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A trip down TV memory lane
Our cover story for the April 3 issue is on collecting televisions. What are your earliest television memories? Can you remember getting your first TV? Your first color TV? Or, has television always been part of your life? Read Circa in the Opinions folder. Go to News, at the top of the menu bar, then click on opinions. Read When the peacock came to roost. Share your TV memories here. Connie
4/1/2006 10:58:37 AM
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Posted by  Michael A DeFrehn  on 4/1/2006 10:14:28 PM
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Does anyone know about a artist name Pelbam. Thanks Mike
Posted by  connie  on 4/2/2006 9:33:58 AM
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Mike try www.artfact.com connie
Posted by  Charles P. McCausland  on 4/2/2006 8:26:13 PM
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My first recollection of TV was visitng the RCA building at the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. At the exhibit, you would walk up a ramp to a platform and look into a TV screen on which you would see yourself [from a nearby camera] Immediately after the World War II the local Ford dealer, Thompson Motors, in Great Neck, NY, had a TV set in the showroom. After school my friends and I would go to the dealer and quietly sit on the floor in front of TV and watch baseball games- we were very quiet so as to not get evicted. I remember ,at one point ,a new Lincoln Continental Convertible was for sale in the showroom.
Posted by  Connie  on 4/3/2006 7:24:11 AM
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Charles, Wow, that is a great memory. Connie
Posted by  Howard  on 4/3/2006 7:25:13 PM
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Our first look at TV was at the State Fair many of us were very attentive and amazed. Our first HOME tv was a ten inch black and white we needed to darken the room to see the (snowy) picture. The outside antenna was attached to the house top and this old antenna would get a picture from front or back, the nearest tv station was approx 75-80 miles away...at times when conditions were right we could get a fair picture for a few minutes. So Tv has come a long way. Sometimes computers seem not so much more ahead of the old TV. Thanks! for allowing to look back to then.
Posted by  JohnThiel  on 4/3/2006 7:38:09 PM
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We moved to a new house in June 1959 on a lake near Howell Michigan. The previous owners left a blond wood 19inch console color RCA tv. We had the first color tv in our neighborhood. We always watched Bonanza and Disney's Wonderful World of color on Sunday night. They also left an entire set of original Fiesta dishes which my mother gave me and we still have. Enjoyed your article! Thanks for the memories. Dr John M Thiel, CHarlotte, MI From my wife, Barb: We rented a color tv in 1963 to watch "Return to Oz" , an animated version which my Uncle Jim Polack and his associates, Forell and Thomas, produced and animated. We didn't have our own color tv until 1969.
Posted by  Connie  on 4/3/2006 8:15:14 PM
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Ah, Bonanza in color. I forgot about that. How could I forget about Bonanza! I loved that show, unless of course one of the brothers fell in love as you knew the woman was doomed to die or move to some far away continent before the hour was up! Connie
Posted by  Gordon  on 4/12/2006 11:03:24 AM
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I always felt like we we the last family around to get a color TV...September 1972 (though my grandfather held out to about 1975...he was waiting for it to be perfected (apparently a leftover attitude from the mid 50s when, as you story says, color TV was improving rapidly)). My first memory was seeing Jack Brickhouse interviewing a Cubs baseball player. I was awestruck by his vibrant blue blazer and the traditional blue on white pinstripes of the player he was interviewing. Even the skin tones seemed accurate (skin tones were generally what we adjusted the color by so we knew we had correct colors). It was like being TV color blind until I was 12 and then TV really came alive! That was a 19" Zenith TV that was in use until 1990. Now, my teenagers have color video recorders on their cell phones! Maybe I'll dig out the old 13" B&W TV in the basement and show them what roughing it with TV was really like!
Posted by  Angela Canny  on 4/13/2006 3:07:46 PM
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When I was 11, I went to spend a few weeks of the summer at my grandparent's house. When I came back, I found we had a brand new color console TV in the living room. And, as if that wasn't fantastic enough, my Mom had put the old B&W in my room! I was, therefore, one of the first middle-class kids I know of that had a TV in their room, much less a huge console model. But in order to make room for the TV, my Mom had to take down my Barbie Townhouse. She was so pleased with the whole surprise, but I really was disappointed about losing my dollhouse. She told me she intended to reassemble it in the basement, but I think she must have forgotten, or run out of time. I don't know wht happened to that old TV, although I do remember spending lots of time watching a Columbus local favorite, "Flippo the Clown" in the afternoon. The Townhouse? Safely stored in my garage. I'm still not ready to give that up.
Posted by  Judy  on 4/13/2006 4:11:43 PM
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I can remember moving from Toronto, to a small town in Northern Ontario, and feeling totally alone and without friends. The first night, I watched Johnny Carson, and for the next 90 minutes, I stopped feeling alone. From that day on, I watched Johnny Carson every night that I could, and I did so right up until the day he retired. I still miss him.
Posted by  craig  on 4/30/2006 8:56:55 PM
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i was a paper boy in 1965.....some of the customers had color televisions.....it caused me to be late on account of all the peeking...but i knew one thing then...i had to have one....at any costs......sure enough....i went out and bought a GE porta-color 12 " model....on time deposits i think it was around $225.and put it in my bedroom...sure enough...in short time...the big b/w zenith in the living room...went to the basement...and my parents ended up buying a a larger color tv...
Posted by  Eva Brown  on 6/3/2006 2:09:38 PM
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I would like to know if anyone knows anything about an artist named Pelbam I just got a painting of a sea captian done by him and would like to know more about it. It's beautifuly done on canvas
Posted by  Elaine  on 6/18/2006 6:34:40 PM
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I have a 21" (?) Zenith Color System III Space Command TV with Built-In Telephone, which still works great! I have tried to find a model number on it but have been unable to do so. I do know that I cannot determine how to program it to get all the cable channels I pay for each month. Can someone tell me if it just doesn't have that capability, or am I just that stupid? Please...HELP!
Posted by  pete  on 7/18/2006 7:45:07 PM
Email: pete_fiaframs@hotmail.com
Fully grown peacocks are up for sale at First Inland Agric Farms Ltd,a company based in Cotonou.All birds are in perfect health condition and are flu risk-free.Males sell for $260 while females go for $350.And as a special promotional offer,specially formulated peacock feeds are available for free for all buyers. All prices include shipping costs.
Posted by  pete  on 7/18/2006 7:45:11 PM
Email: pete_fiaframs@hotmail.com
Fully grown peacocks are up for sale at First Inland Agric Farms Ltd,a company based in Cotonou.All birds are in perfect health condition and are flu risk-free.Males sell for $260 while females go for $350.And as a special promotional offer,specially formulated peacock feeds are available for free for all buyers. All prices include shipping costs.
Posted by  pete  on 7/18/2006 8:15:31 PM
Email: pete_fiaframs@hotmail.com
Fully grown peacocks are up for sale at First Inland Agric Farms Ltd,a company based in Cotonou.All birds are in perfect health condition and are flu risk-free.Males sell for $260 while females go for $350.And as a special promotional offer,specially formulated peacock feeds are available for free for all buyers. All prices include shipping costs.
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