Happy 32nd birthday, MTV! We'll never stop loving the way you were
Of all the things we've lost since the '80s, I miss MTV the most. For years growing up, coming home from school meant reruns of Gilligan's Island or The Monkees. Suddenly, there was MTV and life was just better.
I remember the very first thing I saw on MTV (Men At Work's Be Good Johnny) and the very last time I watched MTV in the '80s. (An eisode of Remote Control, which was entertaining, but a little too cruel for my taste.) And then, it was gone.
Oh, the network continues to broadcast, albeit without the class that the original veejays brought to it or the music that defined it. And yet, I suspect teens today feel about the same toward MTV that we did 30 years ago. Whereas the '80s generation craved music, teens today -- I can only speculate -- are drawn to shows with such titles as Wake and Shake, Girl Code and I Used to Be Fat.
Seriously, those are three shows that are playing today on MTV. ON ITS 32nd BIRTHDAY!
Everytime I see the old MTV logo or a Facebook update from Martha Quinn or Alan Hunter, I get misty. (Today's msg from Alan: "32 years ago this day, we all know what began. and how the western world has declined ever since. mtv. wow. love you Martha Quinn Mark Goodman Nina Blackwood and JJ Jackson.") I miss seeing Alan laying on the floor while introducing a video. Or Martha giving her cute girl-next-door smile while wearing some of the oddest clothing choices we'd ever seen. (The Boy Scout shirt tops the list.) I miss World Premiere Videos. And the hype that led up to the first showing of Michael Jackson's Thriller.
I just miss MTV. I think we all do. Happy birthday, MTV. We'll never stop loving the way you were.