Are those reading this post aware of the old American television series ‘My 3 Sons’? It was a classic TV series that ran from 1960 to 1972 and chronicled the life of a widower and his 3 sons. I was born in 1960 and I remember watching this show, most likely it was later in the series when I started to file memories away about this show.
Upon writing this post I did some research and on the Wikipedia website it has some good information about how the show was produced, interesting information about the actors and the series life. I found the following interesting information about how the director and producer Peter Tewksbury scripted the programs:
These early episodes held to no specific generic type, so that any episode from one week to the next might be either comedic or dramatic. Tewksbury’s episodes are also unusual for their use of cross-talk (a way of having the voices of off-screen characters heard in the background of the soundtrack, just under the voices of the main characters). Using this clever directorial twist, Tewksbury realistically portrayed the chaotic, fast paced and ever changing sequence of events; coordinate and conflicting, that was the daily routine of living in the Douglas household.
The Douglas household was different than the household of ‘My 3 Sons’ for the reason I was not a widower. Upon a couple of separations with their mother and eventually divorce, ‘My 3 Sons’ would stay with me for long periods of time during different times of the year. My household was similar to the Douglas household in that most time on these visits I was a single parent taking care of ‘My 3 Sons’. Other similarities included week to week comedic and dramatic events and sometimes a chaotic, fast paced and ever changing sequence of events; coordinated and conflicting that was our daily routine of living. A young adult having young children and working, struggling with responsibilities and then on the side dealing with my own internal issues was difficult at times.
When reading the above information about Peter Tewksbury, I found the information about the cross-talk (a way of having the voices of off-screen characters heard in the background of the soundtrack, just under the voices of the main characters) interesting. It reminds me of myself as the main character with an off-screen voice telling me I need to be strong in order to support ‘My 3 Sons’ and to spend quality time with them when they would visit. This off-screen voice would need to keep me in check so that the voice of internal struggles would not take over and result into a bad situation. At times I was weak and the voice of internal struggles won over the off-screen voice, but most of the time the off-screen voice was successful.
The ‘My 3 Sons’ series lasted 12 years and my marriage lasted 13 years and the show progressed with the 3 sons growing and major changes taking place in each of the character’s lives. Major changes have taken place and continue to do so with ‘My 3 Sons’ and me.
We all made it through the difficult times and along the way had many good times and ‘My 3 Sons’ have grown into men whom I am extremely proud of.