A part of our lives will be ripped away from us on Feb. 17, 2009. The one thing that symbolizes frustration, youth, enjoyment, happiness, sadness, and creativity will be denied to the future generation. Making this date, Feb. 17, 2009, the moment the people my age can officially have an old person story. You know, the old person story, like the one your grandparents told you about how they could buy a hamburger, fries and a coke for ten cents or how they told you the story about the only ‘TV’ they watched came from a radio.
Anyway, Feb. 17, 2009 is the death of the RABBIT EARS! For years, people have used these to bring happiness into their lives. Rabbit ears have forced people to create the most interesting positions to get the perfect picture on the TV for your romantic evening. (On the other hand, maybe killing the romance because you spent the last 3 hours trying to pick up a channel.) The one staple brought Americans together in the living room. No reason to buy the latest Milton Bradley game when families sat for hours watching dad yell and scream at the TV as he rotated, turned, extended, shortened, hung up, put on the floor, turned upside down, and performing the most unimaginable things with the rabbit ears just so you could watch your favorite 30 minute TV show.
Now on Feb. 18, 2009 you can walk up to kids in the mall, on the sidewalk, and even at school and look them straight in the eye and say, “When I was your age we had to put a metal box called Rabbit Ears on top of the TV just so we could watch local TV channels. Times were hard back then.
On Feb. 17, 2009, I hope everyone raises a glass to a good friend who is passing on to the great history books in the sky. —- You will be missed, Rabbit Ears… 🙁