I may be aging and sprouting more gray hairs as we speak (or, err, type) but I still remember the first day our house got TCM as part of our regular cable package. It was an otherwise unassuming day in a small town just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I gingerly made my way up my street to the communal mailbox to retrieve what I thought was another whackload of bills and ads. One of the envelopes I ended up pulling from the depths of the mailbox was from our cable provider telling us that as part of our basic cable package, we would now have access to ten more specialty channels. One of those channels was TCM.
My days afterward were filled with constant streams of black and white films and if anyone in my house dared to change the channel, I'd whip my Italian slipper off my foot and launch it in his/her general direction. I had awful aim - and still do - but still, I taught them a lesson. I was obsessed with TCM and referred to it as "my classic movie channel" as if it was brought to Canada especially for me.
TCM brought me that much closer to what has become my life-long passion: classic film. It's comforted me when I was feeling down and helped me get better when I was ill. It's given me strength when members of my family were stricken with cancer and disease, lifting me up from the depths of worry and despair. TCM is my cure-all. Late at night when I can't sleep or early on a Saturday morning when I'm restless and eager to start my weekend, TCM is there for me. Yes, I know this is all starting to sound terribly cliche and a tad bit morbid, but I'm speaking the truth.
I'm sure this is the same for many of you. I'm almost 100% certain that you feel the same way I do about our favourite classic movie channel. Just think of how many 'favourites' we've discovered with the help of just ONE channel. Think of how many remarkable friends we've made through TCM, its annual film festival, and Twitter's own #TCMParty tag -- personally speaking, I've met some absolute gems that I couldn't picture my life without now! You all are amazing xx
Thank you TCM. Here's to many more years of life-changing programming and exciting film fests!