Wednesday, April 27, 2022

I am older than Public TV

 Memorable vehicles from The Past:


For today:

Since I never heard of TV until about 1948, for many years I thought that is when it started.  Just the other day I answered a ‘Trivia Question’ that asked: Who was the first president of the USA to appear on TV?

The answers I remember were:

H. Hoover….. 1931

FDR…..        1939

H Truman…   1948

Ike……         1953

What do you think?   I guessed Truman since that was  near the time I heard of TV.  BUT it was FDR in 1939, I had no idea that TV even existed at that time. I had to look it up! I was sure I was years older than TV. LOL I am not as old as I thought.

Electronic television was first successfully demonstrated in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 1927. The system was designed by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, ...  Colleges and a few other places had what was called ‘mechanical TV’ until 1939.



 The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was RCA's broadcasting wing. It began regular U.S. television broadcasting on April 30, 1939, with a telecast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt opening the New York World's Fair.


So I reckon if Public TV was born that April in 1939, I AM 3 ½ months older, LOL  But I did not actually see a Television set until about 1950 at a Fire Station in Albemarle, NC.


PS:  Quotes that sing:

What you do and say lives on in the hearts and minds of others, to some degree, with a definite result or consequence.

Charles F. Stanley


Susie said...

Jack, That is funny. I think our family was the last in town to have TV. The picture of the one you show us has knobs. I hate the new TV's You have to use remotes. And no matter the cost of the TV the remote is a flimsy piece of junk. My daughters hate when I say that but it is so true. You made me laugh with your time measurement of 3 and a half months. LOL Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Mevely317 said...

Great perspective! I suppose TV has always been a fixture in my life -- but I've few memories up until the age of 10 or 11 when I discovered treasures like I Love Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and My Friend Flicka.
I'll never forget seeing Bonanza in living color on our neighbor's television and thinking they had to be the richest people in the world.

How far we've come!

Glenda said...

AGAIN, SHIPSLOG hit my radar and I was so thrilled by your topic! As you and Sherry may know already; we had no TV until the later years, maybe even after I left for college. We read books, I consumed "Gone With the Wind" in 8th grade Christmas vacation (along with helping Mom in the kitchen and the kids)!
Mama always said "Glenda would rather read than eat!) As ya'll know meals were a big deal in Mama's kitchen; I'll NEVER ever forget Jackie, Jr. upon consuming a plate of Mama's Chicken 'n Dumplings OR "a Pig sit on a chair"... Robert when he ate the scraps off of Jackie's plate; Robbie YOU'RE A pig!!! We had so much fun with the Darnell's.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

The Ancient Romans and Greeks did not have TV. They put a statue at the corner of the room and looked at it all night. There was no argument as to which programme they should watch. If they wanted a change of channel they had to lift the heavy statue away and replace it with another one.

I learnt all this from a book I am writing.

God bless.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I was probably 7 or 8 when we got a TV. I didn't know when it was invented. It was amazing when they came out with living color. It was a long time before we got a color TV. Now folks wouldn't know what to do without one, but we did used to have fun before they came out listening to the radio for entertainment. I always did and still do like to read books more than I like watching TV. I turned 78 this year so you are just a little older than me. Nice to know I'm not the oldest kid on the block.