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#4048195 - 12/09/14 06:55 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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I would have been at home probably studying. I was 16 and in High School. I think I can recall seeing a CBS news special report about it.


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#4048204 - 12/09/14 07:01 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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I would have been 13 and I doubt I was studying (although I probably SHOULD have been). I don't remember the evening it happened and I'm sure my father was watching the game.

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#4048224 - 12/09/14 07:28 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: MarkG]  
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Originally Posted By: MarkG
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Not even alive. Watching the video I do find it really odd that they mentioned his death right in the middle of the game, I can't imagine the announcers for a Packers game taking time from the event to let me know someone like (for example) Ozzie Osbourne had been shot. Kinda odd, but then I wasn't around for the Beatles mania so I guess I don't know.


I was a different time though, only three network stations and a public broadcasting station (US). So any breaking news you got was from TV or radio.

EDIT: And no channel surfing those 3 stations (the public doesn't count), who had remote control in 1980?


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#4048229 - 12/09/14 07:33 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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If I recall correctly, I think the first tv remote controls came out in the late 70's but you are probably right in saying that most consumers didn't have them in 1980.


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#4048232 - 12/09/14 07:34 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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I remember thinking that as a newsflash it wasn't nearly as exciting as the storming of the Iranian Embassy. biggrin

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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master
Originally Posted By: MarkG

EDIT: And no channel surfing those 3 stations (the public doesn't count), who had remote control in 1980?


Anyone with young children.
"Change it to 7!"


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Too true!

#4048241 - 12/09/14 07:44 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted By: PanzerMeyer
If I recall correctly, I think the first tv remote controls came out in the late 70's but you are probably right in saying that most consumers didn't have them in 1980.


I remember my grandpa's Zenith had remote with it in the mid seventies. It almost always never worked and used batteries up like crazy.

Turning the knob around with a click, click, click to change the channel was a fairly common thing until the mid to late 80's depending on the age of your TV.


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#4048249 - 12/09/14 07:54 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: Jedi Master]  
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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master
Dorothy Stratton was one of your childhood celebs?? confused

I remember my mom telling me it happened, I knew the Beatles' music but none of John's solo work at the time. I don't remember thinking much other than "I guess there will be no reunion now".



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I remember thinking that as a newsflash it wasn't nearly as exciting as the storming of the Iranian Embassy. biggrin


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#4048279 - 12/09/14 08:26 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: Peally]  
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Originally Posted By: Peally
Not even alive. Watching the video I do find it really odd that they mentioned his death right in the middle of the game, I can't imagine the announcers for a Packers game taking time from the event to let me know someone like (for example) Ozzie Osbourne had been shot. Kinda odd, but then I wasn't around for the Beatles mania so I guess I don't know.


an interesting perspective on how the announcement was made by Monday Night Football. I'm surprised ABC News didn't just break in to the game, but considering the implications of playoff berth they didn't want to. And as Mark said; "only three major networks. UHF stations didn't carry news. PBS had McNeil Lehrer at 6pm. Local news was at 11 with no NIGHTLINE to follow up at 11:30. The local affiliates wouldn't have got this out at all except for maybe NYC stations.

Start at 3:00




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#4048280 - 12/09/14 08:28 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: Jedi Master]  
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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master


Anyone with young children.
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Wait. You had talking remote? I was just bonked on the head the same number of times as the channel my Dad wanted to view. GAWD I hated UHF.

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I snapped me G string, drummer cocked up 5/4 time and'th' singer, Lance Majestico gives out a fab Norman Collier impression...

Tears was shed for a good few seconds before't pies and peas arrived, bingo resumed and life went on pretty much as before...tha'naws.


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#4048337 - 12/09/14 11:06 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: MarkG]  
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Originally Posted By: MarkG

EDIT: And no channel surfing those 3 stations (the public doesn't count), who had remote control in 1980?


We did. Our cable box easily reached from the TV to the couch. and had a row of 15 pushbuttons and a 2-way rocker switch that gave you positions 16-30. We only got maybe 12 or 13 channels with basic cable, though.


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#4048453 - 12/10/14 08:08 AM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted By: PanzerMeyer
If I recall correctly, I think the first tv remote controls came out in the late 70's but you are probably right in saying that most consumers didn't have them in 1980.


We had one in 1957. A GE, it looked like this, but
unfortunately they don't show the remote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-GENERAL-ELE...=item3cedcda33c

note the text "most General Electric consoles include
remote control - at no extra cost."

The remote was a fat seven conductor ribbon cable about
18 ft long, which was laid under the carpet from the TV to
the side table next to the couch. It terminated in a
cafe-au-lait coloured plastic object which looked like
a 500ml jar, with a matching coloured lid over it, with
a cream coloured GE curly logo in the middle of the lid,
in raised plastic inlay. You placed your palm over the
lid, and it depressed, a huge pushbutton switch, and it
would start a motor on the TV which mechanically rotated
the tuner assembly - whirr-clunk-whirr-clunk.... If you
rotated the lid, it operated an on/off volume control.
The on switch had to be turned on for the channel turner
to operate, as you might expect. And it worked great for
about five or six years, until the two kids in the house
(who were those guys, anyway?) pretty much destroyed it
by fighting over the show to watch and driving the wheel
around until all the contacts on the tuner were getting
sloppy, and the motor began losing the ability to stop
when you lifted your hand of the control.

#4048564 - 12/10/14 03:20 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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This thread takes me back to when I was a child, if you stayed up late enough (~2AM) the station you were watching would sign off, you'd get the National Anthem and then an Emergency Broadcast like sound with the color bands, and then static. One station in Atlanta did this even in the early '90s, they'd sign off with Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind and a cool video, ending with an alligator swimming in the swamp.

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A quick remote control story (being the juvenile delinquent that I was)...

When our small neighborhood first got cable (required a box), one night a friend of mine and I walked around with his remote, standing against people's living room windows switching their station. A little back and forth while you could sometimes hear fussing and confusion. Then off to try the next house.

Walking back on our street we could tell this guy (big ex-Marine, although mostly belly) was watching TV in his bedroom. They had a really small house, his bedroom windows were small squares almost ceiling height, you couldn't see in but you could see the TV light flashes from the street. If you stood on the brick flowerbed border under the window, you could just make out the TV mounted high near the ceiling in the opposite corner, like they do in hospitals.

We flipped the station. Station flips back. We flip again. Station flips back. We wait a while, flip again, flips back. Flip again...this time we hear him yell as a beer can goes flying at the TV! We take off scared and hide in my backyard, then see a focused light moving in his backyard. The dude is walking his yard in his underwear with a flashlight checking out the wires. smile We decide to call it a night.

We went to his wake recently with my parents, seems like everyone on that street in my parent's generation is dying now. frown

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#4048636 - 12/10/14 06:00 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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Hmmm, earliest remote control...

Well, we had one that was really a tuning fork inside! It would make a particular click and the TV knew to change the channel in one of two directions. No volume control on it, though.

And then I had a TV with a wired remote. Nothing sexy like a ribbon cable - this thing had two twelve foot long cables (think the thin black one on a TrackIR or headset) that plugged into the front of it. But hey, it was color!

I think I paid five bucks for it in a pawn shop - dude was just trying to get it off his shelf.


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#4048637 - 12/10/14 06:02 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: knightgames]  
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From discussing John Lennnon's death to tv remote controls. Gotta love SimHQ!


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Originally Posted By: PanzerMeyer
From discussing John Lennnon's death to tv remote controls. Gotta love SimHQ!


I guess they were both big deals 34 years ago. wink



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#4048798 - 12/10/14 09:56 PM Re: Where Were You 34 Years ago tonight? [Re: MarkG]  
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Originally Posted By: MarkG
This thread takes me back to when I was a child, if you stayed up late enough (~2AM) the station you were watching would sign off, you'd get the National Anthem and then an Emergency Broadcast like sound with the color bands, and then static.


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