OK, so Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt sneaked a peek during "20/20." And a few others may have slinked off to catch the Jazz in the playoffs.
Yes, it was imperfect. A TV-free utopia it was not but, all in all, TV-Turnoff Week was a successful venture for the Utah families who joined millions of Americans in the vow to keep the television turned off last week.The fourth annual event, which ended Tuesday, is sponsored by TV Free America, a nonprofit organization that wants to cut the amount of television watched in the United States in half.
You know, the four hours of TV the Average Joe watches a day. The nine years of his life he'll spend glued in front of ESPN color analysts, the Energizer bunny and Brady Bunch reruns.
Ann and Scott Jensen's family was accustomed to their TV operating as background noise to their lives full of soccer, school, commotion and kids.
Could they do it? Turn off the tube and the VCR, unplug the Sega, for seven whole days?
Initially, Ann Jensen thought her family may have traded TV for sugar: milkshakes became such a comforting evening alternative.
But after the first and most difficult weekend nights, the Jensens opted for board games and the outdoors the rest of the week. They even had a family reading night. Of course, their two oldest daughters pleaded Jazzmania and went to friends' homes to watch the playoffs. But the rest of the week was so much easier than they expected and so much more enjoyable that Ann Jensen hopes it changes the way they use TV in the future.
"We sat down after it was over and Scott and I just said, `Let's see if we can continue some of these habits,' " Ann Jensen said.
On Friday, when Utah's first lady had the "20/20" slip-up, she also caught a station's evening previews. All of the shows that night contained sexual innuendo. Some of them contained violence. Leavitt was relieved her children wouldn't be watching any of it.
"TV is not only a distraction, it can invade your home. I know I can't protect (my children) from everything, but I also know I can stop things from invading our home and taking control," she said.
Leavitt already had strict television rules for her three children still at home. But when she learned of TV-Turnoff Week, she had new inspiration. She gave the family ample warning at Sunday dinner. But Monday after school, teenage fingers kept wandering over to the power button.
"I just kept turning it off," she said. "The first day was the hardest."
The rest of the week, though, went well for the Leavitts. They may not have been flawless. After all, Gov. Mike Leavitt was out of town during the Jazz game, and his wife says she didn't even bother to ask whether he withstood the pressure or flipped on his hotel room TV set to see the vital game.
The struggle was hard all over. Spring Creek Middle School in Cache County even changed the rules to let students watch some "planned" television after students and parents said they couldn't miss the Utah Jazz entering the playoffs.
Jacalyn Leavitt had that same kind of pressure on the homefront.
"The Jazz game was the first time we had to give a little mercy," she said. "Our 14-year-old just couldn't stand it."