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Yes and More

Wed, 25 Dec 2013, 01:49 AM (-06:00) Creative Commons License

You should know this. When I say yes, Yes, YES!, I am not only saying yes but yes!

That much perhaps is obvious. But you should also know this. It is an allusion to Perry Mason, to the climax endings in which Raymond Burr stood in the courtroom questioning a witness, trapping a witness, tricking a witness until they finally admitted the truth.

So when I say, yes, Yes, YES!, I am answering your question emphatically in the positive.

But for what it’s worth, there’s also this.

The reason I talk this way is Perry Mason reruns from a long time ago. We watched them in black and white on Armed Forced TV in 1968 and 1969 along with those of Twelve O’Clock High (where I must have come across Bruce Dern for the first time), Combat! (which had an episode that was so horrifying that I vowed to forget it and hence never did), Bonanza (whence the role of Lorne Greene as Adama in Battlestar Gallactica was so easy to believe) and The Big Valley (from which the voice and eyes and fortitude of Barbara Stanwick).

I could sing you the theme songs to them all. Ask me some time. The sound of each of them comes with a slight feeling of regret, because when the shows were over, it was bedtime. As it is now.

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