Have you ever had a memory triggered by a picture? Well it happened to me the other day when local Hannibal historian Steve Chou posted a picture of cameras set up in Hannibal for a telecast of Dave Garroway's Wide Wide World a 90 minute program on NBC which aired live on Sundays during the 1950's. In those day AT&T worked closely with the TV networks providing their communications and microwave facilities for the broadcast. It just so happened that the local manager of AT&T was a friend of my parents and his family was given the cameo role of a tourist family exiting the Mark Twain Home, getting in their car and heading off into the sunset. The problem was that Mr. Holmes was one short of an all American family. He had a lovely wife and a cute daughter but was missing that impish boy. That's where 9 or 10 year old John was drafted for his national TV debut. My career began and ended on that very day. It was long forgotten until I saw the picture the other day and now wonder what if...what if I had been discovered on national TV? Could I have been Opie of Mayberry or Johnny Hodges in the Music Man? I guess it's a moot point now. I just though it funny how that one picture triggered those long forgotten memories.
I'm still researching tow dollys, but I will have to say there doesn't seem to be much positive posted on the internet about their use. Everything I'm reading seems to be based on what can and probably will go wrong. Well the search continues.
Yesterday we reached 105 degrees here in Cortez which really puts a damper on tap dancing in the sun. The same is expected for today so I will try to stay out of the noon day sun. There are still ways to enjoy the good life in the shade though.