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    The first television station for the Detroit area of Michigan was WWDT, and it existed, roughly, from October 1946 to June 1947, though over much of the time from October 1946 to March 1947, it was not really on the air, but between March 1947 and June 1947, the "experimental station" was on the air somewhat regularly on a limited basis.  Recently, I discovered some more proof of when WWDT was on the air.  In a column called "The Focal Scrip" of The Detroit Tribune for Saturday, April 12, 1947 (on page four), Mary Patterson Hays passed along information about WWDT that she had gotten from Marty Singer of Warren Furniture Mart, which was located at 5427 West Warren at the time, and what was written was that WWDT was on the air on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In the early days of television in Detroit, some stores set up television sets at their locations for people to see, working to sell television sets to the public.  I did research on Warren Furniture Mart.  In April 1947, I found one advertisement for Warren Furniture Mart in The Detroit Tribune, and what surprised me is that the company sold such things as floor lamps, tables, sofa beds, dressers, and radios and the company was not selling television sets, so it seems there was no television set set up at Warren Furniture Mart for people to see working.  And that is that, and this is another edition of Television History and Trivia.

        Today, there is a lot of crap on daytime television today--all over the country--and much of it is made up of talking-head females with little-girl minds, such as on The View and The Real.  Moms still make up much of the audience watching during the daytime, though many moms work, unlike in the 1950s and 1960s.  While doing research about what "moms" were exposed to years ago, I can say that, in the 1950s and 1960s, there was more fun and even diversity.  In the spring and summer of 1962, CKLW-TV, Channel 9, which was located in Windsor, Canada, and across the Detroit River from Detroit, offered up a program called Movies for Mom on weekdays in around the noon hour.  Today, if such a thing were offered on weekdays around the same time, it would probably be called Movies for Birthing Persons, given socialists and communists, such as in the media, are pushing for the regular use of the term "birthing persons," which I say I shit.  Many of the movies offered under Movies for Mom were British movies made in the 1950s, but there were some movies shown that had been made in the United States of America, such as movies with Laurel and Hardy (in comedy movies), Gene Autry (in western movies), Roy Rogers (in western movies), and Joe E. Brown (in 1930s comedies movies).  They were movies that would be fun to see on television during the daytime today.  Recently, I found that, in the 1961-1962 television season, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, played something that you would not see on television in the six o'clock hour on weekdays today, since the station airs at lot of so-called news stuff at the time today.  Between December 1961 and April 1962, Channel 7 aired a syndicated filmed program called Mahalia Jackson Sings, which featured a woman named Mahalia Jackson singing gospel tunes, and the program ran for about five minutes beginning at 6:25 p.m. on each weekday.  Mahalia Jackson Sings, which featured a black woman, was aired all over the country, and, today, I know that at least one episode can be found on YouTube, and it features the tune called Lord, Don't Move the Mountain.  And that is a little Detroit television history.

    The heyday for local Detroit-area commercial television was between June 1947 and about 1981, and in the period, colleges and universities provided programs to WTVS-TV, Channel 56, which was the educational station in the Detroit area, which began to lose the idea of educating properly with the rise of PBS (the public broadcasting service in the very late 1960s).  Between 1955 and 1971, some of the educational institutions that provided programs to WTVS-TV were Marygrove College (which, for example, offered up some plays), the Detroit Public School System, the University of Detroit, and Wayne State University.  By the way, it was a time when viewers could watch classes in various subjects on Channel 56 and earn "credits."  From February 1961 to June 1961, Channel 56 aired a program on Sundays called Biology 102, and it was program made under the direction of staffers of Wayne State University, such as Dr. David Cook and Dr. Harold Rossmore.  Oh, you did not have to be a student trying to earn credits by watching the programs to see the television series.  I sort of miss such programs, and I remember watching an auto mechanics show on Channel 56 in the winter of 1970-1971, and I learned stuff about repairing vehicles, and I still repair the vehicles that I run in today.  On June 11, 1961, Dr. Harold Rossmore presented an episode of Biology 102 that would probably be useful for many, many people today, and the episode was about acquired immunity.  Maybe people would not be so stupid about COVID-19, if such a program showed up on television from time to time in this day and age.  Of course, more has been learned about immunity or lack of immunity since 1971, so such a program should be better than that of 1971.  I report that, actually, the auto mechanics series on Channel 56 ran from October 1970 to February 1971, airing at 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 6:00 p.m. on Fridays (that latter of which were repeat showing days), and episodes covered such topics as the lubrication system, the electrical system, the brake system, and the ignition system, and the series is a type of program that is sorely needed today, but WTVS-TV is too busy pushing nonsense shows, such as American Black Journal and so-called news shows from PBS.

   Announcement for the novice again (reworked in March 2019): To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, try Breitbart News Network (the history of which goes back to 2007), WorldNetDaily.com, Newsmax TV (which was started up in 2014), CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), and One America News Network (a.k.a. OAN), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama-type people (communists, socialists, progressives, liberals, and Shariaists), 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).  I note that the Fox News Channel is evolving into a rotten channel, becoming like those that I have put down in this paragraph.  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 even now much of what is on the Fox News Channel 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.  In 2019, "The Drudge Report" was sold, and it should be treated as suspect for now.   [Note: Everyone in the Democratic Party in the country is rotten, and 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 tied to the Republican Party are U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie.]

    It is a time for a bit of forgotten Detroit television history and Detroit history.  I was looking at editions of The Detroit Tribune published between 1946 and 1963 since I published the previous edition of Television History and Trivia, and I report that The Detroit Tribune was a black-focused or negro-focused newspapers in Detroit for a while.  I came across an odd story in the edition for October 29, 1949, and the story was on page seven and entitled "Video Show with Race Talent First for City."  Wow!--I thought.  I came across some great television history.  Right from the start, something seemed odd.  The story was about a television show that was going to show up on Friday, October 28, 1949, at 7:00 p.m., on Channel 2, WJBK-TV.  Yes, the story was written as a story about something that was coming up, but the debut date was past.  Well, I had seen television listings for October 28, 1949, and nearby days already in the past, and I never saw anything about such a show.  The show was called Paradise Valley in the newspaper article.  I looked at television listings again related to October 28, 1949, and nearby days in the Detroit Free Press and The Windsor Daily Star, and I looked for articles in such media publications of 1949 as Variety, The Billboard, and Broadcasting.  I found nothing.  I have yet to see editions of The Detroit News for at least October 1949, particularly the television-show listings.  It seems The Detroit Tribune published something about something that never showed up, probably because the idea fell through, maybe because the show lacked a sponsor.  The article reported that Paradise Valley was to be a show featuring negro performers, such as Kitty Stevenson, who was really popular at clubs in Detroit around 1949 and who would die in 1952, Eddie Walker (a singer), Gonzelle Bailey, and Grace Silvers.  The producer and writer was said to be Bill Lane.  I looked for anything called "Paradise Valley" in Detroit around 1949.  I discovered "Paradise Valley" was an informal name for a part of Detroit, an area related to Gratiot Avenue, East Adams, and Brush, and the area had stores and entertainment clubs and eateries.  I did find a place call Club Valley in the area, which was located at 666 East Adams in around 1949 and 1950; the location was where a place called Club 666 had been, at least from 1941 to 1947 (and maybe 1948).  At this time, I have to report that Paradise Valley as a television show never showed up (it seems), and, today, the area were "Club Valley" was is now the general area for Comerica Park (the home for the Detroit Tigers) and Ford Field (the home for the Detroit Lions).  And for the record, I report that on October 28, 1949, Channel 2 aired Your Sports Special at 7:00 p.m. (for 15 minutes) and a film short at 7:15 p.m. (for 15 minutes).

    So "paradise" is sort of the theme of the middle section of this document, or the lack of "paradise" is the theme.  On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, ABC-TV pushed out the debut of a gutter sitcom for viewers to see--in other words, it was a one-shot special presentation (the series will show up in earnest on January 4, 2022).  The series is called Abbott Elementary.  Quinta Brunson (a black) plays Janine Teagues, who is a teacher, and the school seems to be in an inner-city area of a big city like Detroit and Chicago and New York City, which are run by socialists and communists and progressives and other deviants and defectives of all colors, mostly mostly blacks (at least in the case of Detroit, where the illiteracy rate is high).  By the way, Quinta Brunson created the series and wrote the first episode.  The first episode of the series was loaded with crap.  A little black boy had to pee in a wastebasket, and there was talk about pee in mats, and there was talk about the smell of the place.  Janine Teagues showed a book to children, starting with a photograph of George W. Bush and then a photograph of Barack Obama as a U.S. president, and that was that with the book (after focusing on Barack Obama mostly).  Cornel West, a real piece of shit of a man of real life, was referenced (by what came off as a token goofy white guy), in the episode, hinting Cornel West was a good guy.  [There was other crap.]  Abbott Elementary is yet another ugly sitcom, and it seems to be aimed at lower-class blacks of the big cities in the country, which is not surprising since the broadcast networks seem to be aiming most shows toward blacks, having given up on white viewers or having decided to work to push away white viewers or work to blank off whites, which is why such series as The Wonder Years (focusing mostly on blacks) and The Equalizer (focusing mostly on blacks) exist.  Abbott Elementary seems to me to be another series that shows off the cultural rottenness of many inner-city blacks or ithe inner parts of big cities controlled by Democratic Party.

    Announcement: Recently, I have added some new documents to the collection of my documents at the website for The Hologlobe Press.  One of the documents is entitled A Document that Dispels Myths and Nonsense of Science-Fiction Books, Movies, and Television Shows (A Logic Puzzle), which can be reached through this Myths link.  Another document is And So You Think You're Going to the Moon, Mars, or the Stars..., which can be reached by using this Moon link.  And yet another of the documents is entitled And the Stupid Women Shall Lead--and Lead Every Good Individual into Shit, Driven on by Communism, Feminism, and Defective Female Beliefs and Little-Girl Thinking, which can be reached through this Stupid Women link.  And here are other documents--A Review of What Television Controlled by Socialists and Communists Worked to Sell as Truth in Relation to the U.S. President Donald J. Trump Impeachment (at Impeachment) and T.H.A.T. Special Edition--The First Helicopter-based Traffic Reporters on Radio for the Detroit area of Michigan (at Helicopter Traffic).

    In 1966, 1967, and 1968, Channel 50, WKBD-TV, used an umbrella title called Strange Tales to air movies, first on Saturday afternoons and then on Friday evenings, and one of those movies is the featured flick for the Looking at the Movies segment in this edition of Television History and Trivia.  There are a bunch of possibilities for the movie, and some of those possibilities are "Invaders from Mars", Fog Island, Lure of  the Swamp, Two Lost Worlds, The Flying Serpent, The Phantom of 42nd Street, and The Walking Dead.  I have chosen a movie that I have seen before, and maybe you have seen before.  On December 17, 1966, Channel 50 began to run The Flying Serpent at 3:30 p.m..  In the story, Dr. Andrew Forbes is hiding from the world the treasure of Montezuma that he found five years previously, and he would do anything keep the treasure all for himself, and he would even kill to keep it.   In the murder list, Dr. John Lambert is the first to "bite the dust" or, officially, get bitten and more while in the dust.  The biter is a creature called Quetzalcoatl, and it is a serpent-like thing.  Soon Richard Thorpe, a writer of mystery stories, decides to find out what happened to Dr. John Lambert, and Richard and a radio-engineer associate head to San Juan, New Mexico, and the hunt is on.  Richard Thorpe is played by Ralph Lewis, and Richard Thorpe ends up coming across Mary (who is played by Hope Kramer), who is the step-daughter to Dr. Andrew Forbes.  And that is all that I will say about the story.  For you, I present The Flying Serpent, which was released to theaters in 1946, for this edition of Looking at the Movies.

    Hold it!  I have to point out some bullshit on television!  On Thursday, December 9, 2021, Michael Strahan and Jeff Bezos (the rich dude) appeared on the pregame show for Thursday Night Football on Fox TV, and at about 7:35 p.m. (Detroit time), Jeff Bezos pointed out some themes about what Michael Strahan was going to see on his weekend trip in to space.  For example, Jeff Bezos said that Michael Strahan is going to see "how fragile" the planet.  Bullshit!  I state that Michael Strahan will not see that!  That is emotional bullshit and girlie-type thinking from Jeff Bezos.  I say that Michael Strahan and Jeff Bezos should walk from coast to coast in the United States of America.  Then, they might learn and see see how piss-ass small they are and how big the planet is and how unlikely the climate-change-caused-by man stuff can be true.  Oh, Jeffy and Mikey, go look at some of the recent videos on YouTube that show the current eruptions taking place at volcanos, and then try to tell me man is killing the planet and how "fragile" the planet is with man on it!  [Good look luck seeing any people walking around on the planet from way up in the sky!]

    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 Chris 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.  I note that the "mandate"--which forces everyone 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 usually bad people, as history shows--decide what health care a person can get, and that is bad.

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Date published: December 10, 2021

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