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Imagination Connoisseur, Jay Canada, talks about the shows and movies that influenced him while he grew up in the 70s and 80s – and how the “randomized” content he watched as a kid has given him a broad perspective on entertainment today.

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Hey Rob,

It’s been a long time since I had the inspiration to write in as all the reporting I have to do is zapping my brain. I still love the show and much of the content, though.

I’ve heard you recently talk about the demarcation point for OG fans. You have referred to seeing Star Wars in the theater or Hammer horror most recently on the Vampire Circus review of Elizabeth views. I can agree with that to a point being of the age you are and having experienced the world before an after with the awareness of the difference, however, I think there may be exception to your rule.

That exception comes from my young experience as a being born in ’75 and the random experience of seeing things on tv back in the late 70s and early 80s with very little cognizance of the timeline of pop cultural, or the opportunity to go to the show. When your 4-6 in ’79 – ’81, your experiences are random with content, and the content early on was mostly Sesame Street… I saw Star Wars for the first time in the gym of my school back in 1980 and it blew my mind. At that time, I had been seeing Star Trek reruns on tv, but don’t recall seeing Battle Star Galactic reruns until after seeing Star Wars. So for me, I still feel that experience of seeing Star Wars at school was that point in the sci-fi realm…

I don’t want this necessarily to be about the few exceptions, but more about how cool it was to growing up in a time were ones exposure was a hug mixture of content thanks to the nature of television at that time. It was just a mish-mash of everything going back to the 50s. For instance, I watched the Flintstones, Leave it to Beaver, Giligan’s Island, and The Monkeys as much I was watched Spider Man, Different Strokes, Three’s Company, the Six Million Dollar Man, and Chips. To a child every thing is new and relevant and it was pretty cool to get a melting pot of eras and sensibilities.

Thinking of this totally reminds my of The Cable Guy. There was a whole generation of kids clued to tvs back that were exposed to that kind variety, and had little else… thankfully they didn’t all turn out like Chip Douglas. Haha.

Have a great one, brother

Jay Canada