Light and Shadow in Siouxland, Old Time Radio, Orange City

6 Aug

Like the old time radio show, “The Shadow“, who knows what evil lurks, taken in  Orange City, Iowa Friday, May 29, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Because I was born in another century, I sometimes reference people and historical items that even predate me. In Siouxland there is a local local radio station that plays “old time radio” shows some of which occurred before TV and definitely before all the CGI effects so prevalent in movies today. Back then, the special effects was in one’s mind or imagination. Which probably led to discoveries and concrete ideas that folk came up to add context to what they wanted to create . Similar to imagining characters and events in a novel.

As some educator I believe once said, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Not using one’s imagination but relying on someone else’s “special effects” isn’t always what it is cracked up to be.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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