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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by TomCat, Jan 29, 2013.
In the 80's Showtime had taped Broadway Plays once a month. Quite good!
I had many blisters on my thumb from punching that Zenith remote. I also remember the day I discovered if you dropped a pocked full of change on the coffee table it would change the channels also!!
The 80's was big for me. Especially cartoons. I think they pretty much began to go downhill then. I also remember Dallas being a family affair
You had to have experienced tiny, blurry, tube-driven TVs with 3 channels that went off the air at 7pm to truly appreciate HDTV. Folks used to argue over who was gonna get up and change the channel. Hell, I can't wait for 4K now! Not so much for films, which look killer in 1080p now. But for sports, where I can still see a lot of room for improvement in resolution. I want sports to literally look like you're there. 1080i still fails at that--probably because D* compresses the sports channels signal so much. Somebody claimed we get no more than 1440 vertical, not 1920. Football lineups are just not that sharp. 4K would KILL for sports.
All that stopped because they were concerned about killing the box office for live shows on Broadway. That's why you can almost NEVER see a Broadway musical on TV or even on Blu-Ray. They need to force you to fly to NY and fork over the megabux for tickets. That's why I watch the Tonys every year. It's the only glimpse you can get of what's going on in legitimate theater.
When our Boxer scratched his neck all the license tags on the collar would ring out and channels would flip all over.
Don "can't find the remote? grab the dog collar" Bolton
In 1961, my young wife, pregnant with our first child, was having problems, so her doctor confined her to bed for the duration.
We had an Admiral b/w tv with a motorized channel tuner, so I fashioned a wired remote control with a Prince Albert pocket tin and three 25' lengths of zip wire. I mounted a vol. control, off/on sw and a momentary-contact sw in the lid of the tobacco tin.
She could control on/off, volume, and change channels from the bed. My 19 year old pregnant child bride thought I was a freakin' genius!
Maybe I was, maybe I wasn't... :shrug:
I was in junior high when we got our first TV (around 1953). I do not remember anyone complaining about the bad PQ or that it was in B&W. I guess the most memorable live show was "Requiem for a Heavyweight" with Jack Palance.
They say that folks hacking their own remotes led to stimulate development of them.
"Requiem" was incredible! Palance and Serling, what a combo!
Just wanted to share a show, that is rare. One that bridged a gap of both generations spoken of in this thread. (and one I watched as a kid). Mr. Wizard.
And how long did you have Prince Albert in a can before you let him out?
Mr. Wizard and Science Fiction Theater hosted by Truman Bradley!
Fridays nights of (in order): The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love, American Style will always be the most Golden of TV Ages to me. The '70s were really a great time to grow up as a kid in California.
I'd call that the Lead Age except that Saturday night's The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart and the newly emerging SNL (preceded on Friday night by the Midnight Special) owned the same period. Perhaps that makes it the Bronze Age of Television.
I'll agree with this post. But wasn't that in the '70s?
Right, same as The Brady Bunch, etc. Just pointing out it wasn't ALL bad.
That was probably the last time there was a good lineup on Saturday nights. Always had a battle with my second wife who always wanted to spend Saturday nights nightclubbing. I usually lost...:nono2:
You mean discoing, don't you?:lol: