My Two Encounters With Perry Mason
|Raymond Burr as Perry Mason.|
Most of you probably remember Perry Mason the TV Show, but I remember Perry Mason, the radio program. Once when I was a teen, my mom and I went to see the live broadcast of the Perry Mason show. I don't remember too much about it, not even Raymond Burr. I do remember getting autographs from other stars when they went to their cars in the parking lot behind the studio.
As a married woman, we lived in Oxnard. When I learned Earl Stanley Gardner, the author of all those Perry Mason books, not only lived in and practiced law in Ventura, but some of his books were set in Oxnard, I started reading as many of the books as I cold find in the library.
Perry Mason, the TV show came on, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you I was hooked. I watched every episode faithfully. The evening I went into labor with our third child was also the night for the latest Perry Mason episode. It was a particularly exciting episode with an intriguing puzzle--and my labor pains were coming about 3 minutes apart.
My husband started pacing the floor. "Come on, Marilyn, you don't want to have the baby on our couch."
Frankly, I didn't care. I wasn't leaving until the end of the show. I had to know how Perry Mason was going to point out the killer.
Before the music ended, hubby had me on my feet and we were out the door. Fortunately the hospital was only about three miles from our house. We arrived in plenty of time and our first boy made his entrance into the world without difficulty.
Of course I can remember the births of all our kids--but this one was a bit different than the rest, thanks to Perry Mason.