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TV Problems

boy who turned into a tv setThe Boy Who Turned Into A TV Set

Thanks to a tip, I found this lovely book. It’s obvious this book is outdated. You youngsters might not know about “rabbit ears” (antenna) but if you are over 40, you probably had to help hold them in the right place so the picture wouldn’t be fuzzy. I think I spent the majority of the 1960s holding the rabbit ears while my dad fussed with tin foil.

Anachronisms not withstanding, this book is odd because it looks like a picture book but the text is pretty dense. There are even “chapters.” The basic story is that this boy watches so much TV, he ends up having a television on his stomach. (They never do address the health issues associated with this phenomenon. Kind of disappointing.) I am not sure of the intended audience for this book.

I am not sure I like the illustrations either. The people’s faces look weird and for the life of me I can’t figure out if the woman in the last picture is actually holding a box of ducks. She also needs a better bra. Any kiddie lit experts want to weigh in? I don’t get it.


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Saved by the Bell

Saved by the BellBehind the Scenes at Saved by the Bell

Time for a step back to the early 1990s to hang with the cool kids on Saved by the Bell. Having never watched an episode, I am only slightly familiar with these actors. I have to shamefully admit I paid to go see Showgirls and hired a babysitter to boot. Needless to say I did not get my money’s worth.

Anyway, as trashy tell all insider books for the kids go, this isn’t too bad. There is lots of text about how a tv show is produced and the other folks involved besides the actors. I did learn quite a few things: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had ambitions about become a mathematician , Dustin Diamond was the “free spirit” and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is really shy and speaks Dutch.

For the record, there are still some medium/small public libraries that still have this on the shelf. If it is circulating, I have to wonder why.

I am sure this book would have helped one’s street cred for coolness.


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TV Repair

TV RepairPractical Handbook of TV Repairs

Submitter:  This book may once have been handy and up-to-date, but now in 2010, I doubt it is of much use!

Holly: If you have a TV this old, I wonder how difficult it is to find parts to fix it these days?  Can you waltz into a store and pick up a new picture tube? Maybe you can buy them online.  Are they still manufactured?  What’s that circular thing the guy on the cover is holding?  I remember my dad used to get us kids to stand just so – one foot up, one hand on the antennae, other arm outstretched; always a position you could never hold for long – and the picture would come in just perfect.  As soon as you’d move, nothing but fuzz. There was the “tin-foil-extender-on-the-antennae” technique, too.  Thank goodness those days are over!