I never cease to be amazed by the level of laziness the internet has caused, especially among younger folks who’ve pretty much always had access to it.
Hand them a phone book, or walk them into a library with an increasingly-rare card catalog and you would think you’ve taken their entire life away.
Over at a certain game show website I’m a member of, a poster asked about a new book just written about Johnny Olson, the original announcer on The Price is Right, the man who made “Come on down” a part of Americana. The poster asked if anyone had read it, yet.
About six minutes later, another member posted a follow-up in that same forum, asking if the original poster could provide a link to information on the book, like, perhaps, an Amazon.com link.
“This always cracks me up…really, folks, it’s the INTERNET! Go to Amazon and look it up!
When I went there and entered VOICE IN TIME RANDY WEST, I got the listing. Why would anyone wait for someone else to post something here they could find on their own??”
I’d hate to be of a mindset that would prevent me from being able to find something on my own if I wanted to know more on a subject. The internet has made finding information much easier and much faster. But sometimes, you still have to make a little bit of effort!
The book, Johnny Olson: A Voice in Time, was written by Randy West, another game show announcer I’ve had a few conversations with. He’s a nice guy and he was lucky enough to know the legendary Olson and strike up a friendship with him. When Olson passed away in 1985, West received a good deal of Olson’s papers, including an autobiography he was working on.
Johnny was the greatest game show announcer in the business, and unlike many others, knew how to be the perfect second banana.
I’m definitely going to look for this one at the bookstore. Here’s that Amazon.com link to it. I’ll give it to you, assuming that you would have taken the time to find it for yourself if you really cared.