Bicentennial TV Guide

We've all seen those booklets you can buy in gift shops that tell you how much a gallon of gas cost when you were born and who the popular celebrities of the day were. But those are gereralities over the course of that entire year.

But what about the minute you were born?
This is something I have considered so I thought it would be interesting to find out what was being broadcast on television at the exact moment when I was born. After a quick search and purchase on eBay for that week's TV Guide, I had the answer.

Making things more interesting, I was born right smack in the middle of prime time (just after 8:00 CST). I immediately flipped to the evening hours of July 6. Since this issue happens to be from the San Francisco area, I had to do a little time zone adjustment. After some quick goat-thinking, there it was:

I entered this world just seconds after the theme to M*A*S*H!

It's probably a safe bet to think that my mother didn't have the TV on in the delivery room, but based on the two pages below, here's the way I'd like to think things went down:

7:30pm (CST) -- Labor progressing normally. Mom flipping the channels between Good Times and Laverne & Shirley.

7:41pm (CST) -- J.J. delivers a "DYNO-MITE!" and my mom is sent into a fit of laughter. Labor intensifies.

8:00pm (CST) -- M*A*S*H begins.

8:03pm (CST) -- I see daylight.

8:30pm (CST) -- Mother and son watch One Day at a Time together founding my sense of humor on the antics of Dwayne Schneider.


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