When I was a young man, my hometown in the Midwest was introduced to pay television. Warner Cable introduced Star Channel, the direct precursor to The Movie Channel. It offered 10 movies a month, with just one offering a day, shown six times in a row, starting at 9 AM. It changed my family’s life.
Dad was a steelworker and money was always tight. If we were going to pay for something as extravagant as cable TV we were going to watch. So, on many nights, dinner moved to the living room and we watched movies while we ate. It was the first time I had ever heard the F-bomb come through the television (Chinatown) and also the first time I ever heard it pass the lips of my mother.More