Growing up, and still today, I was a big fan of The Dukes of Hazzard television show. As I got old enough, I would watch the new episodes on Friday nights, and beyond that, it was shown in syndication on my local station every afternoon after school, so I had plenty of opportunity to watch.
What I didn’t realize until recently was just how much merchandise I had that came from the show. A while back, I mentioned having a Dukes of Hazzard TV tray that I would eat dinner off of occasionally. That sparked several other memories in me of stuff that I had that tied into the show that I had completely forgotten about. So today, I just want to review some of that stuff and relate some of my memories of those things.
And when you’re done reading this part, be sure to check out Part 2 of Dukes of Hazzard Merchandise from the 80’s.
We’ll just start with the first item that spawned the floor of memories, and talk about the TV tray for a moment. As several of you may remember, my Dad traveled a lot when I was younger. My brother was eight years older than me, and as soon as he was old enough too, he got a job working evenings and nights at the local grocery store. This left just me and my mom at home at night for dinner.
She would usually make one of our favorite “just us” meals like tomato soup with cheese sandwiches, or Sloppy Joes, or some other simple dinner. We rarely ate at the table since it was just the two of us, and instead we would eat dinner in the living room while watching TV.
I would usually sit on the living room floor, with my Dukes of Hazzard TV tray set up in front of me holding my dinner while we watched Batman (1966) on the Family Channel, and whatever would follow on the original Nick at Night.
Much like everything else on this list, I don’t know what happened to that TV tray, but I still have vivid memories of it and those times alone with my Mom as we bonded over dinner and classic TV.