Perry Mason First Telecast: Sept. 21, 1957 Last Telecast: Sept. 1966
This TV show was really my mom's favorite. I can remember as far back as age 3 crawling around on the living room floor playing with my toys while she sat in her chair listening intently to the story line. I did not pay much attention to the show while I was playing on the floor with my toys. That is until they got to the courtroom scene at the end. I could tell by the tempo of the background music that high drama was about to occur. At that point I would stop playing with my toy cars and sit up and watch and listen. This is the part where Perry Mason would engage in some very deep and strategic verbal jousting with his most frequent opponent Mr. Hamilton Burger the prosecutor.
I found Mr. Masons style to be eloquent and on point. He was lucid, articulate, and succinct, yet at the same time he was blunt. He would lay his arguments down with sledgehammer force yet his fine points cut like a knife. I have used this style myself in setting for the arguments for the causes I take up and the technique works quite well. I have been lauded many times by my Professors in College for the depth and breadth of the research I do to support the points in my term papers and in class presentations. I have also handled some litigation matters in the past Pro Se just to save a few bucks, and I am a killer in the courtroom.