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MTV's 25th Birthday

When I recently heard the news that Music Television hit the quarter century mark, it sent me into a bit of nostalgic pondering. "I remember my first experience with MTV," I claimed.

You see, I happened upon the television station of music videos during a summer vacation on the west coast. If given the opportunity, I would have spent hours in front of that tube watching this new phenomenon. I was amazed! Wow, who would have known that my the idea my sister and I had would have taken hold? Yes, my sister and I invented MTV. Too bad we were too young to do anything about our great brainstorm.

Ok, really. We did not invent MTV. But we used to play music and silence the TV while attempting to find a channel that was showing something that would match the song. Innovative, huh?

So being a visual person who loves music, I was ecstatic at the idea of viewing music videos for hours and hours. When I came home from my vacation, however, this new channel had not made it to my east coast line up. How devastating is that?

Somehow I survived. And eventually after claiming, "I want my MTV," before it was cool, the station made its way to my end of the USA. And over the years since, I have lost my interest in watching MTV. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the videos were slowly replaced with various shows. Perhaps it is because I have better things to do with my time.

Or perhaps it has something to do with the reality that I only have basic cable TV.