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Old 08-02-2012, 04:52 AM   #1
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Any of this familiar to you guys? This is what I grew up watching after school.
Anybody else remember these programs?
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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When i was a kid we only had 6 channels, and i had to get up and manually change the channel

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I remember our first tv ... a huge wooden console tv weighing about 400lbs (good luck stealing one of those babies )

it did NOT have remote and when our family first got cable, we had to get up and change the channel manually at the box All I really remember are the basic channels and some HBO. Outside of that most of my time was spent outdoors - sports ... or causing mischief

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We had UHF and VHF. We also had foil on the antennas to get reception.

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Do you mean in the days when there were only 3 channels? It was ok, but, that was all we knew

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Growing up a Boonie boy, we had 3 channels on our 17" B&W on a good day, none after the snow would rip down the antenna. Watching TV wasnt a normal past time, it was a very tiny part of the week that was highly limited by Mom and my evil sister! Because of that, I spent most of my free time in the woods, fields and streams instead of eating junk food in front of the boob tube.

Ironically, my career as an Electronics Technician came from a TV Shop after a four year stint in the "Regular Army" in the mid 80's. We had cable and at least 10 tvs running around us at all times, still wasnt impressed. Im still more interested in the insides of a TV than the outside, even with 600 channels of crap on the Dish I still watch the same 3 or 4 channels to put me to sleep: History, TLC, Science and occasionally Sci-Fi.

My favorites back in the day, Welcome Back Cotter, Mash, All in the Family, Maude, Monster Movie Matinee and Good Times. Today- Pickers, Pawn Stars, River Monsters, Swampers and How things are made.

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Any of this familiar to you guys? This is what I grew up watching after school.
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Thanks, Vincine, for the montage of great memories. WOR-TV (channel 9) was another favorite then when I grew up in New York City.
And the Late Show; the Late, Late Show; and The Late, Late, Late Show on CBS-TV after midnight.
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As a child I remember coming home from school and watching ultra man and speed racer

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Thanks, Vincine, for the montage of great memories. WOR-TV (channel 9) was another favorite then when I grew up in New York City.
And the Late Show; the Late, Late Show; and The Late, Late, Late Show on CBS-TV after midnight.
'Million Dollar Movie'. The same movie every weekday evening and all day long on Saturday, or was it Sunday. Just like some of the cable channels.

'The Crawling Eye' & 'The Giant Behemoth' were shown regularly.
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I remember 4 channels The big 3 (NBC, ABC & CBS) & then if you worked the rabbit ears right on a good day we got a UHF channel. Like Zombie Girl we would use tin foil on the rabbit ears to try & get better reception.

I remember the weekends. Saturday at my grandmothers watching Hee Haw, Lawrence Welk & Laugh In & others. On Sunday it was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (who didn't love big Jim Fowler?) & then The Wonderful World of Disney.

Sometimes on Monday nights my dad might let me stay up & watch Combat!

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