Test Pattern



Back in the day very few TV channels/stations broadcast 24/7/365.  There was no Cable TV or home satellite dishes in the 196os or 70s.  My family and I watched television shows on an old vacuum tube black & white RCA Magnvox TV!! No color TV either!!

Everything shut down for the night and you went to bed. If you did stay up people actually spoke to each other face to face and sometimes played cards or board games. Or you put some records on the Victrola and danced. Yes Millennials, We Baby Boomers actually knew the art & craft of interacting with one another on a one to one basis. You were expected to have real conversations with each other minus devices!! We could not hide behind cell phones, laptops, iPads, PC notebooks, Gameboys or Playstations because none of those things were in existence.


Riffing on It’s After 10 pm.

It’s after 10 pm. Do you know where your children are?  Do you know where you are? Have you been kidnapped by aliens?

Test Pattern 1985 Part 2




TV sign off

8 thoughts on “Test Pattern

  1. Ah, yes…the only three channels were ABC, NBC, and CBS – if you were lucky, you might get PBS as well, and in Alaska we were hooked up to RATNET: the Rural Alaskan Television Network. I remember TV before cable, for sure!
    Sometimes, we had no TV whatsoever…it wouldn’t fit on the boat, and there would be no reception out at the fish hatchery, so it wasn’t needed.

    1. Wow!! Your childhood TV experiences outpace mine! You must write about growing up and living in Alaska! I would Love to hear more. Especially what is it like to live on a boat. Please do a post on that subject.

      1. My book is my autobiography, so I am writing about life in Alaska and what it was like to grow up there. But, I am happy to take your suggestion and do a post about it – there’s a tiny community in Alaska named Meyers Chuck that would be a great post to write!

        There’s a saying: “If you move to Alaska, be sure to set your clock back x amount of hours (depending on where you move from) – and set your calendar back 50 years!”
        Late 70s Alaska was more like 1920s mainland U.S., in many ways!

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