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  2. For fellow fans of all things electronic

    No, much smaller. Just don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.
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    Bill, I'll keep an eye on my mailbox. I hope the prize isn't too big like a car or ten foot flat screen.
  4. I did spot one Fair related item yesterday and today. On both days CNN offered heat wave related weather forecasts and news from in front of the Unisphere. I saw two broadcasts yesterday and another one this morning (Saturday, July 20). In all three broadcasts the fountains were on and there were a few people tryin g to get wet in the pool surrounding the Unisphere.
  5. Oh it is exciting that they are remodeling the old WA State Pavilion (aka Coliseum or Key Arena) Glad to see the main deal will survive and be used for another couple of decades. Poor NASA building's space will contribute to making that bigger building more usable. NASA has been on the decline for over 40 years as a storage room for the Coliseum extra seating. I think it was even cut in half and part moved slightly north for more storage and support room for the Seattle Center. Even when it was used a tradeshow building every so often it was just a big box after they removed the original NASA excitement . :( I am just glad that so much still exists from the Seattle Worlds Fair. Most other city's fairs buildings were disposable and Seattle started with a plan to make a civic center of the area. This weekend another huge festival will be there around the main Fountain of the SWF & use all the remaining buildings.
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  7. (Please remember that this is from the same mind that visited the 1964-1965 World's Fair as 12 year old and saw not only the bottom of a Saturn V, but also saw this view of the moon from General Motors (fifty-four years ago): (Washington D.C.) July 20 -- The Smithsonian Institute's team is now in place for tonight's primetime live broadcast from the site of the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. The team, affectionally known as "A11", have approached the landing site with extreme care as not to disturb the artifacts or the footprints which have been untouched for fifty years. The flag, which was toppled over during the liftoff of the LEM ascent stage, will also remain untouched. "We're just here to photograph and document the site", stated the organizer of the mission. We may use a LUD (the equivalent of a lunar drone) to fly over for photographs of the LEM, but we won't be coming within 100 feet as we don't want to disturb this historical site. Therefore, we won't be standing the flag up. The site will remain untouched". The mission had been planned for over a year. Tonight's broadcast can be streamed from the Smithsonian Channel starting at 8 pm EST.
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    Looking at the version Bill sent, I now see that this view is looking under an overhang that has a sign for the public that says "FILM VIDEO CONTROL." Unfortunately, the overhang cuts off the tally boards for the right side color monitors in the top row. The three left side color monitor tallies appear to say: 2 RIM(?) (it's obviously film, so I need to think if it could be some other text); SPCL or SPC1 (twice) - I think this is the see-yourself camera, or maybe the ten second delayed playback being rewound; [Person doing something with the monitor showing color bars - may be adjusting it and that's why it's not showing the see-yourself video]; (Unreadable)) TAPE 2 (twice). Don't know why the designations are repeated, maybe once to ID and second time to indicate it's in live use? Have to ask someone who worked in a similar facility. The waveforms on the central test gear aren't readable - mostly you see the red graticule lighting. The lower row of camera control monitors, etc.: Unrecognizable low contrast image - maybe a telecine not in use or a studio camera not in use?; The film; Unrecognizable bright blobs (I thought before it could be the see yourself camera, now not sure); The switcher/special effects/audio has a large white-on-black RCA logo left of center. Ash tray on the console and it looks like an ashtray stand in front of it; headsets hanging on the edge. Atop the console is a box of some kind with a cord- an intercom not connected to the production intercom system? Four control monitors to the right: (View cut off) video monitor is dark; The guitar player camera; Last two: too overexposed to tell what's there. The video tape machine is threaded with a small roll of tape. This is a machine for program production, not one of the ten-second delay pair.
  9. Come See Yourself on COLOR Television!

    Looks like a great day to go!!
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    Photo sent via email. Nice try, Jim. Watch your mail for your prize. It may take a while for the USPS to get it to you.
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    More: The optical iris adjustment for exposure was controlled at these video engineer stations. The orange-lit thing in the center of each panel is a meter indicating the f/stop. The iris was located in the camera body, and all the lenses on the front were set to maximum iris opening so the internal iris controlled the exposure in all cases. These panels were also called "shading stations" and the operator might be called a "shader." This came from an earlier type of monochrome camera (iconoscope) that had variable brightness from top to bottom and left to right depending on scene content and depended on a person ("shader") to correct it from moment to moment. The image orthicon tubes from the late 1940s onward had a fixed shading that only needed to be readjusted now and then as performance drifted. Here's a picture of a control panel mounted in a rack instead of a console:
  12. Come See Yourself on COLOR Television!

    If i have the orientation right, this is late afternoon - sure seems dead until you notice people standing behind the display boards.
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    Hi Bill, You asked for it! I can identify the gear, but it would be interesting to identify the source of each monitor image. If you could please send me a higher res scan, it might be possible to read talley lights / input IDs and see what's on the small monitors. Anyway, starting with the upper row of monitors and gear, and going left to right: Monitor showing telecine output of a western movie of some kind. In one of my personal slides, this image is a SMPTE resolution test pattern slide. Monitor with color bar test signal. In one of my personal slides, this monitor has the "see yourself" image. Monitor with tight shot of man - probably studio camera (?) Two instruments: the wide short one is a vectorscope, used to check the color part of the composite signal; the taller narrow one appears to be a waveform monitor, used to check the overall amplitude and details of the complete video signal. A high resolution scan of these two might reveal which signal they are currently measuring. Two monitors with the same picture of a guitar player. One is probably a studio camera monitor or switcher "preview" and the other may be a "master" final output to the fair network. Lower row of gear: multiple camera/telecine control units. I count seven, and I think there were three studio cameras, one see-yourself camera, and two telecines. So, not sure if there was another telecine, a flying spot slide scanner (which could be what was used for the RCA logo that was permanently displayed on a TV where you entered), or what. EACH of those control units is attached to a six-foot high rack of support electronics, totaling about $100,000 in 1964 dollars for each chain of camera, control/monitor panel, and support gear, or about $800,000 each in today's dollars. The second control unit from the left is showing the western film on its monitor; the third from the left looks like it could be the "see yourself" camera. The ones on the right are too washed out and low res to guess, but are probably studio camera pictures we see up above. The large central metal console is the switching and special effects unit. You see buttons to select sources and special effects, and the T-shaped fader handles that control the fades or wipes between sources. The left part appears to be an audio console with the square areas being VU meters (not sure). If that is audio, it would seem skimpy today, but was probably considered as luxurious as the video gear then. It's strange that they seem to have something going on in the studio, but no-one is at the console. It's also possible there is nothing much going on in the studio and they have punched up the NBC network, or video tape. At the extreme upper right you see a portion of one of the video tape machines, which also could be the source currently on one of the monitors. I have a picture in which the color monitor just right of center has the RCA logo on it, and the operator at the console is looking in that direction, so that may indicate that this was the master. I also have a picture with duplicate images on the same two monitors that have duplicates here. By the way, it appears there was someone standing between the second and third color monitors, who moved while the shutter was open, but the monitor images do not appear blurred. A bit puzzling, that.
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    Oh, oh!!! I know one of the things! Those are tv screens!!! That other stuff is probably just for show or something. Do I win a prize?
  15. I just noticed that CSPAN is running the entire CBS 1969 coverage. Tonight they aired an interview with President Johnson by Walter Cronkite. PS: Did anyone notice that CNN did several heat wave related weather forecasts, today, from in front of the Unisphere with the fountains splashing? I saw two early this morning (Friday, July 19).
  16. Outside the RCA pavilion, May 1965. Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.
  17. A different angle on General Motors

    Randy says he looks in from time to time but is really busy dealing with some projects just now.
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  19. A different angle on General Motors

    Not that I have noticed. I do see him on Facebook and will see if he plans to drop by soon.
  20. Here's a view into the control room at the RCA pavilion from September 1965. Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection. Can you list all of the equipment, Wayne?
  21. A different angle on General Motors

    Has Randy been around these forums lately?
  22. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    New York Times animated presentation of the Apollo 11 Hasselblad photos presented in sync with the communications at the moment of shooting,The landing area ones are shown over a 3D outline of the lander and where they were taken with respect to the lander. Free access without a subscription providing you haven't accessed too many articles in the past month. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/18/science/apollo-11-as-they-shot-it-ul.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage┬žion=Sciencehttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/18/science/apollo-11-moon-landing-photos-ul.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/18/science/apollo-11-moon-earth-photos-ul.html
  23. It's all relative, I suppose, Eric. Sometimes when I consider the flow of history and think of an evident such as Apollo 11, half a century ago, I count back fifty years before that date, in this case, 1969. That would be 1919. It was the year of the Versailles Treaty, Woodrow Wilson's stroke, A. Mitchell Palmer's Red Scare and Soviet Ark, the birth of the Weimar Republic, the start of the Fascist Party in Italy, a workers' victory with a 48 hour work week in the UK, the first legal Sunday professional baseball game in the US, the Imperial German Naval Fleet scuttled by their own men at Scappa Flow, the first monoplane airliner flight, race riots in Chicago, Wilson's veto of Prohibition is over ridden in the Senate, RCA is created, the Senate rejects the League, the Canadian National Railway is established and President Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nobody knew what a vitamin is, women's dresses were ankle length, the idea of a weekend did not yet exist, The Big Bulll Market was a phrase nobody would recognize, 55 year old Senator Warren Harding was starting his affair (which would produce a daughter) with 19 year old Nan Britton, the Chrysler Building snd Empire State were still more than ten years away, nobody was yet buying on credit and the first national advertising campaign for O-Dor-O-No (a deodorant) was still several years away, people still used ice boxes, and a woman who painted her face (especially using rouge) was basically seen as a harlot, cigarettes were just beginning to be mass marketed, and Herbert Hoover, The Great Humanitarian, was still a decade from political vilification when Wilson appointed him to lead US War Relief In Europe. Films were silent and in monochrome and nobody could have even grasped the idea that in fifty years humans would walk on the moon and safely return to the Earth. In the summer of 1969, the Apollo achievement was one of several significant events: Judy Garland's sudden death at 48, the Tate/LaBianca murders by Charles Manson, Woodstock, Ted Kennedy's accident at Chappaquidick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, two computers (the size of tractor trailers) "talk" to each other for the first time, and tens of thousands of high school and college students would strike against the Vietnam War during the nationwide November Moratorium, the riots at Stonewall, the first Vietnam draft lottery was held, Hurricane Camille killed nearly 250 Americans, Wal-Mart is incorporated and the PLO is established, the first ATM is installed and the first smoke detector goes on sale. A car purchased in 1969 would, today, either be a classic with all of its "ahead of its time" curiosities, or a rusting hulk in a salvage yard. Ask a 15 year old if 1969 is recent events or ancient history. And none of us can imagine what the world will be like in 2069--fifty years from now--and few of us, will be here to see. Time waits for no man. Sorry this is so lengthy but I got on a roll. Best, Jim And Happy Birthday! And I have many years on you.
  24. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Not THAT long, JIm! July 16th was my 50th Birthday! LOL
  25. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Complete CBS launch coverage was put on YT, straight from the vault with even WCBS local stuff and commercials. CBS Apollo 11 Launch Coverage
  26. What I've seen so far is just brilliant. Fifty years is such a very long time. PBS is bringing it all back to life.
  27. Got a decoder ring?

    Also, I believe the white dots on the subway lines do not represent stops, they are just a graphic indication of a subway, instead of some other device like a dotted line.
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