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Revisiting Petticoat Junction

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Looking back at cinematic horrors with a certain fondness

By John Pawlak

A horse is a horse, of course of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course, and you’re definitely showing your age if you recognize that rhyme.  You also watched way too much television as a child if you can now hear the tune playing in your head.  
Yes, those were the days, back when dudes like Balaam debated angelic responsibilities with creatures of the genus Equus.  I find it oddly comforting to think back to a time when audiences could be entertained by a talking horse.
So come listen to a story about a man named Jed.  Or would you rather hear the story of a lovely lady?  Oh yeah boy, the way Glen Miller played!  
Okay, okay, I plead guilty as charged.  I watched truly horrible TV shows such as Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Gilligan’s Island, Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Ed, Alice, The Monkees, F-Troop - the list is long and every one of these shows almost certainly did irreparable damage to my brain.  I still wonder why the Professor could make a radio out of a coconut but couldn’t fix a hole in a boat.


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