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Growing Up in the 1950s & 1960s
With Television Reruns & Old Movies

Frank J. Dello Stritto
( Cult Movies Press, 2014, 417 pages )
I Saw What I Saw When I Saw It is a memoir of growing up in the post-World War II era. Television and the first wave of Baby Boomers arrived in America together. Most Baby Boomers had no memory of life without television, where they saw unfold the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Sputnik and the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement, and the explosive growth of the suburbs. Seeing Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein made the author a dedicated “Monster Boomer,” one of his generation fascinated with old horror films. He joined the “monster culture” of old movies, fan magazines, and paraphernalia, and adopted Dracula-portrayer Bela Lugosi as his new hero. Lugosi became an obsession. Frank read all he could on the actor. Then went to libraries and archives to discover more, and to museums and revival theatres that played rare films. Surprising adventures found him along the way. I Saw What I Saw When I Saw It is both a personal tale, and a unique history of how television, movies, and Baby Boomers shaped America.

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