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Benign Despot
03-30-2009, 12:57 PM
Everyone's getting all nostalgic :Eason: I'd like to remind you all of one little downside.

2,4,5,7,38,44,56

remember. That was IT. 8 fricken channels (OK I lived on the south shore and could pick up 6,10 & 12 also) 25 didn't even hatch until the mid 70s.

mikiemo83
03-30-2009, 01:00 PM
yeah and with older brothers I was the clicker


or the antenna holding fool with Foil

AllWorldTE
03-30-2009, 01:05 PM
Even though there were only eight channels, I remember there being much more to watch then than there is now with my hundreds of cable channels to choose from. WTF?

ron1625
03-30-2009, 01:05 PM
Everyone's getting all nostalgic :Eason: I'd like to remind you all of one little downside.

2,4,5,7,38,44,56

remember. That was IT. 8 fricken channels (OK I lived on the south shore and could pick up 6,10 & 12 also) 25 didn't even hatch until the mid 70s.
8 Channels, we were stuck with 3 :rolleyes:

JD10367
03-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Everyone's getting all nostalgic :Eason: I'd like to remind you all of one little downside.

2,4,5,7,38,44,56

remember. That was IT. 8 fricken channels (OK I lived on the south shore and could pick up 6,10 & 12 also) 25 didn't even hatch until the mid 70s.

A couple of points.

1.) A lot of it, IMO, is simply a hearkening back (I hope that's the correct phrase, but my Internet is very slow right now so I can't check) to when we were younger and times were simpler. No cellphones, no instantaneous communication around the world, no digital revolution, no computers or Internet. Cassette decks and rotary phones, back when entertainment was simpler. And we didn't have bills or rent to pay, LOL, but were only concerned with getting in the pants of the girl next door or, if you were younger, which cartoons to watch after school and how late would you get to stay up that night.

2.) There is some truth to the "less is more" comment. While I wouldn't go so far as to say there was more on, or that it was a higher quality, I do think that humanity gets spoiled quickly. Because there wasn't much available, what we had seemed more dear to us. As The Boss sang, "fifty-seven channels and nothin' on". I would wait all week for that Saturday afternoon Creature Feature, or to get home after school for those cartoons, or to stay up late for that cheesy movie rerun after the 11:00 news. Sure, nowadays you can have a movie mailed to your house or get it on your TV with a click of a cable company's "on demand" button... but how many of us actually do that? Technology increases our options and makes things quicker, but not necessarily better. (We can communicate instantly with e-mail... but how many of us still don't communicate with friends or family who, in the old days, we would actually take the time out of our day to call or, even more old-school, send a letter or card?)

Don't get me wrong. Most of what I watch is cable. History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Learning Channel, Science Channel, Travel Channel... I could probably give up the major networks, with their sitcoms and procedural dramas, but I'd hate to give up my educational channels, especially now with my HDTV. But, sometimes, I miss staying up late and watching the channels go off the air, and turning to "Matty In The Morning" on "Five All Night" back when ABC was the only channel on overnight. I miss NOT having 5000 movies to choose from, but having instead to force myself to stay up--not videotape, mind you, since we didn't have that either--to watch that 11:30pm showing of "Airport", LOL.

Costanza
03-30-2009, 01:28 PM
Old bastards.

JD10367
03-30-2009, 01:34 PM
Old bastards.

Young bitch. :coffee: ROFL

mikiemo83
03-30-2009, 01:35 PM
Old bastards.you say it like it is a bad thing

Costanza
03-30-2009, 01:41 PM
Young bitch. :coffee: ROFL
ROFL :p
you say it like it is a bad thing

Hey. I'm sure with age comes experience. ;) That's why I always went after older dudes.

Brady's Bunch
03-30-2009, 01:44 PM
tv is way better now. On demand? You can watch an entire season of a sitcom in one day if you wanted. HD? 500 channels? I'll take that over 8 channels on a small black and white television

Costanza
03-30-2009, 01:46 PM
tv is way better now. On demand? You can watch an entire season of a sitcom in one day if you wanted. HD? 500 channels? I'll take that over 8 channels on a small black and white television

I do love me some DVR. Fvck a commercial. I don't want Shamwow being yelled at me when I'm trying to watch porn Lost.

AllWorldTE
03-30-2009, 01:47 PM
tv is way better now. On demand? You can watch an entire season of a sitcom in one day if you wanted. HD? 500 channels? I'll take that over 8 channels on a small black and white television

Yea, but I could set my watch by Hogan's Heroes back in the day.

TipRoast
03-30-2009, 02:01 PM
Now that I has the intertubes, I don't even watch the other tube ('cept for sports).

Costanza
03-30-2009, 02:04 PM
Now that I has the intertubes, I don't even watch the other tube ('cept for sports).

You're typing with one hand, aren't you. :coffee:

Flagg the Wanderer
03-30-2009, 03:03 PM
I remember my brother and 2 of my sisters were watching TV, and they start screaming across the house for me. I come in, and:

"Change the channel."

I thought up the remote control right there on the spot.

bideau
03-30-2009, 03:23 PM
I remember my brother and 2 of my sisters were watching TV, and they start screaming across the house for me. I come in, and:

"Change the channel."

I thought up the remote control right there on the spot.

I think that's why my parents had seven kids. Someone was always around to change the channel.

I remember when the Sunday night movie was must see TV. Nothing like heavily edited blockbusters that took twice as long to view on TV as they did in the theaters. The Ten Commandments had to be shown over two nights.

And let's not forget when the mini-series took over TV. Roots is still one of the pinnacle moments of network TV.

3 Point Stan
03-30-2009, 03:27 PM
I am the youngest of 7. I used to share a room with my brother (2nd youngest). When my parents broke down and finally bought us an Atari 2600 for the house, you can imagine the total television anarchy that ensued. By that Christmas, my parents wanted their TV back. So the remaining children in the house got their own, brand-spankin-new 13" black-and-white jobs. Remember the best feature of these? They came with the world's first ear bud headphone. Not for 2 ears, just for one ear. And the cord was 2 feet long. So to watch TV and listen with the ear but, your face was practically pressed against the TV screen anyway.

God we were a world of morons.

Flagg the Wanderer
03-30-2009, 03:40 PM
I think that's why my parents had seven kids. Someone was always around to change the channel.
I am the youngest of 7. I used to share a room with my brother (2nd youngest).Whoa!

:toast: to both of you! Me too, dead on the money perfect.

Pyxis
03-30-2009, 03:55 PM
I am the youngest of 7. I used to share a room with my brother (2nd youngest). When my parents broke down and finally bought us an Atari 2600 for the house, you can imagine the total television anarchy that ensued. By that Christmas, my parents wanted their TV back. So the remaining children in the house got their own, brand-spankin-new 13" black-and-white jobs. Remember the best feature of these? They came with the world's first ear bud headphone. Not for 2 ears, just for one ear. And the cord was 2 feet long. So to watch TV and listen with the ear but, your face was practically pressed against the TV screen anyway.

God we were a world of morons.


No shit. I remember when my sister and I got our black and white TV for Christmas. You'd have thought it was a BMW or something.:huh:

O.Z.O.
03-30-2009, 04:53 PM
I remember my brother and 2 of my sisters were watching TV, and they start screaming across the house for me. I come in, and:

"Change the channel."

I thought up the remote control right there on the spot.

I thought algore invented the remote control.:shrug:

He invented everything else.

Flagg the Wanderer
03-30-2009, 05:09 PM
I thought algore invented the remote control.:shrug:

He invented everything else.No, stoopidz. That was right after I invented the walkman.

I invented the intertubular superhighway later.

imapig
03-30-2009, 05:41 PM
Sorry cant embed this video of Cusick and Johnny Pierson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGoGEjvvWrQ

The memories are forever burned into my soul!!!

BostonTim
03-30-2009, 06:57 PM
I thought algore invented the remote control.:shrug:

He invented the Algorerithm.

Cheers, BostonTim

BostonTim
03-30-2009, 07:06 PM
8 fricken channels You were lucky.

It wasn't until I was 10 years old that Channel 5 went on the air in Boston (November 1957) and added just the 3rd channel to my childhood menu. THOSE were the Golden days. :bow: :rockon:

Cheers, BostonTim

Moebius
03-31-2009, 12:16 AM
Everyone's getting all nostalgic :Eason: I'd like to remind you all of one little downside.

2,4,5,7,38,44,56

remember. That was IT. 8 fricken channels (OK I lived on the south shore and could pick up 6,10 & 12 also) 25 didn't even hatch until the mid 70s.

You sure you don't mean

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42?

johnlocke
03-31-2009, 01:36 AM
I'm not nostalgic. I'll take my internet, Netflix and DVR any day of the week. No comparison. Even through I love my Creature Double Feature. I can rent all that shit now.

Costanza
03-31-2009, 01:45 AM
You sure you don't mean

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42?

ROFL my first thoughts ROFL

shirtsleeve
03-31-2009, 01:55 AM
ROFL my first thoughts ROFL

His too!
http://www.lostfan.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/lost_hurley_hugo_deli.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vm4oTZJcUCs/SaZF5O6f_YI/AAAAAAAAAok/N9wGLqUqyuE/s320/il_430xN.45666155.jpg

DarrylStingley
03-31-2009, 07:43 AM
I think we're in the golden age of TV right now.

Never before have as many quality shows been out there at the same time.

HBO and Showtime have raised the bar, and FX does a good job of keeping it up there.

TipRoast
03-31-2009, 03:29 PM
How clueless did you have to be to be a network censor back in 60s?

A character named Beaver Cleaver (from Leave It To Beaver).

A town named Hooterville (from Green Acres).

It boggles the mind.

BostonTim
03-31-2009, 04:00 PM
How clueless did you have to be to be a network censor back in 60s?

A character named Beaver Cleaver (from Leave It To Beaver).

A town named Hooterville (from Green Acres).

It boggles the mind.

LOL

Think they missed a cople of clues, too:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/m-0YBr-6IxE&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/m-0YBr-6IxE&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

The train was the "Hooterville Cannonball". The three luscious ladies were Billie Jo (hot-to-trot), Bobbie Jo and Betty Jo.

BTW: This reminds me of one of the first thoughts that ever came creeping out of my newly emerging dirty little adolescent mind.

We had in our kiddie library at home, a bunch of childrens books (a very popular series) by a gentleman named Howard Garis. It was about this kindly old rabbit and his devoted live in rabbit nurse. Their names were: Uncle Wiggley and Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy. :jester::jester::jester: :toast:

Cheers, BostonTim