Star Wars Episode IV ... one of the props was a highly-magnified magic eye tube of the 6E5 type
Almost a week and no takers, so here it is. When Luke returns to the garage after dinner, at the top of the console to his right there is what looks to be the business end of a very large 6E5 magic eye tube. It even has a few animated flashes of blue floating across it.
Used to work standby for the Old PBS pledge breaks. Close as llive as one could get in the modern times. (apart from this was 20 years ago. so I guess it is still Ancient.) The station manager would say that sports and pledge breaks were the only place where something unexpected could happen. The news being scripted.
Did get a bomb threat on the live phone once. Caller said there is a Bomb under your desk, then hung up. I had the composure to remain calm. During the show the managers did a cursory look under the stage. Usually things were much more mundane. Red Dwarf and Doctor Who were popular at the time. So our costumes would spout things from the show. Like us all wearing Holographic H on our foreheads.
It always surprised me that people really did call in and give credit information over the phone. This sort of ended when Cable expanded and fewer people used Over the air antenna.
Now we get live web webfeeds from things like the Iceland #Bardarbubga volcano. Can not seem to stop watching it.
Stargzer wrote: ... in live broadcast the stage crew substituted real booze.
I love live television. This sounds like the time Kovacs was playing "Percy Dovetonsils, Poet Laureate" and the crew put a goldfish in his prop martini. Percy wore joke eyeglasses, so he couldn't see anything and didn't notice until he started drinking: "Thomeone theems to have put a fishie in my martini." You can hear the crew cracking up. Kovacs never went out of character -- what a pro.
Wikipedia has a good article with other Percy amusements: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Dovetonsils
That's awful about the network recyling his tapes. Just awful.
@betajet: Here's my favorite Ernie Kovacs TV story:
In one of the retrospectives I saw Kovacs played a magician whose assistant brought out a double-shot for him to drink between each trick. That narrator of the special said that in rehearsal it was a double-shot of tea, but in live broadcast the stage crew substituted real booze. As the narrator said, you can see his eyes light up when he realizes that the first one was real, and then trying to count how many he had to go through before the sketch was over.
Again, probably something you might not get away with today, Andy Kaufman notwithstanding.
I think the original white line 'scope trace sketch went on longer that in the link. And did you see the two light bulbs and the empty lamp at the beginning of this one?
But the worst of all was the Network, who ran out of video tape and started recording over some of Kovacs' material after he died. His widow had to buy as many of the tapes that were left to preserve them as she could afford to.