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Old 06-02-2015, 06:10 PM   #101
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I didn't personally obtain the info. Whoever wrote the article got it and it appears the info is from the US government census website.

The numbers are based on today's dollars for easier comparison. $3,300 in 1950 = $28,000 in 2013 (which is the year the data goes up to)

What do pro sports players have to do with anything?
Sorry but your answer is Still way off in the way you think it was presented! Pro players (DIDNT) make (28,000$) in 1950 either!! Youroo!!
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:29 PM   #102
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We walked to school....my kids were not allowed to by the school dist., it was up hill both ways & in 3 feet of snow when I was young.........

My grandfather hated TV other than the night Gunsmoke came on.... he kept his RCA Black & White with doors on the front til it finally went out in late 1960s. Also shoveled coal into his furnace............. Had to wait on the phone til the neighbors got off the party line...... Those were the days.....


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Old 06-02-2015, 06:59 PM   #103
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Since I was the oldest, I had to go outside and turn the antenna post and listen for the shout, "that's good!" until we changed the channel again. First color TV show I ever saw was when I was about 9 years old and a neighbor that had a brand new color TV and we all went over and watched this new show called "Star Trek" on it. We didn't have color TV until the late 1970s. The Late, Late Show followed by those test screens being posted if anyone was still up that late, or up that early before the start of the broadcast day.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:24 PM   #104
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I recall being about 4 years old when Mr. Giles, the TV repairman, came out to have a poke at my grandmothers tiny Admiral B&W TV. It was almost a perfectly square, yellow box with a row of identical knobs down one side like the buttons on a shirt.

Intent on watching the proceedings and being rather curious, I asked Mr. Giles if it was out of film. Mr. Giles turned red faced as he roared with laughter, to the point of hurting my feelings. He could have just said "no".

So, a few years later I got myself a technical education.

Years later that education put me in NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building looking up into the engine bells of the space shuttle Discovery.

I just sort of blurted out... "F*** you, Mr. Giles!"

And that became a mantra I invoked each time that education brought me some new experience I would never conceived of as a kid.

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That "Indian Head Test Pattern" was made by a "test pattern generator" which was a dedicated TV camera in a box with a certain kind of light. The pattern was etched into an aluminum plate at the far end of the box. The patterns circles are used to fine tune the stations transmitters to send the clearest sharpest picture. An engineer friend of mine has one of those plated framed on his wall.
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I recall being about 4 years old when Mr. Giles, the TV repairman, came out to have a poke at my grandmothers tiny Admiral B&W TV. It was almost a perfectly square, yellow box with a row of identical knobs down one side like the buttons on a shirt.

Intent on watching the proceedings and being rather curious, I asked Mr. Giles if it was out of film. Mr. Giles turned red faced as he roared with laughter, to the point of hurting my feelings. He could have just said "no".

So, a few years later I got myself a technical education.

Years later that education put me in NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building looking up into the engine bells of the space shuttle Discovery.

I just sort of blurted out... "F*** you, Mr. Giles!" GOOD ONE

And that became a mantra I invoked each time that education brought me some new experience I would never conceived of as a kid.

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That "Indian Head Test Pattern" was made by a "test pattern generator" which was a dedicated TV camera in a box with a certain kind of light. The pattern was etched into an aluminum plate at the far end of the box. The patterns circles are used to fine tune the stations transmitters to send the clearest sharpest picture. An engineer friend of mine has one of those plated framed on his wall.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:24 PM   #106
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remember when you could see the headlites of a car a 1/4 mile away and know the yr make and model.
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remember when you could see the headlites of a car a 1/4 mile away and know the yr make and model.
My daughter, a bit of a gear head/car nut, still can.

Me, I'm just not that interested anymore. They all look sort of the same to me (but not her) and I think they're all sort of ugly, with rare exception.

But I do remember when the new models came out, it was a big deal! All the fins would be different!
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<That "Indian Head Test Pattern" was made by a "test pattern generator" which was a dedicated TV camera in a box with a certain kind of light. The pattern was etched into an aluminum plate at the far end of the box. The patterns circles are used to fine tune the stations transmitters to send the clearest sharpest picture. An engineer friend of mine has one of those plated framed on his wall.> Very cool, interesting information Bob, Thanks!
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remember when you could see the headlites of a car a 1/4 mile away and know the yr make and model.
That was before there were 827 different models of car! And they do all kind of look alike, I agree.
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remember when you could see the headlites of a car a 1/4 mile away and know the yr make and model.
I only paid attention if they looked like Ford LTD or CopTD head lights. They used to have a very distinctive appearance.
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