(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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    Have you noticed some changes in Detroit-area broadcast television?  On January 1, 2023, Newsy (a nationally distributed television network) became known as Scripps News), and Scripps News is another useless news thing or information thing, though not as bad as Lx is.  On January 23, 2023, WWJ-TV fired up "CBS News Detroit" on weekdays for 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and for streaming, and two of the main anchors for the unnecessary (as I see it) news service are Shaina Humphries and Jeff Skversky, and some of the gal reporters are Alysia Burgio and Lauren Winfrey.  I report that Glenda Lewis (of Channel 7.1 and Channel 20.1) need not worry about losing her title from me called "Ms. Erotic News Gal" [Note: I do hope Glenda Lewis wears a sundress (a really fluffy thing) with a very low neckline and a very high hem soon, such as for the next Woodward Dream Cruise broadcast.].  Paul Gross--a pusher of the manmade climate change stuff leading to the death of the planet, which is crap--has retired from WDIV-TV, and now Ashlee Baracy (a weathercaster) is regular on the new morning weekday news team for WDIV-TV, which also has Rhonda Walker, Jason Colthorp, Kim DeGiulio, and Darnell Blackburn (and Brandon Roux has been replaced by Ashlee Baracy, who probably will be a pusher of the climate-change crap).  On February 7, 2022, I notice that the Channel 15 group (broadcast) now has NewsMax2 on Channel 15.5 (and now the Channel 15 group is The Country Network (on Channel 15.1), WHPS-TV (on Channel 15.2), ShopLC (on Channel 15.3), and JTV (on Channel 15.4), and NewsMax2 is not a socialistic or communistic or progressive entity.  The subchannels related to the big television stations in Detroit (which air local news shows) are pushing out a lot of news promos for the stations, and the promos are mostly about offering up fluff news and emotional stories that have no real use for daily life, and, for example, the promos are offering up the idea that the newscasts are giving news stories that "matter to you" (as pushed by WDIV-TV).  I state that, for the most part, local news has no real value, and I can say that, today, the newscasters really have little value and do worthless work.  By the way, the Fox Weather product (on Channel 2.6 broadcast) is loaded with useless filler, such as stories about past storms, such as those of decades ago, and the network seems to go over the top on stories about current storms, and the weather reporters and anchors seem to deliver talk aimed at people with minds of children.  Television news and weather is nothing more than a push to show so-called pretty faces and push sensational useless news, and newscasts can even be involved in pushing political propaganda and outright nonsense.  Oh, I rarely watch local news shows, even I could see some pretty brown upper boob skin on Glenda Lewis, since I am aware of all the shallowness that I would have to endure by seeing broadcasts.  So it is off to something else!

    From December 1944 to 1950, the biggest United States Coast Guard icebreaker on the Great Lakes was called The Mackinaw WAG-83, and then in 1950, the icebreaker was renamed The Mackinaw WAGB-83.  In 2006, The Mackinaw WAGB-83 was decommissioned, and it became a museum at Mackinaw City, Michigan, and another icebreaker took over the duties of The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and it is known as The Mackinaw WLBB-30, which is based at Cheboygan, Michigan, where The Mackinaw WAGB-83 was when it was an active icebreaker.  For four seasons, I was a volunteer guide at The Mackinaw WAGB-83 as a museum, beginning with the 2008 tourist season, and, at that time, I began to collect information about the cutter so that I would have something to say to visitors, since the management of the museum offered up little to say, and even, today, the guides at the museum are probably under-informed about the former Great Lakes icebreaker.  Today, I have some 1,800 photographs of the outside of the former Great Lakes icebreaker, and I have a document about the icebreaker that runs about 660 pages (in single-space form as rated by WordPerfect).  Since 2017, I have been making a display unit related to The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and it will consist of four versions of the icebreaker (covering the years 1944, 1952, 1968, and 1998), and the display has some buildings, such as a little lighthouse that will flash, and the display has little helicopters and other little things.  I have had to make everything, and that means I have had to make hundreds and hundreds of tiny parts to make the unit.  The display sort of looks like a shipyard, and that is why I call the display the "Victor Swanson Shipyard Museum focusing on The Mackinaw WAGB-83".  Yes, for some eight years I have been working on the display, and it has become eight years (so far), because I am not always in the Detroit area, where the project is being made and because the COVID-19 mess kept me out the the Detroit area where the main work on the display is being done and because I took time off to make a model of 40 Mile Point Lighthouse (an image of which can be seen by using this Travel #198 link), and, by the way, the model of the lighthouse is historically accurate, and it covers the period of time from 1914 to 1919, a period of time for which there are no known photographs of the lighthouse (the real version of which stands along Lake Huron about seven miles north of Rogers City, Michigan).  Since I published Television History and Trivia #224, I have been in the Detroit area--being there longer than planned--and it has given me unexpected extra time to work on the display for The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and I have made a bunch of little things for the display, doing the work in a basement of a house, where I have a bunch of tools needed to make the display, such as a drill press, a band saw, two electric scroll saws, an electric sander, a router, and a nearly countless hand tools.  Usually, I have a television set turned on--for noise and entertainment--while I work, and the channels that I usually have on are Movies!, Buzzr, MeTV, Cozi, and Television Drive-In (which is 3.6 broadcast), but I might have something else on, such as when a football game is being broadcast.  Recently, I was working on the display for The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and the television set was tuned to Television Drive-In, and an episode of The AV Club was being aired.  At one point, I turned to see the television screen, and I noticed something unexpected, a scene (which was an old black-and-white filmed scene) that showed a familiar face of a guy, and I knew the guy.  The guy was Toby David, who was associated with CKLW Radio and CKLW-TV (of Windsor, Ontario, Canada) in much of the middle period of the 1900s, and, for example, he played Captain Jolly (as host to Popeye cartoons) on CKLW-TV.  In the presentation of The AV Club, Toby David was playing a butcher named Joe in a butcher shop, and Joe was assisting a woman.  I have no idea (at the moment) what the presentation was, but I know it was an old black-and-white film from the late 1940s or from the 1950s.  Here, you should wonder what The AV Club is.  I am going to give you a little information here, since you will probably find no information about it in, for example, old newspapers databases or old magazine databases focusing on the broadcast industry.  I report that, in essence, The AV Club is a television series that shows old educational and industrial films of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s mostly.  Oh, I have to report that I cannot prove when it was aired on television stations in the past, since I have found no information yet, but it seems it was used on television stations somewhere and at some time in the past.  I can report that the films that make up The AV Club were shown to children in classrooms and such years ago.  For the record, I present the text that appears at the opening of each presentation of The AV Club--"In the 40's 50s and 60s, the United States was a great country that other country's respected and feared.  Much of this was due to the educational films shown to children.  These films are just as powerful today as they were then which is why we are bringing them to you.  Not only will you learn from these great educational and instructional films, you will get a glimpse of what life was like in this great era.  So sit up straight in your classroom seat, and step back in time.  Careful, you might learn something."  And here is the text that appears at the end of an episode of the series--"Thank you For Watching The AV Club  An Educational & Instructional Presentation of This Station".  The last quoted material hints that the program was used on television stations somewhere and some time back in time.  Through email, I contacted WHNE-TV (the television station that puts out Television Drive-In), hoping to find out what film had Toby David in it, and I got no response, but that was no surprise to me, given we are in "The Pseudo Information Age and the Age of Ignorance" (as I call it).  So I am going to have to keep tabs of showings of The AV Club in the future to see if I can determine what film Toby David was in.  I have seen a number of the episodes of the series recently, and I have taken notes on the episodes so that I could give you an impression of what The AV Club is, and it can be useful to see episodes and can be more useful than watching much of what is presented on local news broadcasts.  I note that an episode of The AV Club runs about 30 minutes, and an episode can have one film or two films or sometimes three films.  One day, I caught an episode that had a film called South Dakota Saga (a presentation of the Homestake Mining Company and a production of the Jam Handy Organization).  By the way, The Jam Handy Organization was an entity based in the Detroit area that made industrial films in roughly the middle of the 1900s.  South Dakota Saga (of 1940) shows how gold was mined by the Homestake Mining Company, and the location was underground in the Lear area of South Dakota--and the focus was in around 1940 (though the operation for mining was on from about 1879 to 2002 for the company).  I report that, in 1940 or so, the company had to process one ton of ore to get about four-tenths of an ounce of gold.  While I watched the film, I was reminded what it takes to mine materials for batteries, such as for EVs, and some of the materials are lithium, and the process is highly intensive, and I have reports that a lot of ore must be processed to get, for example, lithium for cars and such.  At least in the case of the work that was done at the Homestake Mine, waste ore could be returned to the ground (underground) to fill in places were raw ore had been taken out.  The film called South Dakota Saga can give a naive person an idea of what work was needed and what materials were needed to get gold ore out of the Earth.  It took fuel to move vehicles, and it took steel make tools, and it took generated electricity, such as from coal, and so much more was needed, and buildings had to be made and wood had to be gathered and processed for support structures in the mines.  If you wear jewelry, you can get an understanding of what it can take to get gold for jewelry by seeing South Dakota Saga, and you can maybe--maybe--understand what it takes to get raw material for so many things that have to be made for a modern society to function.  I now move on to another episode of The AV Club.  The episode had three films--Everyday Courtesy (which was a 1948 film made by Coronet Instructional Films, which made a lot of like films in the middle of the 1900s), Communications and Our Town (which was a 1947 film tied to an entity called Teaching Films, Inc.), and Japanese Relocation (which was a 1942 (circa) film produced by the Office of War Information--Bureau of Motion Pictures).  The AV Club series contains a bunch of films from Coronet Instructional Films.  Yet another episode of The AV Club had two films--(1) a black-and-white film (probably from the 1940s) that was not identified that showed some young people singing a once popular song called Lullaby of Broadway and (2) a 1966 film produced by the U.S. Army Pictorial Center called The Unique War, which was narrated by the well-known actor named Glenn Ford.  The Unique War focused on the Vietnam War and the people of South Vietnam, who were allies of the Americans.  I happened to catch the episode of The AV Club that showed a 1939 film titled Television, and this film was distributed originally by RKO Radio Pictures, and, in essence, the film talked about the early days of how television worked, such as in New York City by NBC-TV, and it showed an early day remote-camera team, which was moved about in two bus-like vehicles.  I report that commercial television did not come to the United States of America till 1941.  A person can get an understanding of how television began by seeing Television.  Also shown with Television through the episode of The AV Club were a film called Let's Play Fair and a film called Speeding Speech (which was a film tied to the American Telephone and Telegraph and associated companies and was about telephone communication).  Yet another episode of The AV Club seemed to be an episode of a film series called Hear and Now, and the episode was "Radio Serves America", and the episode showed what the radio industry was doing in roughly the middle of the 1900s, and the episode also had a film called The Electrician, which showed what types of work electricians do.  The AV Club had an episode with a film called A Visit to Wurlitzer (part one), and this film showed what it took to make a Wurlitzer juke box in the middle of the 1900s, and the film can give a naive person an idea of how many persons it took to make such a juke box and an idea about all the tools and machines needed to make a juke box.  By the way, the Wurlitzer-based film gives a much better impression of what it takes to make things than does most of the short videos that can be found on, for instance, YouTube about making things, such as about how peanut butter is made or how a candy bar is made.  In an episode of The AV Club, I saw that Plane Talk and The Corvair in Action! were offered to viewers, and I note that the Corvair was a rear-engine car of the late 1950s and early 1960s that was made by General Motors Corporation, and the 1960 color film was used to show, for example, how the Corvair faired in driving tests and crash tests and roll-over tests.  In the early 1960s, an "activist" named Ralph Nader (who was at least a socialist) was instrumental in getting the Corvair taken out of the marketplace by pushing the idea that the Corvair was not a safe car.  So that gives you an idea about what The AV Club presentations have.  I now have to get back to The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and I now present information that probably no one at the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum knows.  From March 1954 to August 1957, the NBC-TV network aired a program called Home on weekdays in the daytime, and the show was hosted by Arlene Francis, who is mostly known today for having been a regular panelist on television game shows, such as What's My Line?.  Normally, the series called Home was aired out of New York City, New York, but for the week of Monday, October 10, 1955, the show was on location in Cleveland, Ohio.  On Monday, October 10, 1955, at 10:00 a.m. (Detroit time), the program began to be broadcast from the deck of The Mackinaw WAGB-83.  In October 1955, there was no videotape or videotaping of television programs, and it seems no kinescope film exists of the broadcast with The Mackinaw WAGB-83.  I have mentioned before, such as in relation to talking about Ms. Anna May Wong and her television series called The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, that "kinescoping" was a method of recording live programs on to film (a kinescope machine involved a television monitor and a film camera).  In the 1939 film called Television--if you see it--you will learn that "iconoscope" was the name of the camera tube used to capture images electronically for broadcast in the early days of television and that "kinescope" was the name of the tube used to display--"air" in a way--electronic images to people.

  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.]
    [Note: Here is an example of Chris Christie's rottenness.  On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Chris Christie was a guest on This Week with George Stephanopoulos (of ABC-TV), which had Martha Raddatz as the host, and Christ Christie pushed out crap.  For example, Chris Christie said--"...And let's face it.  Let's call it what it is.  January 6 was a riot that was incited by Donald Trump...an effort to intimidate Mike Pence and the Congress into doing exactly what he said in his own words last week--overturn the election.  And he's trying to do a cleanup on aisle one here...." and "...He actually told the truth by accident.  He wanted the election to be overturned....".  That is bullshit!]

    Hey, how has the 2022-2023 season for the broadcast television networks been so far?  I have an answer, which will come about by presenting reviews of some of the newest shows.   In December 2022 and early January 2023, ABC-TV used a lot of promotional air time to promote a new television series called Will Trent, and to me, it was almost as if it was the only program being promoted by the network.  Ugh!  On January 3, 2023, ABC-TV pushed out the first episode of the series, which features Ramon Rodriguez as Will Trent, a police detective.  ABC-TV had promoted Will Trent as a stud in television advertisements, but I found him to be like a one-note person--a flat character with one personality trait.  Hold it!  Back several decades ago, television viewers were given Monk, which had Tony Shalhoub playing Adrian Monk, a detective-like guy who could walk in to a crime scene and see what others could not see, and Monk had a personality defect, and that defect was he was a super clean freak.  Well, Will Trent is like Monk--but without any humor.  In fact, Will Trent is like Monk without any humor.  In the first episode of Will Trent, the regular police officers seemed to hate Will Trent (for some reason), and his partner (Faith, who was played by a black gal named Iantha Richardson) was not pleased with Will Trent, and Will Trent and his boss (Amanda, who was played by a black gal named Sonja Sohn) often had words, and, basically, there was a lot of anger and there was no niceness in the show, and there was violence, and, by the way, his love (Angie, who was played by Erika Christensen) was another one of those always-tough gals. Will Trent is another television series that comes out of the mind of a gal--in this case, Karin Slaughter--and the first episode of the series was written by a gal and a guy (Liz Heldens and Daniel Thomsen).  Will Trent looked like another series from feminists.  By the way, at one point in the story, Will Trent, who has a defect (dyslexia), gets angry while trying to read something, and he throws the something across the room.  That action is something that a little boy of ten years of age might do, but it does not make sense with a grown man.  So that was crappy! Will Trent is no great show.  On Sunday, January 8, 2023, Fox TV pushed out the first episode of a series called Alert (or more fully, Alert--Missing Persons Unit).  Right from the start, the main character (played by Scott Caan) was involved in divorce stuff, so it was more crappy family stuff.  Alert is just another police drama with no niceness or what I call "diversity" of tone.  One of the biggest pieces of crap on television is The Parent Test, the first episode of which showed up on ABC-TV on December 15, 2022, and the second episode of which showed up on January 5, 2023.  The Parent Test is political crap and not entertainment.  Such a piece of crap would never have been offered by television executives of broadcast networks in the 1950s or 1960s.  In the series, different sets of parents--labeled "natural," "new age," "intensive" "strict," "traditional,' et cetera--are highlighted.  Oh, one group is considered "routine," and that parenting team is made up of two gay guys.  Hold it!  I believe and can argue well that a good parenting group is not made up of two of the same sex in a so-called marriage, and one reason--only one of the reasons--is children do not grow up in an environment in which the children daily see the interaction of a man and a woman in marriage and see the possible hurts that can come to the man or the women who make up the marriage, such as that tied to illness.  The barriers that block the proper understanding of the other gender do not get knocked down well in a family with a parenting team made by of two of the same gender. The Parent Test is crap, especially since it seems the producers are working to teach their ideas about what good family parenting should be.  Oh, on January 4, 2023, Fox TV pushed out the first episode of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, and it looked as if it was put together to sell the idea that women can be just a tough as men can be, and the guiding force of the series is four women (as executive producers)--Becky Clark, Sophie Leonard, Alicia Kerr, and Lauren Taylor-Harding--and in the cast, there has these women--Mel B (the singer), Jamie Lynn Spears (the actress), Carli Lloyd, Hannah Brown, Kate Gosselin, Beverly Mitchell (the actress), Kenya Moore, and Nastia Liukin.  Meanwhile, CBS-TV is running Tough as Nails again, and it has such women as Renee, Beth, Laura, Aly, and Synethia, and, in essence, and the gals on the series seem to be a collection of crappy-looking gals, like lesbians.  I say--No thank-you to all the series offered in this section!

    Okay, here I go with some really crappy series on broadcast network television, if not rotten series.  I begin with Accused, the first episode of which was shown by Fox TV on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at about 10:00 p.m. (Detroit time), and, by the way, I happened to be in the Detroit area at the time.  Accused is an anthology series, which means it has no regular cast.  The first episode had such performers as Michael Chiklis, Jill Hennessy, Robert Wisdom, Evan Marsh, and Oakes Fegley.  I will not report on what the plot of it was, since the plot does not matter.  I report that the episode of Accused was ugly television of the first degree.  The characters were ugly, being angry and unpleasant almost every moment.  [I did not watch the entire program, put off by the first fifteen minutes or so of the opening, which had nothing nice about it--there was no "diversity," no diversity in emotions.]   Meanwhile, Television Drive-In (Channel 3.6 in the Detroit area) was airing a "Mrs. O'Riley" movie (one of those fun movies from England of the middle of the 1900s), and I wanted to pay attention to that).  I had a timer set so that I could catch the end of Accused (so that I could see the end credits), and when the dinger went off, I tuned into Accused, and when I tuned into Accused again, I was given just more anger and darkness.  The first episode of Accused was written by Howard Gordon, and Accused is yet another product adapted from something from another country--in this case, a BBC UK television series created by Jimmy McGovern.  In essence, to me, Mrs. O'Riley in Paris (a British product) beat up on Accused (a British product of sorts).  At the end of Accused, credit information noted that the series has such directors as Billy Porter, Marlee Matlin (sort of a famous actress with poor hearing ability), Tazbam Chavez, and Michael Chiklis, and so those are some of the people who thought it would be fun to be tied to Accused.  All the promos for Accused that I were aired in around the time that the episode aired showed nothing but anger and violence.  Accused is ugly television.  By the way, in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, television reviewers, such as those of weekly Variety, never reported that such-and-such a show was "ugly" television, because--I say--none were, but shows could be bad, such as for having been poorly directed and poorly staged, but, today, it is easy to find "ugly" television shows.  Now, I move on.  On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, NBC-TV aired the first episode of the new season--the second season--of American Auto.  That series has a lot of ugly characters, especially that played by Ana Gasteyer, who really looks ugly when she is in an angry mood.  The first episode of American Auto was unfunny, and often it seemed that characters were doing nothing but sitting around a conference table and flapping their gums.  At one point, in the story, Ana Gasteyer's character mentioned something about frogs leaving the Detroit River, and then she laughed hysterically, but the others characters were blank mostly.  I found that moment unfunny.  In addition, what she was talking about probably never happens and never happened.  Ana Gasteyer's character was talking about, in essence, a march by frogs from the water of the Detroit River to the land at Detroit.  Well, frogs do not do that!  I have never seen it.  However, toads do.  For instance, in the 1960s, I was living on Biltmore Street in Inkster, and from time to time, I witnessed the march of the baby toads from a woods to the east of Biltmore, through the house yard, to the west [Note: The march no longer took place when the Cherry Hill Manor Apartments were built, replacing the woods.].  Toads (what I call "poly-toads") are born in water and grow up in water, and then they live mostly on land.  The Detroit River is not a good place for toads and frogs to grow up in and live in--it is too rough.  And frogs usually like to live near ponds and streams and small rivers.  About ten years ago, I raised several hundred toads.  One day, I went out to Lake Huron (in northeastern Lower Michigan), and I found a bunch of poly-toads in a small pool of water that was about ten feet away from the waves of Lake Huron, and the pool--I could tell--was going to disappear and dry up soon (maybe that day).  That day, I got a one-piece blue plastic pool of four feet in diameter and put it in the sand about one-hundred feet from Lake Huron, and I put stones in it and sticks and small pieces of wood in it, and I made a structure that was a platform where future real toads could sit.  I gathered up the poly-toads with a big syringe (used for auto work) and squirted them into the pool.  For weeks, I fed the toads, using food--like algae and seaweed--that I gathered up each day from the big lake and ditches, and the poly-toads grew into baby toads proper.  Late in the summer, baby toads in groups--one following another--escaped the plastic pool and headed into the woods, which was between the beach and the house.  It was the march of the baby toads several times over a couple days!  Cool!  I have to report that only one poly-toad did not grow up to be a baby toad proper--it never changed fully in to a baby toad.  Something went wrong genetically.  And that was that.  The story about frogs in American Auto bombed!  I will now only cover one more thing about American Auto.  Near the end of the episode, the fat black gal (played by X Mayo) said--"...Medically induce the poop out of me.".  So, is that what qualifies for funny today?  Upon hearing that line, I immediately thought of The Amos 'n Andy Show of the early 1950s (which I sort of talked about while reviewing Go 4 It: The inside story of the rise of WDIV, which was a television special that had been by WDIV-TV on November 4, 2022, in Television History and Trivia #224 (which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #224 link)).  The Amos 'n Andy Show was fun television with good jokes and nice people (played by such people as Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Ernestine Wade, and Tim Moore).  I could not see any of the characters in The Amos 'n Andy Show using the "poop" line, but the producers and writers of The Amos 'n Andy Show would never have pushed the line into a script.  The "poop" line shows off the rotten nature of the production people of American Auto, such as Justine Spitzer and Eric Ledgin (who wrote the first show).  In 1966, The Amos 'n Andy Show forced off the air--forced out of syndication--by the NAACP (which is now a communistic black organization), and NAACP pushed out the idea that the series pushed out negative stereotypical themes tied to blacks.  But I say that it was a look at average people or average types of people, who exist as whites and blacks and asians and whatever.  And it must be remembered, a few years later, the country ended up with the crap of All in the Family, which had stereotypical stuff, like Archie Bunker, but All in the Family is still on the air.  I avoid All in the Family today with all the yelling crap and shouting crap and liberal crap, but I do not avoid The Amos 'n Andy Show.  Hey, here is some television history.  On February 7, 1985, television viewers in the Detroit area finally saw Amos 'n Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy (a 60-minute television special), which had originally been offered up to television stations in the country through a company called Telefeatures in the fall of 1983; on February 7, 1985, WTVS-TV, Channel 56, aired the program.  The special was hosted by George Kirby and had such guests as Redd Foxx, Marla Gibbs, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rich Correll (a television producer, such as on Happy Days, and the son of Charles Correll, who had been involved in the making of the radio series about Amos and Andy and the 1950s television series), Alvin Childress, Henry Lee Moon, and Ernestine Wade.  American Auto will go down in history as "ugly" television, unlike The Amos 'n Andy Show.
    [Note: All in the Family was based on a British series called 'Till Death Do Us Part, which had been created by Johnny Spieght.  People give Norman Lear big praise for being involved in making All in the Family and other television series, such as Maude, which was a spin-off of All in the Family, as was The Jeffersons.  My files have Norman Lear tied to Sanford & Son, since he was involved in the production company involved in making the series, which was Bud Yorkin-Norman Lear Norbud Productions, but, really, Bud Yorkin and Aaron Rubin and others were more instrumental than Norman Lear was in putting out the television product, which had been based on the British series called Steptoe & Son.  I am not impressed with Norman Lear.]

    On February 6, 2023, I was in the basement of the house where the display for The Mackinaw WAGB-83 was being made, and I was working on a model of a hovercraft (or a Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle), like two that were tested on the northern Great Lakes in 1971 and 1972, and the tests did not go well (one unit sank in Lake Huron and had to be recovered, such as my members of The Sundew), and I happened to have a radio tuned to The Dennis Prager Show (a nationally syndicated radio program (and I had a television set on, too).  Dennis Prager happened to talk about a video clip related to a television series called The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.  The series is, in essence, a Disney product, and it is based on a television series that debuted on the Disney Channel on September 15, 2001 (as I found my looking in my television files)--The Proud Family (which ran for a few years and which spawned a movie called The Proud Family Movie (of August 21, 2005)).  "The Proud Family" was a black family, and the main character was a girl called Penny Proud (the voice for which came from Kyla Pratt), and the first episode was about cheerleading, and the second episode was about having a strike, and the third episode was about a sleep-over party, and, by the way, the series had an episode about saving a television show.  I move on.  The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder started up on Disney+ on February 23, 2022, and some of the performers of the series have been Kyla Pratt (who is tied to the Fox TV series called Call Me Kat, which is being used to push socialism and gayism as great), Keke Palmer (who is one of those who calls herself something or other but not female), EJ Johnson (who is gender or sexually confused or defective), and Billy Porter (a truly rotten gay man).  [Note: I talked about the highly rotten Billy Porter in Television History and Trivia #220, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #220 link.]  Dennis Prager's offering up talk about The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder inspired me to see a clip of the series (that which was Dennis Prager's focus)--an episode of the second season of the series.  I found the clip on the Internet, and it showed some young girls, for instance, sort of singing on stage before an audience.  The clip began with--"...This country was built on slavery, which means slaves built this country, built this land from sea to sea to sea....".  To me, the clip was black socialistic propaganda, working to sell the idea that blacks deserve money and the like ("reparations") from others, maybe through government (especially ultimately from "whites").  When the singers were done singing [their irritating singing to my ears], the audience stood up and cheered wildly.  The clip was ugly television from Disney, and even the characters are not pleasant to look at as a rule (such as in the way that they were drawn).  I report that The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder should be kept off your computer and television screens.  The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is shit!
    [Note: I guess the Swedes and Norwegians and Italians and others who worked in the copper mines and iron mines of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, such as in the 1800s, did not do crap to build the country, and the people in the Wurlitzer-based film did not build crap, and the guys and gals of the Homestake Mining Company in the late 1800s and in the 1900s did not do crap, ....]

    Oh, on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, I happened to be seeing The Nine on WJBK-TV, Channel 2.1, at about 9:05 a.m., and Deena Centofanti, and Maurielle Lue, and Ryan Ermanni were flapping their gums and sounding like children.  They brought up the topic that some girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was wishing that Valentine's Day would be "deromantized" because it should not be about the individual, and Deena Centofanti and Maurielle Lue seemed to side with the mystery gal.  To me, the idea seemed to be that which might be expected to come from a socialist!  The idea was idiocy!  And it even seemed to me to be an idea that could come out of a mentally ill girl.  Yet, Deena Centofanti, and Maurielle Lue, and Ryan Ermanni put the crap on television.

    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).

    Wow!  On January 12, 2022, the Detroit Free Press published a story called "10 TV series you can look forward to this year" [Goodykoontz, Bill.  "10 TV series you can look forward to this year."  Detroit Free Press, 12 January 2023, pp. 3D and 6D.].  Here are the series--Poker Face (on Peacock), True Detective: Night Country (on HBO), Loki (on Disney+), The White House Plumbers (on HBO), Avatar: The Last Airbender (on Netflix), Succession (on HBO), Agatha: Coven of Chaos (on Disney+), Masters of the Air (on Apple TV+), Velma (on HBO), and Straight Man (on AMC).  None is tied to a broadcast network.

    ABC-TV got to broadcast the first "Pro Bowl Games" event, covering it under Pro Bowl Games on Sunday, February 5, 2023, beginning at 3:00 p.m. (Detroit time).  At the start of the broadcast, I began to have lunch for the day, and that allowed me to see the first game (or so) of the day.  When I was done with lunch, I was aware the game was sort of fluff stuff, and the game could have been just a bunch of guys playing flag football out in the street in front of the house or in the nearby little park.  A friend of mine could not determine with what team a particular player was associated since the players did not wear helmets with the logos of their teams, as had happened during the time of the real Pro Bowl Game shows of the past.  I went to the basement to work on the little hovercraft for the display for The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and, by the way, the hovercraft is only about three-quarters of an inch long.  I had a television set on.  Basicially, the broadcast came off as flat, but the announcers worked hard to sell the broadcast, and they were often over the top, and that resulted in the broadcasters coming off as fake, and, plus, Pat McAfee came off as sort of a jackass at times because of his delivery style (which reminded me of the bad announcing done with the originial XFL Games of years ago on television), and, incidentally, Gus Johnson (of Fox) sometimes comes off as a jackass during his time announcing games because of the phony delivery.  Some of the people who took part in the broadcast were Kirk Herbstreit, Laura Rutledge, Robert Griffin III, and Ryan Clark.  The so-called musical performance came from an entity called "Rae Sremmurd", and it was bad, being another piece of rap crap or crap rap, and it was forgettable stuff [Note: It seems no one has the guts, such as the football player guys, to say the stuff was and is crap.].  Oh, ABC-TV got put on the schedule to broadcast the first game for the new XFL, and I wonder if the broadcasters will take up the style of announcing that made the old XFL famous--the first game for the new XFL got scheduled for February 18, 2023.  I have no idea who won the "Pro Bowl Games" event (not paying attention or carrying whether it was the NFC or AFC that got the most points).

    Looking at the Movies--this is an umbrella title for the showing of movies through editions of Television History and Trivia, or it is used to give you hints about some movies to see (which were aired in the early years of television stations in Detroit).  In the 1950-1951 television season in Detroit, WWJ-TV, Channel 4, had movies on the air at 11:00 p.m. on Sundays (and, of course, the movies were syndicated to the station by a syndication company).  Some of the movies shown that season were The Desperadoes (featuring Randolph Scott, Glenn Ford, and Evelyn Keyes), The Amateur Gentleman (featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Elissa Landi), and Meet John Doe (featuring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck).  For this edition of Television History and Trivia, I have chosen to offer up "Riding on Air", which featured such performers as Joe E. Brown, Guy Kibbee, Florence Rice, and Vinton Haworth.  That 1937 comedy is available on YouTube today.  It was on Sunday November 26, 1950, when Channel 4 aired "Riding on Air" to viewers in the Detroit area, and the movie was sponsored by a mattress known as Restokraft, which was promoted as "The Noiseless Mattress."  I felt I should present a comedy movie in this edition of Television History and Trivia, especially one in which you will not hear about "poop" being medically induced out of any person, and "Riding on Air" is not a "crappy" movie.

    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: February 10, 2023
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