Well, it's Christmastime and once again my pop culture/nostalgia-addled mind turns to thoughts of the televised yule log, Santa tooling around the North Pole on a Norelco electric shaver, York Peppermint Patty commercials during A Charlie Brown Christmas, singing cries of "razzle berry dressing" and "woofle jelly cake" along with Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and...well...let's just say I spent a good deal of my holidays (and childhood) in front of the TV during the 70's.
And speaking of the holidays, television and the Me Decade, I'd like to share with you my--and my brother's--favorite Christmas present of all time, delivered by St. Nick on December 25, 1977 at our grandparents' house on Staten Island:
The very first edition of the Atari VCS (prior to the 2600 name change). This was indeed Marcello's and my Red Ryder BB gun, our real estate, our, uh, zoo-zitta-car-zay (a rollerskate type of lacrosse or croquet). It also allowed for great hours of fun with our dad, especially when we realized that the tanks in Combat could drive off one side of the screen and reappear on the other.
Now, if the controllers were not in the way, keen students of the Atari VCS would note that the above console is indeed the original six-toggle big boy and not the four-switch version of later years. They would also remark that there is no way we received the VCS and all the above video game cartridges that one Christmas. Instead, we collected them over subsequent holidays and birthdays, each lovingly kept in their original packaging for I guess this very photo-op a full 30 YEARS LATER! AUGH!!!
Well, now I've gone and officially depressed myself. So excuse me while I partake of some holiday M&Ms, sing Christmas carols from the sheets provided by Vanderbilt Elelementary School in 1974 and get ready to watch Santa Claus Is Coming to Town tonight on ABC, 8:00 PM (EST), all the while awaiting your answer to the following seasonal question:
What was your favorite holiday present?