Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Special children create their own entertainment
when i was a child, i couldn't stay up too late.
around the time i was 5, i learned why.
growing up in the NYC area in the Bronx and then New Jersey with no cable, my family tuned in religiously to Channel 7, WABC New York. it was the channel that came in the clearest on our rabbit ear TV.
sometimes, i would stay up late.
then on rare occasions, i stayed up too late.
somewhere around midnight.
the late night movie would start. with its special theme
Channel 7 was my friend.
Bill Beutel would never be a part of something that would hurt me.
but somewhere around midnight
it would all go black
there came loud jeering trumpets
glistening with cheerful brutality and
cruel black and white elephants
marching very fast all over the place
as i sit back screaming
with eyes wide open
there was nowhere to run or hide
the fact that this was happening
could never be stopped
and those elephants in
black and white grainy film from the 30s
were going to kill me
as their time period and disposition
gave them no choice to do otherwise
and the booming trumpets blared
and blasted in my ears
it was never going to end
until my heart stopped
but even after that
the screams would not and
as cascading animated shockwaves
warned me of a world
much more cruel than
i had imagined
black and white elephants
the Bronx is no more
America is waiting
speed of death
i was encased in a tomb
with the inscription:
"LATE NIGHT MOVIE"
and the brutal pomp would fade
and i shudder in a corner
with eyes and mouth wide open
and the TV is clicked off
(my parents or other caretakers never seemed to be around at the right moment).
since then, i could have found the source of this terror.
but i didnt. i talked about it. but i didnt.
finally Ria found a WABC late night movie theme.
but it was the much tamer late night theme that they currently use.
thanks to some search engine, i found it. the key to the worst pure terror in my life.
Here is an audio of the horror. (off the '80s TV Theme Super Site, local page).
Here is a video of the intro, in this clip introducing the 4:30 Movie. (off of TV Ark ).
if you check the psychedelicness, you can begin to see what i'm talking about.
um, perhaps a little baffled about grainy black and white elephants perhaps...
where is Bill Beutel to save me?
Good luck, and be well.