Wednesday, March 07, 2007
My First TV
I'm not sure why, but I've been thinking about the first television set that was "mine." It was a small black-and-white Philco TV set, given to my by my maternal grandfather, I think. I got it when I was 12 or 13 years old.
It was connected to an antenna that my parents put up in the attic. I wonder how many households these days have an antenna—most people now have cable or satellite as their TV source.
I remember watching Blue Hawaii on this TV set. In those pre-cable days, I assume I was watching on WTBS (Ted Turner's station), which was a local UHF station.
It's strange to think that the youngest generation will never know the time when TV sets only received a handful of stations, or that having a TV set in one's bedroom was a luxury. My TV had no remote, nor high-definition, but it was the coolest thing a teenager could own.