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…”It’s Been Fun” (Nov, 1965)

I saw Bob Barker on the cover of a tabloid at the grocery store last night and it reminded me that I had this article scanned.

…”It’s Been Fun”

By Bob Barker

If you have been watching Truth Or Consequences since I started doing the show daytime on NBC, you are nine years older than you were when you and I first became friends. It has been almost a decade. I have done about 2,300 shows and interviewed more than 12,000 contestants.

Now, after all these years, NBC has cancelled Truth Or Consequences. Frankly, I am disgusted. I think the network should have given the show a chance to get off the ground.




Voice-controlled hi-fi

At a recent Toshiba press conference I noticed a stack of mini-hi-fi components [PS, Jan.] with a microphone attached. But the mike, I learned, wasn’t plugged in to record music. Instead, it lets you store 15 verbal commands in a microcomputer memory. After that, the hi-fi system responds only to your voice, enabling you to perform 19 functions—operating a cassette deck orally, controlling volume, or selecting tuner channels, for example.

Television in the Theatre At Last! (Jan, 1932)

It almost seems redundant to post this. Who among us has not heard this story told a thousand times at the October feast of the teletheatre?

Television in the Theatre At Last!


October 24, 1931, will undoubtedly go down in history as the epoch-marking day when the world first saw Television billed as a feature in a regular theatre program. On that day Mr. B. S. Moss, in association with William Morris and the Sanabria television experts, demonstrated giant television images to the audience witnessing the usual vaudeville and motion-picture entertainment at the Broadway Theatre in New York City, where a large 10×10-foot ground glass screen had the actors’ faces projected upon it.

Sparton Cosmic Eye Television (May, 1952)

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England Will Broadcast First Chain Television Programs (May, 1935)

We Americans are so behind the times. The British were being promised HDTV in 1935! I wonder how many “lookers” there were at that point.

England Will Broadcast First Chain Television Programs

VAUDEVILLE, opera and outdoor sports events are predicted to be among some of the feature programs which will be broadcast to British firesides this fall when the first national television network in the world swings into action in Great Britain.

AIR-TO-GROUND TV SYSTEM Transmits Combat Pictures on FM (May, 1956)

AIR-TO-GROUND TV SYSTEM Transmits Combat Pictures on FM

Airborne military television crams a self-contained transmitting station into a small reconnaissance plane, then flies this ever-moving station over unpredictable terrain. Taking these adverse conditions into account, Admiral developed an extremely compact television system which uses FM transmission for the picture.


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A scary femme fatale peddles old horror films on TV At an hour before midnight each Saturday on many Los Angeles TV screens, a gaunt, black-wigged mistress of ceremonies steps out of ominous, drifting mists, screams hysterically into a shuddering camera, intones the greeting in the headline above and then sighs morbidly, “I hope you have been lucky enough to have had a horrible week.”

Tape for Pictures (Jul, 1958)

Tape for Pictures

ONE of the most ticklish aspects of the whole video tape operation is the manufacture of the tape itself. In these photos taken at the new ORRadio plant in Opelika, Ala., we can see some of the inspection steps used to insure perfect tape—which will “play back” a signal just about indistinguishable from a live telecast.

TV IN A CAR (Jul, 1958)


The kids looking so raptly at the TV screen at left are seated in the back of a moving automobile. This was a demonstration of an experimental auto television set developed by General Motors’ Delco Radio Division for Oldsmobile. It is dual-purpose, operating in a car and removable for use on line current. Having eight-inch screens, such sets were first shown by Oldsmobile this year at the Chicago and Detroit automobile shows.