by Doug Who
My life and what I hope to accomplish when I'm in my 30's.
Dedicated in memory of Pappy John and Pappy Al...
Miles high above Altoona, PA in a delivery room on December 17th 1989, I am born to proud parents Joycina and Richard Kruise.
Little did they know I would grow to know about TV not just in America, but Canada and the rest of the world also.
My mother read to me and would learn to read myself at a 5th grade level thanks to a 50 year old children's show called "Sesame Street".
In 1997 I was diagnosed with Autism and was the first person in Glendale School in Flinton, PA to have this disability.
Before cable came into the Kruise house in Coalport, we got local channels. I would watch Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune,
and a favorite worldwide "The Price is Right"! After Bob Barker retired from hosting I wrote a letter and sent him a check to
his DJ&T Foundation. He wrote back to me thanking me for my letter and donation to the foundation. I also told him I did weekly volunteer
work at my local pet shelter. In 1993 we got cable TV in the house. Channel 23 was ABC, Channels 6 and 11 were NBC Johnstown and Pittsburgh, 28 was Nickelodeon. The only one with a scrambled signal was Channel 14 HBO which the cable provider blocked because of the rude language and violent movies shown on it. I would also watch Press Your Luck on USA Network with my Mom when it was "Us Time".
I went and attended grade/high school at Glendale School District 1994 to 2008 and made a lot of friends. One friend I have known from third grade and sixth to after high school is nice to me to this day. That would be Katie Treese who studied to be a math teacher in Pitt Johnstown Area. She also is a fan of Survivor and Big Brother.
I am a fan of old shows from 70's, 80's, and 90's and before. I like seeing original broadcasts on YouTube of a show from back then especially commercials! TV Land would show classic commercials (their Retromercials) in the 90's and I would watch every one of them when they'd come on. BUZZR on the old black & white game shows they show the classic commercials now.
Another great channel I'd watch back in the day was (then owned by the people who produced Sesame Street and Nickelodeon) Noggin. I would love watching some Nickelodeon and the CTW/Sesame Workshop Library on the channel. I would often think about working at Noggin someday. But it wasn't meant to be as the Workshop lost interest in the name and became Nickelodeon's trademark. There was a Noggin block in England which was a futuristic/space logo at first and then they used the more familiar head logo.
Now I would like to dedicate part of the story to my family. And tell what they watched/did when they were my age.