The Washington Times-Herald


April 26, 2014

50 is just a number (a really big number)


I would say we are a lot less patient as well. If you don’t believe me, try sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with a money order to Battle Creek, Mich., and waiting 4-6 weeks for something special to arrive. It ain’t gonna happen. We demand overnight delivery and we want to watch our shipment move from cyber location to cyber location. We want it now and anything less should be thrown in an old pile of rotary phones and 8-track players.

We want our entertainment the same way. There is no waiting for that favorite song on the radio or making a request to a DJ. Music is instantaneous, listen to a five-second sample and then download no matter where you are. There is no holding an album in your hand, reading the liner notes or looking for some cryptic message in the album cover art work. Listen, I understand the upside of having 10,000 songs in your pocket, but wasn’t it just a lot cooler to have 400 albums in alphabetical AND chronological order in milk crates, stacked between the cinder blocks and wooden planks of your quadraphonic Hi-Fi.

Movies are also one of those double-edge swords. Today, it is all about the graphics, as the dependence on computer-generated effects now allow dinosaurs to battle aliens in the same manner they did 20 million years ago (when dinosaurs and aliens really battled). So what did we lose when 1s and 0s and the rest of their binary ilk, became the stars of the silver screen instead of actors? We lost the raw emotion of finding real dinosaurs and real aliens who had a passion for their acting craft.

Fifty is not so bad though. I’m old enough to remember when color TV was special, what was important in a car was its MPH not its MPG and the cost of a light-hitting major league second baseman was less than a used F-14 fighter jet.

So Happy Birthday to me, and those who have had to endure me for the last 50 years.

Todd remains young at heart and believes as long as your waist size is less than the size of your TV screen, you are good to go. Email him at

Text Only
  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Letter: Sex is clearly defined Sex is clearly definedEditor:I say “Amen” to Pastor Showers’ letter to the editor. Sex in its pureness is only between one man and woman in the bonds of marriage, till death do they part. No others on the side.Man lying with man, woman lying with wom

    July 18, 2014

  • Hobby Lobby court ruling a right one for religious freedom The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that marked an important development in the ongoing national debate on religious freedom.In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the contraception coverage mandate, imposed by the Obama Administration under

    July 17, 2014

  • Good work DCH for helping vets Good work DCH for helping vetsEditor:On behalf of the veteran organizations of Daviess County, we wish to take this opportunity to recognize Daviess Community Hospital’s CEO David Bixler for the representation of our community hospital and the servic

    July 17, 2014

  • I am proud to fight against the 'War on Coal I recently signed on as an original cosponsor to a bipartisan bill led by one of my Democrat colleagues from West Virginia that would stop the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on existing coal-generated power plants.He

    July 16, 2014

  • EPA regulations are very bad for District 63 The coal industry has played an integral role in our nation’s history, and District 63 is very close to the heart of it all. Information on the Institute of Energy Research’s website reveals that from a global standpoint, the United States has the la

    July 16, 2014

  • Update from Veale Creek Players Update from Veale Creek PlayersEditor:Veale Creek Players just finished the second week of the children’s summer camp with a pizza cast party. All parents and friends of our future actors/actresses were invited and enjoyed being part of the Veale Cre

    July 16, 2014

  • James bears the weight of Cleveland's championship dreams LeBron James has done it all on a basketball court. He’s a great scorer, rugged defender, proven big-play leader and champion. But that might not be enough in Cleveland, where he’ll also need the powers of Merlin the Magician.In returning to his home

    July 16, 2014

  • Say yes to the dress (at least at some point) Next month, the beloved boyfriend and I will celebrate two years of togetherness. For me, this is a huge milestone and for him, well, I guess this illustrates how patient and tolerant of my quirks he is (or maybe that’s the other way around. Remember

    July 12, 2014

  • Moving towards a better tomorrow This past week a federal judge ruled Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but in Daviess County there were no wedding bells ringing for same-sex couples. Despite receiving an email from the Indiana Attorney General’s office advising coun

    July 5, 2014