(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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    I now have a document at the website for The Hologlobe Press entitled A COVID-19 Document that Shows the Rottenness of the CDC, Many in the Medical Community, Many in the Media, and All the Democrats, such as Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo, and Joseph Biden, and the document can be reached by using this COVID-19 link.

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    When I fire up Yahoo! and MSN.com and such, I get exposed to a lot of nonsense stories, such as about how mankind will be wiped out by climate change in the near future and about Donald J. Trump, and Americans get exposed to the nonsense--often depressing stuff based on imagination--day upon day.  Recently, I got exposed to--not on Yahoo! or MSN.com--"Ad Fontes Media" (which was founded by a woman, Vanessa Otero) and a product that can be called "Ad Fontes" reports   The product is designed to present information about people and entities in relation to whether or not they should be considered "reliable" in what they present, and the entity has grouped news entities from "left" (such as Daily Beast, CNN (opinion), Slate, Mother Jones, and MSNBC) to "right" (such as The American Spectator, CBN, The Federalist, and OAN) through five main categories.  Based on being involved in the media business for some 50 years and based on making documents for the website of The Hologlobe Press for some 20 years, I can report that "left" presents bad news and information and presents lies regularly and avoids presenting facts, and I can say that the "right" presents useful news and information and non-lies regularly.  For 15 years or so, I have listened regularly to The Mark Levin Show (a nationally syndication radio show for weekdays), and I have found the host--Mark R. Levin--presents good information and facts about politics and political happenings.  On September 22, 2023, I found the rating for Mark R. Levin from Ad Fontes on the Internet, and the entity had Mark Levin's "reliability" to be "unreliable and misleading."  That is bullshit!  Right there, I can report that the ratings from Ad Fontes are lies and useless information, but it seems people around the country (at least), such as at schools, are taking to heart the information from Ad Fontes.  I went to the website for Ad Fontes on September 22, 2023, and, immediately, I came across this statement at the website for the entity--"Ad Fontes is a certified Minority and LGBT business enterprise.".  That information shows Ad Fontes is biased and leans hard "left."  I also found at the website for Ad Fontes this text material--"Ad Fontes Media, Inc., is a public benefit corporation founded in 2018.  The mission of Ad Montes Media is to rate all the news to positively transform society.".  The term "transform" and the term "transform society" have been used in recent years by communists and socialists and progressives and the like, such as by, in essence, Barack Obama, to push communism and socialism and such into the every-day workings of the United States of America and to get rid of The United States Constitution.  I can say that Ad Fontes is working to sell the idea that the "left" is good and the "right" is bad and to sell the idea that it is only the "right" that tells lies on a regular basis, but Ad Fontes does not show proof of what it reports, and that makes the entity unreliable and biased.  And it seems to me that if Ad Fontes were to rate the information in Television History and Trivia documents, it would rate me as "unreliable" (maybe more "unreliable" than Mark Levin's "unreliable" score), but that would be good for me, I think.  Welcome to another truth-filled edition of Television History and Trivia, and maker of which is an enemy to Ad Fontes (a pusher of communism and socialism).
    [Note: Hey, look at this.  On September 22, 2023, I found "NASA scientists calculated exact date an asteroid could hit Earth with the force of at least 24 nuclear bombs.  Thankfully, it's a long way off" [Guenot, Marianne. "NASA scientists calculated exact date an asteroid could hit Earth with the force of at least 24 nuclear bombs.  Thankfully, it's a long way off."   Business Insider, 22 September 2023.]  Notice the "could" in the title.  That "could" makes the presentation defective right from the start.  So, the hit will be a long way off--if it happens at all--but it is all calculated out.  It is all fake news from the Business Insider, and it is "unreliable" stuff.]

    Today, it is hard to find good new nice television shows; people in Hollywood and Canada and elsewhere are mostly making violence and noise and socialistic themes as the goal of television shows.  Given that, I am taking you back in time to the 1960-1961 season.  Also I am taking you back in time to once again bring up Ms. Anna May Wong into the conversation.  On YouTube, you can find episodes of a 1960-1961 season called The Barbara Stanwyck Show, which first showed up for viewers in the United States of America on Monday, September 19, 1960, and the show was seen on NBC-TV.  In September 1960, the plans were to make 39 episodes for the 1960-1961 season, and it was around the end of the time when making 39 episodes for a season became passé.  For example, in much of the 1950s, a season for a series had 39 episodes, because, in the case of live shows, stars wanted time off for summer vacation and such, so summer replacement shows were make to fill in--for usually 13 weeks; actually, that idea of 39 episodes for a series and then 13 episodes for a summer replacement series had come out of the same idea used for national radio shows.  Much of The Barbara Stanwyck Show was an anthology of various stories, but several had Barbara Stanwyck playing a character called "Josephine Little" or even "Little Joe," who was an importer and exporter working in the Far East, such as in Macao and Hong Kong.  On November 14, 1960, the first story with Josephine Little showed up on television, and the story was called "The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan", and some of the guest performers in the story were Ralph Bellamy (as Dr. Dobson), Dick Kay Hong (as Tadpole Chan), and James Hong (as Sam Wong).  The next story with Josephine Little was called "Dragon by the Tail", and it showed up on January 30,1961, and some of the featured guest performers were Anna May Wong (as A-Hing), J. Pat O'Malley (Steve Connors), James Hong (as Sam Wong) and Russell Arms (as James Horn).  This episode was the last show in which Anna May Wong was seen on screen before she would die, and Anna May Wong died on February 3, 1961.  The next story showing Josephine Little in a story was "Adventure on Happiness Street", and the program had such guest performers as Robert Culp, Lew Ayres, and Victor Sen Yung.  Today, of the three episodes of The Barbara Stanwyck Show reported on here, only one is available in full form on YouTube, and that is "Dragon by the Tail".  Another episode in full form that features the character named Josephine Little is available on YouTube, and that episode is "Hong Kong and Little Joe", and that episode features such guest performers as Philip Ahn, Charles Gray, Arthur Gould-Porter, and George Givot, and also in the show is Anna May Wong.  In essence, the episodes about Josephine Little were sort of like episodes of a "series within a series," and they were put together to get people interested in seeing a regular (standalone) series featuring Barbara Stanwyck as Josephine Little. I did a tracking job on the episode called "Hong Kong and Little Joe".  The episode was never shown during the network run of the series, and I have not yet been able to find the episode shown in syndication anywhere in the country in the years that followed the 1960-1961 season.  If you go looking for the stories about Josephine Little, you now have background information about the episodes, and if you go looking for episodes of The Barbara Stanwyck Show on YouTube, you will find more episodes than those that feature the character called Josephine Little.  By the way, last year, a U.S. coin--a quarter--began to distributed that had the image of Anna May Wong on it, and so far, I have only come across one, but I have seen the two episodes of The Barbara Stanwyck Show with Anna May Wong.

    And now I get around to this.  Back on August 18, 2023, I happened to catch an episode of a weekly series called Washington Week with the Atlantic, and I set the card down for the show, and I did not get around to talking about the series for an edition of Television History and Trivia sooner.  The weekly series is seen on Fridays on PBS-associated stations, and it is another nonsense political-based talk show.  The episode was the second episode of the series, and the first episode had been on the air the previous week.  Actually, Washington Week with the Atlantic is a slight reworking of Washington Week, which had been around for years, and the final regular host of that old product was Yamiche Alcindor (who had stopped doing the show on February 24, 2023), who was followed by a group of substitute or try-out hosts from March 3, 2023, to August 4, 2023 (Geoff Bennett, Amna Nawaz, William Brangham, Laura Barron-Lopez, Lisa Desjardins, and John Yang).  From Washington Week to Washington Week with the Atlantic, there has been no change--the two series can be called socialistic based and propaganda from socialists and the like.  The regular host of Washington Week with the Atlantic is Jeffrey Goldberg, and on August 18, 2023, Jeffrey Goldberg had these people on the panel--Elaine Plott Calabro, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Tia Mitchell, and Dan Balz.  The product was one-sided, and everyone showed they were beholden to the Democrat Party, and there was no attempt made to make the show so-called balanced, and the episode was 30 minutes of bashing Donald J. Trump with fluff statements and no facts.  The person who came off the biggest hard-line socialist was Dan Balz (who never once showed pleasantness and always looked like a Gestapo officer ready to bark out orders to kill), who passed along such nonsense as Donald J. Trump while he was the U.S. president did a bunch of things to corrupt the election process in the country (a statement that was presented with no examples of how corruption was done).  It seems you might think Washington Week with the Atlantic is a new series, but it is the same old crap from, in essence, PBS.

    Years ago, WJBK-TV, Channel 2, was aligned with two broadcast networks at once--CBS-TV and the DuMont Television Network--and years ago, CKLW-TV, Channel 9, was tied to two networks--CBC-TV and DuMont.  Those are examples of double-network affiliation for Detroit-area viewers.  Once again, a station has a double-network affiliation.  On September 1, 2023, WADL-TV, Channel 38.1, became a carrier of two broadcast networks.  The station is now affiliated with The CW Network, and it is affiliated with MyNetworkTV, as it has been for a while.  Hold it!  I am sort of stretching the double-network-affiliation thing.  In a way, MyNetworkTV is not a broadcast network; it is more like a special-case syndication network, airing off-network programming and airing no new original programming, as it did years ago.  Meanwhile, for now, WKBD-TV, Channel 50, which was the affiliate for The CW Network in Detroit, seems to be doing nothing great for the prime-time period now.  For example, it now airs Family Feud (with Steve Harvey) at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on weekdays.  So what!  WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV are owned by the same entity, and for years, both stations have been airing Two and a Half Men.  A subchannel of both stations has been airing Start TV (a subchannel network) for a while.  It looks as if both stations are going to carry Family Feud now.  CBS-TV network (to which WWJ-TV is affiliated) airs 48 Hours on Saturday evening, and it is not much of a series, but now, WKBD-TV seems to be an outlet for reruns of 48 Hours.  What a waste of airtime viewers are seeing! Actually, in the case of weekdays, WADL-TV will have The CW Network stuff on from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and have MyNetworkTV stuff on from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.  Really, The CW Network is a rather poor thing, as I showed in the previous edition of Television History and Trivia.  On September 12, 2023, The CW Network (now using WADL-TV in Detroit) began to carry another foreign series, The Swarm, and I found it to be nothing--more dark stuff and no fun stuff (unless you like see whales eat people).  I saw the credits for the first show, and I know no one, even in the production-team list, and it was loaded with "executive producers," and a bunch of government entities were subsidizing the show, and that is crap.  Did WADL-TV really gain anything by picking up The CW Network (which is aimed at young people and which is mostly pushing out depressing and dark product)?  I will not be drawn to the station.

    Where is a "Television Drive-In"-like thing when you need it?

    And now it is time for some television reviews, which are hard to find for other people in this day and age--"The Pseudo Information Age and the Age of Ignorance."
    I start with Channel 4 (WDIV-TV) and Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV).  On Friday, September 15, 2023, both stations ran a special that covered the "Charity Preview" for the North American International Auto Show at Huntington Place, Detroit, and both shows started at 7:00 p.m., and both shows ran one hour, and no one had a 90-minute special, as had happened in the past, and the show on Channel 4.1 was called Charity Preview, and the show on Channel 7.1 was called Red Carpet Charity Preview.  Both shows were about the same.  For instance, most of the guests who were interviewed on both shows were the same, such as Shon Dorsey, Thad Scott, Terry Radigan, and Ryan Nagode, and both shows showed cars going up the manmade steep hill.  Both shows showed a lot of fat women in the background, who were trying to look good in gowns.  I say that the American woman as a whole has gone to fat since the rise of the modern Feminist Movement in the 1960s, which as led to a lot of stupid women getting into jobs that their minds (based on evolution) are not suited for, being so much motivated in thinking in relation to emotions and feelings and such and not logic.  It seems many women have given up on wanting to look like women (with the shape of a woman).  I was disappointed that Glenda Lewis (of Channel 7.1) was not in a dress or something that would better show off her pretty upper boob skin, as could be seen for the show of last year and can be seen on her "Facebook" page in relation to a red gown.  [Note: Just because Glenda Lewis is "Ms. Erotic News Gal," as I call her, it does not mean I would want to be with her, given her brain could be defective, as might be indicated through her image on "Facebook" that shows her with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is a highly rotten woman, and withthat given to you, it seems Glenda Lewis is not smart enough to leave the politics off the "Facebook" page, especially when it ties her in with crappy people.  For the record, I have a new document about Gretchen Whitmer on the website for The Hologlobe Press that can be reached through this Hate Whitmer link.]  Overall, both shows were nothing special, mostly focused on interviewing people.  Oh, the white Corvette looked rather lame!
    This part of the review section jumps over to Channel 56.1 (WTVS-TV), which had a highly rotten show for viewers on Friday, September 15, 2023, starting at 9:30 p.m., which ran for 30 minutes.  The show was called The Pioneers of Marygrove, and it focused on a school for the Detroit Public School Community District called "The School at Marygrove," which was created to take up residence where Marygrove College had been till the end of 2019 when the college was closed, and the new school was originally designed to cover children from kindergarten to 12th grade.  Really, the special looked at students of the first graduating class and at what the school is trying to do with students.  Students who were interviewed were Dana Odums, Imani Daniels, Dariana Mallett, Rashaad Anderson, Anna Thebault, Johnathan Jones, Amaia Gooden, and Juwan Torres, and in the show were Rebecca Adams (the assistant principal of the school, who introduced the show) and Lisa Williams (the principal of the school), and a few others were seen.  Lisa Williams was big on promoting the idea that the school was designed with a "social justice focus" or was designed to be a "social justice-based school."  Hold it!  Almost all the participants in the special and at the school (it seems) were black; for the special, one white student was shown--Anna Thebault.  When I hear "social justice," I think of socialism and communism, and when I hear it from a black, I think black socialism and communism, and I even think about the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which was started by two black women and which evolved--the entity proper--into a corrupt entity.  In the show, a woman named Elizabeth Moje (of the University of Michigan Marshal School of Education), who is a white gal, also pushed out the idea of "social justice," such as by talking about "equity and problem solving."  Based on what I saw in the special, I can report that I saw crap, and the school is designed to teach children, especially blacks since the school is aimed mostly at blacks, racism.  Consider this--The idea of "social justice" is tied to the idea that "whites" are to be hated, since they have (supposedly) kept blacks down for decades and decades and decades in this country, so blacks are supposed to get free stuff from whites (forever) [Note: No one wants to blame the rottenness of inner-city black culture, such as that tied to drugs and broken homes.].  The school teaches racism, and it teaches it to children for roughly 12 years of their lives--in the most important years of children's lives, those in which children are just learning about the world and such.  In addition, you may hear over and over and over again from schools--such as through advertisements from schools--that schools are working to teach people to be the next leaders.  That is nonsense!  In the case of the School at Marygrove, the teachers are working to make the students followers and mush-heads, who cannot stand up alone and do things without the help of others or the approval of others.  During the program, much of the talk was emotion-based, and, students talked about feelings, and students talked about it was like being at a place where it was like a family and such.  At one point in the show--in the background--was a sign that had the words--"Empathy".  Certainly, a viewer could determine that the whole design of the school was tied to the thinking ways of women or little girls.  I report--Men and women think differently, and that is good, since, for one, it gives women the ability to better deal with babies (who cannot speak at first) for years on a 24-hour basis, which many women have abandoned in this day and age; men are more logic based, and women are more emotionally based (often discounting logic and facts) [Note: Notice how differently a man and a woman debate a point with each other or argue.].  I say that the School at Marygrove is creating a lot of female-like young men--particularly female-like black young men--and that is not good, since such men do not have the stamina to take on trouble and hardship by themselves when it confronts them, such as bad teachers or bad teaching ways.  At one point in the special, it was said roughly that--you deserve what everyone else has.  That is bullshit!  You do not deserve what someone else has, and there is no way in which to have every person have exactly the same thing as the others.  Yes, the school is not creating at least stand-alone men, which a good society--even one that is all black--must have to knock down crap, and the school is crap.  By the way, the idea of mush men reminds me of an incident that I had in the 1970s, and what happened was, at about 1:30 a.m. one day, I was driving south on I-75 in Detroit, and a tie-rod went bad on my 1972 Nova, and that forced me off the road right before, in essence, the ramp to westbound I-94, so I called to get a ride home, and the next day, I changed the tie-rod on the shoulder of southbound I-75 while traffic was racing by, and now I wonder how many black young men have the initiative to do that today--I cannot see the young guys in the special doing that work.  Yes, individuals who can stand up alone are not being created through the School of Marygrove, but they may have some book learning through memorization, but they do not have real thinking skills.  In addition, I add that life is not a "team sport" (as is often said about football, where you have to play as a team).  Life is a stand-alone thing, in which each individual often is left to the person's own action or inaction, such as in relation to deciding what to do and how to do it--for example, a person has illness alone and dies alone.  The students at the School at Marygrove are not being taught to be individuals, particularly strong individuals who can do for themselves.  In the special, there was talk, such as from at least one student, about the idea that the school is not concerned with "disciplinary action," as might be found in other schools, and the student said that there is not much related to "rules," as might be found in other schools.  Rules--these are what the young people will find everywhere when they leave schools, such as about what they can do and cannot do as employees in jobs.   The School at Marygrove is rotten to the core, teaching children to be socialistic and communistic mush-head soldiers!
    Oh, I have to get back to Charity Preview and Red Carpet Charity Preview.  There was a difference in the shows.  The special on WDIV-TV offered up time (through Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gill and others) focusing on the UAW strike against the three big auto makers, which already had been beaten to death by the station earlier in the day in newscasts, so that was wasted time.
    [Note: The news departments of the television stations are like the School at Maryrove, since, as seen in advertisements for newscasts, the stations are concerned with emotions and feelings and reaching the hearts of viewers (stories that touch the heart) and not with real news, and that is because more and more women are in control of the news, and that is bad.]
    The prime-time broadcast network television season for the fall of 2023 has been affected by some strikes, and I do not care, but I still  have some reviews.  I watched the first fifteen minutes of Krapopolis (of Fox TV), and I did not laugh once, so I turned away, and then I came back (based on a timer) to record the end credits, and I bet some people found the episode funny, well-trained to laugh at crap and well-trained to laugh at stuff no matter what and well-trained not to have the guts to put down crap (like rap music from gutter black guys and black gals).  I caught the opening credits and closing credits of Survivor (of CBS-TV), and I was not impressed with the cast, and, in fact, I care not to see them again, and, near the end of the program, during the kick-out time, I found the players shown (of some tribe) to be mush-head people (like socialistic dummies and kids), and the crying guy--like a little boy--was stupid.  The season is loaded with gays and such, spurred on by phony casting rules and on the objective to push gay as good, and involved in the mess have been already, for example, The $100,000 Pyramid (of ABC-TV), LEGO Masters (of Fox TV), The Amazing Race (of CBS-TV), The Simpsons (with--in the first episode--two gay guys with a baby, which is crap of the first degree, being a political propaganda piece and not comedy for the family), and The Spencer Sisters (with--in the first episode at least--two gay guys (one black and one white) with a baby, which is crap of the first degree, being a political propaganda piece), and I am tired of that propaganda.
    The ugliest series for the new broadcast network television series showed up on NBC-TV--the communistic and socialistic network--on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 10:00 p.m. (Detroit time), and I tuned in to see it, having seen ads on television about the series over the previous number of days, which hinted to me that the series was going to be crap.  The series is called Found, and it is high-level ugly and is racist in nature.  The main performer in the program is Shanola Hampton, who plays Gabi Mosley, who runs an entity called Mosley & Associates.  Right from the start of the first episode, Gabi came off as just another anger black gal or another anger black socialist or another black "activist," and she, of course, is a black feminist, being pushed along by the makers of the series as another one of those tough girls, and, basically, Gabi Mosley was always mean-looking and unpleasant.  I could argued well that the nature of the character is the nature of Shanola Hampton, since, in essence, actors in series are often only playing themselves and what they are.  The combination of the nature of the Shanola Hampton, the nature of the production team, and the nature of the series was made clear in the scene right before the title of the series was shown for the first time.  The scene was outside in the evening, and a press conference was going on with reporters, and Gabi Mosley ended up making a speech before the people standing around.  Gabi Mosley showed a photograph of a white girl, and Gabi Mosley said--"Who is this?".  A guy answered--"Sarah Holden, Senator Holden's missing daughter.".  Gabi Mosley then said--"Sarah went missing 29 hours ago while playing in the park with her brother.  There isn't a person in America who hasn't seen Sarah's face all over their TVs, highly increasing chances of being found.".  Gabi Mosley then showed a photograph of a really pretty black girl, and Gabi Mosely said--"Now who is this?  This is why there will always be a need for what I do.  Dashika [?] has been missing from the D.C. area for the last two weeks, and no one is talking about her.  I sincerely hope we find Sarah, I do.  But while you keep prioritizing the missing high-profile blonde girls of the world, my team and I will gladly continue to pick up the slack for the rest.".  That is a bullshit scene.  Overall, the opening of the series put down police, which has been done regularly in real life by Democrats, especially black Democrats, over the last decade at least; many socialistic and communistic Democrats in black form have been pushing to the tearing down of police departments, even though black on black crime is so high.  I turned off the episode after my tape machine had recorded the name of the director (Demane Davis), and I only returned to the episode to record the ending credits, and the ending of the show still had Gabi Mosley presented as an angry black gal.  Oh, I do have to note that the series--as seen in ads--pits black Gabi Mosley against a crappy white guy called Sir (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), and that is more racist crap that did not have to be on the series--black against white.

    Oh, did you catch the communistic advertisement from Michigan State University on Saturday, September 30, 2023, during Big Saturday Night, a prime-time college football program on NBC-TV?  The university offered up an advertisement for the university, hoping to get people to sign up as students.  Such advertisements are done by other universities during football broadcasts.  The advertisement from Michigan State University offered up the idea that, in essence, it is working for "the common good."  "Common good"--that is a set of words, which has a vague meaning or even no meaning, that communists often say.

  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!]

    I am now going to give you an idea of what programming was seen in the Detroit area in the 1950s (or a good portion of it), and this section was inspired by my inability to present at least one episode of something called Sunday Playhouse of 1956 through this edition of Television History and Trivia.  Okay, here I go.  In the 1950s, people in Detroit could see broadcast network programming (tied to CBS-TV, DuMont TV, NBC-TV, and ABC-TV) on the local commercial-type television stations, and the programs were filmed shows or live shows, and people could see live programs made in Detroit, and people could see sometimes what can be live local programs that were made elsewhere in the country and other television stations, such as Buffalo and Chicago, and people could see old movies that were syndicated or see old or new television series that were syndicated.  I had better explain syndication.  In the 1950s, a production company could make a television program (on film), and then the production company could also distribute it--offer it for sale--to television stations, or the production company could sell it to a distribution company, which would then do the job of lining up stations to carry the program, and programs of the period came from the United States of America and even England (or nearby countries), and such a program or a series when first shown was considered a new program or first-run program (though each episode of a series would be considered a repeat on a second showing and beyond).  In the 1950s, a distribution company could buy a television show (on film) that a production company or a network had produced and that had aired on a broadcast television network, and the show would, in essence, be called "an off-network" program, and it would be considered repeat stuff, because it had already been shown to American audiences.  In the early 1950s, it was commonplace for television shows on the broadcast networks to have the names of sponsors in the titles, so if a off-network television program was later to be seen through the syndication process, the "sponsor" name had to be removed, and the program might be given a new title, or the program would be distributed with no real "show" title.  Let me add that, if the show was a television series (which had a bunch of episodes), and the title of the show might be removed or changed for syndication, but each episode title would remain in use.  If no show title was used by a distributor, a television station might show the episodes of an off-network show in relation to an umbrella title that it created and put in television-listings publications so that people knew what the was the general themes of what was being shown at a give time of the broadcast schedule.  By the way, a filmed show was originally made up of parts--film segments, such as the title segment, a blank bit (for commercials and such), a first act, a blank bit (for commercials and stuff), a second act (maybe the closing act), a blank bit (for commercials and such), and the ending credits; the distributor of a syndicated show could replace the title segment with another bit of film for syndication or remove the original title segment and replace it with nothing.  I have found that, in the 1950s, distributors some times bought episodes of off-network shows--considered "packages"--from producers and distributed the shows to television stations without the original titles, and "packages" were picked up by television stations in Detroit, and the local stations added their own titles--"umbrella titles" for the episodes.  Incidentally, the packages of episodes of series could contain episodes that were originally broadcast on network television under various main titles or show titles.  In the summer of 1956, WWJ-TV, Channel 4, aired some programs on Sunday evening under the umbrella title called Sunday Playhouse, and I have found that episodes shown under that title had been originally aired before, such as on Studio 57 (for a network showing) and on Schaeffer Century Theatre (on WNBT-TV, Channel 4, New York, in 1952).  For this edition of Television History and Trivia, I wanted to be able to report that you can see some shows that were on Sunday Playhouse on YouTube today.  I am disappointed.  None of the episodes that I know about are available on YouTube.  I shall go back in time.  When I first tired to discovered Sunday Showcase, I thought may it aired movies.  The first thing that I found tied to Sunday Showcase was something with Don Haggerty and Alan Wells called "The Duel", and the information sat for a while on a card, and then I finally--when not busy with other stuff--I worked to learn about the show, and I discovered it had no movies.  So far, I only know that Sunday Playhouse aired on WWJ-TV on Sundays (when on) at 10:30 p.m. or 11:15 p.m. or 11:20 p.m. from about June 1952 to September 1952.  I have a problem--Sometimes, television listings forgo showing umbrella titles fully, and, for instance, instead of showing Sunday Playhouse, which it should have done to be correct, a listing will only be Playhouse, so I am not always sure what is what, especially if show does not have a regular time slot all the time, such as always at 10:30 p.m. on Sundays, and only that one time slot.  I am not able to guide you to an episode of Sunday Playhouse to see, but I have given you an impression of what Sunday Playhouse was for viewers back in 1956.

    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).

    Generally speaking, I divide up "public television" into two main periods, and one period is made up of the 1950s and 1960s, when programming on public-television stations was basically locally controlled, and the other period is from the 1970s to today, when the federal government (such as through the creation of PBS and other things in the very late 1960s) began to take control and took control of programming for stations as a rule, and the programming in the second period has become socialistic as a rule.  In the 1950s, a lot of programming on WTVS-TV, Channel 56, in Detroit, which has always been a public-television station, came from the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public School system, and Wayne State University (or Wayne University).  Some programming came from other stations in the country.  One day a little while ago, I stumbled upon a show in television listings of newspapers called Buckskin Bob in Detroit.  That had caught me by surprise.  I had already know there was something in television history called Buckskin Bob, but it was not a Detroit-based television show.  To date, I have yet to determine if Buckskin Bob in Detroit was truly a name used on a television show, such as because the show was done--like a special--at WTVS-TV.  I think it was not, but I have yet to get it worked out. Buckskin Bob was produced at KQED-TV in San Francisco, California, and for other stations in the country, the show was on kinescope film.  The series showed up on Channel 56 in Detroit on Wednesday June 27, 1956, and it ran weekly, and it ran sometimes on Fridays and Thursdays, and the main run of the series ended in March of 1957.  Buckskin Bob was about a boy named Buckskin Bob and his sister (Annie), and they went on historical adventures, and the adventures were presented, for example, through drawings by a guy named Les Landin, who became the principal of a school in Saratoga, California, in 1956, and Les Landin was known for doing cartoons.  Buckskin Bob and Annie met such persons of history as Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Ponce De Leon, and Molly Pitcher.  The story that was presented on September 12, 1956, was about 'The Disappearance of LaSalle's Ship", which was called Le Griffon (or The Griffon in English).  When I discovered the topic about Le Griffon, I remembered that in 2018, a husband-and-wife team of Michigan (Steve and Katie Libert) claimed that they found Le Griffon, which had sunk some time in late 1679 in upper Lake Michigan.  Whether or not The Giffon has been found is yet debated, and some debaters say that it has not been found.  And I have yet to find whether or not Buckskin Bob in Detroit was local program.

    Looking at the Movies is back!  It is not as if it was gone, but I have not had one in four weeks, when the previous edition of Television History and Trivia was published.  This time, we look in on WJBK-TV in February 1949, when the station was only a few months old.  On Saturday, February 5, 1949, which was only about one year after what were labeled as "feature films" had begun to show up on Detroit-area television (showing up on WWJ-TV), WJBK-TV aired The Ghost Goes West, a British production of 1935.  It sounds like a western, but it is not; it is a history piece (sort of).  It starts out in the 18th Century, and the British are going to attack the Scots (it seems), but there is a feud going on between the Glourie clan and the McLaggen, which seems to be more important than what the British might do.  Murdoch Glourie--a lover type and a coward (in a way)--ends up being chased by three McLaggen guys, and Murdoch hides behind a barrel of gunpowder, and a canyon shot by the Scots blows up the barrel and Murdoch--a bad shot it seems--and Murdoch becomes a ghost, and he becomes a ghost who must haunt the Glourie castle till an apology by a McLaggen is made to the Glourie clan.  And the story is off!  On February 5, 1949, the movie aired with a 7:45 p.m. start time, and 7:45 p.m. is considered an odd start time today for a movie (except for maybe viewers of the Movies! subchannel network).  By the way, in February 1949, commercial television in Detroit was only about one-year-and-a-half old.  In The Ghost Goes West, viewers saw such performers as Robert Donat (as Murdoch Glourie (in the 18th Century) and Donald Glourie (in the 20th Century), Jean Partker (as Peggy), Eugene Pallette (as Mr. Joe Martin, Peggy's father), and Elsa Lanchester (as Miss Shepperton), and those are the famous faces known to many movie watchers today.  There are others in the cast, and I did not recognize any of them.  That is no matter.  The Ghost Goes West is fun enough, and it is easily found on YouTube today for anyone who wants to make it a Looking at the Movies time.

    Hey, on Sunday, October 8, 2023, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.1, aired 75 Years of 7, which was designed to celebrate the 75 years of the station.  Given all the stuff in this edition of Television History and Trivia, I am not reviewing the special, which only ran a hour, in this edition.  Another reason that I am not talking about 75 Yarrs of 7 here is I am 270-miles away from the Detroit history files, from which I want to get information to make a review more complex than a one-line thing.  So you will have to wait for the next edition of Television History and Trivia to learn what the special was.

    It must be kept in mind that WXYZ-TV is owned by the Scripps Company, which offers up socialistic-based news, such as through the Scripps News channel.  On Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Representative Kevin McCarthy (a Republican) was kicked out of the job as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and instrumental in conducting the tactically stupid action were eight Republicans--Nancy Mace, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Tim Burchett, Eli Crane, Bob Good, Ken Buck, and Matt Rosendale.  On October 4, 2023, while spinning through the television channels at about 9:07 a.m., I landed on Scripps News, and the two anchors of the moment started interviewing Ms. Ryan Wiggins (a gal of The Lincoln Project, which is a mush-head entity), and, immediately, I was given--on the topic of the removal of Kevin McCarthy--this statement from Ryan Wiggins--"...Everything Trump touches dies.".  Right there, Ryan Wiggins pushed out crap about Donald J. Trump, and the anchors were supportive of Ryan Wiggins.  Later, Ryan Wiggins pushed out the idea that Kevin McCarthy over the past number of months lied to people on both sides of the aisle, saying--"...He lied to everyone!".  On the evening of October 3, 2023, I was making a long-distance drive in Michigan, and at around the end of the trip, I listened to The Mark Levin Show (a nationally syndicated radio show), and Mark Levin interviewed a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Massie, and, in the end, the discussion from the two men shot down the idea that Kevin McCarthy had made a bunch of promises to, for example, Republicans and had not kept them, so the discussion blew up the theme about lies from the eight Republicans.  Oh, it must be kept in mind that the ouster of Kevin McCarthy took place about a week after a judge in New York--Judge Arthur Engoron--had made a truly fascistic ruling public, saying that Donald J. Trump had over-valued property, such as Mar-a-Lago (which is in Florida and not New York), to get loans fraudulently, and Judge Arthur Engoron had made a big fascistic move that involved taking away some businesses licenses from Donald Trump in relation to New York--based on crap and lies--and Judge Arthur Engoron had made his orders even though such a judge has no authority or skill to determine the value of property and even though a person cannot be involved in committing a fraud in relation to valuing property to lenders since it is lenders who determine whether or not to give out loans based on what information they deem useful and viable--the ultimate determination falls on the lenders and not borrowers--so the country is showing signs of being fascistic in nature, and yet the "eight" felt Kevin McCarthy should be removed, though only so much can be done when socialists and communists and progressives and fascists (all of members of the Democratic Party and many of the Republican Party)--who have been put in public offices by the public time and time again--control the U.S. Congress.

    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: October 10, 2023

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