Thursday, April 6, 2017
If by a Stroke of Fate....
If by a ‘Stroke of Fate’ you had been kidnapped by Gypsies as a child, how would our life have been different?
I don’t know about you but when I was in the 7-8 grade time frame I listened to a lot of radio at night. I never turned to music, it was always some mystery or talk type program. In the 1950’s on Sunday night there was a Radio program entitled, “Stroke of Fate.” The program announcer would start the 30 minute show with a statement like: “What would history be like “IF by a stroke of fate, Abraham Lincoln had obtained the consular job he wanted in 1841, which does not result in him becoming President”.
Then for the next 30 minutes the actors would play out what someone dreamed up.
Did you ever hear the program? I would lay in my bed and listen to this stuff. Later I would dream up things in my ‘young life’ that would have happened say if my dad had been Henry Ford. Or ‘If suddenly I was back in Davy Crockett’s time I could warn him about the Alamo.’
(recognize a later TV actor, Hugh O'Brian?)
These programs got my young mind to wandering, If by a stroke of fate I had been in Ford’s Theater, I could have yelled out, “Watch out Mr. President, Booth is behind you with a gun!”
I happened to have my own radio, it did not have a cover on it. It had no knobs remaining and I rotated the little tuner with my finger, but it played. At times I wondered if I actually heard these programs, because NO ONE remembered them. I finally found them on the internet to ensure I did not dream it up.
Did any of you ever hear the program?
Okay what about, “Can you Top This?” It came on right before or just after, ‘Stroke of Fate’. Then the last one on Sunday night, was the FAMOUS, William Conrad in “Gunsmoke”! I loved that show. I was disappointed in James Arness for a few episodes on TV because he did not sound like William Conrad. But of course I soon forgot WC.
Yeah Rick, I used to watch the radio.