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Which television legal drama starring Raymond Burr debuted in 1957?

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I live in the country where no cable TV option is available, so we have satellite television beamed into our home. We get multiple local stations and literally hundreds of satellite channels for our viewing pleasure. Even so, many evenings when my husband and I settle down in our recliners, we can't seem to find anything "good" we would both like to watch. All those channels, and yet, there's nothing worthwhile.

That was never the case in my family when I was growing up, even though we had only three channels to choose from. Whatever was on was suitable for us and we were enthralled by it all. I remember Saturday and Sunday evenings especially, when the whole gang gathered in our TV room and watched Davy Crockett, The Carol Burnett Show, The Wonderful World of Disney and more. Watching television back then was more than a way to pass the time -- it was an event, complete with food and drinks and invited guests. And it was all good.

In the March/April 2019 issue of Good Old Days, many readers recount similar stories. Their beloved radios were replaced with boxes that transmitted actual pictures of people, not just their voices! Living rooms were transformed into makeshift theaters and whole neighborhoods came to enjoy the wonders of the new technology. It was entertaining and exciting and novel every time they turned on the set.

And, more importantly, no one ever complained that there was nothing good to watch.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What was your favorite show when television was young? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Below are several email responses from the Jan. 30, 2019, Update question: Did you have a favorite doll from childhood? Do you still have it?

One reader shared, "One of my favorites was my Toni doll. I remember she had beautiful hair that I could style. I also loved my Roxanne doll. She had long white hair, and I could make doll clothes for her. What a treat! Where these dolls ended up I can't tell you, but I sure treasured them during my childhood."

Another reader, Karla Westerfield, remembered her doll named Baby: "Baby is also an old composition doll from the 1930s or '40s. Her legs, arms and head are composition, but her body is stuffed and she feels almost real when you hug her. She used to say 'Mama' when I picked her up or laid her down, but she's been silent for many years now. She came to my grandmother many decades ago in a box of primitives that my grandfather had purchased at an auction. Grandpa did this for a living; he would buy things at auction, bring them home, clean them up, and resell them out of his three barns. Grandma always took whatever baby dolls were in the boxes into the house, and they got baths and new clothes. She would adopt and keep her favorites on her bed. For as long as I can remember, Baby was always right there, waiting for me to come visit! I was the only grandchild allowed to play with Grandma's "babies" because I was very gentle with them. When I was 17, my grandma became very ill and died. My mother asked me what item of Grandma's would I want and I asked for Baby. My mother kept Baby for me for many years because I was a newlywed in Germany and didn't want to ship her around the world. After my mother died, Baby finally came home to me and I've had her since 1994. Her head is split, her eyelashes are gone, but she is still the most beautiful baby doll I've ever seen!"

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Perry Mason. Burr played the criminal defense attorney Perry Mason. Each episode, Mason, his private investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper) and his secretary, Della Street (Barbara Hale), followed leads to prove their client's innocence. Mason often got the real criminal to admit to his or her crime during his cross-examination of the culprit at the trial.

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