Friday, August 31st, 2007
How did you Meet your Child’s Progenitor?
I am asking how you met the mother, father or otherwise co-parent of your kid(s) because of a curious thing that happened to me yesterday.
A friend who lives six hours from me, and whom I’ve known from kindergarten through college, called me up. My wife answered the phone and described him as being "hyper-excited."
"Captain Mitch is on the radio!" he said. A radio station in Sacramento he meant, and that I should listen via the station’s web site. I did.
Captain Mitch hosted a locally-produced children’s TV show in the 1970s and early ’80s on KTXL, a UHF channel in Sacramento, Calif.
The Captain was in his mid-50s then, and known by his white beard, skipper’s cap and unbounded enthusiasm for introducing Looney Tunes cartoons every day after school.
I fondly remember his Atari 2600 bowling challenge. The TV station broadcast the screen of a live Atari’s Bowling game. One lucky kid each day played one frame of pins over the phone, pressing his push-button phone to throw the ball as the stick figure bowler moved up and down the lane. If he scored a strike or a spare, he won a prize.
I could never play because we didn’t own a high-tech phone.
Hey, come to think of it, did Captain Mitch modify an Atari 2600 game to work with phone tones, or did he just press the joystick button and fool us kids?
In any case, Captain Mitch’s show was eventually canned in favor of automated programming. But yesterday, 84-year-old Captain Mitch was interviewed on a Sacramento radio station to much fanfare.
My friend called because he knew I met my future wife by way of the Captain. Way back when, in a dorm room full of students who were far-removed from Sacramento culture, I made a passing remark about the Captain. My future wife perked up and shouted, "Captain Mitch!" in recognition. And the rest is history.
So, assuming you are still romantically involved with the other parent of your child or children, would you care to share how the two of you first met?