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May 6, 2014

TV and me

The other day I happened to notice my television set and just how it looked. Inwardly I laughed a tad remembering how television was when both of us were a lot younger. My first time to see a television, something I had never heard of or thought of, was unexpected and a life changing event. Dad sold Philco radios and appliances and he had a friend and neighbor who sold Admiral appliances and lots of records and record players. Dwight Van Osdol lived about a block from our home and dad and mom were there supposedly playing cards. Dad called asked me to come on over he wanted to show me something. I put my shoes on and trundled on down to Dwight’s to see what got dad so wound up.

As I walked in I noticed a large hunk of furniture with a very small and round glass window in the center of the front. It was huge, deep as well as wide and the window was so small and had what looked like shadows in a snow storm on it. I was immediately enthralled with what I was told was television. You could barely make out there was something or some one moving and talking and you could see them and hear them, what a surprise and interesting thing. Dad was sold on it, mom was rather uncommitted and me, I was as wound up as dad. Dwight had an Admiral and my first question was does Philco make one of these? Of course, nothing but black and white pictures at this time.

It was probably less than a week later dad came home with a Philco television. It was a large and heavy as the Admiral set and its ability to have a picture was much the same. We learned early on that the set itself was only the tip of the ice berg when it came to having a workable and useful television set. First thing you needed a large antenna preferably on a long pole or tower pointed right toward the transmission tower of the station. And we then found out that none of the stations had towers close to each other so you needed to figure out how to move that antenna when you wanted to change stations. At the time, the only thing you could do was either get several antennas each one facing the station you wanted or be able to move the pole the antenna was on.

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