What Fun!

Yesterday, I stumbled onto a site called the Internet Archive. A very interesting site.  Here you can find a little bit of everything. One of the things I found was the first Flash Gordon serial “Space Soldiers.” I wasn’t born when these came out in the movie theaters, but I did get to see some on Saturday mornings when they were put on TV.

I would ride to my bike to my neighbor’s house who had the first TV in the Douglas, Oklahoma area. I am sure the black and white TV was no larger than 15 to 17 inches, but I thought it was a magic machine.

Buster Crabbe (aka Flash Gordon) was my idol. After watching the current episode, I would ride back home and pretend I was Flash fighting Ming the merciless ruler of the planet Mongo.

It is interesting to look back and recall a time gone by. If you were a Flash Gordon fan, you might like to return to the past as well and look at some vintage entertainment. Here is the link. http://www.archive.org/details/FirstFlashGordonSerial1936-13Chapters-BusterCrabbe

Look around the site for other things that my interest you. There is a link to the Gutenberg  Library and it has plenty of free e-books to download. Some are audio.

I can get lost on the Internet and do so often.

11 thoughts on “What Fun!

  1. OMG…… Flash Gordon………Believe it or not, when I was a cadet in the London Metropolitan Police, one of my dubious duties was a crossing guard (Lolly Pop Man) for the Saturday matinee at the local movie house. Flash usually showed and it did have audio. I did get to watch the movies before escorting the kids back across the road after the films had finished.
    That was in 1957-8-9. Shouldn’t be too hard to figure my age.
    Should I post this or not? Hmmmmm. Who cares?

  2. As an afterthought, I was fascinated by my first experience of a front load washing machine. Sat and watched the whole cycle from start to finish. Way better than Astrovision T.V. Wish I had one now.

  3. Yes I do remember those days to. but flash came out long before 57, try 53,54. and when we got our firs tv. my older brother Larry, sat in front of the screen from test pattern to teest pattern, like the kid do today with there I’pods

  4. I remember seeing the Flash Gordon flicks in serial form on Saturday afternoon, double kids features, summer movie extavaganzas at our neighborhood theater. The program usually also included six to ten cartoons and a short subject. Sometimes they even threw in a newsreel. We kids would sit there in the dark for hours while our parents blissed out on the silence at home. Years later as an adult I was able to rent Flash in VCR format. Watching them gave me a happy “flash” back. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. We’re of a similar age, Don, but I have to confess I absolutely loathed Flash Gordon. Even at that age my critical senses were offended by the poor quality of the sets, though now, I suppose, we can look at them as kitsch.

    On the other hand, The Gutenberg Project is a GREAT resource. I think that those of us who were children in the radio age, and in my case having parents who forbade comic books but tolerated just about any regular book, we were forced to use our imaginations more than those who are visually-oriented. Who among us didn’t cringe to “Tales Well Calculated to Keep You in (crrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek) SUSPENSE? Did any of us really need to SEE Sgt. Preston and King battling their way through the screaming blizzard? No, we filled that in with our own imaginations which were probably more vivid than a special effects department could provide.

    I have a huge file of books (backed up on a thumb drive) of books from Gutenberg. I download, copy and paste to a Word file and save. That way when the IP connection goes down I have something to entertain myself with and I don’t have to lug around a ton of books. Though I do have to admit there’s something about turning a paper page.

  6. Being noisy since I am so much younger than you. Was the neighbor Roy. I remember our first tv but don’t remember Flash Gordon. Jan

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