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Discovering TV and American Culture

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

founding father, inventor of the lightning rod, bifocal glasses and the Franklin stove, pioneer in the discovery of electricity, cowriter of the Declaration of Independence, first U.S. ambassador to France, and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution

After a year, my mother and I were finally able to move into an apartment a few blocks away from the yeshiva, at 99 South Ninth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Rent was thirty-five dollars a month.

We had few luxuries at home, but we did have a small television set. Once we got that TV, it felt like the world had suddenly opened up ...

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