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Posted: 09/24/22 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember the first video games you played on TV? Had the Magnavox "pong" that had the field screen you stuck to the tv. It had bothe the 19" and 25" overlays. Now that pong pong is stuck in my head.


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My dad went to 'electronics school' to learn to repair televisions and radios, graduating in 1959-1960. He became a Zenith TV distributor shortly thereafter. One of the first in our rural area of western Illinois. His first 'showroom' was our living room.
As a child of 5 years old, I vividly remember numerous people/couples coming to our house for an evening of TV viewing, before they made a decision to purchase their first TV.
Of course we had the latest and greatest televisions in our own living room for many years. I too remember when color and remote control debuted.
Dad opened his first Zenith store in a larger neighboring town a couple of years later. Then another store in another town. And finally a larger TV and appliance store, with a partner. He did a thriving TV repair business all of those years also.
As people began to buy new instead of repairing their TV and the big box stores became too much competition for him to make a living any more, he retired.
He is 89 years old, and can hardly understand how to operate a modern TV with too many buttons on the remote, and all of the new 'gadgets' as he calls them.


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Expyinflight wrote:

My dad went to 'electronics school' to learn to repair televisions and radios, graduating in 1959-1960. He became a Zenith TV distributor shortly thereafter. One of the first in our rural area of western Illinois. His first 'showroom' was our living room.

Our first Color TV was a Zenith.. Back then they were given two rankings by the expert evualators.
1: The finickiest (hardest) to adjust properly
2: But the best picture when properly adjusted
(I have to admit it was one good picture)

Alas today Zenity is LG (Lucky (if it works) Goldstar)..
I've had but one LG product work properly. Just one. and several that needed either work or replacement inluding my Dometic (made by LG) Microwave.


Now since we are talking vintage TV.. Watching Daffy Duck as I type. Classic Daffy, Classic Bugs, Classic Popeye and so on.


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Even with million dollar budgets program quality seems to have plummeted. I stopped watching television about 30 years ago. I visited a friend twenty years ago during a brief stop. He sat on his sofa and laughed continuously at what he described as a series comedy. I guess I am out of touch.

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As a young child, I remember the "Test Pattern" posted on the first page of this thread. But I didn't know what it actually was about, being only 4 or 5 years old. I had forgotten all about it, until I read this thread.

I found this link that explains the meaning behind the patterns & information.

Interesting that this pattern could be used to adjust TV operation.

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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

Even with million dollar budgets program quality seems to have plummeted. I stopped watching television about 30 years ago. I visited a friend twenty years ago during a brief stop. He sat on his sofa and laughed continuously at what he described as a series comedy. I guess I am out of touch.
As the popularity of "reality" shows increased, the quality level of programming plunged geometrically. [emoticon] Not that the overall level was particularly high, witness such shows a "Gilligan's Island", "Green Acres", et. all.


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Posted: 10/16/22 02:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Didn't somebody once call television. "a vast wasteland"?


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Ah yes, I could google it, but I think it was Newton Minnow. And that was before "reality programming". [emoticon]

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I remember programs I watched like Rowan & Martin. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Get Smart, National Geographic, The Holiday Specials, Bob Hope
Red Skelton.

It all gone. And I read on a Kindle. I participate in electrical engineering forums but that can hardly be termed entertainment.

The first television I remember was Britain's funeral for its King in 1952

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bukhrn wrote:

"I remember Winky Dink, Arthur Godfrey, and when I was about twelve after the National Anthem, Static."
WOW, and here I thought I was the only one that ever heard of Winky Dink. [emoticon]
Winky Dink was really ahead of its time, it was interactive TV where the kid would have to draw a bridge for example on the TV screen with a crayon for Winky Dink to cross a river. It was my favorite Saturday morning show. It was only on for a few years so I am guessing you guys must be about 75 or so if you remember that show.

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