John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: September 11

Ten movies or TV shows I watched with my mom:

  1. Blake's 7
  2. Escape From New York
  3. Dave Allen at Large
  4. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  5. Doctor Who
  6. This Is Spın̈al Tap
  7. Nightline
  8. The Titfield Thunderbolt
  9. The Two Ronnies
  10. The Trouble With Harry

As is the case with most people, September 11 is a day of remembrance for me, but in my case I'm remembering my mom, who would have turned 77 today.

With the exception of Nightline, the TV shows listed above aired, in Chicago in the 80s at least, on Channel 11 on Sunday nights. I chose those four because they're inter-related, in that we came to watch numbers 1, 3, and 9 because we already watched no. 5. In 1980, my friend Lisa recommended I give Doctor Who a try; Mom, never having heard of it and not being sure if a show that aired at 11:00 on Sunday night was appropriate for an 11-year-old, watched it with me. She was fairly baffled by it at first, but eventually she came to enjoy it. Dave Allen and The Two Ronnies both aired right before Doctor Who; we discovered them when we got into the habit switching channels right after the 10:00 news ended.

As for the movies, Mom introduced me to nos. 4, 8, and 10; they were movies she had seen and thought I would enjoy too. We came to Spın̈al Tap together, when we saw the theatrical trailer for it when we went to see The Trouble With Harry. Escape From New York was, like Doctor Who, something she probably never would have seen if not for my desire to see it. I really really really wanted to see it, but it was rated R and I was only 12. Mom had no problem sending me to movies on my own, but obviously I couldn't go to an R-rated movie by myself, so Mom went with me. My first R movie! (I had seen Saturday Night Fever a few years earlier, but it was the PG version.)


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