Fans of popular series, Breaking Bad, bid nearly a million dollars for various items from the sets of the show. Among those items, included nearly $10k for a pair of used underwear and $25k for a teddy bear. TV does inspire a certain passion among fans.
Unsurprisingly, this auction inspired some discussion about items from other TV shows that people might want. My initial reaction was straight to super heroes. I thought, it’d be awesome to have The Greatest American Hero’s suit. I’d go bonkers over the Six Million Dollar Man’s red jumpsuit. I’d forever carry the Ultra Man capsule, pushing the button until I transformed. (I would!!)
But, once I got through those knee-jerk, I-Want-To-Be-A-Hero impulses, I gave it some more thought. While things like super hero outfits might be cool on the set of How I Met Your Mother or Big Bang Theory, what would I really want? What would I be proud to display for a lifetime?
I was surprised at my ‘final answer.’ But, I guess I shouldn’t have been. I’d decided the most awesome thing to have from my TV past would be Mr. Roger’s trolley to the Land of Make Believe. That trolley was a huge part of my TV past and took me awesome places when I was young. That whistle and the chimes (while I realize played externally…now) could pull me in from three rooms away. I don’t know why, but it did.
Years later when I was given the chance to visit the Land of Make Believe in person, it was as magical as the days when I watched it. For a moment, I was transported to my imagination and loved it. But, just on the chance that the trolley wasn’t available, I’d be more than content with one of Mr. Roger’s hand-made sweaters or his blue canvas shoes…
So, that begs the question. What one item would you want from your TV past? And, don’t let me discourage you from saying a super hero cape or anything. Just because I got all sentimental, doesn’t mean you can’t have awesome things!