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Re: Do You Remember Your Very First Bronx TV Set?

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Posted by Mr. Mumm on Friday, September 25th 2020:

In Reply to: Do You Remember Your Very First Bronx TV Set? posted by Sammy on Wednesday, September 16th 2020:

Hiya, Sammy! What a great question! So yours was 19 inches? Congrats! I don’t like to talk about mine because that’s TMI, but who could forget one's first Bronx TV set? Of course, I remember it because we watched it all the time, right through the end of "The Late Show" movie on CBS (Channel 2) followed by "The Syncopated Clock," and "The Star Spangled Banner" and then the station shut down for the night and all that was visible was its logo. When we first got the set, we kept staring at the logo and waited for something to happen. The only things that moved were our eyelids, slowly closing. I don't remember the brand of TV we had. We just called it “the teevee” and my father was always fiddling with the knob labeled “fine tuning.” Something frequently went wrong with the picture and whenever it started skipping, everyone in my family showed off their technical expertise by shouting, “Horizontal! Adjust the horizontal!”

Mostly, I remember that our first TV played shows like “Kukla, Fran and Ollie,” and “The Rifleman” and “Father Knows Best.” (I still have a thing for Betty, but who doesn’t?) Also, lots of sports, including baseball games with close-up views of the players scratching their you-know-whats (the teevee gave you a better look than what you could see at the ballpark, even from a box seat, and there were fake wrestling matches, with large men wearing lots of makeup and satin capes, especially Gorgeous George, who was frankly not that gorgeous IMHO, but my grandfather believed the matches were on the level and was aghast because he thought the wrestlers were really hurting one another. He didn't know that what sounded like bones being boken was really just noises made by Dennis James, the famous announcer, shelling peanuts next to the mic. (By the way, when did the spelling of the abbreviation for "microphone" change from “mike” to “mic”? Another mystery of the universe.) Anyway, it took a while to convince my grandfather that not everything he sees or hears on TV is not necessarily the truth, even if it comes from someone in a position of authority, like a famous announcer, or even a president who used to be something like an announcer. It was a good lesson for him.

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