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betajet
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Re: Ancient TV
betajet   9/11/2014 2:08:30 PM
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Stargazr wrote: [Ernie Kovacs] was a genius!

He'd also thump the floor with his hand, creating a nice random audio pattern on the 'scope trace.  Brilliant!  This was an early "blue screen" effect, except it was B&W so you had to key on intensity level instead of color.  Kovacs sometimes superposed himself in clips from movies, wearing a white coat and white cap so his black hair wouldn't be transparent.

Here's my favorite Ernie Kovacs TV story:  In the old Dumont Network days, the studio was on top of a hill with a great view of the city (don't know which one).  Kovacs and his buddies liked to play a little game during the late night movie.  While it was playing, they'd lower the master volume at the station.  Everyone watching the movie in TV Land would then turn up the volume on their sets.  Kovacs would do it again, slowly lowering the master volume over half an hour or so until everybody in TV Land had their volume cranked up all the way.  Then they'd raise the master volume back to full strength and run to the windows.  Lights would come on all over town as people were awakened by suddenly-blaring TVs.

You could get away with that sort of thing back then because TV was so unreliable that people didn't suspect it was deliberate.

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 1:28:21 PM
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@Stargzer: Max, you have better luck than the Irish!

Who deserves it more than I (to be sure, to be sure)?

Very interesting -- also I like the part at 7:12 when the young lady says "He's the trickiest bunter in the business" ... you don't get to hear something like that very often :-)

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Stargzer   9/11/2014 1:03:22 PM
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Max, you have better luck than the Irish!  I searched YouTube for Ernie Kovacs Show and this one came up first.  It's bits from several shows, with a great 1812 Overture.  The Oscilloscope trace comes in at about 6:03 minutes. 

Hmm; OK, let's try another way to skin this cat.  I wonder if Pig Latin will get by the URL-ay Ilter-fay?

ww-way ot-day outube-ya ot-day om-cay orward-fay lash-shay

watch?v=4_5lSrAYNU8

 If that fails search for "The Best of Ernie Kovacs - Vol. 1 Pt. 1" on that tubular You site.

 



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Re: Wire Recorder
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 12:51:20 PM
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@Stargzer: ...someone asked if it was possible to convert a wire recorder to tape.  The answer was, "Short of being brutal about it ... " followed by a cartoon of a guy at an anvil hammering wire flat.

ROFLOL

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Wire Recorder
Stargzer   9/11/2014 12:38:41 PM
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Whenever wire recorder is mentioned I always remember a very old Letter to the Editor in Popular Electronics where someone asked if it was possible to convert a wire recorder to tape.  The answer was, "Short of being brutal about it ... " followed by a cartoon of a guy at an anvil hammering wire flat.

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Re: Ancient TV
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 12:06:16 PM
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@Wnderer: ...in the 1954 BBC version of 1984 at 1:37:30, there is one of those wire recorders.

Nice wire recorder -- scary book and film

 

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Re: Ancient TV
mhrackin   9/11/2014 12:05:03 PM
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Sidelight on wire recorders:  those were standard-issue for the CIA (and their competition) WELL into the 1970s because they were 1) much more rugged and impervious to damage and 2) non-editable unlike the "new-fangled" tape ones!  All Uhers.

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Re: Ancient TV
Wnderer   9/11/2014 11:59:07 AM
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If youw want to see an example of old technology in old TV shows, in the 1954 BBC version of 1984 at 1:37:30, there is one of those wire recorders.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYBbvj8NKx8

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Re: Ancient TV
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 11:26:31 AM
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@Stargzr: ...at the opening of one episode of the Ernie Kovacs Show he kicks over a can of white paint which spills into a line at the edge of the stage...

Never saw it -- sounds really clever -- if you find it anywhere like YouTube please let me know.

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Re: Magic Eye Tube?
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 11:25:04 AM
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@mhrackin: ...check out the opening credits for "The Twilight Zone."

I have old episodes of "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" playing in an endless loop on a 1970s Jetson-like mini TV

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