Every Christmas in Miracle On 34th Street, the U.S. Postal Service ("an agency of the federal government!") refutes all those doubters who don't believe in Santa Claus. Now the Postal Service has done something even more difficult: proved my mom and dad were wrong when they said (yelled, if you want to get technical) that The Twilight Zone was worthless trash. Rod Serling's spooky sci-fi anthology is about to be immortalized on a first-class postage stamp, along with 19 other classic TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet! The Lone Ranger! Even Hopalong Cassidy is getting his own stamp. The set will be released in August. I guess my dad, a former army quartermaster, would take some comfort in the fact that The Phil Silvers Show -- a comedy about a larcenous supply sergeant that could make my father laugh until he cried -- is also one of the honorees.
The rest of the list includes Alfred Hitchcock Presents, You Bet Your Life, The Dinah Shore Show, Dragnet, The Ed Sullivan Show, The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show, The Honeymooners, Howdy Doody, I Love Lucy, Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Lassie, Perry Mason, Red Skelton, Texaco Star Theater and The Tonight Show. What? No Rin Tin Tin?