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How It Was: Fiddling and twiddling with the TV controls

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Bellhop   2/7/2012 8:06:36 PM
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Some stations in the US did play reruns of "The Goon Show". The humor would fly right past you and move on to the next thing before you even realized what had happened. Insanity? When a perfectionist replaced a picture tube and tried to "converge" the new tube to perfection. I usually ended up picking one corner to be the "bad" one (usually upper right) and putting the rest into proper convergence. There were generally 16 interacting controls on a board inside the back cover. You could go to work on them after you threw in the towel on adjusting the yoke magnets. I always wondered how those assembly line girls at the factory managed to do it in 30 seconds....

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David Ashton   2/6/2012 12:50:34 AM
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Nice.... And apologies.... "traffic cop" is not Jeremy Taylor, it's Pip Freedman. You learn something new every day (in this case by goofing off and watching you tube for half an hour.... :-)

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antedeluvian   2/6/2012 12:25:36 AM
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He could take the mickey out of the english as well. Try this piece entitled "jobsworth" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz44_Sp0K8A And I also loved his "Transplant Calypso"

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Max The Magnificent   2/5/2012 4:08:25 PM
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Do you know, I bet this must have really happened at least once...

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zeeglen   2/4/2012 6:04:02 AM
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On a less humourous note was the rumour of the TV screwman who would plug the "cheater cord" (opening up a TV would remove AC power through the back panel safety interlock, the cheater cord supplied AC to the pair of interlock terminals) into the heater terminals 1 and 12 of the old 12 pin CRT base. Of course 120 VAC would pop the heater open, he could then "truthfully" tell the customer that the picture tube was shot and get a profitable shop repair job out of it. I learned a new trick from a magazine tip - sometimes those old CRT heaters would appear open but could be restored by applying fresh solder to the base pins. I had a few very happy customers who saw their TVs come back to life after this treatment, and from then on they always called us for the next time their TV needed repair. Another very problem area was the tuner, a mechanical monstrosity that rotated a series of 12 tuned circuit strips on a turreted drum to select channels 2-13. Periodically the multiple gold-plated contacts needed cleaning, which could be done in the home. I still remember one lady when I told her the tuner needed cleaning, she said "It was just cleaned." The slightest touch on the tuner knob caused the picture to bounce all over, I asked who cleaned it. "My husband's friend, he's a car mechanic." (Uh-oh) "What did he clean it with?" "Sand paper." "Sorry lady, can't do anything about that now." Finally there is the joke about the DIY TV fixer who tightened all the "loose screws" in his tuner. The loose screws were actually RF trimmer adjustments.

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zeeglen   2/4/2012 6:03:21 AM
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Or the one about the repairman coming to the customer's front door with his tube-caddy toolbox and noting several birds perched on the rooftop antenna. Inside, the picture is snowy, so the repairman jokes to the customer that the problem might be the birds. The customer leaves the room. The repairman slides the TV out from the wall and sees the 300 ohm twin lead (balanced pair they used before coaxial cable) has one wire fallen out from its terminal screw. He re-attaches the wire, perfect picture. Then he hears a "BLAM". The customer comes back in with a smoking shotgun - "Got rid of them damn birds. Did that fix it?"

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zeeglen   2/4/2012 5:34:48 AM
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TV repairmen always had a "spotter", they called it a "mirror". Did you ever see the cartoon joke where the guy is dangling upside-down from the roof rain gutter by one foot with the TV antenna in his hand, and his wife in the house hollers "That's it - the picture is perfect now!"

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David Ashton   2/4/2012 3:38:14 AM
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Jeremy Taylor was good....didn't know that SM toured with him, that would have been good. He did a lot of stuff taking the mickey out of the South African way of life. "Ag Pleez Daddy" was about his best but I liked the one about the traffic cop: Move your car, menheer, jy moenie park in here, if you argue then you're running quite a risk 'cos your meter has expired your exhaust has just backfired yes and where the heck's our new third party disk?? (Menheer = sir, jy moenie = you can't)

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antedeluvian   2/3/2012 2:04:03 PM
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The goons humour actually continued after the show through individual efforts. Spike Milligan would tour (mostly with an English/South African entertainer, Jeremy Taylor) and was absolutely hilarious on stage. (two lines I remember: "News Flash: The East German pole-vaulting champion just became the West Germand pole-vaulting champion" and "contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion"). When interviewed on radio or TV he would disrupt proceedings far more than even Robin Williams. I believe he stole the show in Mel Brooks' "History of the World Part 1" as Monsieur Rimbault in the French Revolution portion of the movie. Peter Sellers was a guest artist on Steeleye Span's (an English folk group) song "New York Girls", when in the middle of the song he interjects "Play the modern banjo, Min". I see it actually shows up in the lyrics: http://www.lyrics007.com/Steeleye%20Span%20Lyrics/New%20York%20Girls%20Lyrics.html Good memories.

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Max The Magnificent   2/2/2012 10:00:17 PM
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I've got a Goon Show CD lying around my office somewhere -- plus I've got two books of Goon Show scripts... but you really had to hear them to get the full effect...

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