Yes, I'm crazy.
By searching, religiously -- marker in hand -- the pages of TV Guide, I first discovered films such as The Green Slime, Soylent Green and The Omega Man.
It was an amazing time, especially because I was reading about classic and newer movies in the pages of Starlog, Fantastic Films, and movie reference books. So I was grateful to see such films as Konga, Gorgo, Mighty Joe Young, Day of the Triffids and the like, even cut-up and hacked to bits with commercials.
But back in the day, TV Guide promised a constantly renewing world of wonders every damned week. Of course, you had to stay up till all hours of the night, sometimes, to catch the movies you hoped to see, but this fact just added to the fun of the experience.
Again, I don’t read TV Guide today – I don’t need to. But I have these great, happy memories of stretching out on my sofa in the 1980s, and highlighting the programs and films I hoped to tape on my VCR.
I was thrilled, for instance, when WPIX began, in 1987-1988, airing reruns of Space: 1999 on at 2:00 am each weeknight. I never would have known about it without TV Guide. Another station, I think, aired Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond at the wee hours, and believe me, watching those creepy programs at that hour of half-consciousness was a marvelous, surreal experience. And, yep, I had TV Guide to thank for pointing out, where, in the universe, I should be "tuned in."