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  1. Peter Ustinov told a joke about a man named Benny who had no luck with women.


    His fairy godfather appeared and said "Benny, I will make you successful with women as long as you never shave." So suddenly Benny was meeting and dating hundreds of women but his beard was becoming uncontrollable.


    After a few years Benny felt that it was now safe to shave off his beard. When he shaved his beard off his fairy godfather reappeared and turned Benny into a Grecian urn.


    There is a moral to this story.


    A Benny shaved is a Benny urned.


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Feb 6, 2012 5:39 PM

  2. If television was a vast wasteland in 1963 what could it be today?


    The times have changed which is why the updated Twilight Zone and Outer Limits just did not work for me. I was naive in 1962, most of television was black and white and actors could act.

  3. I would say that TCM produces good documentaries as well as PBS.


    What has happened to the kind of news documentaries I used to see?


    Since Murrow, Cronkite, Reasoner, Smith, Sevareid, Collingwood and those journalists have passed on, so has the quality of the documentary. There is no journalistic approach any longer, all high energy and geared for commercial television.


    I miss the old days.

  4. Bring back this guy.





    When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there for a day without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. *I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.^[[6]|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_N._Minow#cite_note-5]^*


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Feb 1, 2012 10:51 PM

  5. Something that was designed so we would not switch channels was the loss of the ending commercial break. One tv show would segue right into the next show.


    Everything today is designed for the most commercials and to trap the viewer into remaining on the same station indefinately.


    The voiceover and split screen will show coming attractions while the ending credits are shrunk so they are unreadable. When this is done there is nothing taken away from the ending of the program and it will allow even more time for commercials.


    I don't want to make assumptions, but how expensive are the programs? I can purchase an entire season of the Andy Griffith show for about $39.95. And I am not a multi million dollar tv station. I have a pretty good film library right in my living room.


    If anything, I would think the cost of running a station is the air time not the cost of a syndicated program.


    Is any of this correct?


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Jan 30, 2012 4:39 PM

  6. I have always wondered if the stations do a clean cut to a commercial so we do not lose any of the film.

    I don't remember ever noticing if the film returns to the exact spot where it was interrupted before the commercial. Would anyone know how the films are edited for commercials? Are the films left intact? I seriously doubt it.

  7. Wouldn't someone with Osborne's knowledge make the necessary corrections to the copy as they are reading it? Would anyone want to read something on air that they know is incorrect? I knew Flynn was born in 1909 because I read his autobiography many years ago. Maybe someone can give me a spot on TCM. I am a quiet, easy going person. I can read bad copy as well as the next guy.


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Jan 22, 2012 11:08 AM


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Jan 22, 2012 11:11 AM

  8. With the older cathode ray tube sets, you turn them on ( without the cable box being connected) and they will just revert to the local stations.


    A flat screen digital television needs a source (cable) to show anything. It appears that the only option is to opt for the most basic cable coverage so there is some signal going through to allow the dvd player to connect.


    Is there any other way?


    Edited by: FloydDBarber on Jan 22, 2012 2:09 AM

  9. About a month ago I noticed two new stations, Retro and Flixe.

    I now have three stations to view for commercial free films.

    Retro even has westerns.

    Any idea why Comcast would start charging for TCM and add the new stations?

    A am in the tier above basic cable so I have several premium channels as part of the package.

    I never watch the premium channels when there are good movies on three stations now.

    I think HBO and Showtime were designed for nudity, graphic violence and movies with as many curse words as possible.

  10. I must be one of the lucky ones. I still have TCM in my basic lineup. The only extra channels I have are HBO and Starz. Apparently, Baltimore has not been hit yet. I am wondering what I can do with a Vizio big screen tv to use it solely for viewing my own videos. I have spent a small fortune on dvd's of my favorite programs so I do not have to endure commercials and edits. I guess you need a signal to be able to access a dvd player. My only other choice if TCM is removed is to go with Verizon internet. It may not have TCM either but it won't be Comcast.

  11. When we pay for cable television we pay even for the most basic cable channels.

    The cable companies set up packages depending on which services are requested.

    I have basic digital that includes one or two movie channels.

    Television existed for may years with 6 minutes of commercials per half hour of programming.

    There is no excuse to add 3 to 5 extra minutes of commercials per half hour because it is a cable channel. I do think there is a certain amount of greed.

    Why do cable channels have more commercials than network channels?


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