A word with a long etymological history going back before the 12th century. A thesaurus offers equivalents:
The last one is my favorite.
Look in a dictionary and you’ll see it further defined: Having lived long…Originating years ago…Senior (showing physical or mental characteristics sometimes associated with long life), Existing for a specific time, (“the days was a few hours old”), Familiar…Existing or used over time…Used for emphasis (“any old reason”), Familiar, Annoyingly familiar…Wise
Again, the last one is my favorite. Wise. Mature. Don't assume one accompanies or transfers to the other. And they are not interchangeable.
Would you agree that as we rack up life years our outlook on the definition of Old and Old Age gets nudged further away from our own specific age number? Remember when you were in grade school and had a teacher who looked to be your parents’ age? Now, you might not look at Mom and Dad and think, wow, they sure are old, but someone unfamiliar to you who looks about the same age? Old. Or at age nine, asking a parent-age person how old they are and they say, “35”. Thirty-five? An incomprehensible number for someone who can mark off their age with both hands and have a finger to spare.
This post, however, is not about aging. It’s about TV westerns. The subject came up while I was having dinner with a friend one night last week. She mentioned something about how little she watched TV because there were so few TV shows these days that she liked. I agreed. A “remember when?” got us going on the subject of TV westerns. Being that we’re near the same age we both had memories of watching the same shows because that’s what our fathers watched. Top of our Remember When? list was “Bonanza”, which aired from 1959 to 1973. Then came “The Rifleman”, 1958 to 1963, and “Gunsmoke”, 1955 to 1975, and “Wagon Train”, 1957 to 1965 and “The Virginian”, 1962 to 1971.
The memory of watching these shows was so vivid we could even hum the theme songs. Loudly and with feeling. A most excellent wine had accompanied our meal, which was also pretty darn good.
"Maverick" 1957-62 "Rawhide" 1959-65
"Big Valley" 1965-69 "Cheyenne" 1955-63
"The High Chaparral" 1967-71 "The Wild Wild West" 1965-69
"Death Valley Days" 1952-70
How about you? Did you watch TV westerns? And to the folks who live outside the U.S.A., were American TV westerns shown in your country? Did you, or do you now have similar shows?