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Timex Sinclair 1000 Computer Back in 1982 the Timex Corp. and Sinclair research (of Britain,) teamed up and produced the Timex Sinclair 1000. It was a low-priced introduction to home computers. It sported 2K of onboard RAM, (yes, 2K! 2 kilobytes of memory!) You could also purchase a 16K add-on memory module called a RAM Pack, (lower right in the picture,) which increased the memory to 18K. I believe there was also a 64K RAM Pack available later. The ones sold in Britain were known as the ZX 81. It had no display but you could hook it up to the VHF antenna connections on the back of your television set. It also didn't have any sound. The operating system was a modified version of the BASIC computer language and it gave a lot of people, including me, their first taste of computer programming. There were a number of programs that you could buy for it. They were all on cassette tapes. What you would do is connect the unit to your TV set, plug your cassette tape player into it and put whatever program you might have into the tape player. You had to turn the volume off on your cassette player because the programming code was just one continual screeching sound. I had a cassette tape that had a few different programs on it. All of the characters in the programs were block-headed type graphics, but they actually would walk across the screen and even jump up and down. Cool stuff back then. I remember this costing me $29, as the store I bought it at was getting rid of them. I believe the original selling price was $99. I also bought the 16K RAM Pack for $25. I've kept it all these years in good condition thinking that someday it would be worth something, and I was right. They're selling for about 10 bucks on eBay! Win a few, lose a few. Ironically, these things have somewhat of a cult following, and I've even heard of clubs dedicated to the TS-1000!
Tags: timex  sinclair  ts1000  computer 
Added: 4th September 2007
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Posted By: jimmyjet
       Our Last Moments with Clarabell On September 24, 1960, during the final showing of Howdy Doody, Clarabell, the clown who never uttered a word in all the years we had watched him, finally spoke to us, "Goodbye Kids". Children everywhere were elated and heartbroken at the same time. We miss Clarabell, but we especially miss the man behind the face of the clown, the man with the biggest heart of all, Bob Keeshan.
Tags: clarabell  howdy  doody  bob  keeshan  childrens  programming 
Added: 16th September 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Saturday Morning in the 60s Milton the Monster Show Did we really watch this stuff?? It must have been on in my house, 'cause the music sounds familiar.
Tags: milton  the  monster  childrens  programming  60s  cartoons 
Added: 23rd September 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Punctuation 101 from the Cast of The Electric Company Many of us are guilty of using run-on sentences in our comments, making it all but impossible for anyone else to figure out what we're really saying. Please make it easier for those of us who are truly interested in what you're trying to say.
Tags: the  electric  company  punctuation  pbs  70s  childrens  programming 
Added: 7th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
A Charlie Brown Christmas This special aired on CBS from its debut in 1965 through 1999, and has aired on ABC since 2000. At one time it was shown only once a year, but like several other beloved holiday specials such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it is now shown several times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it was first broadcast, a full 50% of the televisions in the United States were tuned in. A Charlie Brown Christmas won an Emmy and a Peabody award, and is considered by many to be a timeless holiday classic.
Tags: charlie  brown  christmas  charles  schultz  christmas  programming 
Added: 1st December 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Corny but Classic Morey Amsterdam A clip from the late 40's TV series, 'The Morey Amsterdam Show', also featuring a young Art Carney. This scene features some then-topical jokes about late 40's TV. 'The Morey Amsterdam Show' was a sitcom/variety show that aired on the DuMont Television Network. The show ran from 1948-1950, and almost every episode is preserved at UCLA. This is quite lucky, since very little TV programming from the 40's still exists, and little DuMont Network programming still exists. The DuMont Television Network broadcasted from 1946-1956, and is largely forgotten. Some popular DuMont TV programs included 'Captain Video and His Video Rangers', 'Life is Worth Living', 'Rocky King Detective', 'Cavalcade of Stars' and 'The Plainclothesman'. It's believed that some time after DuMont went out of business, Its archive was dumped into an upper NY bay. Still, Some DuMont broadcasts still exist, including over 200 kinescopes at UCLA, and more at the Museum of Television and Radio.
Tags: Morey  Amsterdam  Art  Carney  40 
Added: 14th January 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
And then there was Sheena Queen of the Jungle Although actress Irish McKenna got the title role in 1953, Anita Ekberg was originally to star, but backed out at the last minute when her contract was bought up by John Wayne's production company, Batjac Productions. Debra Paget also tested for the role.
Tags: sheena  queen  of  the  jungle  kids  programming  50s  tv 
Added: 6th April 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Inventing Late Night TV This clip shows the start of late night television. Starting with Broadway Open House, hosted by Morey Amsterdam and Jerry Lester, with the blonde bombshell Dagmar in 1950, late night programming began. In 1954 the Tonight Show debuted with comedian Steve Allen, and then in 1957 the witty Jack Paar took over. Classic comedy clips include Zsa Zsa Gabor, Shirley MacLaine, Johnathan Winters, and Charley Weaver (Cliff Arquette).
Tags: inventing  late  night  tv  conan  obrien  steve  allen  morey  amsterdam  jerry  lester  jack  paar  dagmar  50s  television 
Added: 7th April 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
MT Graves Entertained US Kids in Miami As videoholic showed us, nothing quite compares to those local television shows. In Miami in the 50's and 60's we had Charlie Baxter, a newscaster, who had fun playing ghoulish 'MT Graves' down in his dungeon every Saturday afternoon on WCKT Channel 7. The program began with the cell door rising up to the sounds of screeching and squeaking and a loud clank. In the background, eerie music played, and human screaming and shrieking could be heard. M.T. climbed out of the coffin to greet his viewers at the beginning of each program, and climbed back into it at the end, saying his greetings and farewells to his fans. My dad, who did painting for several TV stations back then, took me with him one Saturday and I got to sit in the audience. What a thrill that was! It just goes to show that it doesn't take much to entertain a kid.
Tags: local  programming  mt  graves  charlie  baxter  wckt  channel  7  miami   
Added: 29th May 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
BASIC programming This is probably the most boring image on the whole of this site! But who remembers laboriously keying in BASIC code from computer mags - just to play some silly computer game. It's a bit more interesting if you view my blog post for June 3. http://micro-holics.com/
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Added: 4th June 2009
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Posted By: richardhowell

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