When I was young, fiction interested me more than non-fiction. Since my family subscribed to both the Columbus Ledger and the Columbus Enquirer, I did see the front page headlines on the way to the comics and movie ads, and I did see the newsreels when I went to a movie, so I did have an idea of what was going on in the world. But it was the feature films and the cartoons that I cared about.
Then, as I got older I became more interested in reality. A highlight of the year was radio, and later, TV coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. And when, as a teenager, I got into radio broadcasting, announcers did a little of everything back then. They read commercials, newscasts, and hosted disc jockey shows. It was the disc jockey shows that I wanted to do the most. Still, reading wire service radio news copy served me well when I matured enough to specialize in news, first on radio and then on TV. I learned to interview news subjects, edit audio tape for radio, and shoot and edit film and video for TV news.
I basically stopped reading fiction, concentrating on non-fiction. But, I never stopped going to the movies, watching entertainment TV, and listening to music, live and recorded. All of us need some escape from the real world. And now I find myself escaping even more when I watch TV and go to the movies. There is so much distressing news in the world. Fortunately, there are enough quality TV programs and movies to hold my interest. A prime example of quality TV programs is Downton Abbey. The British are especially good at producing period series and movies for TV. Downton Abbey is over for this year, but Selfridges, another excellent period series follows it, so I won’t complain.