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Relay OKs television theme

By By Adam Prestridge
Television reruns are the highlights for anyone born prior to 1990.
They take us back to the good ole' days when TV shows had morals and values, when censorship wasn't an issue and children of all ages could enjoy sitting in front of the tube with their family.
Who doesn't enjoy watching old episodes of the "The Dukes of Hazard," "The Cosby Show," "Gilligan's Island," "M*A*S*H," "Matlock," "CHiPs," and "Knight Rider"?
A majority of us grew up watching these classics and whether we had seen the episode airing before or not, we were still glued to the TV set.
Children's Christmas wish lists all over the world requested a talking Trans-Am named KITT, motorcycles like the ones Ponch and John fight crime on and a "Radar" radio system. And when we didn't receive them, we made our own by painting our favorite Huffy jet black, placing playing cards in the spokes of our bicycle tires for that "realistic" motorcycle sound or simply taking two used coffee cans connected by a piece of yarn and chatting back-and-forth.
Next year, Atmore Relay For Life teams will help us all to relive those oldies, but goodies with its television theme entitled "Slipping through the Channels of Life: Lets cancel cancer". The Relay For Life committee recently approved the theme and teams have already begun choosing what TV classic they are going to air under their tent at Heritage Park next April. At least that's what those on hand during the meetings are hoping. Even though the date has been officially announced, committee members are leaning toward April 28 for the date of next year's Relay in hopes of escaping the extreme heat.
The Atmore Advance has chosen a "cancelled" television show for its team's theme. So if you see our sports editor Matthew dressed in a flower-patterned dress with a bonnet on his head, don't think twice, our theme is "M*A*S*H". Masland Carpet has chosen "The Beverly Hillbillies," First Baptist Church will feature "Dragnet" and First National Bank &Trust will take you on a three-hour tour of it "Gilligan's Island" themed tent.
Atmore's Relay For Life has not only been a fun time for members of the community to gather together for a good cause, but has also proven to be a success with financial earnings that have exceeded goal the last several years. The same success is anticipated this upcoming year.
So area businesses and organizations, put on you thinking caps and begin staking your claim on your favorite television show or simply the one you feel will be the most fun to imitate.
Adam Prestridge is publisher of The Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.