September is the kick-off for the new television season. While viewers tune in for the latest shows, some turn to old favorites. We visited residents at Friendship Village in Schaumburg and asked them:
'What is your favorite television program from either today or yesteryear?'
Here's what they had to say:
Darby Bachal, 74 "I like 'M*A*S*H.' I just love the mix of characters; they seem to gel so well. I liked Klinger because he was so funny. Through the whole show, he dressed as a woman to get out of the service. He was a riot. I like Dr. Frank Burns because he was so dumb. He was just not with 'it' ever."
Katherine Dagres, 83 "I like 'I Love Lucy,' especially the candy making episode. We had a candy store called Ideal Candies for 60 years by Wrigley Field. We sold handmade chocolates and taffy apples and an ice cream parlor. My mom was a chocolate dipper. That episode reminded me of that experience. It was a great program."
Dot Gondek, 83 "My husband and I like Fox News Channel. I don't like the program called 'The Five' because it replaced Glenn Beck. We also love 'America's Got Talent.' Our children have all played every instrument that we know from stand-up basses to drums to violins. We like to see a 'find' when the judges find somebody who comes from nowhere."
Joe Gondek (Dot's husband), 85 "I liked Glenn Beck because it seemed that he came up with answers that people don't want to hear but should be listening to. I like 'America's Got Talent' because the acts are more varied. You see a little bit of everything like sword swallowers and acrobatics."
Ruby Hirakawa, 81 "I liked 'This is Your Life.' This is a program where host Art Linkletter was somewhere and it was always a surprise to the individual. The individual would be sitting down and eating dinner and Linkletter would walk up to him or her and say, 'How are you?' and then tell them, 'This is Your Life.' From there, they'd go to the studio, talk about the person's life and bring on the family and old-time friends. It was very touching. Every week, it was different."
Elaine Klemm, 83 "I have two: 'The Golden Girls' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' I liked those two shows not because of the stars of the show but (the actresses playing) the mothers. They were so witty and cute and I just loved them. I also like 'Jeopardy' because I like answering the questions. Sometimes, I can and sometimes I can't. I watched that Ken Jennings through his whole run. I kept saying 'He is so sharp. How could his mind work that fast?'"
Carolyn Quigley, 80 "It's 'All in the Family.' Archie Bunker was such a bigot and you never knew what was going to come out of his month. He was such a lovable jerk. He was so anti-anybody who wasn't like him. For example, if someone's skin was a different color or if someone belonged to a different religion, he pooh-poohed it. He was not nice."
Jim Quigley, 83, (Carolyn's husband) "I like 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' It was good, clean and cutting humor. It's a show that you could watch with your grandchildren and not be embarrassed. It was funny and made you laugh. To me, too many shows today don't make you laugh."
Stephanie Rowinski, 83 "I like 'Wheel of Fortune.' I can guess the answers quite often and my grandchildren keep telling me 'Oh, Babcia, you should go on the program.' I like the reaction of the contestants."
George Steele, 82 "My favorite show is from both yesteryear and in reruns today: 'Seinfeld.' I just think there's a good assortment of different types of humor. For example, Kramer is goofy and George, Elaine and the others are all a little different. Frankly, I laugh out loud as I'm watching it by myself. There are not too many shows that make me do that."
Lavonne Verkade, 90 "It was 'Touched by an Angel.' For one thing, the story always has a lesson at the end. You didn't have a lot of crime on the show. I like the two main angels, Monica and Tess. I liked seeing Monica going on more detailed assignments. It's just a nice story to watch."
Norm Weaver, 85 "My favorite guy is Jack Benny. I appreciate his humor and it's always clean. His arms were always folded. He was proud of his community of Waukegan. He was always '39' years old."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times