Hi hi! Ann Parker here, zooming in late on my posting day. I watched a LOT of TV as a kid--Captain Satellite, Mighty Mouse, The Three Stooges, I Love Lucy, Have Gun Will Travel...
Yet, when I think of TV, I think of this:
Anyone here remember the test patterns? I found them fascinating as a kid (but didn't care for the high-pitched tone that accompanied them).
At the site "The Baby Boomer eMuseum," I found this post musing on the "sign-off" of TV stations in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is what I recall as well. It's strange to think there was actually a "quiet time" on the tube back-in-the-day.
Now, we live in a 24-hour e-world, whether cable, radio, or Internet (the destroyer of all timezones and diurnal rhythms!). Great for insomniacs, but for those who find it hard to push the "off" switch, it can be rather disconcerting and/or soul-sucking.
Anyhow, I find the subject of test patterns very intriguing. Do a quick Google image search and... wow...
The above is just a quick screen snap of a few. What do they mean? Who developed the first ones? Uh-oh. This is a topic that could quickly drag me in and under for the day.
Time to push the "off" button!