(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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"Shared Responsibility Payment"--this is a reason
to hate all Democrats (especially the politicians), many
upper-level politicians of Republican Party, and two-thirds of
U.S. Supreme Court.  The payment is what the federal
government thinks people who do not buy government-
approved health insurance should pay as a tax or a fine.
It has come about through the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act of 2010.  It is rottenness of the
highest degree.  The only way for a good person
to destroy a bad person is to hate the bad person.
It is a rule of life!  I promote hate of rotten people,
especially Barack Hussein Obama, a promoter of
Sharia and communism and a killer.  I will not share
in paying for jackass sex-change-appearance people,
like that "Jenner" defect of nature, or foreigners, especially
illegal aliens, who are criminals, despite what shit-head
Barack Obama wants you to believe.  Hate the enemy!
I state again--I promote hate against rotten people!


    At the open of Michigan Travel Tips #145 (reached through Travel #145) and the open of Television History and Trivia #145 (reached through T.H.A.T. #145), I passed along information, which your favorite television newscaster probably did not tell you about, that notes that the federal government--controlled by the evil Barack Obama and his associates (socialists and communities and black racists and the like)--is well into making it commonplace for the federal government to determine where and where not people, especially "whites," will get to buy property for residences and live in the United States of America, and it is tied to, for one, using even more taxpayer money to put low-income people into high-rent areas, especially communities that are mostly "white" in nature.  Also, the idea is to put people who are very likely to vote for "Democrats" than "Republicans" into communities that have in the past supported more "Republicans" and "Republican-type issues" in elections than "Democrats" and "Democratic Party-type issues" (which are now hard-line communistic issues).  Since your favorite newscaster, such as Stephen Clark of WXYZ-TV, who has shown he is a supporter of communistic ways, probably will not tell you--I say that you must look up truthful information about the "Small-Area Fair Market Rents" idea and the "Mobility Counselors" idea (the "Mobility Counselors" will be like enforcers).  You will see how rotten the nature of the "Democrat" of today is--it is hellish!  I say that the nature will involve violence, pushed out by the "Mobility Counselors."

- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 150 - - -

    It is incredible!  It is amazing!  It is something--maybe!
    One of the more useless pieces of news lately is the story that Carmen Harlan is retiring (sort of) as a news person on WDIV-TV (an affiliate of NBC-TV, which is an entity that supports communism).  Carmen Harlan was a news anchor for WDIV-TV for decades.  Carmen Harlan was involved in such programs as those focusing on giving teachers awards and those showing fireworks and those showing parades.  Carmen Harlan was involved with specials, such as Carmen Harlan's Primetalk, Dreamers: Learning Against the Odds, and Kids and Drugs.  Carmen Harlan was a regular on series, such as as Weekend Exchange and Weekend Magazine.  Do you remember her on It's Time to Make a Change?
    So another news person is going away to be replaced by another useless news person, offering up car crashes, fires, murders....
    Did Carmen Harlan ever report how rotten "Obamacare" is and report through "Obamacare" that the federal government gets to tax you (penalize you) if you do not let the federal government decide when and what health care you get?  [Note: In essence, the federal government thinks it gets to determine your life, and if you do not follow the rule that the federal government has that power--which is ultimately the power to kill you--it will to tax you (that is what the "individual mandate" is really about.]  Did Carmen Harland report that, when The New York Times printed information about Donald's Trump's taxes, the newspaper violated federal crime law?  Did Carmen Harlan report that, really, Hillary Clinton's email scandal is an act that was and is a federal crime?  [Note: Good and honorable persons know Hillary Clinton violated the espionage act.]
    Exactly what use was Carmen Harlan since she joined Channel 4 in March 1978?
    Of course, really, what is the value of a people who are news anchors?
    In truth, as a rule, they really do nothing useful and have little value as people.
    I simply note them.

    And I have more notes about television here.

    I look at the credits of shows, though the credits can be almost impossible to see or read in most cases without recording them and seeing them in a slow-motion or pause state.  If you are a credit watcher, are you having trouble seeing all the credits of most of the one-hour shows on ABC-TV?  I have noticed ABC-TV has a problem with offering ending credits to many one-hour shows of prime time.  If you are using a regular (analog) television set) with a digital converter box, you can set the function of the "box" to "set by program" or "letterbox" and you can end up not seeing the full text of the material on the left side of the screen--you do not get to see the all the credits anymore.  That is affecting me.  You might remember I have talked about building television stands for two 55-inch HDTV television sets, and even though I can see television shows, such as The Munsters (which is airing on Me TV (a subchannel network)), on those big sets, I have only recorders (VHS machines) tied to old analog television sets (I have six setups to catch credits), and that means, for the first time, I miss out on some credits.  So I say--ABC-TV, you are a screw-up with presenting credits [Note: I wonder if an "union" in the television business know of the problem; for example, the names of "first assistant directors" are getting lost].

    The new broadcast network television season is underway, getting started in early September 2016.  The first new series that I caught was Son of Zorn, the first episode of which aired on September 11, 2016, on Fox TV.  The first episode of that series, which involve animation and live-action, was a lackluster affair; for instance, Zorn was often unfunny, especially in the opening few minutes, and the interaction between animation and live-action is off.  The series it seems has set the standard for the television season.  In the first episode, one scene had Zorn sitting on the toilet with his pants down.  I say in jest--"Was that not really funny?".  Nothing new offered on the broadcast networks is likable or nice.  Hey, Madam Secretary is back again.  On Sunday, October 2, 2016, I caught a few moments of the first episode of Madam Secretary, which is a series airing on CBS-TV.  I just happened to tune in at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), and I saw Jane Pauley playing an interviewer, and the interviewer was interviewing the character played by Tea Leone, and the interviewer asked Tea Leone's character whether or not Tea Leone's character believed in global warming.  Yes, I just happened to tune in, and I got treated to the crap about global warming.  That is not surprising since Madam Secretary was not put on the air to entertain; it was put on the air to push politics--socialism and communism and the ways of the Democratic Party in the United States of America.  By the way, Tea Leone is a supporter of the Democratic Party, which is a communistic and socialistic-type political party (a pusher of enslavism, which is tied to lying and corruption and violence).  NBC-TV is a television network that promotes the Democratic Party as good, and one of the new series on NBC-TV this television season is This Is Us, and it is a series that makes me "gag"--it is "liberal" in nature with all the mush of "liberals" (socialists and such).  Another unlikeable series is Speechless, which is airing on ABC-TV; the characters are unlikeable, especially the character played by Minnie Driver.  This season, CBS-TV has Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, and the people make up a group of unlikeable people.  Hell's Kitchen is back on Fox TV with yelling and arrogant idiots and goof-ups and fighting (orally at least).  The series called blackish had a first episode in which the main characters go to a Disney theme park, something that has been done on sitcoms in the past (which allows the actors to get a free vacation of sorts).  The focus of the first episode of The Goldbergs (which is airing on ABC-TV) used the old movie called The Breakfast Club in guiding the story line, and the first episode of NCIS also hinted at The Breakfast Club.  In essence, The Exorcist, MacGyver, and Lethal Weapon  take viewers back to the themes of the past (movies or television series).  The first episode of New Girl was a bland and unfunny affair.  The first episode of Pitch was a phony affair, pushing the "feminist" crap.   A lot of characters who are children on prime-time television are coming off a brats and freaks and selfish--little "liberals."  On October 5, 2016, CBS-TV gave viewers a new episode of Criminal Minds and a new episode of Code Black, and that covered two hours, and the two-hour block played like a sick therapy session, such as a therapy session aimed at teenage girls, and the shows did not have an "adult" feel; much of the block was focused on the emotions of women ("liberal" types), and Code Black even had a portion devoted to a transsexual (played by transsexual Alexander Grey), who came off as a black woman and whose lover was a white woman [Note: The producers covered all the angles with this one, and they probably worked hard to fined a transsexual actress who would not look too much like a male who had gone through a sexual-appearance change through medicine].  Generally speaking, the television season is often boring most nights since there are so many "team" dramas, in which the good guys and gals take on bad guys and gals, and the good guys and gals all seem to come from the same mold (of model magazines), and, basically, the good guys and gals are all supposed to be geniuses [Note: In the 1950s and 1960s, there may have been a lot of "westerns" on prime-time television, but at least most of the leads and guest performers did not look like models--there was variation in the types of people; for example, look at those who were regulars on Naked City and Hawaii Five-0 (the original series)].  On Saturday, October 8, 2016, I was watching a college football game on ABC-TV, and during the broadcast, ABC-TV showed a promotional announcement about the new Tuesday prime-time comedy lineup, and one of the clips showed a man sitting on a toilet with his pants down (it was a real person and not an animated person).  It seems Hollywood thinks you will tune into shows when you know the shows will have people sitting on the toilet with pants down.

    Detroit used to be a bigger city, with, for example, a much bigger population and many more stores.  I remember going to such stores in Detroit around the early 1970s as "RSE" (an electronic-parts store), which is the informal name, and Michigan Jewelers (the latter of which I visited with my father, who did watch repair as a side job).  Between 1922 and 1956, there was a store for women called "Russeks" in Detroit; around May 1956, the store was going through a going-out-of-business phase.  By the way, I know not why Russeks closed down (maybe the owner retired, and no one wanted to take control of the store).  Russeks over the years sold dresses, stockings, shoes, furs, et cetera for women.  So far, I have found that Russeks was a sponsor for one weekly television show that aired in the 1951-1952 season.  It was a Detroit-area series (or local series) that was aimed at women.  The program was called Designed for Women, and it was one of the earliest television series aimed at women only.  The host was Ruth Sherwood, and the program ran for 15 minutes each time it aired.  Generally speaking, it ran on Thursdays from November 1951 to early February 1952 [Note: I have yet to finish "tracking" all the times that it was on).  Most of the time, it was on the air at 3:15 p.m.; it was shown at 3:00 p.m. in the final few weeks.  The show had guests, such as women, from different organizations or entities; for example, guests came in from the Women's Committee of the United Committee Services, the Women's Division of Jewish Welfare, the Women's Association of  the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Junior League.  When the series was on the air, it seems Russeks was located at 1448 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, and that was somewhere along Woodward between John R and Grand River Avenue, about where what people know today as the "Woodward Lofts" area.  Hey, wait!  I finally note that Designed for Women was aired by WWJ-TV, Channel 4.  By the way, around the time that the series was on the air, WXYZ-TV had a television show entitled Walkin' on Woodward (or Walking on Woodward), in which the host--George Hunter--interviewed people live while he was on Woodward Avenue, probably not far from the station studios.  I  bet the store front for Russeks was never shown by WXYZ-TV on George Hunter's show.  [Note: Some time in the future, I shall present more on Walkin' on Woodward (or Walking on Woodward.]   Russeks disappeared before the real downfall would begin in Detroit, which was during the time that Coleman Young (a black communist, who, it seems, liked corruption in politics) was the mayor of Detroit.

    By the way, I have no evidence Carmen Harlan that ever showed up the rottenness of Coleman Young, and Carmen Harlan joined Channel 4 in the same year (1978) that Joe Pellegrino (a sportscaster) as let go from Channel 4.  Do you remember Joe Pellegrino?  I cannot remember what he looked like.

    NBC-TV airs Saturday Night Live, which is carried by WDIV-TV, Channel 4.1.  On Saturday, October 8, 2016, I caught the end credits for Saturday Night Live; before the end credits ran, I had been exposed to the final comedy segment for the episode, which was a war-scene.  The main topic of the final comedy segment (and I should really not use "comedy") focused on "butt plugs."  I ask in jest--"Was it not funny?".  I state that is was more crap from all at Saturday Night Live, and there was nothing funny, but the audience in the studio approved.  It shows how rotten audiences are at Saturday Night Live and how rotten the production team for the show is, and I add that the comedy segment is one that makes a good person feel something filthy has touch the person.

  Announcement for the novice again (reworked in August 2015): To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, go to Fox News Channel (which has to be treated as wishy-washy and suspect, showing signs of mostly supporting the Republican Party establishment, which is rotten), WorldNetDaily.com, "The Drudge Report," and CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama, as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (Note: To learn about bad journalism, you might tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV from time to time to see how they differ from the better places mentioned with it in presenting political stories and events, and you should discover CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV avoid covering things that make Barack Obama look bad or show his true nature, which could harm you).  If you are unclear of my intentions, I say in different words that you should boycott CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV and hope they lose more ratings and advertising revenues, since they are expendable, and it is time for you to find the guts to be mean and heartless and cancel them--since they are hurting you.  [Note: The Republican Party establishment has shown itself to be socialistic and communistic within the last few years, and only a few of the rotten people are U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator John McCain, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie.]

    Years ago, the television stations in Detroit aired a lot more locally produced television programs than they do today, but locally produced television program have not completely died out.  For example, one locally produced program that has gotten some air time over the last year or so is Pure Brews America.  Actually, the first season--made of up four episodes--was shown on WWJ-TV in October 2015.  By the way, the "WWJ-TV" of today is not the "WWJ-TV" that aired Designed for Women in the 1951-1952 television season; today, "WWJ-TV" is basically Channel 62, which acquired the call letters long after the letters had been abandoned by the original station known as "WWJ-TV" (Channel 4).  The first season of Pure Brews America was a weekly series of four episodes and had Ryan Terpstra and Shannon Long as the hosts.  The second season of the series has the same hosts and is made up of eight episodes, the first four of which aired in July 2016 and the final four of which were set for October 2016.  Basically, the series visits different small breweries in the State of Michigan, or it focuses on what can be called "craft beer."  The production values of the show are good for a locally produced series, coming from Yellow Flag Productions, and the executive producer is Lou Bitonti, and Denver Rochon seems to be director for both seasons [Note: I have not seen all the episodes of the series, but I have done a sampling of the credits for the series].  The hosts--Ryan Terpstra and Shannon Long--do a good job (and Shannon Long is a sparkler).  Oh, Ryan calls himself a beer lover, and Shannon is the owner of an entity called Brew Exports).  In October 2016, the series was set to air on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. (each episode was set up to run 30 minutes).

    In recent years, a few entities have made local television series or shows that are sort of designed to look like series but are really "infomercials."  In September 2016, WDIV-TV, Channel 4.1, aired what looked like a commercial for an upcoming television show called Hire It Done, and I saw the commercial twice; the commercial reported when the show was scheduled to air.  On Sunday, October 2, 2016, the program was shown (at the time, I was not sure if more episodes were going to air).  I watched the show, and it was an "informercial," and that surprised me because WDIV-TV had aired a commercial that did not hint the show was actually going to be an infomercial--it is not commonplace to air a commercial to promote an upcoming informercial.  Basically, in the half-hour show, Adam Helfman and Julie Bertuzzi--the hosts--rode around in a vehicle (which was provided by Suburban Ford) and went to a number of businesses tied to home improvement, and, overall, the show was designed to promote "hireitdone.com" to viewers.  One of the businesses visited was a roofing-supply company, informally called "Wimsatt," and the spokesman for the company was Rob Hoffman, who noted that about 97 percent of the customers of the store are commercial businesses (construction companies).  I guess I am one of the very few non-commercial-business customers who have bought something at Wimsatt (I bought several rolls "EternaBond" some years ago to repair, in essence, a flat roof, which had been installed by a "jackass" construction team, at a house up north in Michigan).  Hire It Done was passable viewing for an informercial.

    By the way, I once again note that we are in "The Pseudo Information Age and the Age of  Ignorance."  Many years in the future, a person will probably not be able to find, such as stumble upon, any information in television-program grids that Hire It Done was ever on the air.  Today, I can look in newspapers of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, which printed more material than newspapers print today, and find information about old shows.

    Let me had a bit more information about Hire It Done.  I did a little search on Adam Helfman.  He has been tied to an entity called Fairway Construction; he has been, for example, the vice president and the president there.  That entity has existed since the 1920s, and one man associated with the company years ago and for many decades was Phil Helfman.

    Since it is the fall of the year, I am making my full survey of what persons are working as news anchors, reporters, et cetera on the Detroit-area television stations.

    Remember: The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan was a television show that was produced across the pond and shown on CBS-TV in the late 1960s, and I urge you to find The Prisoner on DVD, maybe from a library, and watch it, and you should show it--all the episodes--to teenagers, or buy it as a present for teenagers.

Stay well!


    P.S.: You are urged to see my document entitled One of "The Rules of Man"--A Rule About Health Care that No Politician May Supersede with Law, which can be reached through this Rule1 link.  I have deduced that all the Democrats and most Republicans support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and have no intention of killing it, though it should be killed for violating, for one, "The Rules of Man."  For example, Republicans Jeb Bush and Christ Christie support the rotten law, and that is one reason that I define them as stupid men and not men who are good enough--in this day and age--to be the U.S. President.  On February 18, 2016, during a "Republican Presidential Town Hall" broadcast on CNN, Donald Trump showed why he would not be a great U.S. President by saying--"Well, I like the mandate.  Okay.  Here's where I'm a little bit different.  I don't want people dying in the street....".  I note that the "mandate"--which forces every to buy government-approved health-care insurance--violates one of "The Rules of Man," and it is a rule that is attacked in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.  Anyone who supports the "mandate" is not a good enough person or a smart enough person to be the U.S. president--the mandate is "enslavism," and the "mandate" allows government people--who are often and usually bad people, as history shows--decide what health care a person can get, and that is bad.

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Date published: October 10, 2016

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