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Eight signs from television that you are getting old - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 14th 2008 11:32AM

This young Starship Captain is now 77-years-oldLet's face it, we get old. Some of us live a long and glorious life, dying happily in our sleep next to the 26-year-old Penthouse Pet of the Month who is just with our wrinkled old selves because we have money. Others live to the ripe old age of 30 and have a wonderful Lastday ceremony. It really doesn't matter...we get old one way or another.

Most of us try not to admit we are getting old. We use dyes, we have surgeries to move things around, and we pump ourselves with poison so our faces to retain that wonder wax museum sheen. Yet, there are those occasions where you hear about something that triggers that little part of your brain that makes you want to whip out the Bran Flakes and prunes. Here are just a few television-related events that may just have you looking for retirement communities in Florida.

William Shatner is 77-years-old -- When Star Trek premiered back in 1966 Bill Shatner was a mere 35-years-old -- only four years younger than I am today. Now, after his birthday on March 22nd, Mr. Shatner is three years shy of the Big 8-0! Frankly, he doesn't look bad for his age (I guess the 70s are the new 50s), and, according to a recent interview on his birthday, Shatner said that he was feeling great, he had lost some weight and was working out. Plus, he's still a big TV star after four decades. I'd be feeling great too if I was in his situation.

Yo! MTV Raps celebrates its 20th anniversary -- Here's how you know that you're old...if you remember when they played music videos on MTV then consider yourself ancient (and if you can remember the five original VJs, the you really should be dead). While I never watched Yo! MTV Raps during its long run it certainly did change the way people looked at a music genre that had actually been around for quite some time. Now, two decades later, that music and culture is part of our everyday lives. By the way, MTV is celebrating the anniversary of the show this month with content across all of its channels on and off of the Internet. Now, who would have thought we would have been saying something like that back in 1988!

Childhood stars of the '80s are having children of their own -- Thanks to networks like Nick at Nite and the dusty attic known as the Internet, there are plenty of opportunities to see your favorite childhood stars in all of their 80s splendor. Because of that it can be hard sometimes to see them all grown up. Yet, here they are, just as old as you, and having little 80s childhood stars of their own. For instance, Soleil Moon Frye, that sweet little pig-tailed star of Punky Brewster, just gave birth to her second child. Tracey Gold, little Carol Seaver from Growing Pains, just gave welcomed her fourth child into the world. And Rick "Ricky" Schroder? His oldest son child will be 16-years-old this year!

Your favorite teen heartthrobs and rockers are now sad reality stars -- In the era of "Back Then" people like Christopher Knight, Scott Baio and Bret Michaels were the crushes of millions of fans. Their faces were plastered all over television and teen magazines across America. Now, you can't help but feel a little bit sad for them as their lives are shown for millions of people to see. I don't know about you, but I feel really old when I find out that Scott Baio is becoming a father at the not-so-young age of 46, and that the former lead singer of Poison (Michaels) has to find true love through a cable television show.

Mr. Rogers Neighboorhood began 40 years ago -- On February 19th, 1968, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered on the National Education Television network, setting the stage for millions of parodies as well as other childrens' television series to follow. Other than being in black-and-white, you would recognize the show from its very first airing. Trolley was there, as was King Friday, the traffic light in the living room, and Fred's omnipresent sneakers and sweater. Granted, the show was known as Misterogers' Neighborhood back then (it didn't become Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood until 1971), but it still had the same calming sensibility that mesmerized children and adults for decades after.

Your old favorites are new again -- Even though many experts scoff at it, I somewhat believe that life is one big circle. If you doubt me, take a look at the television schedule over the last few years: shows that you used to watch when you were younger came back for another run. Some, like Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who, came back to both critical and fan praise. Others, like Bionic Woman, gave it a good try but failed. Now there is word that the CW is planning a new version of Beverly Hills 90210 with a new set of characters. Frankly, I'm just waiting for a new version of Supertrain to appear on the NBC fall schedule.

You record everything that airs after 10 PM -- A few years ago you would be the person at work who said 'Dude, did you see what Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert did on The Daily Show last night?' Now, you shy away from any mention of that show because you can barely stay up through the 9:30 airing of Home Improvement on Nick at Nite. Your DVR is full of after-10 PM shows just waiting to be watched. But, you can't watch any of them because you fall asleep after the first ten minutes. All I can say to you is -- I feel your pain.

And, last but not least...

Dustin Diamond is still on television -- That's either a sign that you're getting old or a sign that the world is ending. I can't really put my finger on which one it is.

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