What do you have ready for you on your DVR?
If you are like me and just about everyone I know, your DVR is about as full as it can be with recorded shows and movies and whatever else you enjoy watching on the small screen.
My editor, Rob Carrigan, believes you can tell a lot about a person by the movies they like, the music they listen to and whether or not they are a live-by-the-seat-of-your-pants sort of person.
As discussed in this column a few weeks ago, my top three favorite movies of all time are “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rocky” and “Field of Dreams.” If you recall, I said I am a sucker for 1970s ballads and love songs, especially those performed Barry Manilow.
If you were to take a look at my DVR, you probably would not know what to make of me. I have more than 125 “Seinfeld” episodes recorded. Seinfeld is probably my favorite television show of al-time, with “The Six Million Dollar Man” and Gilligan’s Island” trailing right behind.
A closer look at my DVR would also show that I have 132 episodes of “The Office” recorded, as well as about two dozen episodes of “30 Rock.” Since I am often mistaken for Alec Baldwin (seriously, I get this all the time) I have a special place in my heart for his Jack Donaghy character.
Jack Donaghy loves former President Ronald Reagan, much like I do. But Alec Baldwin, the person, likely shares very few of my conservative/Tea Party political views. I guess the cat - which I have never owned and don’t plan on owning - is now out of the bag. I am a dog guy.
A further examination of my DVR reveals that I am intrigued, if not obsessed, with history. There are at least five programs on the assassination and life of former President John F. Kennedy. Depending on which show I watch, I am swayed to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted totally alone in the assassination of the JFK, or that the Mob, Fidel Castro, CIA or Soviets had a hand in the plot. Heck, I’ve even heard convincing evidence that Kennedy’s vice president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was in on the conspiracy.
On my DVR you will also find several programs on the American Revolution, as well as Abraham Lincoln. You will also find at least 10 documentaries on Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Germany, as well as Joseph Stalin’s Russia.
I like to visit fascinating places. About every three years I head east and do an historical loop of American history. I hit Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the battlefields of Gettysburg, Washington D.C. (the Lincoln Memorial is my favorite spot in the city) and of course historic Williamsburg.
I’ve walked the streets of historic Williamsburg dozens of times and it never gets old. A short drive from Williamsburg is Jamestown, where, in 1607, the first Colony in America was founded. The third part of the Historic Triangle is Yorktown. It was there where British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to American General George Washington.
I took my son, Garrison, to Europe following his high school graduation from Air Academy in 2012. We saw 13 countries in 14 days. It was wild. We did Western Europe like nobody’s business. Among the places we visited was Dachau Concentration Camp.
Dachau, as many of you know, was the model Nazi concentration camp. Walking the grounds was a humbling experience. Talk was kept to a low whisper. By the time we reached the death chambers, I was overcome with emotion. I wept bitterly for those who had their lives taken for no reason other than hate.
Now back to my DVR.
Other programs recorded include episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” “Family Guy,” “White Collar and “I Love Lucy.” You will also find the movies “Les Miserables,” “Elf,” “National Treasure I and II,” “Night at the Museum,” and numerous silent movies by Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle.
There is a ton of sports programming on my DVR. Everything from a World Series highlights from the 1940s through 1960s, documentaries on the old American Football League, California Angels documentaries from the 1960s and 1970s, and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point night in 1962.
Lastly, you will find the epic series “Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood,” as well as “The Men Who Built America Series” featuring Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller and other titans of industry.
What’s on your DVR? Perhaps your DVR is a reflection of who you are?