI knew the relationship wouldna€™t last.a€ If television was once believed to be a vast wasteland, Donald Bowie has come back to tell us that it is a place where dreams are born.The last question on the Geology 101 midterm was aquot;How many wheels are there on the field trip bus?aquot; I put down aquot;four.aquot; I was wrong, and so were most of the kids in the class. The correct answer was five. aquot;You forgot the steering wheel, aquot; theanbsp;...

Title:Station Identification
Author: Donald Bowie
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-03-03

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