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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 06:27 PM
I grew up in eastern NC a town called Wilson actually.The first time cable tv came to us was around 1976.In those days it was just a cable and we only got 5 extra channels but those channels were great to us back then.One station that stood out was WRET Channel 36 out of Charlotte NC.They were independent and played the best shows and movies.Our cable bill back then was a wopping 6 bucks a month.It was very exciting back then.Now i have 300 channels and still nothing to watch.
 
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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 06:44 PM

I remember getting cable during the 80's. I was into watching Horror on VHS tapes, so I did not get cable for a long time. The big deal was, MTV was good back then. So I had MTV running through my stereo...we were on top of the world...LOL..JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman(?) and the Dude named Alan..I think.


The simulated Porn channel was scrambled, so we went into the box and unscrambled it.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 07:18 PM
JJ Jackson hosted a Frank Zappa Halloween concert from the Palladium in NYC.

Still have that on VHS tape.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 07:27 PM
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I remember getting cable during the 80's. I was into watching Horror on VHS tapes, so I did not get cable for a long time. The big deal was, MTV was good back then. So I had MTV running through my stereo...we were on top of the world...LOL..JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman(?) and the Dude named Alan..I think.


The simulated Porn channel was scrambled, so we went into the box and unscrambled it.


Alan Hunter was his name, I'm glad to say that I had to look it up. I always liked Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood

[Edited on 4/4/2008 by steadyhorse]

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 07:29 PM
i wasnt born until the 70s
so i guess ive always had cable

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 07:30 PM
JJ Jackson passed away not too long ago.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 07:46 PM
I still don't have it, but am thinking about it.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 08:09 PM
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JJ Jackson passed away not too long ago.


I remember those days too.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 08:14 PM
My area of Brooklyn didn't have cable till the mid 1990's and even then it was only one side of the street. The other side didn't have it till a few years later. To this day all I watch on it is old cartoons, The Adams Family, I Love Lucy .....
The sight of all those poorly hung loose cables falling down the back of our homes isn't pretty. If you asked around I'm sure most residents here would say they could do without it

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 08:18 PM
My neighborhood was the first to get cable in my county in '73.It was $5.00 a month!
What we got was better reception on the 3 stations we already had(when the cable wasn't out),and around 5 local radio stations. In 1980 I worked for a little bit at a cable company in Louisianna. We had a long pole with a hook on it that we used to reach up and pull the cable out of it's connection on the pole for people who didn't pay their bill.Very high tech.
The "weather" channell was a small building out in the woods that had a cabinet inside.In the cabinet there was a camera mounted on a turntable that spun slowly around 360 degrees while giving live feed of stationary temperature and barometer gauges.VERY high tech.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 08:18 PM
We first got cable in 1969 (Kalamazoo, MI). We got WGN out of Chicago and I became a Cub fan...in 1969 We also got WKBD out of Detroit with Bill Kennedy at the Movies during the day and The Ghoul on Saturday nights. The Ghoul liked to blow up things with firecrackers.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2008 at 08:34 PM
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The Ghoul liked to blow up things with firecrackers.
We had Shock theater in the late '60's.The host was a Frankenstein looking guy who had a room in the attic.When his mom yelled at him he would throw sticks of dynamite down at her.

 

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Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:08 AM
Late bloomer - didn't get cable until sometime in the 80's

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:15 AM
...oh man...I couldn't wait to see Arobicise on Showtime !!!! What a horn dog.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:19 AM
Dont have it and it really doesnt bother me

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:26 AM
we didn't get cable till like 82 i believe... seriously, i couldn't wait to have it cuz i would always love to go watch mtv at whoever's house had it! then we we got it, & i was an mtv addict for years... i spent countless hours watching it! even vcr taped my favorite videos! that's when mtv was good with all the original vj's! and the headbangers ball on saturday nights from midnight till 3am, that was awesome! now all concept of that is lost on that channel! i do watch vh1classic sometimes now, but agree with the thought/knowledge that there really isn't much to watch considering the hundreds of channels they have to offer. i do like the music channels...we listen to the blues channel the most.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:33 AM
Local cable was originated in London Ontario by a guy named Ed Jarmain who built a very small cable network for himself & his neighbours in the early 50's which grew to become London TV Cable and is now part of the huge Rogers network in Canada. London was one of the first cities in Canada to have a fibre optic cable system. I loved not having to get up to change the channel when I moved here in the early 70's, but ya had to look out for the wires that conected the old pushbutton control to the TV....

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:35 AM
Lived in the country and it wasn't available when I first heard of it. Got it in about 1980 I think.
 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:36 AM
I went to Wilson NC in 1975, our high school played them for the NC state 4A championship. We won in the last few seconds. Our school name was Ashbrook from Gastonia.

I remember an old friend got cable before we did. The main draw then was MTV, when it was good. We use to gather at his house every weekend and watch MTV and play poker.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:40 AM
I was first able to get it in '88.Got it right away.I remember having it installed on a day I had tickets for a Mets game.Of course,the installer was running late,so when he showed up my friend and I helped him install it so we could make the game on time.Me drilling holes and my friend running around with the cables.I don't think I slept for 3 days watching all the new channels I had.Now,there's even more channels,and hardly anything worth watching.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:48 AM
1982 with a box on a cord that was kind of like a keyboard to press
the channel and another to switch to the upper channels.

In Philadelphia, there was a movie/sports channel that would show the
soft (or heavily edited) porn movies after 11:30pm.

My introduction to Sylvia Crystal and "Emmanuel" movies.

SCHWING!!!




Oh yeah. MTV as well.
Nina Blackwood, back then

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 11:51 AM
I remember.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using a different name and getting it re-connected.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using a different name and getting it re-connected.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using a different name and getting it re-connected.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using a different name and getting it re-connected.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using a different name and getting it re-connected.

then i remember them disconnecting it because i didn't pay the bill.

then i remember using WharfRat's name and getting it re-connected.



[Edited on 4/4/2008 by Brucebcd]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 12:12 PM
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I remember getting cable during the 80's. I was into watching Horror on VHS tapes, so I did not get cable for a long time. The big deal was, MTV was good back then. So I had MTV running through my stereo...we were on top of the world...LOL..JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman(?) and the Dude named Alan..I think.


The simulated Porn channel was scrambled, so we went into the box and unscrambled it.


Alan Hunter was his name, I'm glad to say that I had to look it up. I always liked Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood



Not to hi-jack this into a thread about MtV, but Alan Hunter lives here in Birmingham. He and his brother are 2 of the principles behind WorkPlay - the best music venue in Birmingham (my opinion). Alan also produces movies these days.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 12:23 PM
Back in the mid 70's a girlfriends father was a super in a building on Riverside drive in NYC. She had her own little apartment with cable. It was an incredible experience after coming from 7 stations (one PBS) to all this...and porn!
In the Bronx, we got WHT, Womemco Home theatre around 81-82. A couple years later HBO came into the picture.
Now, thousands of dollars later, with multiple satilites on my roof, 5 boxes, 3 with TIVO over 200 HD channels...I still prefer to watch reruns of shows I grew up watching on my 7 channels, than some of the garbage on these days....go figure.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 12:34 PM
Long before we had real cable in Chicago - there were always some sort of bidding wars/regulatory stuff going on that I never understood, but we didn't get it until most of the rest of the country already had it - there were single, or 2 or 3-channel "subscription" services. In the mid 80's you had a choice - Showtime was the one our family had, loved John Byner's show "Bizarre." When mom and dad weren't around, I could actually see some boobies on the TV every now and then, and at 12 or 13, that was very cool indeed. The other services I remember were "ON TV," and Spectrum, and then I think toward the end of that era you could get HBO and Cinemax. All single-company services.

When real cable got here in the late 80's, I guess, it was like a damn had broken - instead of "13 channels of sh*t on the TV to choose from," we had 130 (or so).

I personally could do with out it, and pretty much do without TV altogether, but I keep it for junior and the missus. I'll watch some SVU or Mad-TV reruns now and then, but otherwise, blah. Although . . . I'm starting to watch the Food Network quite a bit. I want to hang out with Emeril and Bobby Flay and I want to b*ng Rachel Ray.

 

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