Last week I posed the question, is this the year of the HD TV? And indeed many of you wrote to say that there was a flat screen under your tree Christmas morning.
Naples Buzz writes:
“So I woke up Christmas morning to find a 42” LCD HDTV full 1080p after rocking a 27-inch big box for many years. I had put one on my own personal ‘to buy eventually’ list, however was waiting for prices to drop, especially with the newer 3D TVs coming out. Now that I have the new HD TV, I am grateful, but find myself having to do a lot of upgrades to get the full benefit of HD, like buying a Blu-ray player, buying HDMI cables, upgrading to an HD package on cable/satellite. Although thankful, now I have an expensive hobby on my hands ... Thanks, Santa!”
Joseph Astling writes: “Hey, Bill, I wanted to comment on the article you wrote, ‘Is this the year HDTV?’ Well, I already have a 46-inch Sony Bravia XBR 1080p 120htz I got almost two years ago. This year I got a complete system upgrade.
“I got a new Onkyo tx nr-808 a Harmony One remote, two Klipsh SW-450 subs, two pairs of Klipsch S-20 (they are for the sides and rear speakers, a Klipsch C-20 center channel and two Klipsch F-30 towers. So, in all, a True 7.2 surround sound. Klipsch sound is crisp and clear for any movie or music lover. Just want to tell you about my upgrade I got and would only recommend Klipsch to anyone.”
Joseph, I’m coming to your house for the premiere of “American Idol.”
Sampling some of the after Christmas prices, it appears many businesses were hoping that those of us who were disappointed they didn’t find an HDTV under our tree would in turn run out and buy one. And, no doubt, before Super Bowl Sunday a lot more will be sold.
TV firsts quiz
It probably comes as surprise that 3D is expected to be the next big thing as TV continues its march forward. It got me to thinking about all the major milestones in TV history. So I put together a little quiz for you.
The answers are at the end of today’s column:
1. RCA’s first experimental TV transmissions began in 1929 showing pictures of this cartoon character:
A. Mickey Mouse
B. Felix The Cat
D. Little Nemo
2. Television was first introduced to the general public at the 1939 Worlds Fair in:
A. New York
C. St. Louis
3. Who was the first U.S. President to appear on television?
A. Calvin Coolidge
B. Franklin Roosevelt
C. Theodore Roosevelt
D. Herbert Hoover
4. The first television commercial was aired in 1941 for this product:
A. Real Estate
5. This long-time radio personality hosted two landmark TV shows, “See It Now” and “Person To Person” as well as an award winning documentary, “Harvest Of Shame”:
A. William L. Shirer
B. Edward R. Murrow
C. Walter Winchell
D. H.L. Mencken
6. One of the first major controversies facing TV was the quiz show scandal. Contestant Charles Van Doren was revealed to be receiving his answers in advance on what show?
A. “Treasure Hunt”
D. “The 64,000 Dollar Question”
7. Satellite television began July 10, 1962, a day after the launch of this:
A. Anik I
8. Despite high ratings, what program was cancelled by CBS after a long fight over the content of their show from 1967-70?
A. “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”
B. “The Smothers Brothers”
C. “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”
9. As an escape from resubmitting existing signals, this became the first to use cable to broadcast original programming as a premium TV network:
D. Movie Channel
10. Which Fort Myers station was the first to broadcast in Southwest Florida?
Van Winkle wants you to know …
Many folks have written in to let us know just how dumb they thought it was for NBC-2 to move Meteorologist Robert Van Winkle to mornings.
Well, Mr. Van Winkle wants you to know that the decision was his. Not management.
“I asked for the change,” said Van Winkle. “You’d think I’d be smarter than that.”
As far as looking for a new chief meteorologist, Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing and promotions at Waterman Broadcasting, says Van Winkle is “one of the best.” He says that the title is more about manager duties, like scheduling and such. He tells us Van Winkle wasn’t interested in continuing those duties.
Van Winkle says he’s looking forward to using his daytime to get back into the community and classroom, something he used to enjoy very much.
He says don’t be surprised to see him holding his cup of coffee during weather segments and encourages readers to “send him a mug” if they want a free plug on the air.
I’ll be putting a Naples Daily News mug in the mail any day now. I need all the help I can get.
Send your mug to Robert Van Winkle, c/o NBC-2, 3719 Central Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901.
Van Winkle starts his new shift Jan. 10, when Haley Webb goes on maternity leave. Webb will eventually be returning to the station with a new shift.
We’ll check back in with Van Winkle for an update after he’s been on the a.m. shift for a while.
1. B, 2. A, 3. B, 4. D, 5. B, 6. C, 7. B, 8. B, 9. B, 10. A
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.