Over the years I often wondered why TV would show so many not so good re runs when I clearly remembered several that I had enjoyed and seemed to be lost somewhere in a studio's backroom.
One of those I remembered was Backstairs at the White House. Some thirty years ago I remembered rushing home from work to feed my boys, do homework with them and get them off to bed so I would be free to sit and watch this TV mini series. The real memories of a White House maid that had turned into a book and was now being shown on NBC.
I was surprised when I typed the words into the Amazon search and it came up with a set of 4 DVD's. A bit pricey at almost $50.00, but I decided to treat myself to this memory of history mixed with good entertainment.
With yesterday's blizzard blowing outside my window, I opened the set of DVD's and set down to watch the first one. The set takes you for a ride in history seen through the eyes of a White House maid and her daughter over 52 years and 8 presidents. I read in the campanion guide that comes with the DVD's that the next First Lady after the book was written, Jacquelyn Kennedy, as a condition of employment, had the staff sign an agreement to not write about their memories of service to the White House.
Just as I remembered 30 years ago, I became so interested in the story that I couldn't wait for the next episode. Of course now, I didn't have to wait for next week to see it, so I didn't. I spent most of the day watching all 4 parts, enjoying each for it's story and a look into the worries of the Presidents of the past as each came and went.
If you were a child in the late 1970's or missed this story, it's well worth the cost of the DVD's.