Blog Rerun: STOP
An aggressive campaign against cable TV was waged 40 years ago by local TV broadcasters and movie theater owners who felt threatened by the idea of multiple channels and clear reception. There was even an alarmist ad that ran with the previews in the theaters that warned of the slippery slope that would come with the dreaded wire.
Oh, you don't believe me do you? Here it is:
For whatever reason my dad subscribed to Cablevision (as it was called then) and we were treated to Superstations in Washington and Chicago as well as our locals (we had three UHF independents as I recall).
Eventually WTBS replaced WGN. Here's an ad for the service from 1972 - 10 whole channels! We also got HBO when it was first offered in 1973 or so when they seemed to show the same 30 movies over and over, month after month. It took a long time for HBO to shake that image and win back subscribers.
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 9:38am
So a day later I called and got a representative to take care of my order. I wanted to cancel my home phone but keep internet access. I was told by the rep that I could keep my land line for only $6.00 a month if I liked. There would be no frills - no caller ID, long distance plans, answering service, etc. Sure, why not, if it's just $6.00 a month. When I got my order summery - $6.00 had miraculously become $27.50 with an international calling plan tacked on and the "AT&T Long Distance Service" that connects me domestically for 39 cents a minute. When was the last decade you paid 39 cents a minute for a long distance call? I can call cell to cell in Europe for 18 cents a minute with my Sprint Evo 4g. 2 cents to a land line in London. But 39 cents to the next town over? And you ask why I despise AT&T - it's always lies all the time.
Oh, and in case you think I'm being unreasonable I just read an article about how your telephone bill likely has charges and services tacked on you didn't request - but you're paying for. They should be ashamed to do business this way but apparently not.
On a lighter note, here are some Sunday morning bumpers for NBC's kiddie lineup in 1977 (or so it says) - including Thunder (also known as Super Horse, Starring Thunder) which aired on Saturday mornings in 1977-78 but didn't catch on the way Fury did 20 years earlier from the same creators. I doubt the show aired on both Saturday and Sunday mornings though.
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 7:45am
Here's Jerry with Chet Atkins with 'I'll Say She Does' on The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour from 1972.
From a 1983 concert, 'When You're Hot You're Hot' - Jerry talks about being on Glen Campbell's variety program.
Finally, Jerry with Glen Campbell on Tom Jones' show doing 'In the Pines' and 'Muddy Water.'
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:35am
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Barry Greenwood writes: In the early 1960s baby boomers remember a five-minute serial that ran on kid shows called "The Space Explorers," about the search for a lost astronaut by his son and a professor and pilot. It was made by the odd combination of Fascist German and Soviet Russian science fiction films into a US serial. It hasn't been run for fifty years but recently the copyright holder is contemplating a DVD release. A website about the show is here at thespaceexplorers.com.
Dr. Craig M. Berg send us this wonderful footage of his visit to Romper Room in 1953, shot with an 8mm camera. This was the first year for the show and the hostess here is the original Romper Room teacher, Miss Nancy (Claster).
writes, "February 1953 was the beginning of Romper Room's
forty year run. 'Miss Nancy' was the much adored teacher. Her stage name
was 'Nancy Rogers' but she was actually Nancy Claster, married to the
show's producer, Bert Claster.
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:23am
Talk about staying true to the source material - Captain America The First Avenger, opening in July, is even set in World War II. Those of us familiar with the story know how it ends, icily. Note how Cap looks an awful lot like the Joe Simon / Jack Kirby creation from the 1940s.
The new Captain America The First Avenger TV spot:
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 5:23am
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