Way back in the early 80’s, kids were selling newspapers on every corner. I remember one such kid would always be sitting outside of my church after mass, and another kid would sell newspapers in front of Dierbergs (a supermarket in St. Louis, where I grew up).
Newspapers began their decades-long slide by this time, as folks’ attention spans were just starting to shift to different platforms. This was the early ’80’s, and the first indication that technology may be providing we kids some alternatives happened at my friend’s house across the street. They were the first to get a small dish on their roof that only provided them one channel–Showtime.
Can you imagine, only one channel? It seemed like my neighbors were rich, to be able to afford this small dish on their roof that no one else had. I was in middle school at the time, think 1981-ish, and we would gather around my friend’s TV at night when the parents went to bed, hoping to catch an R-Rated movie. And, Showtime always delivered. We middle school boys were in heaven.