My dad told me years ago that when a person sticks his face in front of a television camera he never knows who might be watching.
This was in the days when I first began popping up on TV shows around the country, and friends of his would tell him that they saw me. For someone who was born in the days before radio even came along, I don’t think he ever got over being amazed by it all.
Boy, wouldn’t he love this age we live in now with cell phone cameras, Twitter, Facebook, and whatever the latest gadget happens to be? Nobody has to stick their face in front of a camera anymore.The trick is to dodge some of the cameras that are stuck in front of us!
I come home from the Opry sometimes on a Friday or Saturday night, go online and see pictures taken of me onstage just a few minutes before. And then I open an e-mail from a fan in Australia who says, “Gee, you looked good on the Opry tonight!”
At the same time, Dad’s observation about television still holds true. We are leaving later this week on a Country’s Family Reunion Caribbean cruse, and one of our ports of call will be in Belize. Look it up on the map. It’s not exactly next door to Hermitage, Tennessee. Last night I received an e-mail from a lady and her husband who live in Belize and watch Family Reunion on the RFD Network there.
We are not doing a show in Belize, but these folks are planning on driving quite a long distance just to come to the port in hopes of meeting some of us while we are docked in their country….all because they’ve seen us on TV.
Dad was right. We never know who’s watching us or from where. I guess Mama was right, too, when she told me to always wash my face. No telling who might be looking at it….especially these days.
See you when we get back.