Thursday, December 11, 2008

When TV sets were TV sets

In 1963, you could buy an Emerson black-and-white portable TV with "a full family-size 16" picture."

I'm sorry, but everybody in 2008 knows "family-size" starts at 42 inches. And a black-and-white anything being fit for the family? Please. You obviously jest.

IN 1963, a 21-inch color console television was living high on the hog, indeed.

Wait, 21 inches? Feh, in 2008 we have a word for a 21-inch screen -- computer monitor. Good grief . . . how did people survive in 1963? What a horrible bleak existence of total deprivation.

The next thing you're going to tell me is people could only get a few channels on their pathetic little TV sets.


Thought experiment: Was life that awful 45 years ago, or are our expectations that oversized today? Just wondering.

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