Remember those days of black and white television ... Greenacres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mr Ed, Lost in Space, I Love Lucy, and Dougal Stevenson reading the news in his best BBC voice?
And then, finally, on 31st October 1973, glorious living colour came to New Zealand's screens - just in time for the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.
What a thrill! I recall that like it was yesterday, and I'm as excited now as I was back then when I watched my first TV show in colour. Because ... from our next issue - August - the Beacon will be printed in FULL COLOUR!
Now, I know that it is winter, and some of us are prone to hibernation, but I do hope there is stuff happening out there because we also have four extra pages to fill! So, get your articles to me by Friday 14th July and let's put together a fabulous new colour issue of the Beacon.
Does your organisation have something coming up that you'd like to share with the community? Let me know what it is so we can work towards an article together.
And don't forget our What's Happening column where you can remind everyone of events that are coming up or happening regularly.
Remember, this is your paper, reaching your community.